Meet our guide at the airport and then transfer to check in the hotel for 5 nights stay. After a short rest, you can make a brief and free tour around the city by yourselves.
After breakfast, pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Have the famous Peking Roast Duck for lunch and then visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and have a round trip in a Mutianyu Cable Car.
-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.
-Great Wall at Mutianyu: Mutianyu is usually agreed to be the most scenic section of the Wall, at least in the Beijing area. The Wall here is about one-and-a-half miles long and includes 22 watchtowers. There is a cable car for visitors who don't want to climb the steps up to the top of the Wall. The Mutianyu Section is a little farther away than other sections of the Great Wall and is therefore less crowded with tourists. It offers beautiful views of the snaking Wall as it undulates over mountains into the distance and is fortified by a number of watchtowers that visitors can climb up into for views of the surrounding area.
-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.
After breakfast, make a tour round the Tiananmen Square. Have a delicious lunch at a Sichuan restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Forbidden City.
-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.
This morning, visit the Tanzhe Temple. After lunch, make a tour round the Xiangshan Park.
-Tanzhe Temple: Tan Zhe Temple is situated in Tan Zhe Hill of Beijing's Western Hills. Surrounded by nine peaks and secluded in the depth of forests, the temple boasts magnificent buildings and screen environment. An ancient saying The history of Tan Zhe Temple is earlier than that of Beijing testifies to the long history of the temple.
-Xiangshan Park: Xiangshan Park , about 30 kilometres northwest of Beijing, is one of the most favourite resorts in the citys outskirts. It covers an area of 160 hectares.
After breakfast, make a tour around Beijing Hutong and the Lama Temple. This afternoon, visit the Summer Palace.
-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.
-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.
-Lama Temple: The Lama Temple, or Yonghe Gong in Chinese, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple in Beijing. It was built in the 33rd year of Kangxi Reign in the Qing Dynasty (1694) as the mansion for Emperor Yongzheng when he was a prince. In the third year of the third Qing Emperor Yongzheng Reign (1725), it was made an imperial palace for short stays, named Yonghe Gong (Gong means palace in Chinese.). In 1744, the ninth year of the Qianlong Reign, it was converted into a lamasery.
Free on your own activities until the local guide picks you up at your Beijing hotel.
Transfer to airport to take your flight back.
Home Sweet Home.