This walk begins at Wangfujing, the longtime commercial heart of Beijing, and then traverses the Imperial Quarter which included the Forbidden City and some of the most important monuments and temples in the old capital. While this walk doesn’t go into the Forbidden City, we’ll be walking along the palace moat and walls while we visit the old Ancestral Temple, the Altar of Grain and Soil (now a park named for revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen) before strolling back past Tiananmen and the portrait of Chairman Mao. We’ll have lots to discuss about China’s recent (and not so recent) history as well as dishing on the Chairman, Sun Yat-sen, and the aptly named Dorgon, the Manchu prince who conquered Beijing in 1644 and helped establish the last dynasty to rule China.

 
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Upcoming Public Walks around Tiananmen Square

200 RMB per person (160 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets

 

Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Warriors, Workers, and Wanderers: The Tiananmen Northern Trail is available for individuals, families, school and company groups as a private walk.

Private walks are 1800 RMB for up to five people and 180 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

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What others have said...

 
We went on a tour of Tiananmen Square with Jeremiah and really enjoyed it. It was informative, entertaining, educational and inspiring and we also received tips for our visit to the Forbidden City and other attractions, which helped to make our stay in Beijing even more pleasant.
 

Your Walk Leader

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Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and history teacher based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History for over 11 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society/China File, Los Angeles Review of BooksRadii China, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is frequently asked to speak or lead workshops on Chinese history, culture, and cultural adaptation to schools, organizations, and company groups from around the world and is the proprietor of Beijing by Foot, which organizes educational programs and historic walking tours of Beijing’s most famous sites and hidden by-ways. You can follow him on Twitter @jeremiahjenne or online at jeremiahjenne.com.