Beijing Forbidden City and Jingshan Park Private Day Tour with Cooking Lesson

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Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park
Tian'anmen Square - Madz De Guzman
Madz De GuzmanTian'anmen Square
Forbidden City - Madz De Guzman
Madz De GuzmanForbidden City
Inside the Forbidden City - Madz De Guzman
Madz De GuzmanInside the Forbidden City
Local Market
Local Market
Traditional Cooking Lesson
Traditional Cooking Lesson
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What To Expect

Have a glimpse of the imperial life during the Qing and Ming Dynasties as you visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Jingshan Park. Then, learn how to cook Chinese dumplings and other classic dishes and enjoy them at an exquisitely restored private courtyard.


  • With hotel pick-up and drop off for convenience

  • A fully-guided tour around the historical spots of Beijing

  • Stroll around Jingshan Park and join the locals in their morning excercises

  • Learn how to cook Chinese dumplings and other local dishes

  • Take delight in a sumptuous lunch of the local dishes you've made

  • See the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world

  • Take a peek into the lives of the Qing and Ming dynasty emperors with a visit to the Forbidden City

  • Enjoy a lovely tea ceremony at a local tea house


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After being picked up at your hotel, take a scenic ride to the Jingshan Park, known as one of the Imperial Gardens of China. Led by your guide, climb to the top of Jingshan Hill and marvel at the breathtaking view of the Forbidden City located at the south of the park. This vantage point also allows you to enjoy a panoramic 360° view of Beijing City.

Then, witness the park fills with middle-aged and older locals who gather in groups to sing the revolutionary songs of their youth, play the traditional two-stringed erhu or practice the slow, graceful movements of Tai Chi. For a full experience, you may also join in their morning exercises or listen to their worthwhile stories.

Departing from the park, proceed to a local market to buy fresh vegetables for your cooking class. With the help of a local chef, cook delicious dumplings, a traditional Chinese food loved by almost everyone in China. You will also learn to cook two other dishes famous in the country.

Get the price of your labor and take delight in the mouthwatering Chinese dishes you've cooked at the Hutong Courtyard House, an exquisitely restored private courtyard.

Then, explore the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. See one of the finest monumental gates in the world, which was the principal entry to the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Take your spirit of journey to the Forbidden City and have a glimpse of what it was like to live the imperial life. The domain was closed to the outside world for 500 years, and no one could enter or leave the area without the permission of the reigning leader. Walk through the gardens and palatial buildings just as the emperors did and see the Dowager Empress's theatre, with its cunning trap doors and hall of clocks.

Before going back to your hotel, end your adventure with a lovely tea ceremony at a local tea house.


  • Pick-up from inner city hotels in Beijing

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

  • Expert guide

  • Jingshan Park and Forbidden City admission fees

  • Cooking lesson

  • Chinese-style lunch

  • Tea


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • The following information will be required upon booking:

  • Full Name in Passport

  • Date of Birth

  • Passport Number and Nationality

  • Passport Expiry Date

  • Tours run rain or shine, unless conditions prove to be too adverse.

  • Please dress appropriately. Comfortable shoes are advisable.

  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 6 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 5 days or less prior to date of activity.

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