----Tour guide of Chinatravelcompass.com will pick you up from hotel at 08:30 am.
--Drive to visit Tiananmen Square -the biggest city cnetral square of the world.
--Then we will visit the Forbidden City -also known as Palace Museum, whose location is at the center of Beijing. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Rectangular in shape, Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex. Take sightsee in this attractions for 1.5 to 2 hours along the central axis from south to north.
--Have lunch in a nice local restaurant and have a short rest.
--Then we will proceed to Beijing Hutong -ancient city alley in Beijing. Many of them were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties surrounding the Forbidden City.
--Take rickshaw to visit Hutong including local family, Drum Tower, Houhai Lake and Bar Street.--Move on to Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven is situated south of Beijing city. It is the best preserved and largest sacrificial building complex in the world.
--After the sightseeing, we will visit a silk factory with a history of over one hundred years. The main items include Chinese silk, satin, cashmere, Chinese traditional clothes and silk clothing. Many famous people had visited this place, such as Finnish President, former British Prime Minister Magnet Thatcher, former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright and world-famous singer Lucia no Pavarotti... So it is worth to have a stop here to buy something as souvenir.
--Transfer to your hotel after the tour.
----English speaking tour guide and private vehicle will pick you up from hotel lobby at 08:30 am.
--Drive 1.5 hours to Ming Tombs.On the way to the tombs, you will stop at the Birds' Nest and Water Cube and take photos from outside. There are two stops at the Ming Tombs. The first is the Changling tomb, the second is the Sacred Way.
--Located 60 Kilometers north of Beijing, Ming Tombs consist of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors. Changling is the most famous one.The emperor was the founder of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Visit Changling for 1 hour. The Sacred Way used to be the entrance to the tombs area. There are altogether 18 pairs different stone sculptures along the whole way.
--Drive to restaurant. On the way there, we will visit a large scale jade ware processing factory. There are workshops for demonstration of Jade carving. Five interpreting rooms for us to know the processes of Chinese jade carving and Chinese jade culture. You may also take photo in the huge Jade exhibition hall and buy some jade carving souvenir as you like.
--Have a lunch in a nice restaurant.
--Drive 30 minutes to the famous Mutianyu Great Wall . Situated in Huairou County, 72 km northeast of Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall has been preserved intact. Vegetation and fruit trees are abundant. The scenic beauty in spring and autumn is excellent. And the Mutianyu Section is not so crowded as Badaling section. Take sightseeing on Mutianyu section Great Wall for 2 hours. Cable car is arranged to get on the wall directly.
--Take sightseeing on the wall for 2 hours.
--Transfer you back to your hotel.
----Pick you up from hotel at 08:30 am by tour guide and private vehicle.
--Drive to Beijing Zoo to see Giant Panda.
--Then we will visit Lama Temple -a renowned Lama Temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism, is the only downtown Buddhism temple in Beijing. Lama Templeis a former imperial palace in Qing dynasty.
--After lunch, proceed to visit Summer Palace -20 kilometers northwest of downtown Beijing. Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden of Ming and Qing dynasty. The whole Summer Palace covers an area of over 290 hectares including more than 3,000 buildings, such as halls, pavilions, towers, etc.
--Visit a Chinese fresh water pearl shop near Summer Palaceto do some shopping. It a nice place to buy a necklace or bracelet. It is very good gift from China.
--Taste the delicious Beijing Roast Duck for in a very famous local restaurant. Eating Peking duck is seen to be one of the two things you are absolutely supposed to do while in Beijing.
--Drive to Liyuan Theatre to watch the Peking Opera. Peking Opera is considered to be the national opera of China. The accompanying music, singing and costumes are full of Chinese cultural facts. It presents an encyclopedia of Chinese culture as well as unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes and graceful gestures.
--Transfer to your hotel after the tour.
|Number of Guests||1 Guest||2 Guest||3-5 Guests||6-9 Guests||10 Guests and above|
|Cost per Guest||USD 596||USD 347||USD 255||USD 208||USD 173|
--Air-conditioned private car or van,
--English-speaking tour guide,
--Typical Chinese lunch,
--Hotel pickup and drop-off,
--Fuel, highway tax and parking cost.
Tips to the guide or driver
1. The above tour is tailored for you exclusively. You will use private vehicle, driver and English-speaking tour guide.
2. Lunch is not refundable if you do not need it.
3. The sunshine is very strong in summer. Sunglass is helpful.
4. We will arrange a boat cruise on Kunming lake in Summer Palace from May to October. You will see a different summer palace on the boat.
5. A visit to Chinese silk shop and Jade processing factories are included. Please let us know if you are not interested in these. We will cancel the shop according to your request; but no refund will be made.
6. You will walk a long distance with our tour guide. Soft and comfortable shoes are helpful.
7. Chinatravelcompass.com lists the exact cost of each person from 1 to 10 persons. This will help you to lower cost if you have more people.
8. If you want to skip any of the scenic spots as listed in the detail itinerary, the price will be deducted accordingly.