Beijing City Explorer

From GBP £ 518

Duration
5 Days
Departure Day
Daily
Group Size
Private Tour
Tour Type
Destination Trip
Trip Grading
Easy
Breakfast
Daily Breakfast
Other Meals
1 Lunch & 1 Dinner
Hotel Category
4 Star Hotel
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Uncover the local delights of Beijing’s hutongs. Travel by rickshaw to gain an insight into the communities that live here. Explore the expansive and impressive Summer Palace with its temples, landscaped gardens and central lake. Walk along a quieter section of the Great Wall of China, and marvel at the enormity of this historical wonder.

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, be transferred to your hotel. Stay the next four nights at Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (or similar).

DAY 2

Beijing

On a full day tour, walk through Beijing’s heart, Tiananmen Square. Built on Mao Zedong’s orders it is said to be the world’s largest public square, holding over one million people during military parades and again in 1976 following Mao’s death.From here you pass through the impressive Gate of Heavenly Peace under the famous portrait of Mao to visit the Forbidden City. This is China’s largest and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings, offering a fascinating insight into the sophistication of ancient China and the extraordinary power of the emperors. Next explore the ancient backstreets of Beijing’s hutongs by rickshaw. These traditional alleyways of communal courtyard living are fast disappearing from Beijing’s landscape due to the city’s rush towards modernity and soaring property values. Catch close-up glimpses of local life, explore a produce market, enjoy a simple lunch inside a local family home, and absorb the atmosphere of another era.

DAY 3

Beijing

On a half day tour, experience the lively early morning atmosphere at the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven, where locals gather to practise calligraphy, Tai Chi, traditional dance and opera.Travel to the Summer Palace which is filled with temples, pavilions, gardens and decorated corridors. Spend time wandering through the grounds of this vast royal garden. This evening, enjoy a tasty Peking duck dinner – a must do while in Beijing.

DAY 4

Beijing – Great Wall of China

Enjoy a full day tour of China’s most famous attraction – the Great Wall. Travel to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the wall, considered one of the most spectacular with numerous guard towers and stirring views.The Mutianyu section dates from the Ming Dynasty and was built upon an earlier Northern Qi dynasty conception. Take the cable car up to the wall and take some time to explore this site at your own pace. Admire the panoramic views and reflect on the enormity of the material and labour required for its construction.

DAY 5

Bejing Departure

Check-out of the hotel before being transferred to the airport.

Hotel Description

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao

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A stay at Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao places you in the heart of Beijing, within a 5-minute drive of National Museum of China and Wangfujing Street. This 4-star hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Tiananmen Square and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Qianmen Street. Make yourself at home in one of the 700 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and minibars.

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Beijing City Explorer
Beijing City Explorer

From GBP £ 518

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