|Ming Tombs, Lunch, Great Wall, Olympic Park (outside), Tea Ceremony
Be picked up from your hotel by English speaking tour guide and private vehicle at 08:30 am.
Drive 1.5 hours to Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs is the final resting place of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, along with 23 empresses and a number of concubines. It has a history of over 600 years. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Ming Tombs features splendid landscape. Chang Ling (the Tomb of Chang) was built by the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty in 1409 AD. Chang Ling is the largest tomb in architectural scale. The hall of Chang Ling is the largest structure of nanmu wood in China.
Proceed to restaurant to have Chinese lunch and have a short rest.
After lunch, we will drive to the famous Badaling Great Wall. Badaling was built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty. This section of the Great Wall is the best preserved and most visited one. It is 7600 meters long and 1000 meters above sea level,commanding a strategic position in ancient times. Take sightseeing on Badaling Great Wall for about 2 hours.
Drive to visit the Olympic Park. As the major venue of the 2008 Olympic Games, the Olympic Park contains three areas including the Forest Park in the north, major venue and supporting facilities area in the center and the completed stadiums and the reserved area. The completed stadiums contains the National Stadium (Bird's Nest), National Swimming Center (Water Cube) and the National Indoor Stadium (Folding Fans). We will have an outside view of the Olympic venues.
Taste Chinese tea, enjoy Chinese tea ceremony and have a rest in a local tea house.
China is the hometown and birthplace of Chinese tea.
Being the national drinks of China, tea have a history of four to five thousand years.
Tea culture is one of the specific representative of Chinese culture.
Be transferred back to your hotel after the whole day tour.
|Forbidden City, Lunch, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
English speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 08:30 am.
Drive to the Forbidden City -also called Palace Museum. The Palace Museum is a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics. The palace was the exclusive domain of the imperial court for almost 500 years. As one of the World Cultural Relics, the palace consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms. Visit Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Drive 20 minutes to visit Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 during Ming Dynasty. The emperor came to the temple every winter to pray for ample harvests and good weather. Strictly built on the basis of philosophical requirements, the temple in many ways features the relationship between Heaven and Earth. Take sightseeing in the temple for one hour.
After lunch in a nice restaurant near Temple of Heaven, drive 40 minutes to Summer Palace - 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Beijing. The Summer Palace was first built in 1750 by Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty. It covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, including 70,000 square meters of building space. The Summer Palace perfectly combines the natural landscape of hills and open water with humankind works such as pavilions, halls, palaces and bridges. In 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. Take sightseeing in this beautiful garden for one hour and twenty minutes.
We will transfer you back to hotel after the whole day tour.