Experience Beijing - Independent Tour
Also known by the western world as Peking in days gone by, Beijing now serves as the hub of modern China, with an orderly array of long, straight boulevards and avenues, crisscrossed by a network of lanes. Between 1950-52 commemorative arches, historic buildings and the outer walls of the city were levelled in the interests of traffic circulation and today, the face of Beijing is continuing to change on a daily basis with rapid economic growth encouraging a booming construction industry. Within the city, however, you’ll still find some of China’s most stunning sights – the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven Park, the Lama Temple and the Great Wall, to name just a few.
Day 1: Beijing
Meet and transfer to the hotel upon arrival
Day 2: Beijing (B/L)
Today a full day City tour visits Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Located at the centre of Beijing City is Tiananmen Square, where you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. The Square was the front door of the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners for 500 years, was the Imperial residence of the Ming and Qing Emperors. Now known as the Palace Museum it is the largest and best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in all China.
Also visit the Summer Palace, this was where the Imperial court would come to escape the heat of Beijing’s summer, and today it is a popular recreation spot.
Day 3: Beijing (B/L)
A day tour to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, the burial ground of 13 of the 16 Emperors and the Sacred Way, an avenue flanked by real & mythical animals, that guard the tombs.
The world renowned Great Wall, a symbol of ancient Chinese civilizations, has stood for more than 2000 years. The wall originally a series of feudal defences built in the 5th Century BC and were linked up during the reign of the Emperor Qin, first Emperor of a United China, to form this 5000 km man-made barrier. The section of the wall that you will visit is at Badaling, 80kms from Beijing and was restored in 1957.
The Ming Tombs are the burial ground of 13 of the 16 Emperors (1368 – 1644 AD). Wander along the Sacred Way, a broad avenue flanked by twelve sets of animals, real & mythical, that guard the entrance to the tombs. The tomb of the 14th Emperor, Ding Ling, is the only one that has been excavated and you can tour the underground passages and caverns.
Day 4: Beijing (B/D)
Morning is free.
This afternoon, proceed to see Hutongs, the old living quarters of Beijing by rickshaw. Hutongs crisscross with each other, dotted with a Kindergarten, a Bell Tower, a Drum Tower, a Tea House, and a lake, House of Gong Infant and local people’s houses scattered among them. Visit includes guided walk in the old alleys and lunch with a local family.
This evening enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner
Day 5: Beijing (B)
Free at leisure and departure transfer to airport for homeward flight.
This is a private program and can be modified to suit your requirements.
Excluded: International flights, Visa, insurance, airport taxes, meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.
Prices quoted are valid 01 March - 31 October 2018
Cost above is indicative, based on Low Season in NZ Dollars and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates.
Specific travel dates apply
*per person share twin