Tour Itinerary of Beijing Essence and Mongolian Cultural Experience

8-Day Beijing, Ulan Bator and Terelji Tour (CHT-MG-03)

Discover the cultural historical and natural wonders in Beijing and extension the tour to Mongolia.Explore its rich heritage and fascinating customs on one of the most amazing holiday experiences you will ever have.

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Day 1

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

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe) Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior) 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Tiananmen Square, Hall of Clocks and Watches, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant

- 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.
- Hall of Clocks and Watches (30 minutes): It is located in the east of the Inner Court outside the Gate of Respect Movement (Jing Yun Men), Forbidden City. This exhibition hall houses about 200 clocks and watches from the imperial collection. Those watches and clocks are mostly made in Switzerland, England, France, the U.S and Japan, with some Chinese made timepieces on display as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant: Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant is located near Summer Palace in Haidian District. It serves authentic Sichuan cuisine with its traditional Chinese style decor. Recommended dishes include sweet and sour fish, fried pork with celery and Kungpao Chicken.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe) Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior) 

Day 3

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

- 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.
- 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.
- Roasted Duck at Fangzhuang: Beijing Roast Duck is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing while Quanjude Restaurants enjoy a high reputation for its Beijing roast duck. Quanjuede restaurants have developed their own technique and are famous for outstanding quality. Fangzhuang branch is located besides the Temple of Heaven.
- 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: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe) Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior) 

Day 4

Place & Transport: Beijing to Overnight train, Train No. K23 (Beijing Railway Station) Dep 07:45 - Arr 13:15
Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Ulan Bator to Terelji
Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Ulan Bator), Gandan Monastery, Fine Art Museum(Zanabazaar Museum), Our guide and driver will escort you from Ulan Bator to Terelji
Meals: Chinese Lunch

- Gandan Monastery: It’s the most important center for Buddhist in Mongolia. Before the Soviet purges more than 10.000 monks lived at the monastery. Fortunately to was saved from the destruction and has blossomed again since 1990. Services are held every day at around 10 a.m. Some buildings host Buddhist Colleges and also a Tibetan-style temple that contains a 26 meter high golden statue of Avalokitesvara.
- Fine Art Museum(Zanabazaar Museum): The collections include items from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Particularly interesting is the collection of Buddhist art beginning in the 17th Century featuring masterpieces belong to Zanabazaar who has been called the Michelangelo of Asia. Many rooms display ancient paintings, Thangka, Mandala, Tsam Mask.

Accommodations: Mongolia Ger Camp Mongolia Ger Camp 

Day 6

Place & Transport: Terelji
Today's Activities: Gorkhi Terelji National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

- Gorkhi Terelji National Park: Gorkhi Terelji National Park located 80 Kms North-East of Ulaan Baatar (1.500 mts. above sea level) is a very popular area for local people. A small portion of the park is developed for tourists with restaurants, souvenir shops and tourist camps or hotels. Most of the park is undeveloped and difficult to access except by walking or by horse. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The park has many granitic rock formations and includes two famous formations: Turtle Rock and the Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock).

Accommodations: Mongolia Ger Camp Mongolia Ger Camp 

Day 7

Place & Transport: Terelji to Ulan Bator
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Terelji to Ulan Bator, Natural History Museum, Choijin Lama Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

- Natural History Museum: A cultural, scientific, and educational show that presents Mongolian history and culture from the dawn of humanity to the present day.
- Choijin Lama Museum: This museum presents the historical and cultural heritage of the previous century. Mongolian builders erected the temple between 1904 and 1908 in honor of the influential Lama Lubsanhaidav, the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan. The monastery was active until 1938 and in November 1941, the monastery was included in the list of historical and cultural monuments and turned into a Museum. It is an ensemble of Buddhist architecture and consists of 5 temples and 5 arched gates. The works of national master painters and sculptors are of great interest. It also contains ancient Tsam masks and rare artifacts made by the famous Mongolian artist and sculptor, Zanabazaar.

Accommodations: Sunjin Grand Hotel Mongolia Hotel 

Day 8

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

Price Per Person and Shown in US Dollars -Top-
Nov.1 - Mar. 31 Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement *
1 Person $2,079 $1,899 not supplied -
2-5 Persons $1,899 $1,809 $216/ $133
6-9 Persons $1,569 $1,469 $216/ $133
Apr.1 - Oct.31 Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement *
1 Person $2,219 $1,999 not supplied -
2-5 Persons $1,969 $1,859 $282/ $182
6-9 Persons $1,639 $1,519 $282/ $182
  1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
  2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
  3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.
  4. * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy

Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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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.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Ulan Bator, Terelji by private air conditioned vehicle 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.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing To Ulan Bator Transfer via: Train, K23(Our arrangements)

  • 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/railway stations and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • 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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