Explore some of the dramatic new architecture in Beijing on a 4-hour sightseeing tour, available as either a morning or afternoon option. See some of the stadia built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, such as the Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, and more.
What to Expect
Discover some of the new architecture of Beijing on a half-day sightseeing tour, with transportation by private car. Available as either a morning or afternoon option, the tour starts with a hotel pick-up at either 09:00 or 14:00.
Your first stop will be the National Center for the Performing Arts, colloquially known as “The Giant Egg.” Completed in July 2007, the city’s opera house and performance center is a dramatic dome of titanium and glass, completely surrounded by an artificial lake. Just west of Tiananmen Square, the building’s futuristic façade is home to a 2,000-seat Music Hall, a 1,000-seat Theater Hall, and an Opera Hall of almost 2,500 seats.
Continue to the Bird's Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) in Olympic Green. The buildings were the centerpiece attractions of the Summer Olympics. Admire the intricate web of steel beams of the Bird’s Nest, inspired by Chinese ceramics, and continue to the Water Cube, symbolically designed to resemble a geometric pattern of soap bubbles.
En route back to your hotel, stop at the radical new CCTV Headquarters (China Central Television) on Third Belt Road in the Central Business District for a quick photo shoot of the first of a planned 300 new buidlings in Beijing’s CBD.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation by private car
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Parking and toll fees where applicable
What's Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
Know Before You Go
• Pick-up time is flexible. You can visit the National Center for the Performing Arts last to enjoy a concert or play at your own expense