This full day tour is for those who want to experience Beijing’s top sights: Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China at Badaling.
What to Expect
You’ll meet your guide at your hotel, and go to Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City to experience some of the most amazing historical sites of one of the greatest empires in the world. These sites will help you understand just how impressive China’s history is, and you’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of it with a tour guide’s explanation. In imperial China, only the emperor, deemed the ‘son of heaven,’ was allowed to pass through the central meridian gate into the palace. However, today, you can also experience the majestic palace fit for emperors, first-hand.
After this, at around 11.30am, visit a Jade Factory to learn how this beautiful and traditionally Chinese stone is found, carved, and what kind of objects are made using it, and how the quality differs. You can browse the objects and purchase some to take home as souvenirs if you like. Following your visit to the factory, we will take you to an authentic Chinese lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch you'll be taken to visit the Badaling Great Wall, the most centrally located part of the Great Wall of China. Did you know that the Great Wall is the longest piece of architecture in the world, stretching from east China’s coast to west China’s desert? As you stand on the top tower and look at the wall snaking its way across the tops of the mountains, it’s incredible to imagine that once these walls protected the Chinese empire’s land from different invaders.
The hike on Badaling Great Wall takes a total of 2 hours, and although the Badaling section is the most famous and best-preserved wall, it’s still wise to wear proper shoes and take extra water with you. The highest point at Badaling is some 800 meters above sea level, and there are cable cars available, although they are optional and not included in the tour price.
On the way to your hotels, pass by the Olympic Green, built for the Summer Olympics which were held in Beijing in 2008. having a distant view of both the National Stadium(not going inside of the stadium), which is also known as the Bird’s Nest and is the centerpiece of this area. You’ll also be able to see the National Aquatics Center(without going inside ) also known as the Water Cube. You’ll be able to take pictures from the coach. After that, you’ll be able to enjoy traditional Chinese silk arts, too. When the tour ends, you'll be taken back to your hotel.
- Transfer with an English-speaking guide on board
- English-speaking guide at all attractions
- Entrance ticket to the tour site as identified in the itinerary
- Meal as identified in the itinerary (lunch)
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)