Nowhere else can you get a more concentrated impression of the old and new China than in Beijing. Reigning as both an ancient capital of imperial China and the modern capital of a thriving nation, Beijing is home to many of the sights that make China a world-class destination – the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. It was also home to Peking Man over 500,000 years ago.
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing. Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. Then, visit the Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world, and visit Jing Shan Park (Prospect Hill Park), which is also known as Coal Hill, because they say the emperor used to keep emergency coal stores inside the mound. Jing Shan offers a great view out over the Forbidden City complex. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Beijing. Begin the day’s activity with a visit to the Imperial Palace, also known as the “Forbidden City”, the biggest palace complex in the world. In the afternoon, visit Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Beijing. Today’s highlight is your visit to the Great Wall (Badaling Section), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a symbol of Chinese civilization. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across mountains. Then, move on to visit the Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb) area where is for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your full day’s activities. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing. Visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China’s largest and best-preserved royal gardens, where you can have a walk along the famous Long Corridor. In the afternoon, take a ride in rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Beijing. In the morning, you will pay a visit to Beijing Zoo to see the giant panda. Then, you will visit the Yonghe Lama Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple in Beijing, and the most renowned in China (outside Tibet itself). Then, move on to visit the Confucius Temple where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Beijing. Today is free for you to explore the city or go shopping. (You can visit Wangfujing Street, one of the busiest shopping centers in China, and later YaXiu Shopping Hall or SanLiTun Supermarket.) Includes: (B).
Day 7: Return from Beijing. Be transferred to the airport and board on your homebound flight. Includes: (B).
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