Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden


From £36.00
Location: Beijing, China
Rating: based on 25 reviews

Explore Beijing’s amazing history and culture on this seven-hour tour to the Lama Temple, the zoo to see China’s famous pandas and the historic Summer Palace. This seven-hour tour provides a comprehensive, unhurried introduction to all there is to see in vibrant, enormous Beijing.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Your relaxed day tour begins at the Yonghe Lamasery, one of the best examples of the region’s many sacred temples. Lama Temple reveals diverse architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet. The highlight is the impressive 60-foot (18-meter) Maitreya Buddha, carved from a single sandalwood tree. Next, it’s on to the zoo to see one of the high-points of any visit to Beijing, the frolicking pandas, China’s living treasures.

After a stop for lunch, you’ll visit the emperors’ retreat, the historic Summer Palace. Empress Dowager Cixi renovated the estate in the 19th century, installing the artificial lake we see today. After touring the ornate palace, you’ll stroll through one of Beijing’s favourite parks and go on a shopping excursion to the Tianhou Silk Market.


Departure Point: Tour departs from Beijing city hotels

Departure Time: 7:30am – Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick up time. Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details: Returns to original departure point

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Perfect organisation – I was very lucky because I was the only person that had booked this tour for that day so I got the VIP treatment. Nice car, driver (David) and guide (Sheryl) all to myself. Sheryl was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. She gave me the time I needed on all the sites. I never felt rushed which is often the case in these types of tours. Unfortunately it was very cold especially for the visit to the Summer Palace. I would like to see that one again when the gardens are green. Lunch was good but much too early for me (11 am) so I could not really eat much. The tour ends quite early in the afternoon which left me enough time to also go and visit the Temple of Heaven which is something I suggest they could add to this tour so that people with limited time can cover the main sights in 2 days. For my second day I booked “Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen square”

Reviewed by: Carla S



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