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Beijing - The Great Wall of China and More
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Day 1 Arrive At Beijing
An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, drive you to your hotel and help you check in.
Day 2 Beijing B,L,SD
Your tour begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You’ll stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. You will also visit a Pearl Workshop. This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience - a Peking Duck Dinner – then attend a special cultural performance – Legend of Kung Fu.
Day 3 Beijing B,L,D,
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. You will walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. If time permits, you will visit a Jade Carving Factory and observe the skilled artisan at work as they create intricate designs. You will also have photo stops at 2008 Summer Olympic Venues – The “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 4 Beijing B,L,
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. Afterwards, venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, pass vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. Then, you will stroll along the Liulichang Culture Street where the shops in the architectural style of the late Qing Dynasty stand side by side, selling an enormous variety of goods, such as pottery and porcelain, and carved lacquer wares and jewels. In the evening, you will stroll around Wang Fu Jing Street and experience the colorful night market.
Day 5 Beijing B,
Say “zaijian” (goodbye) to Beijing. You will be driven to the airport for your flight home.