Discover the heart of Beijing on this intensive, guided 1-day tour that focuses on the city's UNESCO-listed Central Axis. You'll visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, and ride a rickshaw through the hutong near the Drum and Bell Towers, before ending the day with an acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theater.
You'll meet the tour at 9am at Exit B of Tiananmen East subway station (line 1), at the heart of Beijing's Central Axis. Discover the history of the establishment of modern China and visit monuments to Chinese heroes such as Mao Zedong as you walk through Tiananmen Square en route to the Forbidden City.
At roughly 10am you will enter The Forbidden City for a 2-hour tour through this vast complex â€“ once the exclusive domain of Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors and their court. Beginning at the Meridian Gate and ending at the Gate of Divine Prowess, discover royal gardens, imperial halls, concubines' quarters, and museums.
Next, enjoy a picnic lunch in Jingshan Park with a traditional Chinese lunch box, before hiking to the top of Jingshan Hill to enjoy the panoramic view over Beijing's Central Axis and the city as a whole. Weather depending, you should be able to spot other popular Beijing sights like the egg-shaped National Theater and the White Pagoda in Beihai Park.
At 2pm, you'll explore the hutong, single-storey, laneway neighborhoods where local people in Beijing traditionally lived. Beijing is laid out on a grid pattern with each hutong running from north to south or east to west. Take a rickshaw ride, visit a siheyuan (courtyard) family, and get to know some Beijing natives.
You'll have free time to shop for gifts and taste some food in Yandai Xiejie, an ancient alley near the Drum Tower. Along the street, there are many traditional Chinese restaurants providing delicacies from all over the country. Souvenirs include: traditional clothing, pottery, and tea, not to mention memorabilia of Chairman Mao.
Finally, take the subway to the Chaoyang Theater for the acrobatic show at 5:30pm. Eye-catching performances, impressive technique, and traditional music allow you to experience an entirely new perspective on Chinese folk arts. It finishes at 6:30pm.
Capture images of old Beijing and mingle with real Beijingers on this 3-hour, small-group walking tour led by a professional photographer and longterm Beijing resident. Explore Beihai Park and its nearby 'hutong', a web of low alleyways with traditional courtyard houses, and visit the Shijia Hutong Museum.
Greet your professional photographer guide and small group at Beihai North subway station at 9am for the short walk to Beihai Park.
While the temples and pavilions are striking, the real draw here are the many and varied activities local residents enjoy. Watch locals take part in everything from tai chi and Chinese theater to ballroom dancing, choir, and aerobics: your guide will help you bridge the gap between visitor and local, and meet some fascinating people.
Your next stop is the hutong, the low-rise alley neighborhoods, some of which still have traditional courtyard houses. Inhale the steam from outdoor food stalls as you watch street barbers and tailors at work, and old folk on bicycles going about their daily lives.
Finally, you'll travel to Shijia Hutong Museum, the first hutong museum. Gain even more insight into local life as you learn how the hutong developed over time. Your tour will finish here at 12pm.
Traveling with children? We offer an optional treasure hunt that guides them around Beihai Park and the hutong, interacting with local residents along the way.
The tour starts at Yonghegong station (Lama Temple Station), close to Lama Temple. As you walk to your first destination: Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, Nelly your guide will give you an introduction to the history and significance of the area.
Guozijian Museum, also known as The Imperial College, a remarkable academic complex built to present the value of Chinese education, was the administrative headquarters of education during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Neighboring The Confucius and Lama Temples, Guozijian was where Chinese men would be educated to become civil servants of the imperial court. Rigorous examination took place for admittance and progression; it was seen as the highest honor for a man and his family in ancient times.
In the temple you will not only be treated to a magnificent dance recital, featuring traditional dress and the recital of Confucian doctrines, performed by students from a prestigious Beijing dance school; but you will also learn much about the influence and importance of Confucian doctrine and heritage both then and now.
Next you will walk through the historic hutong area. Different from other hutong tours, this tour focuses on exploring local residential life in the context of its history. Besides viewing the stunning architecture, you will take a closer look into itâ€™s significance and enjoy strolling through an open-air market and tree-lined lanes.
The tour ends with a change of pace, ending at an architectural anomaly that you may be surprised, although enchanted, to find at the end of your walk through the hutongs.
This is a hiking tour from Jingshanling Great Wall to West Simatai Great Wall. It takes an average of 3.5 hours to cross through 22 ancient towers, on rugged up and down mountain inclines.
What a challenging but amazing experience it makes! Because of the terrain, the last 1.5 miles to Simatai Great Wall was closed by the local government. However, we take you right up to the west edge of Simatai Great Wall. The whole trip of hiking is approximately 3.7 miles.
Over 50,000 of our former guests would agree, we are taking you to the best parts of the Great Wall - Jinshanling. Unlike other sections of the wall that are crowded by tourists and vendors, this section of the Great Wall is rather tranquil, and the stones that make up the ruins are hundreds of years old, most of them even in their original condition. The views are some of the most breathtaking ones that you'll see all around China.
Departing from your hotel in Beijing, and it takes around 3 hours to get to the entrance of Jinshanling Great Wall. As this is a private service of transport, you need to pay the other fees and meal at your own expenses.
As the most popular hiking trip of Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both Jinshanling Great Wall and west Simatai Great Wall sections within 3 hours. Due to the recent closure of Simatai section, you are not able to walk through all the way to Simtai.But you will walk from Jinshanling Great Wall eastward to Simatai West, to the 22nd tower. You can also take the cable car to go directly from the 1st tower to the 16th tower and then hike the rest, just that you need to pay the cable car ticket at your own expenses. It is the best place for keen photographers along the wall. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking for all ages.
This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here.
As this trip starts from Jinshanling and ends at Simatai West, you'd have to finish the whole hiking parking around 3.7 miles and the car will wait for you at the exit. After this, you will be taken back to your hotel in Beijing city center.
This morning, the tour guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel at 09:00am. Driving to visit the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square. The magnificent Forbidden City is the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world, and the solemn and respectful Tian'anmen Square is the largest central city square in the world, which serves not only the city's symbol but also the whole of China.
Lunch will be on your own arrangement and your guide will recommend some local specialties to you.
In the afternoon, tour operator will offer you the most flexible tour options for Beijing city sightseeing, you can discuss with tour guide about these options based on your interest and time, our guide will also give you suggestion based on the traffic condition and time. At the end of the tour, the guide and driver will drop you off at the hotel before 06:00pm. Service ends here.
1. Summer Palace
2. Yonghe Lamasery and Hutong Tour
3. Temple of Heaven
4. Jingshan Park and Beihai Park
In the morning, your private guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Beijing at 8:30am. Your first destination will be the Temple of Heaven, it's a complex that was visited by the emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for good harvest. This is regarded as a Taoist temple.
Continue the tour by heading to the Badaling section of the Great Wall, it's the best preserved and most complete section. On the dragon-like winding wall, appreciate a breathtaking view of the beacon towers, strategic forts and charming natural scenery that surround the wall.
At the conclusion of your 8-hour private tour, your guide and driver will return you to your Beijing hotel.
This private night tour takes you to taste the delicious Peking Duck and enjoy an amazing Chinese Kung Fu Show. With a professional English-speaking guide, you will take a taxi or public transportation (at your own expense) to the restaurant and theater and this ensures that you get to understand the show, the food and the people with a limited budget.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Together with the guide, you will take a taxi or public transportation to a notable local restaurant to taste the Roasted Peking Duck, the local flavor of Beijing. Roasted Peking Duck is considered a must-try for visitors to Beijing. With a history of more than 600 years, Roasted Peking Duck is the most famous gourmet cuisine of Beijing and one of the most popular foods in China. It has received worldwide recognition for its tempting shining color, crispy skin and tender meat.
After dinner, you will then take a taxi or public transportation to the Red Theater to enjoy the Shaolin Kung Fu Show. Shaolin is considered to be the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu. This show combines Kung Fu moves with acrobatics and offers audience an unforgettable experience, which is also a great way to get to know China's ancient culture. At the end of the tour, your guide will also accompany you back to your hotel.
Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant is well known for its Chinese cuisine, especially Peking duck. It has contributed towards innovating methods of cooking Peking duck by using a spherical wood fired oven instead of the more traditional method of a square oven. Da Dong has been rated within the top ten best Peking duck serving restaurants in Beijing by various Food critics. It was also listed as a suggestion for Bucket lists in the book 1,000 Places to See before you die by Patricia Schultz. During this 4-hour private tour, you will enjoy a wonderful Peking Duck dinner at Da Dong Restaurant. In addition, you will experience the Legend of Kung Fu show at famous Beijing Red Theatre in VIP zone.
Your private tour guide will meet you at 4:00pm, and you will first watch the incredible Legend of Kung Fu show at famous Beijing Red Theatre located in Dongcheng District. This show is a unique blend of Chinese traditional martial arts and modern dance resulting in a spectacular performance.Â The story tells a young boy who becomes a monk and finally a Kung Fu master. Â Although there is no speaking by the actors, English subtitles make the story line easy to follow.Â
After this exciting show you will go to the Da Dong for dinner, one of the top 10 Peking Duck restaurants in Beijing! DaÂ Dong is well known for its Chinese artistic conception foodÂ and in particular its Peking Duck. Â Each duck is carefully and finely carved so that there is crispy skin, delicious duck fat and a small amount of meat in each Peking Duck pancake. Â Your Chinese Banquet tonight includes this delicious treat.
At the end of this fantastic evening, you will be driven back to your hotel.
After meeting your driver in your hotel lobby in Beijing, you will be transferred to the airport to Shanghai.
You will start your exciting full-day tour once you arrive in Shanghai. Your first stop is the Yu Garden, the cityâ€™s most famous example of the traditional gardens as historically kept by wealthy families in the Ming & Qing Dynasties. After exploring the garden, spending time wandering through the markets and bazaars of Shanghaiâ€™s Old Town. This is the perfect opportunity to get souvenir shopping done while soaking up the atmosphere of old Shanghai.
Then you willl board your Huangpu River cruise. The cruise offers an extraordinary view of the Bund and its promenade, which are landmarks of Shanghaiâ€™s 9th century struggle to reclaim a waterfront from the blogs of this river, which originates in Tai Lake. After your cruise, you will have a traditional noodle dish for lunch.
Then you will have the opportunity to walk along the wide boulevard of the Bund, lined with impressive neo-classical buildings.
Afterwards, you will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can get a vision of Shanghaiâ€™s exciting future and see a scale model of the inner city including the World Expo site and further developments that have been planned up to 2020.
After this, the tour will end and you will be transferred to the airport in Shanghai, once you arrive in Beijing, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Beijing.
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Beijing city centre (8:00am). Then follow your guide to Jingshan Park by public transportation. After a leisurely climb to the top of the Jingshan Hill you will have a birdâ€™s eye view of the Forbidden City, in the early morning when it is not so crowded. Then you will have the opportunity to join the local citizens in their morning activities like the ribbon dance, Tai Chi, etc.Accompanied by your guide, you will visit the local market to purchase the fresh vegetables and other ingredients you will need to prepare your lunch. Once you reach a traditional courtyard, enjoy the relaxed ambience to learn how to make Chinese dumplings and local dishes. After finishing the cooking process, you can eat your handmade local delicacies for lunch.
Continue the tour following your guide to rent a bike and ride through the old streets of Beijing, also known as â€œHutongsâ€. Â After a while, you will start your next activity at a local store drawing the famous â€œPeking opera mask or the Beijing-style Rabbitâ€ with the owner.To complete this amazing tour, you will enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at a tea house close to the Drum and Bell Towers square. You will then return your bike and bid farewell to your guide.
Enjoy a convenient, friendly and experienced English-speaking private guide service in Beijing. Your guide, who will have a license issued by the China's National Tourism Administration, will meet you in your hotel lobby and take you to visit the attractions you want to visit. He/she will explain the history behind all sights, and help you answer any questions you might have. After an 8-hour tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel or anywhere else youâ€™d like to be dropped off.
When making a booking, please include your accommodation information and the attractions you want to visit in the Special Requirements.Â You will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the guide. Please also prepare your information beforehand.
This pricing offers 1 tour guide per group (up to 15 people)
Meet your guide at your hotel in Beijing city center and transfer for your authentic Peking Duck dinner where you will experience a wonderful night. This dining experience is an absolute must-do in Beijing; you can't say you've eaten Peking Duck until you've eaten it in here, where it is made as it should be! On your evening out, discover the culinary secrets in carving the duck correctly and eating it in the traditional style.
Â After your dinnerï¼Œyou can have a free walk to see the night view of Beijing or back to your hotel on your own.
After pickup in the morning from your hotel, you will head north out of bustling Beijing to two popular attractions. The first stop on your full-day sightseeing tour is the Great Wall of China, the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering and one of the world's most famous structures. The Badaling section is a prime, preserved example of this colossal monument, which became a strategic military location during the Warring States period (476-221 BC), when many of the incomplete parts of the wall were built.
Here at the Badaling section, you have the opportunity to climb either the north or south face of the Great Wall, enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. As you stroll with your guide past watchtowers along the ancient fortification, learn why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and see why it lives up to its reputation as one of the Eight Wonders of the World.
During your day trip, a Chinese-style lunch is included, along with a shopping opportunity at the renowned Longdi jade factory. Learn how this beautiful stone is carved and enjoy browsing for goods
In the afternoon, from Badaling it's on to the sacred Ming Tombs, burial grounds to 13 of the 16 Ming emperors. Situated just outside the city, only three of the tombs are actually open for viewing. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the burial chamber of Dingling Underground Palace.
Dingling Underground Palace is the only tomb to have been excavated. Buried here are three individuals; Emperor Wan-li (died 1620), Empress Wang (died 1620), and another Empress Wang (died 1611). The Emperor Wan-li was the last of the great Ming Emperors, reigning 48 years, longer than any Chinese Emperor since the Han Emperor Wu of the 2nd century B.C. Alongside him are his wife and 1st concubine.
After your Dingling visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing in our air-con vehicle.
Greet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Beijing city centre and follow him to the Temple of Heaven at 8:30am, the first stop of this full-day tour.
The Temple of Heaven is China's largest temple and altar complex. This extraordinary example of religious architecture dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. You can watch many people doing morning exercise here. If you like, you can learn tai chi with the locals and get ready for a day full of excitement.
After the Temple of Heaven, we will head to Tiananmen Square to explore China's more recent history, influenced by Chairman Mao and the rise of communism. From there it's on to the Forbidden City, built by Emperor Yong Le during the Ming Dynasty, and the seat of power for centuries. It has seen countless battles and reconstructions, and the architecture seen today dates from the 1700s. The Forbidden City is also known as the Imperial Palace Museum, with the history of every dynasty represented in four palatial halls.
You will have a rest enjoying a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch before heading to the Summer Palace. This Palace was the summer retreat of emperors for 800 years. It is also one of Beijing's finest parks, and you'll be able to explore the grounds, temples and the world's longest art gallery.
Your last destination is to enjoy a Tea Ceremony where you can have a rest and learn about China's tea culture. Then your guide will transfer you back to your Beijing city hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle around 5pm.
Greet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Beijing city center and head to the Sanlitun bar area. Sanlitun is one of the most frequented bar areas in town. Your first bar is the only openly gay bar in this area and the only one on this street frequented by locals. Here youâ€™ll be able to have a drink, relax, and if the weather is good, sit on the balcony. The remaining bars on this street tend to be more popular with tourists.
After youâ€™ve finished your first drink youâ€™ll head to a slightly busier club. This club is one of the biggest gay clubs in town and is located along the side of the Workerâ€™s Stadium, which also has many clubs nearby. Your second destination frequently has big names within the adult entertainment world and from all over Asia and America performing, depending on the night. Youâ€™ll be more likely to catch an act on a Friday or Saturday; however, the club is open and buzzing every night of the week regardless.
Your third and final location is considered to be more of an underground gay bar. This bar is frequented by Beijingâ€™s young LGBT crowd and it really gets going later on in the night. Afterwards, youâ€™ll be taken back to your hotel, or you may choose to stay out at the bars if you prefer to arrange your own transportation back.
Your English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby between 7am and 8:30am. The first stop of the tour is the Beijing Zoo where you can see the lovely giant pandas. You have about 40 minutes to enjoy at the panda zoo, ensuring you have plenty of time to take pictures.
The next stop is the Olympic Stadium, also known as the Birdâ€™s Nest. During this 45 minute visit, you can walk around and also check out the Water Cube, where the water sports took place during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, the tour guide will assist you in buying the tickets (at your own expense).
Following the Olympic area, you will visit the Lama Temple, a mysterious Tibetan-style Buddhist temple. Then you will enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch with locals in a local-style Beijing house. Once you finish your meal, you will take a rickshaw and ride the old Beijing lanes - called hutongs - for a pleasant experience to discover ancient Beijing.
Then you will drive to the Jingshan park, a former imperial garden in the north of the Forbidden City. From this hill you can have a wonderful view of Beijing. Finally, you will visit a silk shop where you can do some shopping - a great opportunity to get gifts for your relatives back home. When the tour concludes, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
If you want to buy some scarfs or blankets. Your guide will take you to buy 100% cashmere blanket, scarf, sweaters at a cheapest cashmere shop in market with quality guaranteed.
If you are interested in some traditional Chinese souvenir. Your guide will take you to the shop which can tailor make Qipao or Western suits, and deliver the ready-to-wear clothes to your hotel before you leave Beijing.
Your guide will take you to the tea shop to buy tea with the best quality and reasonable price, you can taste the tea first and then decide which type of tea to buy.
Your professional shopping expert will not only accompany with you for the whole trip, take you to the best shops, and also help to bargain the price for you. Your expert will get the best possible price for you.
Between 7:30-8:30am, your English-speaking guide, coach and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Beijing to start todayâ€™s trip.
You will explore the Ding Tomb, the tomb of the thirteenth emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Wanli, and his two empresses. The tomb is the only Ming Dynasty Tomb that has been excavated. This underground palace is 89 feet (27 m) deep and has an area of over 3900 square feet (1,195 square m). The tomb held over 3,000 relics, journeys, and treasures that have been unearthed. Duration: two hours. Sightseeing on Ming Tombs will be ended at 11:00am.
After the tombs, enjoy a stop at a famous jade factory to see how jade products are made, and enjoy some shopping. After that, you will enjoy an authentic traditional Chinese lunch, which will prepare you for your next destination: the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall. To see stunning panoramic views of the Great Wall from a distance, you can take a cable car (at your own expense).
On your way back to Beijing, visit a tea shop to enjoy the Chinese traditional tea ceremony. The tour ends with drop-off at your hotel around 6 pm.
In the morning, your professional guide will pick you up at hotel in Beijing. After about 1.5 hoursâ€™ drive, you will arrive the renowned Mutianyu Great Wall.
The Great Wall snakes its way up and down mountains and stretches for 2,400 miles. Built in numerous sections, work on the wall started as early as BC500 though it was only in about BC215, when China became the country that we know today, did various start getting linked and the Wall took on its current form.
Mutianyu Great Wall winds 1.4 miles through lofty mountains and high ridges. Besides its strategically important location and compact layout, the Mutianyu Great Wall is also famous for the breath-taking scenery. Woods cover over 96% of the total area and the Wall presents different aspects of beauty in the four seasons. US President Bill Clinton came here and declared it to be â€œvery beautiful, very grand, more beautiful and grander than I imaginedâ€.
A saying goes in China - 'You are not a man if you have not climbed the Great Wall'. Upon arrival, your guide will escort you to climb the Wall. With the mighty Wall as your hope and goal, the hike becomes quite exciting. The hike takes about 40 minutes and you will be at a point to appreciate the stunning view. However, provided you prefer a visit at less tense and leisure pace, you have the option to take cable car as an alternative. We have included the entrance tickets and the shuttle bus ride between car parking and entrance, while the cable car and/or toboggan ride are optional.
After the Great Wall tour, you will enjoy some relaxing time â€“ lunch at a Chinese Restaurant.
After lunch, you will have chance to visit a cloisonnÃ© workshop and see how local artisans use the techniques of this ancient art form and turn pieces of copper into colorful decorative items.
On your way back to downtown, you will stop at Olympic Green to photograph the iconic â€œBird's Nestâ€- the Beijing National Stadium-host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Transfer back to your hotel at about 5:00 pm.
(*) All prices are approximations due to currency fluctuations.