“An in-depth Beijing discovery trip including hiking up the most beautiful section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, discover the hidden stories of imperial lives of ancient Chinese emperors in the Forbidden City and Summer Palace as a VIP guest without queuing at the entrance, find Chinese royal religions by visiting the Temple of Heaven, visit the homes of the Indian and Eastern sages: Sakyamuni and Confucius, explore the small lanes in Beijing which local people called “Hutongs” to see the real life of a local Beijinger. Great choices for lunches to try different Beijing local foods, no shopping, make full use of your time to know more about this charming ancient capital, Beijing.”
Skip the line at the Forbidden City as VIP guests with our informative and friendly guide to discover the secret lives of Chinese ancient emperors. Hiking up the most beautiful section of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu at ease by round-way cable car. Visit the world largest urban square in the center of the city of Beijing – Tian’anmen Square. Enjoy freshly-cooked Beijing local food for lunch at our selected restaurant. No shopping at all, no time-wasting!
In this day you’ll explore the famous imperial garden – the Summer Palace which is the largest imperial royal garden in the world. On way you’ll pass by the 2008 Beijing Olympics Sites (known as the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube). After lunch you’ll have a panoramic view of the Forbidden City at Jingshan Park which was located in front of the back door of the Forbidden City. After that you’ll see how Chinese emperors used to worship their “gods” by visiting the Temple of Heaven. This is a day to experience the life of a Chinese emperor, try it!
In the morning at around 8:00 your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive to our first destination of the day – the Lama Temple (雍和宫, yōng hé gōng). Back to the history, you may find that there are two Chinese emperors used to live here in Qin Dynasty. In 1744 Emperor Qianlong changed this place to a Lama temple since then it has become a Buddhism temple. Here you will see the world’s largest wooden sculpture of Buddha. It is a 26-meter high sculpture of Sakyamuni, the great sage of the West.
After visiting the Lama Temple, just a few walks away from the Lama Temple stands the greatest sage and philosopher of the East call Confucius who has been influencing Chinese people and culture for over thousands years even in nowadays.
Walk along the avenue in the shade of the pine trees, listening to your guide’s presentation while breathing the air, which is filled with the smell of peony flowers. You will understand how the so-called “harmonious life” came into being that so many Chinese saints and sages pursued.
Lunch will be served at one of the most famous restaurants in Beijing – Jin Ding Xuan (金鼎轩) restaurant which serves traditional Chinese food. Your guide will help you to order the food loved by local people.
After lunch, we will drive to the Hutong area and take a rickshaw to visit the Hutongs which will bring you back to the old times of Beijing.
Rickshaw might be the best way to explore the Hutongs as you may stay away from the crowds and you don’t have to take too much walk from place to place.
You’ll pass by the Drum Tower and walk the Nanluoguxiang which is a very famous food street in Beijing. Also there are many featured shops there.
You’ll also have the chance to take a visit to a traditional Hutong courtyard residence which local people called Siheyuan (四合院). You’ll see the real life of a Beijinger.
This trip comes to the end after visiting the Hutongs. Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel. If you need to catch an onward flight or train at http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/beijingtour/beijing-airport-hotel-private-transfer.htm, please book a transfer service in advance and tell your guide your departure time.
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|Seasonality||Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|Shoulder Season||$289 USD||$259 USD||Free|
|Peak Season||$309 USD||$269 USD||Free|
* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: China National Day: 01/Oct/2018 – 07/Oct/2018. Chinese Spring Festival: 04/Feb/2019 – 10/Feb/2019. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.