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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Tours and Activities

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In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat from the heat of Beijing. With pavilions, walkways, gardens, and bridges, the UNESCO World Heritage site on Kunming Lake served as the seat of government for Empress Dowager Cixi during the last years of her life.

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Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing
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Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket

Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket

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The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is one of Beijing’s top attractions, and the crowds it attracts are testament to its popularity. Beat the long lines of tourists waiting to purchase an entrance pass by booking your admission ticket in advance—a hassle-free way for time-limited to travelers to save hours of waiting in line. A digital QR code allows you to avoid the hassle of finding a printer, leaving you more time to explore one of China’s best-preserved royal residences.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$8.85
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$8.85

All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

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Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), both UNESCO World Heritage sites, on a full-day private tour from Beijing. The Great Wall of China is one of the most popular attractions in China, yet the Mutianyu section attracts fewer visitors, which means you get a less crowded experience of this world-famous landmark. Then learn about the history of the majestic Summer Palace as you stroll through its lavish gardens, sprinkled with temples and other eye-catching features. Includes guide, lunch, entrance fees, Great Wall cable car ticket, private vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.00
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$188.00
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Beijing Private Tour to Temple of Heaven, Panda House and Summer Palace

Beijing Private Tour to Temple of Heaven, Panda House and Summer Palace

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving Beijing on this day trip around top landmarks of the city’s natural heritage. Skip the crowded group tours and start your day with a private, guided walk around the historic grounds of the Temple of Heaven—still well-used by the public today. Then, walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace and take a dragon boat out on the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.00
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$158.00
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All Inclusive Private Custom Day Tour: Beijing City Discovery

All Inclusive Private Custom Day Tour: Beijing City Discovery

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Explore Beijing on a private custom city tour for a more personalized sightseeing experience. You’ll have a chance to check off at least three of the city’s top attractions by your own preference, such as the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Summer Palace and more! Tasty local lunch, all entrance fees, private guide and transfer service are all inclusive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.00
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$178.00
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

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Make the most of city sightseeing on this private tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and more. Your guide provides in-depth information about each site's history and significance and handles all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip. A delicious Peking duck lunch and boat ride in the Summer Palace are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.00
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$214.00
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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Being such a densely populated city, it can be difficult to beat the crowds in Beijing. This Forbidden City admission ticket is the perfect way to ensure you have a stress-free visit with no waiting around. Your pre-booked entry can be accessed by using your passport near the main entrance, close to Tiananmen Gate. You’ll then have the freedom to walk around the palace complex and admire pagodas and beautiful architecture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.75
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$9.75

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.99
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$10.99

Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

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See the Chinese imperial palace used from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty up close on this private, 4-hour tour of the Forbidden City, including special skip-the-line access. Along the way, you’ll also get to see Tiananmen Square and Jinshan Park. Please be aware that this tour doesn’t include transportation to and from the attractions, but your private guide can help you get a taxi or other form of transport (own expense).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

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Choose this tour to be able to not just see, but also understand the deep history that lies behind the architectural masterpieces of the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world. Without professional guidance, your trip to the Forbidden City isn't as insightful. This product is created for those who would like to spend more time in the Forbidden City to completely understand the rich imperial culture it has to offer. We will take 4 hours to walk around and fully view the palace complex, covering the West, East, and Central Line. You will be able to board the Meridian Gate, take a closer look at the elegant turrets, visit the museums, see the distinctive Royal Garden, and the Royal Family Residence, experiencing a valuable journey through the Forbidden City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

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The UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven—a 15th-century imperial altar, once used by Chinese emperors—is one of Beijing’s most popular attractions. Avoid the long wait for admission tickets and get guaranteed direct access with these pre-booked passes. Combo tickets include access to three different parts of the museum: The Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$8.85
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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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$83.00

Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing

Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing

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Sprawling across 743 acres (301 hectares) of lake and garden, the Summer Palace was designed to keep the imperial court entertained through Beijing’s long, hot summers. So it’s well worth taking a private guide to steer you to the highlights of this vast expanse. Beat the long lines by pre-booking this convenient door-to-door tour that includes Nanhu Island, Longevity Hill, the Tower of Buddhist Incense, and shopping.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.00
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$106.00
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Mini Group Tour in Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace and Olympic Stadium

Mini Group Tour in Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace and Olympic Stadium

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Options for visiting to the Great Wall are often limited: you can choose a group tour, where you're one in a crowd, or a private tour, which can be pricey. On this mini-group tour, capped at six travelers, you get a personalized experience and a great value. Start with a quick ride from Beijing, then spend two hours hiking on the wall. Enjoy a Chinese lunch, included in the tour price.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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The UNESCO-listed Forbidden City is Beijing’s most visited attraction with over 14 million annual visitors, and it has the traffic to match. This half-day walking tour ensures you maximise your time, with a private guide, pre-paid entrance tickets, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.00
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$74.00
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Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

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Swap bustling Beijing for two of northern China’s greatest attractions on this private day trip. Visit the underground Dingling Tomb, the mausoleum of 16th-century Emperor Zhu Yijun; and learn about the country’s imperial Ming dynasties. After a Chinese lunch, take a cruise along the Longqing Gorge, admiring the emerald peaks, cliffs, and blue-green lakes of this epic river canyon. Entrance fees, boat trip, and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.00
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$218.00
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Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden

Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden

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Immerse yourself in the rich historical heritage of Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most spectacular sights. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace and absorb the sacred ambiance of the Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Gain fascinating insight into the prosperous past and present of China’s capital from a knowledgeable guide and capture fantastic photographs of the city sights during each leisurely stop.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.67
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$58.67

Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Tour by Tuk Tuk

Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Eat your way around Beijing’s old ‘hutong’ alleyways and courtyards on a small-group tour. Explore by private tuk-tuk and enjoy several food stops at tucked-away restaurants and homes you wouldn’t find by yourself. Taste staples like Beijing wraps, flame-grilled meats, and noodles, learn about local cuisine over unlimited beers, and enjoy a stop at a local brewery. Come hungry: your tastings amount to dinner.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.27
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$84.27

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

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Enjoy an in-depth sightseeing experience over two days with this comprehensive Beijing city tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit major attractions like Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Transportation between attractions and lunch on both days are included. (Note: Hotel stay is not included; you must have your own accommodation in Beijing.)
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$295.00
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$295.00
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Skip the Line:Forbidden City Ticket-Main Entrance+Clock Gallery+Treasure Gallery

Skip the Line:Forbidden City Ticket-Main Entrance+Clock Gallery+Treasure Gallery

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Home to emperors for almost 500 years, the Forbidden City still houses treasure from timepieces to jewelry. Discover them at your own pace when you prebook this combo ticket package. Online tickets, direct to your phone, allow entry to the palace, the Clock Gallery, and the Treasure Gallery. Choose between morning or afternoon options, with the chance to amend or cancel up to 12 hours before the time slot begins.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.30
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$12.30

Chinese Acrobatics Show Tickets at Chaoyang Theatre

Chinese Acrobatics Show Tickets at Chaoyang Theatre

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Head to the Chaoyang Theatre in Beijing for an acrobatic arts performance complete with colorful costumes and dramatic lighting and catchy music. During the 1-hour show, the young performers display immense skill, agility and strength as they execute gravity-defying balancing acts, contortionism, aerial maneuvers and more. This memorable show that both kids and adults will love. You also have the option to upgrade your ticket to include round-trip transfer from your hotel and VIP seating.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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$36.00
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Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

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Discover two of China’s most incredible attractions during a full-day tour of the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs from Beijing. Accompanied by a guide, visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall and marvel at the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Badaling section. Then, explore the Chang Ling Tomb, a magnificent Ming emperor burial site. Appease your appetite with an authentic Chinese lunch and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.00
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$73.00

Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

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Go off the beaten path in Beijing to visit a ‘hutong' (traditional-style neighborhood) with an experienced private guide for an authentic experience of local Chinese cuisine and the rich culture of old Beijing. Visit the produce market and sample more than 20 different dishes at a range of small eateries including locally owned shops, bakeries and restaurants. Meet the owners and learn about Chinese culinary customs from your guide. Your 4-hour tour includes all food tastings, a great treat for foodies!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

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Watch Beijing light up for the night on a nighttime sightseeing tour of China’s capital city. Travel with a private guide in a comfortable vehicle to see Tiananmen Square, and admire the dramatic architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV headquarters and Beijing National Stadium. Explore a maze of food stalls at the Donghuamen Night Market and Wangfujing Night Market; discover some great local bars around Houhai Lake, and check out the colorfully lit Central Business District shopping centers.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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$98.00
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Beijing Panda House and Summer Palace Private Tour by Subway

Beijing Panda House and Summer Palace Private Tour by Subway

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This tour of a Panda House and Beijing’s Summer Palace not only lets you check out two of the city’s main attractions, it also gives you a better understanding of how to use the city’s metro system. With help from your guide, take the metro to both places, and explore the areas. Afterward, decide if you want to take the metro back to your hotel with your guide or stay at the Summer Palace for more sightseeing. This tour is offered in the morning and in the afternoon, so you can choose which time better suits your schedule.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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What are Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) hours of operation?
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) hours of operation: Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) costs USD 8.00. Guided Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) tours start around USD 8.00 per person.
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