Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
from USD $95.69
If your time in Beijing is short, take this full-day tour to see all the essential sights: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. You'll see why the capital of the People's Republic of China continues to be a historic center of power, culture and wealth today. Along the way, your busy day includes relaxing scenic bus ride, Chinese style lunch, plus an unbeatable shopping experience at the Silk Store and Chinese Jade Center.
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In Brief

Beijing, China
9 hours
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

Build in 1415, Tian An Men Square is one of the largest squares in the would, with total size of over 40 hectares. It is the main entrance of the Forbidden City, and has an overview of the communist influences on the country.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China

The Forbidden City was built in 1406, which use to be Chinese Imperial Palace in Ming and Qing Dynasty. With over 180 acres and collection of great halls, you will see antiques and treasures representing all of China's history.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Great Wall at Badaling, Badaling, Yanqing District, Beijing 102112 China

Badaling section of the Great Wall is one of the best preserved sections of this 2,000-year-old architectural wonder. You will be able to climb the Wall and take in the panoramic views at the top

Duration: 2 hours


  • Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
  • If your hotel is located out of 4th Ring Circle Highway, please go to Prime Hotel to join the tour at 07:30AM. (Add: No. 2, Wangfujing Ave. Tel: +86-10-65136666)
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach/min-van
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Admission tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Great Wall at Badaling


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Cable car tickets at Great Wall

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway.
Dates: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday & Saturday
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had the pleasure to have Li as our tour guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining. Lunch they served was ok.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2019
Zoe, our tour guide was the best. Very fluent in English and very experienced and knowledgable. She was a blast and kept us together several times enjoying the sights while she went and stood in lines to get us tickets. Really made for a pleasant time and we were all pals by the end of the day. Really glad to see the sights we did on this tour and we used the tram to go up/down the Great Wall. Very cool
• Submitted 07 Mar 2019
Leo was an amazing tour guide. Nothing felt rushed. The forbidden city is gorgeous, and he knew all the best spots for pictures. We didn’t go to Badaling, but went to another section instead that was closer. It was steep but the views were worth it.
• Submitted 23 Nov 2018
Our guide was excellent in her English it was a great history lesson and Unforgettable experience to see the Great Wall in all its history to see Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and all the aspirations of the first emperor it was wonderful
• Submitted 09 Oct 2018
This was our first tour in China and our tour guide did NOT disappoint. Our day was WONDERFUL and we have seen/experienced a LOT OF NICE THINGS :- Our guide was helpful and informative. He showed up on time and was friendly. This tour is well/fairly priced and SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!!!
• Submitted 17 Aug 2018
I did this trip last year and I still remember how well organized it was. If you have just a stop over, this is the best solution.
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
We enjoyed and highly recommend the Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour. Our tour guide was amazing, spoke good English and really made our trip enjoyable and educational as well.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
It was amazing. We went to the wall and experienced different sites. Since it was not tourist season aswell, it was not packed. Highly recommended. Its a nice way to experience Beijing when you are travelling by yourself
• Submitted 25 Dec 2017
Exceptional Day Tour! I was expecting to be in a mini-van but got picked up at the Marriott City Wall Hotel by the tour guide,Michael, and his driver,Xie, in a stylish sedan.Thus, I was given a private tour for the entire day 20th October,2017. The highlights were: 1. Tiananmen Square and this coincided with the 5 yearly Congress, so the decoration of the Square was striking.The friendliness of the thousands of Chinese tourists was memorable. 2.The Forbidden City:a very long walk through the entire historical site:perfectly preserved and perfectly clean. 3.The Great Wall: involved a long drive on a beautiful expressway.Xie's driving was exceptional.I was given free time to explore and walk the Great Wall.The preservation,the width and the height of the Wall is impressive.Once again,the friendliness of the Chinese tourists was highly memorable. On the Tour we visited a Jade Engraving factory, a Silk factory and a Chinese Tea House.At each of these there was an expectation to buy product:this is my only negative comment.However, these visits ensured the cultural experience was complete. The Tour lasted almost 11 hours and the treatment I received from Michael and Xie made the Tour perfect: the knowledge they shared,their manner and their effort to make the day memorable. This Day Tour stands out compared to others I have done in other major cities.My impression of Beijing was thoroughly enriched: this is a City that is vibrant:modern,clean and organised for the huge population who live there. Noteworthy was the price charged by Viator: much less than similar tours that I had read about,prior to making a decision on which one to choose.
• Submitted 23 Nov 2017
Our tour guy jacky was amazing. Speaks very good English and is willing to answer any questions you may have!!!
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
The tour was excellent. Our guide was Cynthia and she was amazing. She was full of information and took us through everything and explained the history of it and how it got to where it is now. We went to a silk factory, a jade factory, and a tea ceremony. We also had a great lunch. She explained some of the Chinese symbols to us between visits. I definitely recommend her and the tour. My two friends were also more than happy with the experience
• Submitted 03 Apr 2017
A really enjoyable, busy day. Knowledgable and friendly guide.
• Submitted 20 Oct 2016
Really good tour, Jackie was very knowledgeable and hilarious
• Submitted 03 Aug 2016
This tour was AMAZING! It was a perfect day, perfect locations to visit, outstanding tour guide!! Ask to eat at the Jade Factory was INCREDIBLE! Will always use Viator for future tours :
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
It was very good experience , personalized guided tour It was a like a Private Tour in exclusive Lucury car
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
I had a Great Time. Very Educational. The Guide and Driver are some of the Best people I have ever meet. They make China Special in my Heart Steve Johnson
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
The Great Wall is a must do, it's amazing when you get on top and see the wall around you. Our tour guide Mr. Jacquie Lee was very knowledgable, friendly and happy to show us around. Arquitecture in the Forbidden City is impressive.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
I was in China on business, and only had one day to spend in Beijing, so I wanted to see as much as possilbe. The Beijing Essential Full-Day perfectly meet my needs. Our guide Jackie was very knowledgable of the history and stories about each site we visited. He kept the group moving to ensure we didn't linger too long at any particular site. Jackie's English was very good and made the trip very interesting. One thing to remember on this tour is that it will make for a very long day, so if you tend to move at a slower pace, a shorter tour may be more well suited for you. However, if you have just one day to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Tiananment Square, this tour is perfect.
• Submitted 02 May 2016
The tour was phenomenal! Very personalized. I highly recommend it!
• Submitted 12 Apr 2016
Serry was fantastic. very organised, punctual, knowledgeable and pleasant. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was easy to book through Viator, and the reminder as the day drew nearer was appreciated.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2016
Great time!
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
Fantastic Michael the tour guide was very friendly and spoke good english. Suggested a mid morning snack would be good. Brett Australia
• Submitted 24 Mar 2016
The tour was well done and very thought out. We were a group of four and stayed at an airbnb. The company was very accommodating and picked us up from our location. This was most helpful as we had only been in Beijing for the night so hadn't really had time to learn the area. We were picked up promptly at 7:45am to begin our tour. Our guide and driver were exceptionally professional. Mike, the tour guide, was super knowledgeable and professional. He answered any and all questions we posed. Every location was high on the list of places to visit during my trip and this tour hit all locations and more. With plenty of time to enjoy and take in the history and beauty. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2016
The tour was awesome. Jacki male was our guide and he was more than happy to tell us about everything! It was extremely informative. The tour ran a little long but that was perfectly fine because we went to Beijing just to take it. The food provided on the tour was also amazing! I highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016