What are Join In tours? "Join in Tours" are group tours. It means you will join others for this tour which can be a wonderful way to make new friends and also, lower the costs. If you are interested in a private tour, there are many options available on the website.
What you can expect from this tour? Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel around 7:00 a.m. Pick up times are usually between 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning, but might change according to your hotel location or traffic. Please make sure you fill in the correct hotel name and details when booking the tour. A final notice for pick up time will be either sent to the email address you provided when booked the tour, or by phone call, a day before your tour. Please make sure to check the voice message at your hotel room as well.
The tour starts at the northern side of Tiananmen Square, one of the symbols of Beijing. Here you can see two pairs of 600 years old stone lions, the characteristic ornamental columns, an outer golden water bridge and several other decorations that the guide will explain. The square is one of the biggest on the world, and during 40 minutes you will be able to see the National Flag Pole, the Monument to the People's Hero, the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Great Hall of People, and the National Museum.
Then, you'll visit the home of the ancient emperors, The Forbidden City. You will get to walk around in the pavilions and houses that only government officials and the emperor's family were allowed to enter in ancient times.
After this visit you will enjoy local lunch and from there, drive to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was the getaway for the emperors during the heat of summer. You will visit the site where the last emperor renounced his reign in 1912 and modern China was born. If you'd like, you will also have the option to take the Kunming lake boat around the palaces (Not included in the pricing).
At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel in downtown Beijing.
The difference between private tours and join in group tours
High quality tour with a more personal experience. Your guide will be available for any questions you have. Furthermore, there is much more flexibility with your itinerary. Want to meet other people interested in the same activity. Click here.
Join in Group Tour
Mostly more affordable tours that have more inclusions and will allow you to meet new people and make some friends. Check out other joining tours in China here.