4 Days Xin'gang - Beijing Tour
Tour Code: CTBJ27
Tour Duration: 4 Days
Attractions: Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tours in Rickshaw, Lhama Monastery(YongHeGong), Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way, Tiananmen Square
Tour Overview: On this 4 day Beijing tour you will visit the Summer Palace, the Lama Monastery (Yonghe Gong), the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall (Badaling Section), the Ming Tombs and Sacred way, and Beijing’s Hutongs.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Xin'gang Port / Beijing
Transfer via: private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Summer Palace, Lama Monastery
Arrive in Xin'gang port, after you go through the entry formalities and disembark, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel in Beijing by a private air-conditioned car (around 2.5 hours).
After a short rest, you will start the city tour to visit 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 continue by visiting Lama Monastery. The Lama Monastery (Yonghe Gong) is Beijing's biggest Lama temple and is globally renowned. Upon entering the temple one is hit the aromatic smell of incense and the sound of candles flutter gently in the breeze. The temple hangs heavy with thick incense smoke, people line up and worship in silence, all that can be heard and felt is the gentle breeze blowing through the temple and the light chinking of religious bells.
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
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.
Day 4 Beijing / Xin'gang Port (B, L)
Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hutong Tour in rickshaw
We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw this morning. 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.
After lunch, you will be escorted by your English speaking tour guide and transferred to Xin'gang port by private air-conditional car.