Four Day Tour - Beijing
This tour is available daily and the start time can be adjusted at your request. Our tours typically start between 7am and 8:30am with your tour guide picking you up in the lobby of your hotel. At the end of each day we'll return you to your hotel.
Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. We'll spend approximately 30 minutes in the square prior to visiting the Forbidden City, which is located directly across the road from the square.
We'll spend approximately 2 hours in the Forbidden City. The complex is 180 acres and it would take you days to see everything, but we'll hit all of the major highlights.
Jingshan Park is just a short walk from the Forbidden City. We'll spend approximately 30 minutes at Jingshan Park before a short drive to the Temple of Heaven. It is a steep climb up this man-made mountain but you will have a breathtaking view of the Forbidden City from the top.
We'll have lunch with a local family while exploring the Hutongs, which is the oldest part of the city. The families living in the Hutongs have been there for generations. Taking a ride in a rickshaw is a great way to give your feet a break and to experience what it was like to take a "taxi" in the olden days.
The Lama Temple is also known as "Yonghe Gong" and was an emperor's former residence. It is now the most popular Buddhist temple among locals. If you have any unfulfilled wishes it is worth trying your luck with one of the many Buddha statues at the temple. You might be surprised how your luck turns! We'll spend approximately 2 hours at the Lama Temple.
It will be approximately a 1.5 hour drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China where we will spend approximately 2 hours exploring one of the most impressive World Heritage sites that there are. We'll have lunch at a local restaurant before beginning our 1.5 hour journey back to Beijing.
We'll spend approximately 2 hours exploring the many galleries and sites of the 798 Art District. Originally a series of 50-year old decommissioned military factories and buildings, this area has been transformed into a thriving community of contemporary artists, museums, and exhibitions. Most of the galleries are small in size, so the best thing is to explore this area on foot and get lost while exploring its side alleys full of trendy restaurants and cafes. It's a very different vibe from the rest of Beijing.
We'll start our day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven where we'll spend approximately 2 hours before a quick stop at the Pearl Market that is adjacent to the Temple of Heaven. The temple was a favorite place for Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to pray for a good harvest. It was constructed in the early 1400's and is located in the southeast portion of Central Beijing.
We'll have lunch at a local restaurant prior to spending approximately 2 hours at the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. The palace was the Imperial family's favourite place to spend their summers and escaping Beijing's heat. Three quarters of the area is water. Take a boat ride and enjoy the exquisite views of the surrounding hills that are dotted with halls and pavilions.
Next will be the Olympic Stadium and Bird's Nest to admire the architecture of these impressive buildings (outside viewing only). The National Stadium, also known as "The Bird's Nest", was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Designed by Herzog and DeMeuron, the twig-like structure and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpieces of the project.
We'll start our day at the Beihai Park and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring before visiting the Capital Museum. Beihai Park has lots of hiking trails and an artificial lake with an island and temples to explore. But the greatest attraction in the park are the locals. They go there early in the morning to practice different kinds of gymnastics, play instruments and dance (traditional and classic). You'll find that the locals are very friendly and enjoy having their picture taken with you.
We'll then tour the Capital Museum for about 1.5 hours before having lunch. The museum is a wonderful display of the history of China. You will see the changes in culture as you move from ancient to modern China. Some of the collections are rare and are one of a kind. It is a wonderful place to relax and soak in one of the oldest cultures in the world.
We'll then travel to the Panjiayuan Antique Market to take in the sites and sounds of this busy market. This best time to visit this popular antique market is weekends where there will be vendors who come from all around to sell their wares. You'll find souvenirs, historical artifacts, arts and crafts, jewelry, books, antiques and so much more. Thursdays and Fridays also have a large number of vendors and the crowds are slightly less.
For a more detailed description of the sites around Beijing, please see our Beijing Attractions page.
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The listed prices are the total price for a four day tour. Items included and excluded in the tour package are listed directly above.
Htuongs of Old Beijing
The Great Wall of China