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
GREAT Forbidden City tour!
We took a guided tour with Ivy through the Forbidden City. She had everything perfectly organised, knew all the amenities and explained the most important facts around history and design of the palace in an enticing manner. Can absolutely recommend her as a guide, we had a great day!more
Oct 2022, Adam A
Beautiful Day at Great Wall in Mutianyu
We had a wonderful day visiting the Great Wall together with our guide, Ivy. The organisation - from the pick up to the return - was excellent, we had nothing to worry about. So It was a lovely and relaxed day profiting from the experience to the fullest without having to trouble about transport or tickets. Ivy explained well the history and knew about all nice parts of the part of the wall that we visited. She is very nice company. We had a very good experience.more
Oct 2022, Nina
Excellent time in Beijing
Ivy was a true professional who spoke excellent English and engaged us with stories of the very rich Chinese cultural heritage and history. We went away with so much more knowledge with her as our guide giving us a live commentary as we walked around. She brought us to the off the beaten track spots, less crowded corners of the attractions and very importantly, knew which toilets were clean and more foreigner friendly. Highly recommend Ivy to any future visitors to Beijinmore
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Our travel planner Monica is kind, very attentive, and there is no pressure or "hard sale". Great service and highly recommended!more
Sep 2022, Julia
A great tour
Our trip to Beijing was brilliantly organised and stress free. As usual with China Highlights our guide Ivy was really well prepared, knowledgeable and dealt with all the security, covid checks and tests etc. It made the trip really easy.more
Aug 2022, Peter F
Trip to Beijing
I spent a couple of excellent days in Beijing thank to this agency and my private guide Ivy! An adorable journey, I swear! If you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of historical Beijing, here’s the place to address! I can’t recommend it enough. Ivy was just adorable, she woke up my curiosity with her methods of leading me through the historical time line by challenging my imagination and rationality at the same time. All the facts were given in the context which I especially appreciate, she had the answers to all of my questions, and moreover she knew what made me ask them! The service was 10/10. The driver and the guide were both very patient, resourceful and attentive to their clients problems and little suggestions. It literally took them 1 day to organize everything for me as I decided to go to Beijing at the very last moment; every single member of the China highlights team was attentive to my needs and wishes.more
Aug 2022, Take_the_money
Trip to Beijing
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Aug 2022, Take_the_money
Successful Trip to Beijing from Shanghai Shortly after Lockdown
As always, Monica has helped us with all the travel arrangements, planned our trip and followed up with us during the whole travel. It was challenging coming from Shanghai to Beijing shortly after the massive lockdown so we appreciated this attention a lot. It was too hot, so first day in the Forbidden City was a challenge but Ivy was helping us find as much shade as possible. We also visited Mutianyu Great Wall section, Temple of Heaven, Universal Studios, Summer Palace, Olympic Site and went on Hutong tour. Even though it might seem a lot, our small children managed well and loved everything about this trip. Ivy was very flexible with the length of explanations and rerouting our travel depending on temperate and tiredness. Overall, it was a success and we will for sure travel again with China Highlights.more
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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.