Beijing Tiananmen Square Excursion Reviews

This world's largest public square holds 300,000 people and is equal to 90 football fields. A 121-foot pillar called the Monument to the People's Heroes stands in the center of the square.
This of course is a must see in Beijing.
This of course is a must see in Beijing. Whatever you do though, don't ask your tour guide where the tanks were. There are listening devices and cameras everywhere.
This of course is a must see in Beijing. Whatever you do though, don't ask your tour guide where the tanks were. There are listening devices and cameras everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Outstanding experience.
Outstanding experience. Guide was terrific. I was very nervous about getting off the cruise ship and traveling so far from the ship on this tour. Our tour guide, Maggie, immediately allayed those fears by her professional approach to ... Read More
Outstanding experience. Guide was terrific. I was very nervous about getting off the cruise ship and traveling so far from the ship on this tour. Our tour guide, Maggie, immediately allayed those fears by her professional approach to every situation. She was waiting for us right where we came off the ship. She hugged us and took us right to the waiting car. She explained all the details of the tour, gave us water bottles, and did everything to make us comfortable. We loved every minute we spent with her. Though we had been told by ship personnel that tourists might not get in to Tiananmen Square because of the ongoing National Congress, Maggie flashed her tour guide badge and ushered us right in past all the long lines of waiting crowds. She then took us to the Forbidden City, explaining the history and significance of all the buildings. She watched over our every step, constantly making sure we didn’t trip on uneven pavement or miss an unexpected step up or down. She adapted to our pace of walking and, since we are seniors, that is very important to us. We had a lovely hotel room, chosen by the tour service, which provided an excellent free breakfast. Unfortunately, overnight my husband fell and hit his head in the bathroom, needing emergency care. Because of his injury, we decided not to go out to walk on the Great Wall the next day. When we told Maggie the next morning that we needed to change the plans, she immediately adapted and took us to the Summer Palace instead. She was clearly an expert on all aspects of the history of Beijing. Her English was excellent and she could answer every question. Our driver was also quite masterful at his part of the tour, knowing how to maneuver around traffic jams and make as good a time as possible on Beijing’s crowded roadways. All in all, a terrific tour that we will remember for years to come. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The square was so much larger than I could have imagined.
The square was so much larger than I could have imagined. We walked around a lot of the square and saw some statutes but did not stay long.
The square was so much larger than I could have imagined. We walked around a lot of the square and saw some statutes but did not stay long. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
This is where modern Chinese history started and China became one Nation.
This is where modern Chinese history started and China became one Nation.
This is where modern Chinese history started and China became one Nation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
interesting, but not as much as the Forbidden City
interesting, but not as much as the Forbidden City
interesting, but not as much as the Forbidden City Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Impressive
Impressive
Impressive Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Gotta go early and with a guided tour or else it may be untenable.
Gotta go early and with a guided tour or else it may be untenable. HUGE
Gotta go early and with a guided tour or else it may be untenable. HUGE Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Vast space with interesting sights.
Vast space with interesting sights. The floral displays were very creative.
Vast space with interesting sights. The floral displays were very creative. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Another very crowded venue in Beijing, but its historical significance made it a worthwhile stop.
Another very crowded venue in Beijing, but its historical significance made it a worthwhile stop. It was also one place to see typical Chinese residents out for the day with family enjoying a cultural icon of their own.
Another very crowded venue in Beijing, but its historical significance made it a worthwhile stop. It was also one place to see typical Chinese residents out for the day with family enjoying a cultural icon of their own. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We did not go into any of the buildings, mostly walked around the square itself and learned the ...
We did not go into any of the buildings, mostly walked around the square itself and learned the history of the area.
We did not go into any of the buildings, mostly walked around the square itself and learned the history of the area. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Good to see it, but it wasn't that interesting, but you don't know that until you're there, so ...
Good to see it, but it wasn't that interesting, but you don't know that until you're there, so should be included.
Good to see it, but it wasn't that interesting, but you don't know that until you're there, so should be included. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
amazingly huge, to hold a million people.
amazingly huge, to hold a million people.
amazingly huge, to hold a million people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Slightly anti-climatic as there is no indication or information about the student uprising that ...
Slightly anti-climatic as there is no indication or information about the student uprising that made the Square famous in the west. The city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, has collected all 56 pillars that represented the groups in the Square ... Read More
Slightly anti-climatic as there is no indication or information about the student uprising that made the Square famous in the west. The city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, has collected all 56 pillars that represented the groups in the Square and created a park with them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Excellent tour of historic Square
Excellent tour of historic Square
Excellent tour of historic Square Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We saw it twice.
We saw it twice. Once at night on the way back from the Peking Duck Supper and then the next day as part of the organized group. The size is incredible. It did not seem big to start with until you realize that the small shape on the other ... Read More
We saw it twice. Once at night on the way back from the Peking Duck Supper and then the next day as part of the organized group. The size is incredible. It did not seem big to start with until you realize that the small shape on the other side is a person. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Saw so many locals.
Saw so many locals.
Saw so many locals. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
A must do excursion, a bit more information on the historical significance/importance would be ...
A must do excursion, a bit more information on the historical significance/importance would be helpful to the group.
A must do excursion, a bit more information on the historical significance/importance would be helpful to the group. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
(Looked more like Tian an men rectangle to me.) Walking through a big open public area to admire a ...
(Looked more like Tian an men rectangle to me.) Walking through a big open public area to admire a gigantic poster of Chairman Mao. If that doesn't excite you, I don't know what will.
(Looked more like Tian an men rectangle to me.) Walking through a big open public area to admire a gigantic poster of Chairman Mao. If that doesn't excite you, I don't know what will. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Amazing to be there, but very crowded!
Amazing to be there, but very crowded!
Amazing to be there, but very crowded! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Very very crowded.
Very very crowded. But it's a huge square and plenty of room. We came during the day with our tour group but a few of us had walked over the night before to see it all lit up. I would recommend that.. It was quite surreal as I ... Read More
Very very crowded. But it's a huge square and plenty of room. We came during the day with our tour group but a few of us had walked over the night before to see it all lit up. I would recommend that.. It was quite surreal as I thought of all that had happened in the square. It was the one Tri reminder that China is still a communist country. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Not really thrilled with this stop.
Not really thrilled with this stop. I am not sure that I understand the meaning and that could be part of it. Also we only got about 10 minutes there because they closed the square for some visiting dignitaries.
Not really thrilled with this stop. I am not sure that I understand the meaning and that could be part of it. Also we only got about 10 minutes there because they closed the square for some visiting dignitaries. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Huge.
Huge. Very hot day. Expanse! Neat central double-sided screen for movies, advertisement, and programming.
Huge. Very hot day. Expanse! Neat central double-sided screen for movies, advertisement, and programming. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises