Full-Day Beijing City Tour: Hutongs, Lama Temple and Panda House

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: China, China, Beijing

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  • 8 hours
  • Beijing
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


In this full-day tour, you will explore the ancient capital of Beijing both old and new, see cuddly giant pandas at Panda House, walk through the maze of hutongs or narrow alleys, which are now fast disappearing, visit a large Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Lama Temple, and take pictures of Water Cube and Bird's Nest. Traditional Chinese lunch, hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Chaoyang, Chaoyang, Liaoning

Your English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in central Beijing to start today’s trip. Your tour guide will contact you to confirm pick-up time in the evening (6-9 pm) before the tour date.

First you will see China’s national treasure – giant pandas at the Panda House in Chaoyang District, where you can see the lovely Giant Pandas.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Olympic Park, North of Beisihuanzhong road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101 China

Then head for Olympic Green and we will arrange 45 minutes to take pictures outside Water Cube and Bird's Nest. (If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, ask your tour guide to assist you in buying the tickets at your own cost, and you could enter for a visit by yourself.)

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Lama Temple (Yonghegong), No.12 Yonghegong Street, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007 China

1 hour tour for the mysterious Tibet style Buddhism temple. Head for Yongle Lama Temple, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery with over 300 years of history. You can see the world’s largest wooden Buddhist statue and some Tibetan exhibitions. The Lama Temple tour finishes at about 12:00.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hutong Tour, No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District, 100009, Beijing, Beijing 100009 China

Hutongs are a maze of historic alleyways with traditional single-story courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. They are a remnant of the old Beijing. In this tour, you will walk through the narrow alleys, as well as visit a local family to discover the traditional lifestyle and how these unique residential houses and culture are protected. You can also ascend the Bell Tower to have a bird’s-eye view of the hutong area.The total walking distance in this tour is about 1.4 km.
If you are interested in a traditional Chinese culture experience, we are happy to offer a free experience in the hutongs of about 40 minutes: Learn Chinese Calligraphy or Learn Chinese Paper Cutting. Please tell your tour guide which one you prefer a day in advance for a day so that he/she can make a reservation for you.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), No.44 Jingshanxi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Jingshan Park was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace. The hill in Jingshan Park was made with the earth removed to create the palace moat. It is well worth the climb on a clear day for spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing.

Duration: 40 minutes

  • Chinese lunch and bottled water.
  • English-speaking tour guide service
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (located within the 4th ring road in Beijing).
  • All entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
  • Entry/Admission - Hutong Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Personal expenses.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. We try to meet individual requirement but can NOT 100% satisfy. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 4th Ring Zone of Beijing City.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

08:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


16 Jun, 2017

Got to see a lot in a short amount of time. The Rickshaw ride was a great add in and the lunch included was really nice, only problem was it seemed really rushed and the guide didnt give much information of the area but overall great way to see beijing!


30 May, 2018

We had a great time. Our tour guide Sabrina was the best! The lunch at the familys home was amazing! The food was better than any restaurant we ate at. Highly recommend this tour. Ms. Sabrina is extremely knowledgeable and has a warm personality.


05 May, 2018

Guide was knowledgeable and honest. I wish all the tour guide were like her. She was great, I couldn’t ask for anything more. Thank you 🙂

Tiffany S

16 Jan, 2018

This was my favorite tour of all days tours I did. The lama temple and giant Buddha's were my favorite. The lunch in the hutongs was a great experience as well to understand traditional living. The guide was the best part. I believe her name was Ouyu. of all my guides she was the only one that made sure I understood how to get back to my hotel it was in an odd area that the bus couldn't pull up to. She spoke great English and had a wonderful sense of humor. Highly recommend, even if only one day in China!

George B

29 Apr, 2017

This is a really good tour that covers a lot of ground in a short period of time especially given the traffic that seems to be everywhere in Beijing. The trip to the Zoo is really just an opportunity to see the Panda's and not much else but it seemed that thats all most were interested in anyway. The tour guide was knowledgeable, prompt and very polite.

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