Private Half-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City and Houhai Lake Bike Tour

Experience Beijing like a local, hop on public transportation or ride a bike to traverse the capital with your knowledgeable guide. Get an local insider’s perspective of the city and visit metropolitan highlights on this full-day tour. On this day, you will take metro to visit Tian'anmen square, walk through the Forbidden City, ride a bus to the Lotus Lane and pedal through Hutongs to Shichahai Lake Area. This tours offers morning and afternoon departures, and your lunch or dinner is inclusive based on your chosen schedule.

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5 to 6 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Lunch or Dinner
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup(For hotel's within the 3rd ring road of Beijing)
    • Private tour
    • Fee for metro ,bus and bike
    • Lunch
    • Entrance fee
    • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
    • Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Transportation from attractions back to hotel
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

    Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel (within the 3rd ring road) and take you straight to Tian'anmen Square by metro or bus based on your hotel location. On arrival, learn more about the massive square and it's impressive landmarks. 

    Duration: 30 minutes

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

    Continue walking through the Peaceful Gate Under Heaven to the Forbidden City, and spend around 2 hours exploring the magnificent palace.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian), Inside The Palace of Museum, Beijing China

    Inside the Forbidden city, you will visit most important buildings such as the Hall of Great Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Inner Court, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Within the Imperial Palace , Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000 China

    Then walking towards to the inner Court of the Forbidden City.

    Stop At: Palace of Heavenly Purity, Inside The Palace of Museum, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

    Here, you will visit the Hall of Heavenly Purity, The Hall of Union and The Hall of Earthly Tranquility.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum, Inside The Palace of Museum, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

    Pass through the Imperial Garden, you will exit the Forbidden City from North Gate.

    Pass By: Lotus Lane, southwest corner of Qian Hai, Beijing China

    After exiting the Forbidden City from the North Gate, take a public bus to Lotus Lane, where you'll enjoy a tasty Chinese-style lunch in a restaurant looking out over Shichahai lake.

    Stop At: Shichahai Scenic Resort, Yangfang Lane, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China

    After lunch, pick up your rental bikes and pedal through the surrounding hutongs and Shichahai lake area. Along the way, pass the three lakes — Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea; and Xihai, meaning West Sea — and stop to admire historic landmarks and learn more about traditional life in Beijing. 

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China

    Your tour ends at the Houhai lake area and your guide will assist you in finding a taxi or riding the metro (own expense) back to your hotel or next destination.

    Please note: children younger than 14 years old are not permitted on the bike section of the tour, but can instead enjoy a walk though the Shichaihai lake area and Hutongs

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Free pick up including hotels in Beijing within the 4th ring road, if your hotel is out of the city, will have extra cost, you also can travel into city to meet your tour guide
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Age under 14 is not allowed to ride a bike
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting your skip the line Forbidden City ticket in advance)
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • 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.



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Organised by Unique Beijing Tours

Activity ID: V-19099P104

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