Meet our guide at the airport and then transfer to check in the hotel for 5 nights stay. Have a famous Peking Roasted Duck in Quanjude. After a short rest, you can make a brief and free tour around the city by yourselves.
-Beijing Roast duck: Beijing Roast duck is thought to be one of the most delicious dishes all over the world; most visitors coming to Beijing will never forget to have a try. Eating Peking duck is seen to be one of the two things you are absolutely supposed to do while in Beijing.
Pay a visit to the Simatai Great Wall.
-Simatai Great Wall: Simatai Great Wall starts from Wangjing Building in the east and ends at Houchuankou in the west. Stretching for 5.7 kilometers and containing 35 watch towers (including the tower in the water which has been damaged), it is one section of the Great Wall with concentrated watch towers. The distance between the nearest two towers is shorter than 20 meters. Simatai Great Wall has an imposing manner and strategically important situation. The whole section is carefully designed with various types of walls and watch towers. Most of them are well preserved, which shows the wisdom of laborers in ancient times, and has high values in military, art and architecture. Professor Luo Zhewen, the famous expert in Great Wall, points out that Chinas Great Wall is number one in the world, and Simatai Great Wall is number one in Chinas Great Wall. It is also very beautiful, far less crowded and has some fascinating architecture.
Today is special for you. You will have the opportunity to have a close touch with friendly and hospitable Cuandixia villagers and discover the ancient village.
Cuandixia: Cuandixia scenic area is located in western Beijing, about 90 kilometers from downtown Beijing. The village was built during the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, and is the best-preserved ancient village.The ancient village was constructed against a mountain slope, under the control at the north-south central axial line with Mount Longtou as the center. The 76 fine and neat quadrangular dwellingchange along the terrain, expand down the slope in the form of a fan, and are concentrated on the limited land area. The entire village is neatly and harmoniously structured. A birds eye view of the village finds that the village is like a shoe-shaped gold ingot.With its unique architectural arts and natural landscapes with a karst terrain, the village is the most ideal place for sketching, photographing and shooting movies and TV programs.In recent years, Cuandixia village won such titles as national class-A scenic area, major historic site under national protection, Chinas famous historical and cultural village, Chinas ancient village with best tourism values, Chinas outstanding tourist destination and city-level fold custom tourist village. Cuandixia village has 40 rural families operating home-style tourism, and has the capacity of accommodating more than 760 visitors at the same time. The villagers provide quality catering and accommodation services to visitors.
This morning, visit the Summer Palace. After lunch, make a tour round the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
-Summer Palace: The Summer Palace landscape, dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water surface. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, garden and other ancient-style architectural structures. Well known for its large and priceless collection of cultural artifacts, it was among the first group of historical and cultural heritage sites in China to be placed under special state protection.
-Tiananmen Square: Tian An Men (Gate of Heavenly Peace) was the main entrance to the Forbidden City during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Built in 1417, it was first named the Cheng Tian Men, meaning that emperors obeyed the order of Heaven in ruling the country. Destroyed by fire twice, it was rebuilt in 1651 during the Qing Dynasty and renamed Tian An Men. It is also honored as the "Gate of the Nation." As one of the largest city squares in the world, Tian An Men Square occupies an area of 440, 000 square meters--spacious enough to accommodate half a million people. Many annual and special celebrations and assemblies are held here. On October 1st, 1949, Chairman Mao Ze Dong declared the founding of the People's Republic of China on the Tian An Men Rostrum, thus opening a new chapter in the history of China. In the new period of reforms and opening, Tian An Men, with its long history and rich culture, attracts people from all over the world.
-Forbidden City: The Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, shares the honor of being one of five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia. The palace, the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China, was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Building in 1987. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the construction of this group of buildings took fourteen years from 1406 to 1420. In the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was the imperial palace where twenty-four emperors ascended the throne and exercised their strong power to the nation.
After breakfast, make a tour around Beijing Hutong. This afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven.
-Beijing Hutong: A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming(1368-1628) and Qing(1644-1908) dynasties. In the prime of these dynasties the emperors, in order to establish supreme power for themselves, planned the city and arranged the residential areas according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty. The center of the city of Beijing was the royal palace -- the Forbidden City.
-Temple of Heaven: At the Temple of Heaven Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) worshiped Heaven and prayed for good harvests. The northern part of the outer surrounding wall is semi-circular; the southern part is square; this forms a pattern symbolic of the ancient belief that Heaven was round and the earth square. The double surrounding wall separates the temple into the inner and outer temples with the main structures in the inner one, covering 273 hectares.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and end your wonderful Beijing tour.