“Discover Beijing and Chinese culture from an insider’s perspective. Conquer the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu — the top Wonder of the World — where fewer people have traveled. Skip the line at the Forbidden City as a VIP guest. Enjoy the most authentic Chinese food in our selected local restaurants. Visit the homes of the Indian and Eastern sages: Sakyamuni and Confucius. Explore the hutongs to see the real Chinese lifestyle of a local Beijinger. No shopping, no time-wasting, family-friendly, and absolutely the first choice for a trip to Beijing. This tour is only available with China Highlights.”
A full exploration of Beijing’s culture and history.
Conquer the top Wonder of the World — the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
Skip the line at the Forbidden City as a China Highlights VIP guest.
Discover the Chinese spiritual life and religion by visiting the famous Lama Temple and Confucius Temple.
Learn interesting facts about Beijing’s history and culture from a local Beijing resident and professional guide.
Enjoy a home-visit to a traditional hutong courtyard house, also called a siheyuan, to witness “those old times” of Beijing.
Taste the most authentic Chinese food in the top-rated local restaurants of Beijing.
No shopping, no factories, no extra payments inside the attractions, and it is family-friendly.
Guide: experienced English-speaking guides with the qualified tour guide certification from the National Tourism Bureau. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help.
Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience
Vehicle: air-conditioned business car (maximum of 7 seats) with GPS facilities, free in-car Wi-Fi, big windows, and ample space.
China Highlights Beijing Office: China Highlights Beijing Office offers 24/7 customer service (+86-10-56120208) to solve your queries on the spot.
Skip the line at the amazing Forbidden City (Imperial Palace Museum) as China Highlights VIP guests. Walk across the world’s largest urban square — Tian’anmen Square — where the famous Chairman Mao’s portrait is hanging. Take a 2-hour hike on the Great Wall at Mutianyu with a round-trip cable car or toboggan. Enjoy a freshly-cooked set meal for lunch, and free portable Wi-Fi anytime and anywhere.
Due to the smart timing arrangements of this tour, there is absolutely no opportunity to visit any shops. Today, you will have a chance to explore the best attractions in Beijing.
Today, you will fully explore Beijing by visiting the famous imperial garden — the Summer Palace and pass by the 2008 Beijing Olympics Site (the Bird's Nest and Water Cube). After having a Beijing-style lunch, you will have a bird’s-eye view of Beijing and the Forbidden City when you visit Jingshan Park. Later on you'll visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors used to pray for rain and a good harvest, and you will see the palace where the emperors used to fast.
Today, you will travel back in time to experience life as it was for a Chinese emperor.
Discover the Chinese culture from an insider’s perspective. Visit the homes of the Western and Eastern sages: Sakyamuni and Confucius. Enjoy a dim sum lunch at the most distinctive Cantonese-style restaurant in Beijing. Cast your mind back to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Enjoy a 3-hour in-depth tour that combines a rickshaw and walking trip with a visit to a family’s home in the hutongs.
Today, you will have a closer experience with the locals’ lifestyles and their spiritual culture. You will finally get the answers to your questions about the habits of Chinese people that might have puzzled you before. Please see the detailed itinerary for day 3 below.
Just as with the previous two days, your guide will be waiting punctually for you in your hotel lobby. Your comfortable car will transfer you and your guide to the imperial lamasery that was built in the Qing Dynasty — the Lama Temple — where you will see the world’s largest wooden sculpture of Buddha. It is a 26-meter high sculpture of Sakyamuni, the great sage of the West.
Coincidently, just one street away from the Lama Temple stands the great sage of the East, the world renowned Chinese philosopher called Confucius. These two sages greatly influenced Chinese people throughout history.
Walk along the avenue in the shade of the pine trees, listening to your guide’s presentation while breathing the air, which is filled with the smell of peony flowers. You will understand how the so-called “harmonious life” came into being that so many Chinese saints and sages pursued.
Enjoy a dim sum lunch at the most distinctive Cantonese-style restaurant in Beijing, named Jin Ding Xuan (金鼎轩), which is highly recommended in TripAdvisor.
After lunch, ride to the old hutong area with your guide and take a rickshaw through the 300-year old hutongs.
A rickshaw is the best way to explore the hutongs as it will help you to stay away from the crowds of tourists. You will stop at several places on the way for your guide’s presentation and a photo opportunity, including an old wine museum where you can sip some Chinese “baijiu” (wine) and a local family’s residence. The China Highlights kiosk will provide you with bottles of water to ensure a comfortable journey in the hutongs.
After a rickshaw trip to the big, busy streets, sneak into the hutong alleyways toward the Drum and Bell Towers. From there, make your way down the bustling street east of the Drum Tower towards Nanluoguxiang, which is a vibrant snack street lined with snacks from Beijing, other parts of China, and the world, as well as boutique shops.
After walking there, snake your way through more hutongs, checking out the details of the traditional homes in these neighborhoods, which will give you a clearer picture of life in “Old Beijing”. Next, walk towards the Shichahai Lake area, through the former inner city’s only curved street, and wander along the banks of the lake past lively bars and restaurants.
You will also get the chance to walk into and see a restored traditional hutong courtyard residence, called a siheyuan.
Good to know:
Going back to your hotel in Beijing will normally take about half an hour. It takes the same time to get to a Beijing train station. Going directly to Beijing Capital Airport normally takes about one hour.
We will transfer you to your hotel at the end of the tour. If you need to catch a flight or a train after the tour we are more than happy to help you arrange it. Please click here to book the airport transfer for your onward flight .
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The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the fourth ring road of Beijing. For further distance there might be an extra cost for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.
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No shopping, no factory, no hidden costs, time-efficient, and a money-back guarantee.
We promise absolutely no shopping stops on our tour, while most other groups have to waste their time in the tourist shops or in the jade factory. We take no extra fees from what’s included in the itinerary, while most other tour groups have to pay extra for cable cars at the Great Wall or for entrance tickets to the Clock Exhibition Hall inside the Forbidden City.
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