The Best Budget Beijing City Tours

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These Beijing City Tours are the best of what is available anywhere in the city of Beijing, China.

But prices have done nothing but rise. All information is as of March 14th, 2018.

Beijing still has many tour options for the budget traveller. You will see and know things you'd never have seen on your ow.

Heck, at least go tour option 1, where you hire a licensed tour guide and translator for $16USD. (see below).

All I do with my day is search for the best deals, try them out then tell people about them. It makes no sense.

Once I find a service with excellent and verifiable reviews, I test them out. If they are the best rated budget service I can find then I will link to them.

If I find similar quality service for $14.99USD while cooking breakfast and searching, then I will switch providers. 

Most of these services are operated/overseen by Viator. We have booked many tours through them over the last 6 years.

They simply offer the very best budget Beijing City Tours.

They always make a tour we want to do an effortless process. We can be lazy and they will still get us there.

Some days we don't want to lug big bags on the subway. We can trust them to...

  • Get us there on time and in one piece
  • Make sure we know all the latest news about our destination
  • Have a map and the choice of staying in the group or doing what the heck we please (As long as we are back at the bus at departure time)

There are no frills in these Tours. They just pick you up at your hotel and take you to the destination(s). 

The Best Budget Beijing City Tours


Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day


Price: $15.99USD

Tour Girl took me to the Oldest part of the Wall

A very private tour. You get a translator/guide for 8 hours. That's it.

It was a wise spent $16USD. We planned out the entire day using her experience and knowledge. I knew where I wanted to go but she knew the best way to go about it.

My guide showed me things I'd never have seen on my own. It's also very useful to have a translator.

You have to pay for both you and your guide's transit fares but you can just get on the Beijing Subway System to get almost everywhere at a cost of between ¥3-¥10.

It was well worth it

Read more about this 1 day Private Custom Tour of Beijing


Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw


Price: $49.00USD

They have a section of Beijing city that is comprised of the oldest and most narrow streets in the city. Only pedestrians and Rickshaws can get through them.

The area is called The Hutongs. They were constructed during the Qing Dynasty.

It is hugely popular to see tourists moving through the narrow alleys on Rickshaws.

It all seemed so fake to me, these tourist women, often too large to keep the locals on high alert for structural damage. They rode like Queens and Princesses. It was cool to see but was phony as heck.

Thankfully, you'll also get a chance to see the gardens at Prince Gong's Mansion. This is Beijing's largest and best preserved royal mansion.

Learn more about seeing the old Beijing Hutongs on a Rickshaw

Beijing Historical Tour #2; Summer Palace, Lama Temple, and the Panda Garden


Price: $54.99USD

Panda pretending to be cute whilst waiting to eat you!

This is a tour for the Panda people. You also get to visit the Lama Temple, and the historic Summer Palace. All worthwhile excursions.

The Pandas are the highlight. You might as well see them now because they will soon be extinct if they don't start showing more interest in the procreation thing.

this was a very stress-free day. We had 7 hours for the day. 1 hours for lunch meant we could have has 1.5 hours in each excursion (minus transport time and other goofy issues that are always arising in Beijing. Always. Traffic....

Everyone voted to stay longer with the Pandas. It is a beautiful environment and very relaxing.

Learn more about the Panda Zoo, the Lama Temple, and the historic Summer Palace Tour.

Beijing Historical Tour #3; The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple Of Heaven


Price: $56.99USD
The Forbidden City Beijing, China

You'll visit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven on this trip.

Tian'anmen Square and the Temple of Heaven were amazing, but it is the Forbidden City that will knock your socks off.

Once you learn that the city was once only for the King, his concubines, and the Enuchs who were ever allowed access.

People would actually volunteer to have their sex organs cut off in exchange for the prestige of serving the King in the Forbidden City.

Tell us if you would chop it all off

Learn more about this trip to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple Of Heaven

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full Day Tour


Price: 64.99
Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

This full-day Beijing sightseeing tour to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China provides an opportunity to experience steeper sections of the wall.

The Mutianyu section is older than popular Badaling section and features outer and inner parapets, three watch towers and even an optional cable car ride!

they may tell you that Mutianyu is an extremely steep section of the wall. You will have no worries about personal safety because Mutianyu isn't all that challenging.

That would be the infamous Huairou section of the Great Wall in north Beijing. If you are serious, you go there.

The Beijing rescue squad of China Emergency Rescue Alliance attended 26 outdoors incidents in the past year involving 99 people resulting in one death and two injuries on the Huairou section of the Great Wall.

Learn more about the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China.

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing


Price: 68.00
Great Wall of China, BadalingBadling Section of The Great Wall of China

See two of China's most popular destinations  the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs.

You'll visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall and explore the Chang Ling Tomb, the largest of the excavated Ming emperor burial sites.

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing.

Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet Night Tour


Price: $86.99USD


Dine on exquisite Chinese cuisine at a Peking Duck banquet dinner and then take in the astounding things they do in that Chinese acrobat troupe.

You have not eaten until you've tried the Peking Duck. It is just ridiculous and almost addicting. I'm thinking of it now as I write this.

I actually thought that this was going to be weird. Eat a banquet of duck and then watch

Learn more about the Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven


Price: $82.99USD



See the classic Beijing city sights like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven

Your day includes relaxing scenic bus ride, a Chinese style lunch, plus an interesting experience at the Pearl Market.

The Pearl Market is a fun place to haggle your way to deals on purses, suitcases, jewelry, electronic gadgets, souvenirs, scarves and what not.

The vendors are a lot more relaxed and fun than the aggressive hawkers at the Silk Market.

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.

Beijing International Transfer: Airport (PEK) to Hotel


Price: $30.99USD.
$30USD from the Beijing Airport to my Hotel?

This specific Beijing licensed car service is something I always book, especially when coming off a long flight or when arriving in the evening. 

I never thought I would ever spend $30USD what seemed so frivolous. 

I used to haul my bags to the nearest bus stop and wait, no matter how late into the night, hoping a bus might get me within walking distance of my hotel.

Getting into Shanghai one evening took me 3 hours and cost me $22USD to a corrupt "No English!" taxi driver (It was all the cash I had.

i tried this service on my next long haul flight and couldn't believe it.

A Chinese guy was waving a placard with my name on it when I walked out of customs in Beijing. He took my bags and loaded them into a pristine VW Passat Sedan.

He spoke great English and got me to my hotel without fuss. He already knew where I was headed. He even carried my bags into the budget hotel I was in.

It saved me hours of dragging those bags around. I slept on the plane next time I used this service arriving into Tokyo. I never sleep on the plane.

I was so relaxed knowing that someone would be waiting for me at the airport.

It is worth every penny. If your flight arrives late then you need not worry. It's a 24 hour service.

You can book everything online and Roundtrip transfers are also available.

Click the link below and just read some of the reviews.

Learn more about the Beijing Airport to Hotel International Transfer Service


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