Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Beijing city centre and start this tour visiting the Temple of Heaven around 8:30am, one of the most notable icon of the city.
The Temple of Heaven was a sacrificial complex for annual harvesting ceremonies during both the Ming and the Qing Dynasties. You can learn more about this in the museum accompanying the iconic temple. The park surrounding the temple is vast and offers the opportunity for a pleasant morning stroll, or to watch and join locals doing their exercises.
You will then be taken to the Beijing Zoo, where you’ll see the giant panda in real life. Did you know that giant pandas consume about 26-83 pounds of bamboo everyday to get all their nutrients? Giant pandas (in)famously spend most of their day eating or digesting their food while napping. After the visit to the zoo, you will have a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch at a local restaurant nearby.
The next activity is a boat ride to the Summer Palace, one of Beijing’s most popular landmarks and one of the best examples of an imperial garden 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.
Then you will see a tea ceremony ritual to learn more about China’s tea culture before being taken back to your hotel in Beijing city centre at the end of the tour (around 4:30pm).