Beijing New Year Celebration Tour

Celebrate Chinese New Year's Eve just as locals in Beijing do! You can experience the festival atmosphere; join in decorating a house with the owners by experiencing Chinese calligraphy. Learn how to make dumplings and enjoy the New Year banquet. Fireworks celebrate the coming of the New Year after the dinner and you will be part of the whole event.

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Duration: 6 Days

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Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)

Accommodations: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Economy) 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant

The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car) (2 hours): This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable-car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant: Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant is near Great Wall of Mutianyu section. This garden style restaurant serves farmhouse dishes, specializing in rainbow trout, sturgeon and salmon. The fabulous taste will leave you with great memories.

Accommodations: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Economy) 

Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Do Spring Festival Shopping
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant

Hutong Tour in Xicheng District (1 hour): Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards.

Tiananmen Square (40 minutes): Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

The Forbidden City (2.5 hours): The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.This "city within a city" is a World Heritage Site. The largest and best preserved ancient imperial architectural complex in the world, featuring the great square, halls and gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important treasures of ancient China.

Do Spring Festival Shopping: Your guide will accompany you to the local market to do some spring festival shopping. You can purchase some special items for the Spring Festival to enhance festive gaiety like Chinese people, such as couplets, red lanterns, hanging decorations, lucky character posters. It would be a nice gesture if you could buy some small gifts for your host at new year's eve banquet. Please kindly note that the shopping is counted as personal expenses and will be on your own cost.

Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant: It serves some of the heartiest and most authentic Sichuan fare in town with its traditional Chinese style decorations. Favorite dishes include dandan noodles in spicy peanut-sesame-garlic sauce, lazi jiding (chicken smothered by chilies), steamed fish served with chili-oil sauce and huiguorou (twice-cooked pork).

Accommodations: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Economy) 

Day 4

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: New Year's Eve(Afternoon), New Year's Eve(Evening), Making a Chinese Paper Cut
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Dinner

New Year's Eve(Afternoon): You will join your host family to prepare the coming of the New Year. Learn how to write Chinese lucky expressions by Chinese calligraphy, do paper cutting, and decorate the windows. You can also join them to prepare the New Year's Eve dinner – dumplings.

New Year's Eve(Evening): After the new year's eve banquet, sit together with host family and have a breezy chat, while you watch on TV the Spring Festival Gala. Setting off fireworks will be a fun and exciting experience.

Making a Chinese Paper Cut : The Chinese paper cut is a national handicraft with profound cultural connotations. It is an opportunity to make a traditional Chinese handicraft in the Hutong area. It is easy to learn and only requires a pair of scissors and paper, but a good paper cut requires a great deal of skill in cutting and paper selection. The teacher will share the basic skills of this craft. You can ask your teacher If you want to take home the fruit of your labor.
What happens during the class?
1. Introduction of the history of Chinese paper cut.
2. Illustration of the method of making a paper cut and demonstration by the teacher.
3. Tutor to learn how to make a paper cut.
Time: 0.5

Accommodations: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Economy) 

Day 5

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Temple Fair(Ditan Park Fair), Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jardine Matheson Spring Restaurant

Temple Fair(Ditan Park Fair) (1 hour): One of the city's busiest temple fairs, Ditan Park is the site of the altar where sacrifices were formerly offered to the earth god, and now it has become the gathering place where people celebrate the beginning of a new year and various kinds of activities are held here. Though it's super croweded every new year in this place, Chinese always enjoy it.

Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours): Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. Located in the south of Central Beijing, it covers an area of 273 hectares. Temple of Heaven was enrolled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.

Jardine Matheson Spring Restaurant: "Jardine Restaurant in Spring" provides Hangzhou cuisine, Cantonese cuisine and seafood. "Bao Chi Yan" The Abolone and sharksfin banquet is the best recommended. It is decorated in an European harbor style setting.

Accommodations: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Economy) 

Day 6

Place & Transport: Depart Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)
Meals: Breakfast

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Beijing Beijing Traditional View Hotel
Beijing Citycourt Hotel Beijing
Beijing Beijing Traditional View Hotel
Beijing Citycourt Hotel Beijing
Beijing Beijing Traditional View Hotel
Beijing Citycourt Hotel Beijing
Beijing Beijing Traditional View Hotel
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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing by shared coach with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above). Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
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Q:Sanne Sørensen Asked on 05:40 AM Nov. 19 2013 Reply
How much does the new year tour in Beijing cost? And is it possible to join a group as I''m travelling alone
The price is US$729 per person, but this tour is available at least 2 people taking the tour. thus, if you are interested in this tour, how about you to take a private tour or find other one to join in? Vanessa Zheng Replied on 02:17 AM Nov. 20 2013
the date is from Jan.28 to Feb.2. Vanessa Zheng Replied on 02:24 AM Nov. 20 2013
Q:Sindia Asked on 9:31 PM Jan. 02 2012 Reply
hello, I'm interested to go to china for the new years, but i am just one person
Hi Sindia, I have sent you a quotation, please check your email box and feel free to let me know your opinions.

Vanessa Zheng Replied on 01:35 AM Jan. 04 2012