Your friendly English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Beijing city centre between 7:00am and 8:30am. The exact time will be provided by your guide a day before the tour starts, normally after 6:00 pm via a phone call to your hotel.
The tour starts at the northern side of Tiananmen Square, one of the symbols of Beijing. Here you can see two pairs of 600 years old stone lions, the characteristic ornamental columns, an outer golden water bridge and several other decorations that the guide will explain. The square is one of the biggest in the world, so from the distance, you will be able to see the National Flag Pole, the Monument to the People's Hero, the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Great Hall of People, and the National Museum.
Next, you will proceed to visit the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces in China, with 500 years of history. Here you will learn about the history of this sprawling World Heritage–listed complex, where Ming and Qing emperors once lived and ruled in opulence. Take in some of the 1,000 rooms and 800 buildings and marvel at the exquisite luxury of imperial life. The visit along the central axis from south to north will last for about 2 hours.
On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to check out the Chinese traditional medicine culture. The Temple of Heaven was a sacrificial complex for annual harvesting ceremonies during both the Ming and the Qing Dynasties. Its surrounding park is vast and also offers the opportunity to join in or to watch the locals doing their exercises, dancing or for their daily strolls.
After a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch in a local restaurant, you will enjoy a short visit to a market where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Then, you will visit the Summer Palace, one of Beijing’s most popular landmarks and one of the best examples of an imperial gardens in China. The site which covers a total of 1.8 miles and incorporates a large lake within it's boundaries, has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi. The Empress effectively controlled China for 47 years between 1861 and 1908.
Once this last visit is finished, you will go back to your hotel.
Pick up is between 6:30 am and 7:30 am
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.