Private tours

We offer you entirely customizable tours as the best way to explore Beijing and its many historical and cultural sites. Let us know your availability by filling in our contact form and we will design a special tour tailored to your interests. You can also contact us by email at info@beijingbyheart.com

Here are a few of Beijing’s many sites of interest:

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The Confucius Temple and the Imperial Academy: 39.945937, 116.414566
The Drum and Bell Towers: 39.941726, 116.396027
The Lama Temple: 39.947648, 116.417656
The Yuanmingyuan Park: 40.007632, 116.301270
The Summer Palace: 39.993430, 116.272430
The Forbidden City: 39.918163, 116.396971
The Dongyue Temple: 39.924322, 116.444086
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The Confucius Temple and the Imperial Academy
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In this majestic complex, we will witness the legacy of Confucius, the most important thinker in Chinese history. The Confucius Temple has held a prominent place in Beijing for centuries, as the emperor himself went there twice a year to honour the wise philosopher. Treading in the footsteps of these historical figures, we will then visit the Imperial Academy, an educational institution of the highest order, where the elite of the Empire was prepared for power.
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The Drum and Bell Towers
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Facing each other, these two ancient buildings were the official time-keepers in imperial China since the Yuan dynasty. Their current location, on the central north-south feng shui axis of the capital, was chosen by the Ming emperor Yongle. Today, everyone can climb upstairs and admire the largest bell cast in China, watch a drum performance and survey the views of the surrounding hutong roofs.
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The Lama Temple
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The Lama Temple was originally the residence of emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) during his youth, and has maintained all the grandeur of a princely mansion. In the seventeenth century, it became a lamasery for Tibetan Buddhist monks and came to symbolise the multiculturalism of the capital under the Qing rule. Its unique character lives on, thanks to its vast collection of statues and traditional Tibetan ritual implements.
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The Yuanmingyuan Park
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The Old Summer Palace stands as a witness to the turbulent history of modern China. Originally conceived by the Kangxi Emperor as a small gift to his son, the palace was remodeled with ambitious grandeur by the Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century, and became the residence of the imperial court until the destruction brought by the Second Opium War in 1860. Its peaceful lakes and gardens are an invitation to a relaxing walk all year long. Visitors come to admire the lotus blossoms and the black swans, rent a boat during the summer or step on the frozen lakes when the winter brings its coldest days.
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The Summer Palace
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The Empress Dowager Cixi, one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in modern Chinese history, loved this summer resort which now stands as a symbol of the extravagance that led to the decline of the Qing Dynasty. Many elegant pavilions and corridors were built around the immense Kunming Lake, where visitors enjoy the scenery on pedal boats or ice skates, depending on the season.
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The Forbidden City
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Arguably the most impressive architectural complex in China, this palace was the center of power and served as the official residence of twenty-four emperors over seven centuries.We will guide you through the magnificent buildings to decipher the symbolism of their architecture and describe the rituals and the daily life of the imperial court.
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The Dongyue Temple
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Add a hint of fright to your visit of Beijing! This Taoist temple celebrates the supernatural underworld of the Zhengyi school and lets you discover the bureaucracy of the afterlife. Each cubicle of statues shows a department of spirits and the punishments that can be inflicted to mortals in retribution for their wrongdoings.