Prince Gong's Mansion, Confucian Temple, Lama Temple from Beijing Small-Group
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This 6-hour small group tour takes you on a deep dive into the rich culture of Beijing. Visit the Prince Gong's Mansion (Gong Wang Fu), the house of minister Heshen in Qing Dynasty. Followed by a tour to the Confucian Temple and Lama temple where you can see halls of different Buddhas and get to know the culture and belief. Lunch, entrance fees and hotel pickup/drop-off service are all inclusive. Also see the statue of the Maitreya Buddha which was in the Guinness Records in 1993.

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Beijing, China , China
  • 6 hours
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Christopher B

Good tour but the shopping was unnecessary.

The morning part was great. They were a little late in finding me but my hotel was in an out-of-the-way hutong so it was quite understandable. We went to Prince Gong's Mansion which was an excellent off-the-beaten-track tourist attraction with a lot of information about Qing culture and architecture. Next we went to the Confucian Temple and Lama Temple. Jenny was a great guide who gave a lot of information in these two sections, though I felt like we may not have seen all of the Confucian temple as there was relatively little information about Confucius.

It was just me on the tour and I suggested Peking duck for lunch, so they took me to a place that had a relatively affordable Peking duck. However, the meal allowance per passenger is just RMB 50, which is quite small given that the tour cost 115. I was willing to pay over that for the duck but I feel like with such a high price there should be a higher lunch budget.

After lunch came the shopping part of the tour, with stops at a jade store and a tea house. I know at least one shopping stop was on the schedule, but I felt this was highly unnecessary. There weren't any super high pressure sales tactics, but the jade store did have pushy salespeople and I'd have rather done without. Jenny mentioned it was about Chinese culture but relatively little information was given about culture, particularly at the tea house. If they want to introduce feng shui culture I'd recommend a museum, not a shop. At 115 per person I don't think shopping should be included.

They then arranged my airport transfer at RMB 200. This was a good price and the driver was very good.

Overall, this was a good tour with the potential to be great, but the shopping ruined it. I would make the tour around a 4-5 hour tour and eliminate the shopping entirely, or else reduce the price. I think it was an enjoyable tour but can't recommend spending 115 on a tour that includes shopping visits for a third of the time. I do have to commend them for going on the tour at the same price with just 1 passenger, and I thought Jenny was a good guide at the tourist attractions, but it's hard to justify the price. The Confucian and Lama Temples are very close together, and I believe audio tours are available, and getting there by taxi or metro may be a better and much more affordable choice.

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What To Expect

Meet up your tour guide and driver in the morning then head to the Prince Gong's Mansion at first. It is one of the most exquisite and best preserved imperial mansions in Beijing. You will see the library at the mansion, classical Suzhou style gardening, the corridor and other sites. There are total 99.5 rooms in this verdant surrounding garden. Find out where the 0.5 section of the room is located. 

Continue your tour to Beijing Confucian Temple and the Imperial Colleges (built in Yuan Dynasty of 14century) listening to the guides commentary on how Chinese people are influenced by Confucianism for thousands of years. 

Next, visit the famous Lama Temple, the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing. Explore the architecture and artworks while walking along the axis. Marvel at different Buddhas in different halls, and find the huge Maitreya Buddha (the entire Buddha artwork was carved from a single piece of White Sandalwood). 

Enjoy a mouthwatering Chinese style lunch then, make your last stop of this tour at a silk factory before going back to your hotel.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Small group tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide and driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by minibus
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will be informed the exact pick up time a night before departure by your tour guide, please ensure you leave your hotel information upon booking
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off service is only available for city hotels in Beijing (within 4 ring road)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
Cancelation Policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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