7 Days Beijing, Chengde, Tianjin Tour
Tour Code: CTBJ24
Tour Duration: 7 Days
Attractions: Imperial Summer Villa (Bishu Shanzhuang) & Mountain Resort and Outlying Temples, Puning Temple, Putuo Zongcheng Temple, Ancient Culture Street, Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way, Tiananmen Square
Tour Overview: Here, on our 7 day Beijing, Chengde, and Tianjin tour, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall (Badaling Section), the Ming Tombs and Sacred way, the Summer Palace, Chengde Putuo Zhongcheng Temple, Puning Temple, and the Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival / Beijing
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Upon your arrival 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: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the 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.
After lunch, we will go on our city tour to visit Tiananmen Square, 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.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way, Summer Palace
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. In addition, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.
We will continue by visiting 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.
Day 4 Beijing / Chengde (B, L)
Transfer via: soft seat train on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Mountain Resort
In the morning, you will be transferred to the railway station and take the train to Chengde directly.
Chengde, originally called Rehe, was once the summer resort capital of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Mountain Resort and Eight Outer Temples are listed as world cultural heritage sites. This led to Chengde becoming one the most famous cities in the world.
Upon your arrival in Chengde, you will be met and visit the Mountain Resort, which is situated in the northern part of Chengde. Also called the "Temporary Imperial Dwelling Palace", it was built by the Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 A.D-1911 A.D) for the sake of stabilizing the frontier region and maintaining the unity of multi - nationalities. The large resort is considered the most remarkable imperial garden still existing in today's China. The mountain resort possesses scenery featuring those of both north and south China.
Day 5 Chengde / Beijing (B, L)
Transfer via: soft seat train arranged by us
Sightseeing: Putuo Zongcheng Temple, Puning Temple
In the morning you will depart from your hotel to visit the Putuo Zongcheng Temple. Built in 1771, the Putuo Zongcheng Temple is a very splendid one. It covers an area of 220,000 square meters and was built similarly to Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet in architectural style. That is why it is also called the lesser Potala Palace. (It is a temple of Tibetan Buddhism).
Then we will visit the Puning Temple. The Puning Temple (with its popular name Big Buddha Temple) is located in the north-west of Chengde city. It was built in 1759, and was one of the most important places for the emperor to worship Buddha. It houses the biggest sculpture of the Goddess Kwan-yin in the world.
After lunch in a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the railway station and take your train back to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 6 Beijing / Tianjin / Beijing (B, L)
Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: the food street, the culture street
After breakfast, we will drive to Tianjin city. First, you will be taken to Tianjin Cultural Street for exploring Chinese antique. Ancient Culture Street has more than a hundred small shops which sell old books, antiques, jade, traditional handicraft articles, folk craft, Yang Liuqing folk paintings, Zhang color clay figures, Wei's kites, Liu's brick carvings, Peking enamel, double-sided embroidery, paintings and many other articles. Then, walk around the Tianjin Food Street and have typical Chinese lunch there.
After lunch, you will be transferred back to Beijing.
Day 7 Beijing / Departure (B)
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.