For those just stopping in China quickly, this short trip is an introduction to Beijing and the great wall. Visit must-see attractions such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as a trip to the less-often visited part of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, including a picnic lunch atop the wall. If you have time, choose to visit the masterful Temple of Heaven or wander Beijing's Hutongs, or backstreets, for a taste of old China.
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to China! Upon landing, you will be greeted at Beijing International airport and transferred to your chosen hotel. As this is an arrival day, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Beijing
Tiananmen Square is one of the oldest and largest city squares in the world, first built in 1651 and large enough to fit 500,000 people into its over 100 acres of open space. Adjacent to the square is the world-famous Forbidden City — superbly elegant and in close to pristine condition. UNESCO declared the Forbidden City as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world. Go on a journey back in time as you walk down its red-walled alleys, through its magnificent courtyards and intricate interiors, and along the serene moat that rings the city with green. The dirt dug out to build the moat was turned into an artificial hill, called Jingshan Park. The top of the park provides stunning views over the Forbidden City and Beijing, and a great look into the lives of locals who go to the park every day to socialise. We finish the day with welcome dinner (included) with your new travel friends.
Day 3: The Great Wall
In the morning visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is the best-preserved and most scenic part of the wall. Built more than 2,300 years ago, the Mutianyu Great Wall’s pristine parapets line the ridges of soft, sloping hillsides with verdant forests covering every inch of land. Take it all in, along with a delicious picnic lunch, atop the wall’s highest watchtowers (included). Return to your hotel late afternoon for free time and dinner (at own expense). The local guide can assist with meal recommendations.
The transfer between Beijing and Mutianyu is approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Day 4: Depart Beijing
Enjoy a free day for last minute shopping and departure preparation. An airport departure transfer is included.
You can choose one of the following non-included optional activities.
The Temple of Heaven, constructed in the early 15th Century, is a masterfully landscaped and designed structure that combines imperial Chinese décor with spiritual grandiosity. Spend the morning exploring its opulent, bright and colourful Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, where emperors would pray for healthy harvests.
Then, take a relaxed stroll through Beijing’s historic hutongs. In these old neighbourhoods, traditional courtyard houses connected by narrow stone-paved alleyways have been transformed from residences to hubs of culture for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy traditional yet modernised gourmet snacks and cafes, relax on stone benches under willow trees, or search for handicrafts to take home as keepsakes.
After lunch in an authentic hutong family home, ride a rickshaw to Houhai Lake. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao 4*
- 3 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfasts
- Private English-speaking guides
- Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic flights with taxes in economy class as listed
- Overnight train tickets in soft sleeper
- Meals: 2 lunches, 1 dinner
- Entrance fees to tourist sites & activities as listed
- International airfares
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
- Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
- Medical services, travel insurance or visas