Day 1 City Highlights
Temple of Heaven
Pick up at 9 am to see the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local senior people doing exercise, practicing Taichi, playing Shuttlecock, doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.
The tour continues by driving by the Tiananmen Square, the largest city-center square in the world. Sometimes there are a lot of people in the Square and security check takes a long time. Also it is a long way to walk to the entrance of the Forbidden City. So it is better to drive by to see the main buildings instead of walking 45 minutes to the Forbidden City. It is optional to walk or drive by; the guide will play it by air with your consent.
After the Square, the driver will pull over nearby the Eastern Gate of Forbidden City which is ten minutes walk to the entrance of the Forbidden City, where the Ming and Qing Emperors resided for more than 500 years. It is the best place to take pictures of the Moat and Watchtower of the Forbidden City on the way to the entrance, Southern Gate.
Peking Roast Duck
Lunch will be served in a cozy non-tourist Peking Roast Duck restaurant, which is about half an hour drive from the Forbidden City. Peking Roast Duck is the most famous local food in Beijing, which is very popular with visitors home and abroad.
After lunch, it's about another half an hour drive to the Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China now. Inside the Summer Palace, we will also take a boat to see the Suzhou Street, where the eunuch and concubine used to disguise as sellers for the emperor to enjoy shopping by using a special kind of coin. Drive back the hotel and have an outside look of the Olympic Stadiums en route. Alternatively, we could also stop at a bridge to the west of the Water Cube which is the best place to take pictures of the main buildings in the Olympic Village.
Day 2 Great Wall at Mutianyu+798 Art Zone
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Pick up at 9 am to see Mutianyu, the most beautiful section of the Great Wall, which is about 1.5 hours drive from Beijing. Mutianyu is pretty and less touristy, more popular with foreign visitors. Starting from June 28th, 2014, all the cars have to stop at the foot of the mountain and all visitors have to take the shuttle bus both ways to and from the previous parking lot. From the parking lot, it takes about 10 minutes to get on the cable car station and another 5 minutes to get on the Wall by cable car. After 2 hours walking on the Wall, lunch will be served in Xiaolongpu, a famous Chinese restaurant nearby.
798 Art Zone
After lunch, drive to the 798 Art Zone to have a walk around for another hour. It is a gathering place for the contemporary artists in Beijing where we could see a lot of studios and sculptures outside. The 798 Art Zone used to be an electronics factory and later deserted and taken by artists, because of its spacious room, cheap rent and its original design. Now people could still see the Chairman Mao' graffiti in some of the studios.
Tour Pricing (USD)
660$/P.P. (1 Person)
375$/P.P. (2 Persons)
325$/P.P. (3 Persons)
275$/P.P. (4 Persons)
238$/P.P. (5 Persons)
215$/P.P. (6 Persons)
200$/P.P. (7-9 Persons)
• Tiananmen Square
• Forbidden City
• Temple of Heaven
• Great Wall at Mutianyu
• Summer Palace
• 798 Art Zone
• Peking Roast Duck
• Boat Ride
-- Transfers between hotel and sights
-- Entrance fees to all sights listed
-- Boat ride in the Summer Palace
-- Peking Roast Duck lunch (Day1)
-- Two ways Shuttle Bus
-- Two ways Cable Car/Toboggan
-- A local English-speaking guide
-- Quality local Chinese lunch (Day2)
-- Mineral water
-- Government taxes/service charges
-- Gratuities (optional)