Beijing City Sightseeing
Private VIP Tour
Alison’s Airport/Train Station/Cruise Port Pick Up/Drop-Off Private VIP Service;
We offer a Beijing International Airport (PEK), or Tianjin International Airport (TSN), as well as,
Tianjin Cruise Port or any Beijing/Tianjin City Train Stations) pickup/drop-off service.
It is strongly recommended to have your Certified English-Translator Private VIP Tour guide ‘Alison.’
pick you up at any locations and take you to your hotel and help with your check-in worry-free.
Be advised that practically no-one speaks or understands the English language in both cities,
even for big hotels, restaurants and particularly taxi/professional drivers.
So why not make your arrival transition a memorable one to remember and let Alison deal with all the headaches and inconveniences. Alison works hard for her VIP client(s) by preventing scams and negotiating for the lowest prices or rates for transportation, sites tickets, restaurants RSVP, and any other negotiating and translating requirements.
Beijing is a city with more than 3,000 years of recorded history and a centuries-old glorious evolution. Evidence of human ancestry dating back to 700,000 years ago has been found in such places as Zhoukoudian in the southwest part of Beijing, where the remains known as ‘Peking Man’ were discovered.
Beijing City Private VIP Tour:
The Beijing City Private VIP tour is around 8-hours long to show Beijing’s incomparable landmarks, architecture, and history. With your Certified English-Translator Private VIP Tour guide ‘Alison Liu.’
After corresponding with the client, Alison will make a detailed schedule according to the client’s (Beijing City Private VIP tour) requirements. She will then make a reservation for Beijing City sites tickets, arrange for transportation’s (bus/subway/car/train/taxi/etc.), and restaurant(s) reservations(s), so there are no surprises during the Beijing City Private VIP tour date(s).
Choose between the following Beijing City attraction sites;
The Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, and Temple of Heaven, or choose to go to one of the parks around the Forbidden City, the Beihai, and/or Jingshan Park, and/or lastly visit Hu Tong with its narrow lane, alley, and small street between rows of Siheyuan dwell by Beijinger’s in the past. If you want to select a different site from the list above, don’t hesitate to contact Alison.
Example of a Beijing City Private VIP tour;
Journey first to the Tienanmen Square, where you will explore the square and learn about its history before walking over to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China. Visit the Imperial Palace and learn of its influence over the city, wander the lush grounds and pavilions of the Summer Palace.
Secondly, You and your VIP Tour guide Alison will go for lunch at a traditional Chinese restaurant around the Hu Tong area,
Thirdly, depart the restaurant and choose between the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or one of two beautiful parks or the Hu Tong and courtyard located around the Forbidden City.
While taking pictures, listen to your guide’s commentary on the history of the Temple of Heaven or Beihai park, or Jing Shan park or Hu Tong (with its narrow lanes, streets, and alleys). Alison will take you back to your hotel or original pickup location at the end of the tour. This private VIP tour ensures personalized VIP attention and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Your private VIP tour guide Alison is ready to help you discover and learned the best this fascinating city has to offer on your Beijing City Private VIP Tour.
Beijing City Private VIP Tour Schedule Overview;
Alison (your private VIP tour guide) meets/greets the client(s) at the client’s hotel lobby, Tianjin Cruise Port, Beijing/Tianjin train stations, Beijing/Tianjin International Airport, or any other convenient location the client.
08:30 to 09:00
We depart for Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City via taxi, bus, subway, or walking.
09:00 to 10:00
Arrive on site.
At the Tienanmen Square Private VIP Tour (1 hr), with your private VIP tour guide Alison.
10:00 to 13:00
Arrive at the site. (Tienanmen Square is next to the Forbidden City)
Forbidden City Private VIP Tour (3 hrs), with your private VIP tour guide Alison.
13:00 to 13:45
Lunch, walk toward a (4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor) Traditional Chinese Restaurant. with your private VIP tour guide Alison.
13:45 to 14:00
Taxi towards Temple of Heaven.
14:00 to 16:00
Arrive on site.
Temple of Heaven Private VIP Tour (2-hrs), with your private VIP tour guide Alison.
16:00 to 16:15
Taxi, back to the client’s pickup location.
Beijing City Private VIP Tour Duration:
The Beijing City Private VIP Tour lasts Approximately eight-8 hrs.
The Beijing City Private VIP Tour Fee includes;
- Professional English-speaking tour guide,
- Tienanmen Square and all parks are at no charge to the client.
- All taxes/toll and parking fees.
Not-Included in the Beijing City Private VIP Tour fee;
- Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner; (approx. RMB 100, USD 14) per person,
- Transportation cost; (approx. RMB 120, USD 17 (taxi). Total for the day,
- Alcoholic beverages,
- Sites entry fees, for the client and tour guide, for the Forbidden City plus Hall of Clocks and Treasures museum is around RMB 85 x (2-person) = RMB 175, USD 25.
the Temple of heaven’s around RMB 15 x (2-person) = RMB 30, USD 4,
- Personal Travel insurance,
- Gratuities (Recommended: 12-15% per person for the Private VIP tour guide). Thank You Very Much!
The Beijing City Private VIP Tour Fee;
Adults, RMB 825 (USD 115.00) per person, 2-3 persons.
Adults, RMB 610 (USD 85.00) per person, 4-5 persons.
Adults, RMB 505 (USD 70.00) per person, 6-8 persons.
Kids, <17 years old, RMB 505 (USD 70.00).
A one-person Private VIP tour can be arranged for RMB 1,500 (USD 200.00).
The reservation fee is around 20% to reserve your tour date(s) and is fully refundable ten days before the scheduled Private VIP Tour event date(s) and non-refundable within ten days. Contact Alison for PayPal information.
Alison will make a detailed schedule according to the client’s private VIP tour requirements. She will then be able to make the necessary reservation for sites tickets, transportation (bus/subway/car/train/taxi/etc.), and restaurant, so there are no surprises during the private VIP tour date(s).
Choose between the following Beijing City attraction sites;
Tienanmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tienanmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tienanmen Square is the third-largest city square in the World (440,000 sq m). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
The square is in front of the Forbidden City and has several sights of its own, including the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Museum of Mao Zedong. The historical, cultural, and political significance of the square makes it a must-visit sight in Beijing.
Forbidden City, Gu Gong, aka the Palace Museum
With its seemingly endless red and gold decorated buildings, this immense complex sat at the heart of Beijing City and was the home of 24 Ming and Qing emperors. The Forbidden City was also used by the Chinese government, for almost 500 years, from AD1420 (Ming Dynasty) to the end of the (Qing Dynasty) in 1912. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
The Palace Museum is massive; it covers an area of approximately 150,000 square meters and is surrounded by a defensive moat of 3,800 meters long and 52 meters wide. The City complex consists of 980 buildings, many of which are now open to the public.
Travelers must enter the Palace Museum at the South Gate. Before you can enter the Tienanmen area and walk through to the entrance of the Palace Museum, you will need to queue for a security check. You will need your passport to get a ticket and enter the Palace Museum. Since October 2017, all visitors to the Forbidden City must book their tickets online. (contact us).
Another worthwhile stop is the impressive Hall of Clocks, which features elegant and intricate timepieces that were gifted to the Qing emperors by various European leaders and diplomats during the 17th century. This exciting museum (which costs RMB10, USD 2 pocket change! extra to enter) can be reached by veering off to the right-hand side just after walking through the Hall of Preserving Harmony.
Hutong and Siheyuan (courtyards)
Hutong is the name given to a narrow lane, alley, or small street between rows of single-story dwellings and courtyards (Siheyuan) used by Beijinger’s in the past. When viewed from the air, the interlaced lanes resemble a maze or a chessboard with peaceful gardens, fine rockeries, and ancient ruins, making them unique.
In the past, Beijing had hundreds of courtyard houses around the Forbidden City. The lanes between courtyards stretched out in all four directions, connecting different courtyard houses in the city. They were initially built during the Yuan Dynasty (AD1271 - 1368). The Hutong was used and was popular during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (AD1368 - 1911) when their number significantly increased to 2,076.
In 1949 there were as many as 3,250 Hutong. In 2003, there were only 1,500 Hutong, and today no more than 1,000 Hutong remains, and most of the existing ones have been transformed into tourist attractions associated with street food, shopping, and bars.
Beihai Park or North Sea Park is located half a kilometer to the west of the north gate of the Forbidden City. Beihai Park is one of the most popular parks in the city of Beijing. The whole park covers a total area of over 68 hectares. More than half of it is used up by the Beihai Lake. Many Dynasties had used the park as the imperial garden.
Beihai Park was the location of the old palace used for 1,000 years by previous Emperors. Beihai Park has existed throughout the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Today, most of the remaining buildings were constructed during Emperor Qianlong's reign during the Qing Dynasty (AD1644-1911).
Beihai Park is one of China's best classical gardens composed of artificial hills, pavilions, halls, temples, and covered corridors. During the summertime, Beihai Park is an ideal place to escape from the city's heat and noisy traffic. The park also offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Great Hall of the People, the Jingshan Park, the Forbidden City, the Museum of History, and many high-rise buildings of Beijing. Beihai Park is one of the most famous scenic spots with the best panoramic view of Beijing.
Jingshan Park (Coal Hill)
Jingshan Park is an artificial hill, and in the past, the park was the highest point in the city. The park is a beautiful and quiet place to walk around. The climb is worthwhile because the temple of everlasting Spring (Wanchunting) is located on the top of the hill. This unique point-of-view provides visitors a fantastic panoramic view of Beijing's surroundings, as well as the Forbidden City.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk up the hill to the pavilion of Everlasting Spring. The climb is relatively easy with plenty of resting/shading areas, as well as handrails to hold on to for the ascend and descend. However, it is well worth the climb on a clear day to get excellent picture opportunities.
The temple can be pretty crowded, particularly at sunset on a clear day when many visitors try to catch the last rays of light shining on the Forbidden City's rooftops. Walk toward the middle of the park, where you will encounter groups of elderly Chinese people dancing, singing opera, or doing Tai chi.
Temple of Heaven
The visually stunning Temple of Heaven was built between AD1406 and AD1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who also ordered the construction of the Forbidden City. With its unique round structures and contrasting colors, this religious complex is an impressive reminder of China's rich history and a must-see for visitors to Beijing City.
The Temple of Heaven, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, occupies an area three times bigger than the Forbidden City and is the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China.
The Temple was built for the ceremonies carried out by the Chinese emperor, who was the Son of Heaven according to the ancient beliefs. The emperor had to offer sacrifices to heaven to pray for a good harvest. The ceremony was significant to the Chinese people of that time, who believed that the slightest mistake during the ceremony could result in a bad harvest year for the entire Chinese Nation.
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a must-see during your visit to the Temple of Heaven. The triple-gabled circular building is where the emperors performed ceremonies, including sacrifices and burning incense, to pray for good weather and abundant harvests.
Temple of Heaven's Park has four entrances, one on the Eastern and Southern Gates, which are the most commonly used by visitors. An interesting fact about this building is that it is made entirely wooden (no nails were used in its construction). This is quite remarkable considering the enormous size of the structure.