6 Days Beijing Ice Festival & Skiing Experience Tour
- Tour Code:CWTT02
- Tour Duration: 6 Days
- Tour overview:Known as the capital city of ancient and modern China, Beijing never disappoints people with the miraculous Great Wall, invaluable historic treasures, imposing ancient imperial palaces and beautiful imperial gardens... With a memorable skiing experience in Shijinglong Ski Resort, you will reap much more than surprise in this tour!
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven.
This morning our tour will begin with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, which is the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.
From here we will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.
After lunch, continue to visit Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way
After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Badaling Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!
In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. Finally, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors and visit one of the spectacular tombs, indeed an underground palace.
Day 4 Beijing (B, L)
Sightseeing: Summer Palace, Hutong tour,
This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. Until nowadays, it is the best preserved and the largest imperial garden in China. You will regret it if you leave Beijing without having visited this grand imperial garden.
We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw this afternoon. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people.
Day 5 Beijing / Shijinglong Ski Resort (B, L)
Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Shijinglong Ski Resort Longqingxia Gorge
After breakfast, drive about 90 km to Shijinglong Ski Resort. This ski resort has 3 trails, the central trail measures 80 meters in width, 600 meters in length and slopes with drop about 135 meters; the eastern trail is 1000 meters long and 40-100 meters wide for high-level skier. You will enjoy 2-4 hour ski at the ski resort.
After lunch, proceed to Longqingxia Gorge to enjoy the beautiful ice and snow sculptures. The majestic Longqing Gorge, 80km outside Beijing, is the scene for the annual Ice and Snow Festival, a colourful fiesta of ice and light. Massive blocks of ice are carved into animals, lanterns and figures of all shapes and sizes. In the past over 20 years, the Longqingxia Ice and Snow Festival has been held annually. Many ice activities and folk performances are held there. Hundreds of ice sculptures made by both Chinese and foreign artists are exhibited there. Drive back to Beijing.
Day 6 Beijing/Departure (B)
Transfer via: International flight on your own arrangement
Free at leisure until your guide pick you up from your hotel lobby and then transfer you to airport to take the flight departure.