There is no better introduction to China than a visit to Beijing. It is the capital city; as well as political, educational, and cultural center of China. Developments in and around the city are moving at lightening-speed; new and deluxe hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and roads seem to be popping up everyday. Of course what attracts visitors from around the globe are the incomparable attractions. Tour the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace that was home to Emperors of China for almost 500 years; and stand atop the amazing Great Wall of China. Visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven, and enjoy the beauty of the Summer Palace, recognized as a World Heritage Site and a “masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.” Be prepared for full days, and a city like no other.
Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer by sedan to your hotel in Beijing. China’s capital city, Beijing is a sprawling cultural and political center, as well as a central base to many fascinating sites. Few other Chinese cities offer such a concentrated view of ancient and modern China.
Today we embark on a full-day tour of Beijing. Tour the incomparable Forbidden City, home to two dynasties spanning 500 years. This architecturally stunning 200-acre compound, with more than 800 buildings and 9,000 rooms, houses a vast collection of imperial treasures and cultural artifacts. Visit Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square, and site of Mao Zedong's Mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People. Rounding out the day is a tour of the Hutongs (backstreets of Beijing), and a delicious Peking Duck dinner this evening. Meals Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
No visit to China would be complete without an excursion to see the Great Wall, truly one of the greatest feats of human engineering, stretching nearly 4,000 miles long. Begun in the 7th century B.C., final additions were completed in 16th century A.D. and originally built to keep out invaders of the north. Also visit the Changling (Ming Dynasty) Tomb and "Sacred Way", a seven-kilometer road lined with statues of guardian animals and officials. Meals Breakfast – Lunch
A full-day tour takes us to the Summer Palace, home to China’s largest imperial garden. We will also tour the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture built for imperial sacrifices conducted on the summer and winter solstices, and one of Beijing's grandest attractions. Meals Breakfast - Lunch
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals Breakfast Note: extra nights in Beijing can be added upon request.
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