Experience a Memorable Spring Festival in Beijing
6-Day Beijing Chinese New Year Tour
Beijing is a China city with one of the richest Spring Festival atmospheres. When the Forbidden City "dresses up" for Chinese New Year, when the countless red lanterns hang at the Temple of Earth, when the children have fun on the frozen lake, it is the best time to visit Beijing in winter.
Celebrate Chinese New Year just as locals in Beijing do! You can experience the festival atmosphere and the traditional folk customs of northern China, enjoy interesting outdoor activities, and taste the best local food during this 6-day Beijing Chinese New Year tour. It is possible to customize the tour to suit your pace and interests.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Learn about How the Emperors Celebrated Chinese New Year
Visit the Forbidden City when it's adorned with beautiful decorations for Chinese New Year. The lovely palace lanterns and exquisite New Year pictures present the customs of Chinese New Year celebrations in the imperial palace.
Experience the Happiness of the Locals in a New Year Fair
Visit the Temple of Earth where a popular New Year fair is held. Experience northern China's Chinese New Year celebration customs.
Enjoy Skating and Biking on a Frozen Lake
Join the locals in popular and interesting activities on the ice of the frozen Houhai Lake.
Sense the History and the Glory of the Great Wall
The Great Wall always seems more powerful and historical in winter. Visit the Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall sections, which have both wild and restored parts. Enjoy the subject of China's most magnificent paintings.
Immerse Yourself in Folk Arts during the Traditional Festival
Time travel back to the China of old in Gubei Water Town. Enjoy some traditional Chinese New Year activities of northern China, such as walking on stilts and yangko (northern folk) dancing
Enjoy Crispy Peking Roast Duck and a Northern Hotpot
Taste the most typical dishes of Beijing in its time-honored restaurants.
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What Our Customers Said
What an epic day we had with or guide “Ivy” from the tour company “China Highlights” visiting Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, having a local Chinese meal and walking on the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu!! Ivy was informative, personable, fun, caring and delivered a great experience for us. Her guide experience was evident in her management and pace of our day and making sure we went to great picture locations that created lasting memories of our trip!! Highly recommend you asking for Ivy.more
Mar 2023, Drew Walker
Adorable trip to Beijing with China Highlights
Such an amazing time spent together with my husband and our guide Nancy in Beijing. We recommend booking the tour with China Highlights as that was an incredibly smart idea and trip we have had over past few days. Visiting the Great Wall of China, the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven etc., getting more close to the history of China, having the delicious food - that was all done by the CH. We won’t be having such wonderful time without you guys. Still being so amazed and impressed by the historical progress of the country. Much appreciated for your support, help and time, Dear Nancy and China Highlights. Kind Regards, Kenneth&Assel Gillanmore
Mar 2023, Assel G
Great Wall Day Trip with Ivy
She answered our questions thoroughly and she also provided us with recommendations for food and things to see outside of our Great Wall day trip. The driver was also a very safe driver and made it a comfortable drive from the city center. We hope to use China Highlights again for future trips. And if you’re in Beijing, you can request for Ivy as your guide.more
Feb 2023, kattaubry
Great Wall Tour with Ivy
Ivy was a wonderful guide! We took a day trip to the Great Wall and she made our time enjoyable and customized to what we wanted. She was obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the city. We also avoided tourist traps and she took group photos for us!more
Feb 2023, Customer
Great Wall Tour with Ivy
We recommend booking with China Highlights! They were able to create a custom trip for us with just a day’s notice. They’re very responsive on WeChat and very professional.more
Feb 2023, Customer
Fantastic Beijing Tour with Tour Guide - Angela
Had a great time visiting Beijing over Chinese New Year! The city was quiet, but that made it easier to see everything that we wanted to. Our tour guide, Angela, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We found a local brewery, Slow Boat, that we went to twice it was so good. Amazing beer and best burger of my life! We can't wait to book another trip with China Highlights.more
Feb 2023, Kate P
Beautiful experience in Beijing
The Forbidden City was a highlight of the tour. With Christina's knowledgeable and engaging commentary, we learned about the history of the imperial palace and its role as the center of Chinese politics for over 500 years. The complex is massive, and it was impressive to see the intricate details of the architecture and gardens.more
Feb 2023, Valeria RP
Amazing 2 day trip to Beijing
Our guide Lily and driver Leo were amazing and super conscious that we were traveling with a toddler. Lily was knowledgeable about all of our stops and was very conscious of our time. She even took special time to relate and connect with our daughter which made the trip even more enjoyable for all of us.more
Jan 2023, Jessica T
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
After your flight lands in Beijing, your tour guide will be waiting at the arrival hall with a name plate and warm smile, ready to transfer you to your hotel by private car.
In the morning, stroll around Tian'anmen Square — the world's largest city square.
And then enter the Forbidden City, the best preserved imperial architectural complex in the world. The magnificent palaces, intricate halls, courtyards, and priceless exhibited treasures are very impressive. You guide will give explanations about the Chinese New Year decorations and the customs the royal families had for celebrating the festival.
Visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Admire the beauty and the geometry of Chinese imperial architecture.
Visit Temple of Earth Park in the morning. Hosting one of the city's busiest temple fairs, the park is the site where sacrifices were formerly offered to the earth god. Now, it has become a gathering place where people celebrate the beginning of a new year with various kinds of traditional activities.
And then explore Lama Temple. Hear about why Emperor Qianlong (1711–99) turned Prince Mansion into a Tibetan Buddhist Temple and discover the treasures there.
Have fun on Houhai Lake in the afternoon. You can enjoy skating or biking on the frozen lake.
Travel to the Great Wall at Jinshanling. At the Jinshanling section, you can see both restored and wild parts of the Great Wall. A cable car ride will be arranged for you to get to the middle point of this section. Then you can choose whether to turn right for the restored section or left for the wild section.
Drive to Gubei Water Town where you will stay overnight.
Have a rest or walk around before taking the cable car up to the wall and see the stunning night views. Simatai is the only section of the Wall which is lit up tastefully and open to tourists at night.
Enjoy your time at Gubei Water Town, which is in a traditional-courtyard-style resort. During the Chinese New Year period, there are many traditional folk activities such as walking on stilts, yangko dances, Peking opera shows, acrobatic shows, and lantern exhibitions.
Afterward, we can arrange for you to have a "one-out-of-three" experience in Gubei Water Town (lasting for about 45 minutes): tie-dyeing, kite making, or Buddhist text tracing. Try one of these Chinese cultural experiences to make your own unique souvenir.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
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