Day 1: Arrive in Beijing (Meals: -/-/-). Arrive at Beijing, to be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. As the capital of the Peoples Republic of China, Beijing is the center of the nation politics, culture and international exchanges and a modem metropolis full of vitality, hosting more travelers than any other city in China, and for good reason, because no other city offers so many marvels, ancient and modern. No city is more important in recent Chinese history--and more of that history is on display here than anywhere else. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 2: Beijing (Meals: -/L/-). Tian-An-Men Square / Forbidden City / Beihai Park. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit the Tian An Men Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. Having a free walk there, imagining the great historic events of the 20th century took place there. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the People's Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution. Walking across the Golden River Bridge, enter the Forbidden City, the inner sanctum and palace where for centuries Chinese emperors ruled their world. It has 9000-room maze of courtyards, places, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years in the past. Tour the palace and imagine the mystery, intrigue and incredible power that reigned here. After lunch,visit Beihai Park. Located in the center of Beijing City, construction of Beihai Park began in the 11th century. It has a history of 800 years. It is the imperial garden with the longest history in China. It has an area of 68 hectares that consists of Beihai Lake and Jade Flowery Islet and is built to represent the wonderland of ancient Chinese fairy tales.
Day 3: Beijing (Meals: -/L/-). Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spending about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside city to the surrounding countryside to visit the Badaling Great Wall, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind, built over 2,000 years ago. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved section of the ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountains scenery. After lunch at local restaurant, visit the fabled Ming Tombs, the resting places of thirteen emperors and their splendid treasures, passing down the Spirit Way, a road lined with statues of dignitaries, as well as huge elephants, lions, camels and horses, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. Visit one of the spectacular tombs - Dingling featuring an underground palace.
Day 4: Beijing (Meals: -/L/-). Temple of Heaven / Summer Palace. Take an early morning walk outside of the hotel. Hundreds of bicycles weave along the main road while food vendors serve street-side breakfasts to a population of "on the go". Visit the Temple of Heaven, which was built in the 15th century, a sacred site for ancient Beijing, where the emperor and his 1000 member entourage would retreat twice a year for religious ritual. Surrounded by enormous grounds designed in accordance with Fengshui, the Temple complex consists of the Celebrated Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail. It is considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture. After having lunch at a local restaurant, spend your whole afternoon to visit the famous royal garden-Summer Palace. Built in 1888, it was once a summer retreat and the imperial park for emperors. Have a lakeside cruise on the lovely Kunming Lake, enjoy the magical views of the hills, bridges and pagodas that grace the Palace grounds.
Day 5: Beijing (Meals: -/L/-). Hutong Trishaw Tour / Next City. Have a unique Hutong Trishaw tour in the morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people. Tricycles hold two people and peddled by an experienced bicyclist. Stops are made to visit a local family and see first-hand how the people of Beijing live. Take afternoon flight to next city.
- All meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Transfers among sightseeing scenic spots & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide
- Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Hotels accommodations and breakfast.
- Any meals which are not included in the " The trip price includes".
- Domestic flights, trains or buses, international air and train tickets for coming & leaving mainland China.
- Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Personal expenses: The items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day to day itinerary.
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
- Visa fees.
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