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BUCKET LIST BEIJING 

TIANANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY & GREAT WALL AT JUYONGGUAN
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

Combining visits to the cultural hubs of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with a chance to walk atop the Great Wall, this excursion brings together the best experiences in Beijing. Spend the morning exploring culturally-rich Tian’anmen Square, home to the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Great Hall of the People and National Museum of China. Continue the historical journey by heading North to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and previous home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Snaking through a rich, green valley, the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall is the next area to explore. Experience the picturesque mountainous scenery from atop the wall and discover historical towers and temples along the way.


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EMPEROR FOR A DAY 

TIANANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN & SUMMER PALACE
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

Providing a glimpse into ancient Chinese life, this excursion explores Beijing’s rich cultural heritage. Spend the morning at Tian’anmen Square, home to the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Great Hall of the People and National Museum of China. Continue the historical journey by heading North to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and previous home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A visit to the magnificent Temple of Heaven is next, where the world’s largest temple and alter complex is sure to inspire. Moving on to explore the beautifully landscaped gardens and sculptured lakes of the Summer Palace, this day of historical wonder will leave you in awe.


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THE SACRED WAY

MING TOMBS (CHANGLING) & BADALING SECTION OF THE GREAT WALL
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

The Ming tombs are a collection of mausoleums built by the Ming emperors and sprinkled over a 40-kilometre UNESCO World Heritage site North West of Beijing. Enter the region through a huge stone memorial archway and venture down the Sacred Way, a picturesque valley path adorned with carved stone statues of mythical beasts. Enjoy the Feng Shui inspired tranquil water and dark earth scenery that imperial families also experienced as they visited their ancestors. Explore the Changling Tomb, resting place of emperor Zhu DI and Empress Li. Learn about their historical achievements, documented though through carvings and statues. Later, walk along the Great Wall at Badaling, a truly unique experience. Relax and reflect on the adventure with a traditional tea ceremony in the afternoon.


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The Great Wall at Mutianyu

MUTIANYU SECTION OF THE GREAT WALL
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

Featuring magnificent watchtowers and merlons, Mutianyu is one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall and a must-see for those wanting to explore the rich heritage of the area. Experience panoramic views of mountainous landscapes and lush forests from the cable car journey, avoiding the 4000+ steps to reach the top! Spend time exploring the historical site and beautiful scenery on foot then re-join the cable car to ascend. Relax and reflect on the adventure with a traditional tea ceremony in the afternoon.


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Classic Beijing

TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE, THE FORBIDDEN CITY AND THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

As one of the four ancient cities of China, Beijing is home to many historical wonders, with Tian’anmen Square and The Forbidden City being two of the most famous. Spend the morning exploring culturally-rich Tian’anmen Square, home to the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Great Hall of the People and National Museum of China. Continue the historical journey by heading North to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and previous home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A visit to the Temple of Heaven is a final stop for the action-packed day, where the world’s largest temple and alter complex will be truly unforgettable.


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HISTORICAL BEIJING

LAMA TEMPLE, BEIJING ZOO AND SUMMER PALACE
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

Blending Han Chinese, Mongolian, Manchurian and Tibetan architecture, the Lama Temple is one of Beijing’s most unique monasteries. As a functioning temple, the atmosphere is both dynamic and culturally rich. Explore the sprawling courtyards, unusual detailing and vibrant artwork of the temple. Continue on to Beijing Zoo and watch pandas at play, learning about their conservation and treasured status. Moving on to explore the beautifully landscaped gardens and sculptured lakes of the Summer Palace, enjoy the harmonious ensemble of temples, pavilions and bridges at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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ANCIENT GARDENS OF BEIJING

JINSHAN PARK, BEIHAI PARK, OLD BEIJING
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH

Situated high above the Forbidden City, Jinshan Park offers magnificent views of the sprawling palace complex. Explore the elaborate pavilions nestled amongst lush greenery and soak up the vibrant local atmosphere. Continue on to 1000-year-old Beihai Park, previously a Winter Palace for emperors of three successive dynasties. Enjoy the tranquil lakes, vibrant historical architecture and intricate carvings. From here, take a rickshaw ride to the oldest residential area of Beijing and arrive at a family home, or hutong, with your guide. Learn about the traditional way of life and share a meal with the host family. Relax and reflect on the adventure with a traditional tea ceremony in the afternoon.


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KUNG FU SHOW

SHOW WITH TRANSFERS

No trip to Beijing would be complete without a Kung Fu Show. Take a trip to the Red Theatre and enjoy an exciting one hour display of ancient Chinese Kung Fu combined with dance, acrobatics, music and dramatic lighting effects. The show narrates the tale of the life of Chun Yi and his journey from boyhood into manhood, and finally enlightenment.


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PEKING OPERA

SHOW WITH TRANSFERS

Originating in 1700, Opera has a rich historical tradition in China, and shows today are virtually the same as those from the Qing dynasty, 200 years ago. Witness an evening performance of this ancient art, which focuses on spectacle and athleticism to recreate historical and legendary occurrences. This tour includes return transport ton the theatre and tickets to the show.


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PEKING DUCK DINNER

SHOW WITH TRANSFERS

The first recipe for roast duck was published in China in 1330 by an inspector of the imperial kitchen, and Peking Duck, as it became known, went on to become a mainstay on imperial court menus. As a specialty that continues to be popular throughout China and the world, a traditional roast duck dinner is something that must be experienced while in Beijing. This excursion includes transfer to Bianifang or Fangzhuang Quanjude where you will enjoy a full roast duck meal with accompanying soft drink. Transport home is also included.


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YOUR WAY IN BEIJING

PRIVATE GUIDE AND CAR

Experience Beijing exactly the way you choose with a private car and guide for a full 8 hours. Explore the Great Wall in your own time, selecting to walk, hike or explore locations from your own research. Drive to attractions like Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven but have the flexibility to set your own schedule. Spend extra time wandering Jinshan and Beihai Park without the need to continue on with the rest of the group, or visit many different locations in one day. Up to 100 kilometers is included.

 

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