Departs and Operates
·Tour Type: Exclusive Private Tour
·Vehicle: Car or Van
·Departs: 8:00am or 1:30pm
·Returns: 12:00am 5:30pm
·Duration: Approx. 4 hours
·Pick-up: Your midtown Hotel
• On this tour you will get to tour the largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square. In addition to being the political capital of China, it is also the scene of numerous historic events, such as the May 4th movement of 1919, and the infamous demonstrations of 1989. You’ll get to see all the notable sights in the square, as well as the Tiananmen Gate across the street, which is the national symbol of China
• You will be accompanied on your tour by a professional English-speaking guide, which will make your tour informative, fun, and worry-free
1. You will be picked up from your hotel, and from there we will make our way to Tiananmen Square.
2. On our way to Tiananmen Square we will stop to admire the impressive Center for the Performing Arts. The Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts
(National Grand Theatre), otherwise known as “The Egg” for its distinctive shape. This futuristic building is a symbol of Beijing’s rapid modernization drive, and it will take us about an hour to examine “The Egg.”
3. We will arrive at Tiananmen Square. The largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square is seen as China’s political center. Its grounds have seen some turbulent moments, from the May 4th Movement of 1919 to the political turmoil of 1989. The south of the square is marked by the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, while the center of the square is dominated by the Monument to the People’s Heroes, an imposing 10-story granite obelisk. To the east is the National Museum of China, and to the west is the Great Hall of the People, home to China’s legislative bodies. The north of the square is dominated by the Gate of Heavenly Peace, known for its iconic portrait of Mao Zedong, and is the national emblem of China.
4. We’ll then cross the street to walk under Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) , which is marked by the distinctive portrait of Mao Zedong. Initially constructed in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, the Tower was the front door of the Forbidden City. The main use of it in the past was to declare in an important ceremony to the common people. Until 1911 when the last feudal kingdom was over, no one could enter the Tower except for the royal family and aristocrats.
5. After our tour of Tiananmen Square and the surrounding areas, you will be taken back to your hotel.