Place & Transport: Arrive in Tianjin to Beijing
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Tianjin to Beijing, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square
Meals: Lunch at Free As A Bird Restaurant
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer:Celebrity Millennium arrives at Tianjin Cruise Port around 06:00 and you will be picked up at 09:00 and get Beijing’s downtown in 2.5 hours.
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, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world, with 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.
Tiananmen Square (50 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.
Free As A Bird Restaurant:Wing Stake is built and decorated in a traditional courtyard house style. They serve traditional Sichuan style in keeping with the restaurant’s theme. The paintings and setting complete the atmosphere. It is a nice place to dine and hang out.
Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, 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.
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.
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.
Place & Transport: Beijing to Tianjin
Today's Activities: Summer Palace with Boat Ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Explore Hutong and learn how to make dumplings with the local, our guide and driver will escort you from Beijing to Tianjin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at local family in Hutong
Summer Palace with boat Ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony (2 hours):The palace is about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center and is equally as famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan'(Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China and one of Beijing's premier attractions. It is also possible to take a boat on the lake which takes 10 minutes by the ferry boat.
Explore Hutong and learn how to make dumplings with the local:Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. Explore hutong,you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards. Family host is happy to teach you how to make different shapes of dumplings. Pleasent personal touch makes a lifetime experience for you.
Beijing-Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer:You will be transferred to Tianjin Port Cruise at 16:00 for the Celebrity Millennium which departs at 18:00.