|Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Lunch, Temple of Heaven, Ancient Observatory
Be picked up by English speaking tour guide from your hotel lobby at 08:30 am.
Visit Tiananmen Square .Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. Surrounded by many well-known cultural and political institutions, the square is the final resting place of Chairman Mao Zedong. The square has witnessed the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Then we will visit Forbidden City -also called Palace Museum, -also called 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.
Have lunch in a nice restaurant near Temple of Heaven.
Proceed to visit the Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420 during Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven is the best preserved and largest sacrificial building complex in the world. 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.
Move on to visit Ancient Observatory. As one of the oldest observatories in the world, the Beijing Ancient Observatory covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Tools in the observatory were built in 1442 of the Ming Dynasty.
Be transferred back to your hotel after the whole day tour.
|Ming Tombs, Lunch, Badaling Great Wall
English speaking tour guide and private vehicle will pick you up from hotel lobby at 08:30 am.
Drive 1.5 hours to Ming Tombs. 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.
Visit Changling for one hour.
Drive to restaurant.
Have lunch and a short rest in a nice restaurant.
After lunch, we will drive to visit Badaling Great Wall. The Great Wall was built and maintained between the 7th century BC and 17th century BC. It was originally built to protect the empire from northern invaders. The Great Wall stretches through the countryside over deserts, hills and plains for 8,851.8 kilometers.
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 back to Beijing city and transfer you back to your hotel after the tour.
|Summer Palace, Lunch, Olympic Park, Beijing Hutong, Tea Ceremony
English speaking tour guide and private vehicle will pick you up from hotel at 08:30 am.
First go to visit Summer Palace. 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. 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.
Drive to a restaurant to have lunch and a short rest.
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). Take an outside view of the Olympic Park.
Proceed to visit Beijing Hutong. Hutongs are lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard). Most of them were built during the Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties surrounding the Forbidden City. Many famous operas and dramas are based on the themes of hutong life. Man-power rickshaw is arranged for you to feel the Hutong of Beijing.
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 has a history of four to five thousand years.
Tea culture is one of the specific representative of Chinese culture.
Transfer back to your hotel after the whole day tour.