With thousands of years history, Beijing is one of the four Ancient Capitals of the Middle Kingdom. It is also a city of contrasts, where the medieval hutong lanes nestle under the towering skyscrapers of the modern urban center; where the bustling, vibrant roads clash with the serene calm of the Houhai Lakes. Walk into Beijing to explore the hidden story of it.
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Tour Type: Private Tour
Best Season: All seasons
From $479 USD p/p
Skip the line Forbidden City discovery: we don’t give you textbook recitals or routine guide presentations; we would like to illustrate you through fascinating stories with original iPad pictures and videos by walk through unspoiled part of Forbidden City.
Experience local life in Hutong: meet local people by visit a friendly Hutong family for a real insight into the local life and learn traditional art of facial makeup for the Peking Opera.
Have something fun in Great Wall: cable car up and toboggan down in Mutianyu Great Wall and it both suitable for adults and children.
Upon arrival in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will escort you to hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.
- Free time ideas: For your adventure, you can take a visit to the Ancient Observatory, just 2-stop away by Bus NO.29 from your hotel. If you are traveling with kids, Beijing Amusement Park is a good choice (2 stops by Bus NO.829 )
Taste Peking Duck is also good choice for travelers. Quanjude Peking Duck restaurant is top recommended.
Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City Explore, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Learn to apply Facial Makeup for the Beijing opera
Meet your guide at hotel lobby before a visit to the largest public square that is the Tian'anmen Square. After that, we will enter the Forbidden City to reveal its historical charm. In addition to the background introduction on the history, architecture and art of the City, your tour guide will help you explore 12 carefully-selected places in the Forbidden City, to discover the deep secrets of the emperors and concubines of the Ming and Qing dynasties, while other group tours only visit 6-8 places. You will be walking for about 2 hours (2 kilometers), on a walk that is graded easy.
We will climb up to the Jingshan Park to getting spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing.
Have lunch in a Chinese Vegetarian restaurant.
In the afternoon, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards.
Learn to apply Facial Makeup for the Beijing opera will let you get know more about old Beijing.
- Free time ideas: For dinner option, we would like to recommend Black Sesame Kitchen inside Heizhima Hutong near the Temple of Heaven, which is ranked NO.1 on TripAdvisor forums. At night, you may want to attend at a Kungfu Show, a highly-ranked activity on TripAdvisor.
The Mutianyu Great Wall(cable car up and slideway down), The Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven
Start your morning visiting the Temple of Heaven which is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. In the morning, there are lots of local people do excises, such as play Tai Chi, writing calligraphy on the ground, kicking shuttlecock and dancing.
Drive about two hours to the Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing city center. You can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift.
Free Time Ideas: Near the National Olympic Stadiums, there is a multimedia digital show called Old Beijing Gets Moving for history buffs and folk art fans. The large scroll of 228 meters rolls out the past day of Beijing back to the 1930's.