Beijing Private Tour with Lama Temple, Temple of Confucius, Hutong+Folk Art Show
Explore several iconic attractions to experience the original Beijing atmosphere and Chinese culture. Visit the colorful Lama Temple; walk into Temple of Confucius to feel the wisdom of Confucius; enjoy an excellent drumming performance at Drum Tower and walk into Hutong to gain insight into ancient Chinese customs, watching a cricket show and learning paper-cutting. At dusk, have a bird’s eye view of Forbidden City from Jingshan, walk along Qianmen Street and visit famous shops with over 100 years history. At last, enjoy splendid performances combined with outstanding folk arts while enjoying famous tea, traditional Beijing-style snacks in Lao She Teahouse.
1. Visit many of Beijing’s iconic attractions on a private full-day tour
2. Enjoy an outstanding Folk Art Show to enrich your nightlife during the Beijing trip
3. Get local tips and insights from your guide from your guide
4. Experience Beijing like a local by public transportation
per adult from
8 to 9 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Hutong tour, Cricket Show and Paper-Cutting
- Public transportation
- Folk Arts Show, tea and palace snacks in Lao She Teahouse
- Professional tour guide
- All Fees and Taxes
- Entry/Admission - Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
- Entry/Admission - Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum
- Entry/Admission - Hutong Tour
- Entry/Admission - Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
- Entry/Admission - Lao She Teahouse
What's excluded :
- Private transportation
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Lama Temple (Yonghegong), No.12 Yonghegong Street, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007 China
Your tour guide will be welcoming you at your hotel at 08:30 a.m.. Then, we will transfer to Lama Temple by public transportation and start the interesting walking tour.
The Lama Temple (Yonghegong), one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples outside Tibet, began as a palace for Emperor Yongzheng before he became the third emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Today, the resplendent temple, with its halls, courtyards, ponds, and bronze mandala, is a lamasery for some two dozen Tibetan monks. Inside you'll find five large halls, ornately decorated with Buddha statues in various incarnations, murals, and carvings.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, No.13 Guozijian Street, Beijing China
Guozijian was the Imperial Academy during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, and it was the highest institute of learning in China's traditional education system. Emperors in imperial China would frequently visit to read Confucian classics to thousands of students.
The Temple of Confucius (北京孔庙)
The Temple of Confucius is right next to Guozijian. It is the second largest Confucian Temple in China, after the one in Confucius' hometown Qufu. There are many carvings inside the temple, and there is a large collection of ancient Chinese musical instruments in the Hall of Great Perfection. Nowadays the temple houses part of the art collection of Beijing Capital Museum.
To seek the footprints and to feel the wisdom of Confucius - the great master of oriental philosophy, visitors should visit the Temple of Confucius as well as Cemetery of Confucius and Kong Family Mansion.
At noon, we will taste traditional Beijing cuisine for lunch.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Bell and Drum Towers, Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China
The Drum Tower was equipped with bronze clepsydras and drums that were beaten to mark the hours. The drum was beaten quickly for 18 times and then slowly for 18 times to mark the hour. You have the opportunity to climb to the top of Drum tower for an excellent view of drumming performance which lasts for 20 minutes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Hutong Tour, No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District, 100009, Beijing, Beijing 100009 China
Hutong(胡同) is the name given to a narrow lane, alley, or small street between rows of single-storey Siheyuan(四合院) dwelled by Beijingers in the past. People say that the real culture of Beijing lies in the culture of Hutong and Siheyuan. They give an insight to the old lifestyle of ordinary Beijingers and have special appeal to tourists.
Cricket Show 蟋蟀表演
In Beijing, cricket refers to a kind of insect and its Chinese name is Qu Qu(蛐蛐). Keeping cricket has a history of more than 1500 years in China. People like to keep the cricket and watch the cricket fighting. The lifetime of the cricket is only 100 days. It may seem strange that such a little insect could bring great popularity to a place, but the crickets are indeed an extraordinary and indispensable feature.
Paper-cutting(剪纸) is a very distinctive visual art of Chinese handicrafts. It originated from the 6th century when women used to paste golden and silver foil cuttings onto their hair at the temples, and men used them in sacred rituals. Today, paper-cuttings are chiefly decorative. They are pasted on the walls, windows, doors, columns and lanterns to express people’s hopes, gratitude and other emotions.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), No.44 Jingshanxi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China
Jingshan Park is superbly landscaped with hills to ascend by steps, clear lakes and dignified ancient buildings. It used to be one of the ancient imperial gardens in Beijing, and now has developed as a peaceful public park.
Because of close to north of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park is the best place for a bird's eye view of the Forbidden City and central Beijing. At dusk, we will climb the Jingshan and have a bird’s eye view of Forbidden City. At this time, it is particularly beautiful, palace eaves decorated with golden rays of the setting sun.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Lao She Teahouse, Buliding 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmenxi Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100051 China
Lao She Teahouse is located in Qianmen Street, covering a business area of 2,600 square meters. Decorated mainly in a traditional Chinese style, it is simple and elegant with a Beijing-styled environment.
Neatly arranged square tables, backrest chairs, palace lanterns hung from the ceiling, wooden tablets marked with a tea table on the counter, and paintings and calligraphy couplets hung on the wall make you feel like you are entering an old Beijing folk museum. It embodies the flavor of Beijing, where not only can the tea be tasted but the culture can also be appreciated by visitors.
People there can enjoy splendid performances every day combined with outstanding folk arts, such as operas, acrobatics, magic, and face changing while enjoying famous tea, palace snacks, as well as traditional Beijing-style snacks.
Afterwards, we will back to your hotel by public transportation, Wrap your memories and say good-bye in your hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Departure Point :Lama Temple, 12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from hotels located within Beijing 5th Ring Road
Departure Time :9:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.