8 Day Beijing City Tour with Great Wall Hiking

Hiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great WallHiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall

  • Hiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall
  • Temple of Heaven
  • The Forbidden City
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8 Days Beijing Tour

Highlights: The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Hiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall, Hutong Tour including the Bell Tower or the Drum Tower, Panjiayuan Market

Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included

Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Di'anmen Branch)

- Tiananmen Square: Located in the center of Beijing City, it is the largest city square in the world. It is surrounded by many magnificent buildings, such as national museums, People's Hall, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.
- The Forbidden City: The Imperial Palace was once home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, from 1420 till 1911.Its construction began in 1406 and completed in 1420. It is the world's largest and best preserved ancient complex of wooden architecture. In 1987, it was enrolled as a "World Chutural Heritage" by the UNESCO.
- Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony: Summer Palace is China's largest and best preserved imperial garden. Covering an area of 290 hectares, Summer Palace mainly consists of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. Visitors can enjoy a short cruise on the lake, or watch Beijing Opera at the Garden of Virtue and Harmony.
- Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Di'anmen Branch): This restaurant of typical Chinese style, it serves traditional-style food(mainly noodle) in a active Old Peking atmosphere. Waiters clad traditionally shout and cry around the room to announce customers arriving or leaving. Having the taste of the tasty noodles, usually eaten with a thick sesame and soy-based sauce, it is very noisy! You have some real experience of Old Beijing.

Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: Lama Temple, Tai chi Experience at the Temple of Heaven , Temple of Heaven, Guozijian

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Traditional Mongolia Restaurant

- Lama Temple: Yonghe Lamasery has a history of more than 300 years, and it is the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery outside of Tibet. Here you will see the world's largest wooden statue of Buddha and numerous Tibetan Buddhist collections. Yonghe Lamasery is very popular among local people, many people come to worship the Buddha and pray for good luck.
- Temple of Heaven: Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven covers an area of 2.72 million square meters,even bigger than the Imperial Palace. Most of the buildings are located along the central axis from south to north. This is where ancient emperors used to hold sacrificial ceremonies and pray for bumper harvests for his people.
- Guozijian : The Guozijian - "School of the Sons of State" was also called the "Imperial Academy" and was the national central institute of learning after the Sui (581-618 AD). This school was the highest place of learning in China's traditional educational system and an integral part of the Confucian system of education for government officials. Originally founded as far back as 3 CE, when a standard nationwide school system was established during the reign of Emperor Ping of Han (9 BC – AD 6), it was called the Taixue. The central schools of Taixue were disbanded during the 1898 reform of the Qing Dynasty, the Guozijian was replaced by the Imperial Capital Academy which later became Peking University.
- Traditional Mongolia Restaurant: Traditional Mongolia Restaurant is located near the Forbidden City. It serves northern Chinese food based on Mongolia cuisine. It brings Mongolia's long and distinguished cultural and literary history. A traditional Mongolian yurt (tent) is available on the third floor but a reservation is needed and a surcharge applies. Live performances of Mongolian music are sometimes preformed in the restaurant.

Day 4

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: Hiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jin Shan Ling Restaurant

- Hiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall: The section between Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall is popular and ideal place of hiking enthusiasts. The distance is 10 kilometers, and the hiking takes about 4 hours. This section retains the original appearance of the Great Wall since its construction, and provides a unique and magnificent scenery. It is necessary to wear comfortable walking shoes and protection against the weather.
- Jin Shan Ling Restaurant : Jin Shan Ling Restaurant is located at the foot of Jin Shan Ling Great Wall. It serves a great variety of Chinese delicacies. The restaurant provides a wonderful view of mountains and Great Wall from the outdoor dining terrace.

Day 5

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing Olympic Green(outside tour of Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center), Bird Nest

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- 798 Photo Gallery: Established in April 2003, it is the first art gallery specialized in photography in China. The gallery aims to discover and collect fine photography works, and provides a platform for cultural and commercial exchange and communications. There are various exhibitions periodically featuring both classical and contemporary photography art works.
- Beijing Olympic Green(outside tour of Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center): Olympic Green was the main venue for competitions of 2008 Beijing Olympics. Covering an area of 1215 hectares, the park contains green forests, national musuems, exhibition areas, Olympic village and competition venues. A walk inside the park will enable you to see the major venues of the Games, such as Bird's Nest and Water Cube from outside.
- Bird Nest: Shaped as a "Bird's Nest", was the main venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The main body of the National Stadium is a colossal saddle-shaped elliptic steel structure weighing 42,000 tons. It is 333 meters long from north to south, 294 meters wide from east to west, and 69 meters tall. It is a stunning spectacle by the lighting effects when evening falls.

Day 6

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: Hutong Tour including the Bell Tower or the Drum Tower, Chinese dominoes Experience, Houhai

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Hancang Hakka Restaurant

- Hutong Tour including the Bell Tower or the Drum Tower: Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards. Visit the Gate and the Drum tower or the Bell tower.
- Houhai: Houhai is Beijing's newly developed old town of funky nightlife full of small bars and pubs with character.
- Hancang Hakka Restaurant: Hancang Hakka Restaurant is conveniently located on the east bank of Shicha Hai Lake and has a traditional Chinese environment and culture. It serves the very popular cuisine of the Hakka minority group.

Day 7

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: WangFujing Shopping Street, Panjiayuan Market

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- WangFujing Shopping Street: Shoppers may go sightseeing in Wangfujing Street, which was just repaired in 1999. This street of 100 years takes on a new look now. There are still many ancient shops in the street; however, the decoration of the shops is quite modernized. Meanwhile, modern shopping centers are also built here. Now, Wangfujing Street is one of the largest pedestrian streets in China. If you spend 3 minutes in every chain store, it will take several days to visit them all.
- Panjiayuan Market: This weekend market is a huge, eclectic mix of goods from all over China: old, new, curios, antiques, fakes, craft and treasure, with some amazing items for sale. It's fascinating just to wander, even more fun if you can find a bargain. It‘s well-organised, full of life and colour, the 3000 stalls are under cover, open-air, and in shops, and mostly closed on weekdays. Open from Saturday to Sunday.

Day 8

Place & Transport: Depart Beijing, Flight not included

Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Summary

Tour Dates Destinations Transport Today's Activities Meals Included
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing Flight not included   \
Day 2 Beijing   Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony B,L
Day 3 Beijing   Lama Temple, Tai chi Experience at the Temple of Heaven , Temple of Heaven, Guozijian B,L
Day 4 Beijing   Hiking from the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall B,L
Day 5 Beijing   798 Photo Gallery, Beijing Olympic Green(outside tour of Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center), Bird Nest B,L
Day 6 Beijing   Hutong Tour including the Bell Tower or the Drum Tower, Chinese dominoes Experience, Houhai B,L
Day 7 Beijing   WangFujing Shopping Street, Panjiayuan Market B,L
Day 8 Depart Beijing Flight not included Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing) B

Tour Price

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(Apr.01 - Nov.15)
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* Prices are in US dollars per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Labor’s Day (Apr 29-May 3, 2012), China National Day Holiday (Sep 29-Oct 8, 2012), and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan 21-26, 2012).

* If only one person is traveling then the single room supplement is not required. If, for example, three people book a hotel, with two in one room and one in another room, the single room supplement must be paid.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing To Departure City Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)

  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm.
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.

Beijing Overview

Beijing, with literal meaning of "northern capital", is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People's Republic of China. As a major transportation hub, it is also the center of politics, education, and culture in China.

Great Wall of China

With a 3,000-year-long history, Beijing is one of the world's most ancient cities. Covering an area of 16,808 square kilometers, it is the second largest city in China next only to Shanghai. The city is divided into 16 districts and two rural counties, with about 13 million people.

With rich tourism resources, Beijing is renowned for its famous attractions, unique and delicious food, and abundant night life with colorful entertainments. Among the well-known attractions, some representatives such as Beijing National Stadium, Bystreets, and the temple of heaven will amaze and delight you. All kinds of Beijing snacks, including Beijing Roast Duck, Noodles with soybean paste, and so on, will leave you a special impression on this city. Furthermore, the interesting nightlife activities will offer you opportunities to experience the perfect combination of Beijing's traditional unique culture and modern prosperity.

Temple of Heaven

Highlights
Nowadays, Beijing has become a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle. With the ancient traditional buildings and some new modern fashionable spots, it remains a magnet for visitors from around globe.

The Temple of Heaven is the largest temple and altar complex with a history of over 500 years, where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for abundant harvests.

The Great Wall is one of the most renowned construction works in the world, considered originally as a feudal states built walls for self-defense against nomadic tribes.

The Forbidden City is one of the largest and best preserved palace complexes in the world, which had been the imperial residence of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Beijing National Stadium is a national stadium in China built for the 2008 Olympic Games and has become a famous attraction from then on.

2008 Beijing Olympic Village Sites is a group of constructions for the 2008 Olympic Games consisting of apartments for athletes, buildings for Olympic Committees, public facilities for residential districts, service centers and underground parking lots.

Water Cube is the National Aquatic Center in China, regarded as a construction of competition venues, training venues and auxiliary facilities for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where all the swimming of the 2008 Olympic Games had completed.

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