See the sights of Beijing on a 2-day tour, and marvel at imperial highlights and modern-day icons. Go to Tiananmen Square to experience the world’s largest public space. Enter the Forbidden City. Then, go to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
What to Expect
Compare the highlights of Beijing’s imperial past with the icons of the modern-day city on a comprehensive 2-day tour that also takes you to the Great Wall of China. Travel back in time to the days of the Ming emperors, enter the Forbidden City, and see some of Beijing’s Olympic highlights, such as the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums.
Day 1: Beijing
Start your tour with a visit to Tiananmen Square and discover the wealth of monuments from China’s communist era. Gaze in awe as you stand on the world’s largest public square, before going inside the Forbidden City, long kept hidden from public eyes. Explore the huge complex of palaces and temples, built around 600 years ago to house the imperial family. Admire the world’s largest collection of ancient wooden structures. Continue to the Temple of Heaven to see where the emperors of the last 2 dynasties prayed for peace and good harvests. Get an introduction to the principles and practice of Chinese traditional medicine along the way. After a Chinese lunch, go to a pearl market, before transferring to the Summer Palace, home to the most beautiful imperial gardens. Transfer back to your hotel for the end of the 1st day’s tour services. Feel free to ask your guide for suggestions on how to spend the evening, such as how to get tickets to the Peking Opera or see an acrobatics show or Kung Fu show.
Day 2: Beijing
Escape the hustle and bustle of Beijing for the relaxing mountains and streams surrounding the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Drive to Mutianyu for a more challenging climb than the more popular Badaling section of the Great Wall. Snaking its way through the Yanshan Mountains, the icon of China contains interesting features, such as densely-packed watchtowers and crenelated parapets. An optional cable car avoids the 1,400 steps to the summit. Take in the staggering views of the mountains from the wall. You will also visit the Ming Tombs on the southern slope of Tianshou Mountain. See where 13 Ming Dynasty emperors were buried after the 3rd Ming Emperor Yongle moved the Chinese capital from Nanjing to Beijing in 1420. The incredible complex includes a 4-mile (7 kilometer) road named the "Spirit Way," lined with statues of guardian animals that lead to the entrance. Explore the Ding Mausoleum, where excavations have unearthed important objects in the study of the Ming Dynasty. Return to Beijing, stopping off at some of the famous buildings constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games, including the futuristic Water Cube and Birds Nest structures. Get an insight into the direction of China’s future before your hotel drop off and the end of the tour services.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off service
- Entrance tickets to all mentioned attractions
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach
- English-speaking guide
- Lunch on both days
What's Not Included
- Optional activity costs
Know Before You Go
• Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather