Beijing Art & Architecture

    • 6-7 hours
    • CNUC
    • Total price tool tip
    • *Approx package price

Be introduced to the enduring icons and unexpected surprises of China's arts scene. This Beijing tour has a bit of everything from soviet-style monuments, to classic hutongs, contemporary art galleries, and triumphs of modern architecture.  


* Marvel at the traditional architecture at the the famous Lama Temple

* See some of Beijing's newest architectural masterpieces

* Be amazed by iconic structures like the Bird's Nest and Water Cube lit up at night

* Experience the cutting edge of Beijing's contemporary and modern art scene

* Enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner and visit to a local community market

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Sunworld Hotel 天伦松鹤大酒店 灯市口大街88号
    No. 88 Dengshikou Street, Dong Cheng, Beijing, 100006
    +86 10-58168999
    Dengshikou Station, Metro Line 5, Exit A.
    Turn left, then turn left at the Dengshikou Dajie, Sunworld is 250m down Dengshikou street on the left hand side of the road.
  • Finish:

    Sunworld Hotel, No. 88 Dengshikou Street, Dong Cheng District.
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide, dinner, transportation, entrance to Lama Temple, entrance to UCCA Gallery, other entrance fees as indicated. 
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, souvenirs, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.

Confirmation of booking

Please contact Beijing Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour


Both a modern metropolis and an ancient citadel, Beijing is a city of contrasts and home to some of China’s most fascinating art and architecture. Here, history is mapped out in the streets, from its bustling hutongs to imposing Soviet-style monuments. Discover some of the most impressive buildings in the city on this tour of Beijing architecture.
First stop on your Beijing tour is a visit to the Lama Temple, a magnificent structure with a fascinating 300 year old history. Also known as the Yonghe Temple or Yonghe Lamasery, its style is a combination of the Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
From old to new - despite its traditional architecture, Beijing is also at the cutting edge of modern architecture, as demonstrated by some of the new developments that are constantly springing up around the city. The CCTV building is one such example, which we glimpse on our way out to the 798 Art Zone on the city's outskirts.
Located in a former factory precinct, the 798 Art Zone area is now home to hundreds of galleries and is the heart of China’s modern art scene. Wander through the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), one of the best Beijing art spots, and perhaps some of the many other galleries if time permits.
Next on our Beijing tour, we'll enjoy a traditional evening meal at a local Chinese restaurant. We're not likely to encounter any other tourists here! Tummies full and happy, after dinner we'll take a stroll through a local community market and see what the locals are up to.
As it starts to get dark, you'll notice that Beijing's skyline takes on a different perspective. As we head back into Beijing, we'll pass the site of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which produced some of Beijing's most iconic new structures. View the spectacular Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube swimming complex, as well as the famous performing arts centre know as the 'Egg'. Seeing these icons lit up at night is a spectacular finale to our Beijing art and architecture tour experience.

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