6-Day Beijing Chinese New Year Tour

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.

The lanterns in the Fobidden City
yellow flowers and red wall

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.

the Great Wall
local candy in the fair

Enjoy Skating and Biking on a Frozen Lake

Join the locals in popular and interesting activities on the ice of the frozen Houhai Lake.

frozen 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.

Jinshanling Great Wall
the great wall with snow at night

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

walking on stilts
dragon dance

Enjoy Crispy Peking Roast Duck and a Northern Hotpot

Taste the most typical dishes of Beijing in its time-honored restaurants.

roast duck
hotpot

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

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.

Day 2 The Landmarks of Beijing

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.

Day 3Experience the Festival Atmosphere

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.

Day 4 The Magnificent Great Wall

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.

Day 5Romantic Gubei Water Town

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.

Day 6Beijing Departure

Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or train station for your departure.

Hotel Selection

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Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

Hotel room in Beijing
hotel in Beijing
FromCNY8,540 / USD1,330p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
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