See the famous Mao’s portrait at the Tiananmen Square, skip the lines and touch the hidden imperial history at the Forbidden City, feel the “greatness” first hand at the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, walking at the beautiful willow path of the imperial garden – the Summer Palace, discover the belief and worship of Chinese emperors at the Temple of Heaven and have a panoramic view of the Forbidden City and even the Beijing city the Jingshan park. In this two-day tour you’ll get deep touch with this amazing city – Beijing.
Look Mao’s portrait at the world largest urban square – Tiananmen Square.
Skip the lines at the world largest imperial palace – the Forbidden City.
Two hours hiking to the eighth world wonders – the Great Wall at Mutianyu and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Walk along the willow path, feeling the elegance of Chinese top imperial garden – the Summer Palace.
Hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu in the afternoon, after the crowds leave.
Discover the beliefs and worship of Chinese emperors at the Temple of Heaven.
Have a bird view of Beijing city and a panorama view of the Forbidden City at Jingshan Park.
There is free drinking water at the China Highlights Refreshments Kiosk.
No shops, no factories, no time-wasting, no hidden costs!
Guide, Driver, Vehicle, and Customer Service Support
Guide: better than a normal licensed tour guide; friendly and helpful with fluent English
Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience
Vehicle: Air-conditioned business car (max: 7 seats) with GPS facilities, big windows and ample space
China Highlights Beijing Office: 24/7 customer service, providing backup support
Visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall at Mutianyu
Skip the line at amazing Forbidden City (Imperial Palace Museum) as China Highlights VIP guests. Walk the Tian’anmen Square with insider’s eyesight. 2-hour Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu with round-way cable car. Freshly-cooked set meal for lunch. Smartly-timing arrangement absolutely no shop visiting. Today you’ll explore the most highlighted attractions in Beijing.
>> See the detailed itinerary for day 1
Visit Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Jingshan Park and Beijing 2008 Olympics Sites
This day you’ll deeply explore Beijing by visiting the famous imperial garden – Summer Palace and you’ll pass by 2008 Beijing Olympics Sites (the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube). After having a Beijing local style lunch, you’ll have a bird-view of Beijing city and the Forbidden City by visiting the Jingshan Park. Later on you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors used to pray for rain and good harvest. Please see the detailed itinerary for day 2 below.
Your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby at 7:30 am, and a comfortable car will transfer you to the first stop of the day — the world famous imperial garden called the Summer Palace. The imperial building was constructed by the emperor in celebration of his mother’s birthday. It is 273 hectares in size and is composed of three main scenic areas: the palace area, lake area, and mountain area. The best way to enjoy sightseeing at the Summer Palace is by taking a dragon boat on the lake (the boat trip is not available in winter as the lake would be frozen) and, on the way, you will have a chance to view all of the beautiful palaces at the side of the lake.
After the boat trip, you will stroll along the long corridor with your guide; this is regarded as being the longest art gallery in the world and has 14,000 traditional paintings painted on the beams.
Afterwards, you will be transferred to the 2008 Beijing Olympic sites, including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, for a photo opportunity. Your guide will show you the best angle for getting a panoramic view of the stadium.
Lunch will be at Da Wan Ju restaurant which serves traditional Chinese food.
In the afternoon you will travel to Jingshan Park which is located behind the Forbidden City. It is a 479-meter high hill and is said to be the best position to get a panoramic view of the Forbidden City. Definitely not to be missed, Jingshan Park is located on the central axis of Beijing and has many historic buildings symmetrically located on both sides. You will see the Drum and Bell Tower to the north while the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square can be seen to the south.
In the afternoon, your guide and driver will take you to the Temple of Heaven — this is one sight not to miss when touring Beijing. The Altar, Echo Wall, and spectacular Imperial Vault are the highlights of most tour packages, but we would recommend you spend some time to discover that this was a fasting palace for the emperor. The emperor would fast at the palace before he held a ceremony to pray for a good harvest, and would abstain from meat and wine.
The Hall of Abstinence is actually a small palace. The Emperor of Heaven needed to go to the palace three days in advance, with no drinking, no entertainment, no mourning, and paying no attention to any crimes being committed. All these acts showed his piousness to his god. You will also get a chance to glimpse at the pictures of all the emperors who ever worshipped in the Temple of Heaven, as well as a 600-year-old copper statue of a high ranking official who supervised the fasting process of the emperor.
Your guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel, making a perfect end to your Beijing panoramic tour with China Highlights.
Tour Price (USD/ person)
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- The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 – 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 – 08/Oct/2017, 30/Dec/2017 – 01/Jan/2018, 15/Feb/2018 – 22/Feb/2018. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.
- You will share this tour with other tourists (maximum 6 person). This tour is available daily. Guaranteed departure.
- If you want to book hotel rooms, please leave your message to us at the inquiry form and we will reserve the room for you per your requirement at a very reasonable price.
- Entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary.
- Transport between hotel and attractions in the itinerary.
- Meals listed in the itinerary.
- English-speaking tour guide service.
- China visa and personal expenses
- Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 60 – 100 per person per day for each of them, please tip them separately.). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
- Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
- Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service.(price from 18 USD p/p.)