How much is this private tour?
(average per person)
|# of Head
Kids under 3 are free;
5% for aged between 3 and 12.
Two-day Private Tour
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of
Mutianyu Great Wall, the Olympic Green
After a morning pick-up from your hotel, we will drive to
the political center of China, Tian’anmen Square. The
largest public square in the world, Tian’anmen Square has
been the site of the most important developments in China’s
political and cultural history. It was the stage for the May
4th movement (where in 1919 Chinese students protested the
transfer of Shandong province from Germany to Japan), the
protests following the death of premier Zhou Enlai, and of
course the political turmoil of 1989. The square is flanked
on the east by the National Museum of China, on the west by
the Great Hall of People (home of china’s legislative
bodies), to the south by the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
(where his body lies in a crystal coffin), and of course to
the north by the Gate of Heavenly Peace, with its
distinctive portrait of Mao Zedong. The center of the square
is marked by the Monument to the People’s Heroes, a
ten-story obelisk built in dedication to those who died
fighting for Chinese Revolution.
After walking across the square we will enter the Forbidden
City, the largest surviving palace complex and the former
home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The
Forbidden City is one of the greatest attractions in the
world. Built by the third Ming emperor between 1406-1422,
the Forbidden City served as the official residence to the
Emperor of China until the last emperor, Puyi, was forced to
evacuate in 1924. Consisting of 980 buildings and with 8,707
bays of rooms, the Forbidden City is the best example of
classical Chinese architecture in the world, and is a wonder
After taking time to explore the Forbidden City, we will
drive to the Temple of Heaven park. The complex was visited
by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual
ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. The Temple
of Heaven park is best known for the Hall of Prayer for Good
Harvests, an iconic building famed for its magnificent
triple-gabled circular roof. You will also have an
opportunity to walk the same imperial walkway that the same
emperors walked hundreds of years ago in their holy rites.
After touring the Temple of Heaven, we will conclude our day
with a visit to the Summer Palace. Having the largest royal
park and being well preserved, the Summer Palace is ranked
amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world.
In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by
UNESCO. Like most of the gardens of Beijing, it could not
elude the rampages of the Anglo-French allied force of 1860
and was destroyed by fire. In 1888, Empress Dowager Cixi
embezzled navy funds to reconstruct it for her own benefit,
changing its name to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). She spent
most of her later years there, dealing with state affairs
and entertaining. Highlights not to be missed are climbing
longevity hill, viewing Cixi’s extravagant Marble Boat, and
talking a walk down Suzhou jie, a canal meant to resemble
the beautiful river city of Suzhou.
After viewing the Summer Palace we will take you back to
your hotel for some much needed rest!
We hope you had a good sleep, because today will be
another full day excursion! After a morning pickup at your
hotel we will drive directly to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the
Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the
northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial
tombs. First built in the mid-6th century during the
Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling
section of the Great Wall. In the Ming dynasty, under the
supervision of General Xu Da, construction of the present
wall began on the foundation of the wall of Northern Qi. In
1404, a pass was built in the wall. In 1569, the Mutianyu
Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are
Compared with other sections of Great Wall, the Mutianyu
Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its
construction. Watchtowers are densely placed along this
section of the Great Wall - 22 watchtowers on this
2,250-meter-long stretch. The Mutianyu Pass consists of 3
watchtowers, one big in the center and two smaller on both
sides. Standing on the same terrace, the three watchtowers
are connected to each other inside and compose a rarely seen
structure among all sections of Great Wall.
While Mutianyu does get its fair share of visitors, it does
not get as packed as Badaling, allowing you to have a
peaceful time exploring the wall. After walking around on
Mutianyu, you have the option of coming down via walking,
taking a cable car, or taking a toboggan ride (lots of fun
and highly recommended!). After meeting our minibus in the
parking lot, we will then head back to the city center in
the afternoon to the Olympic Green.
The Olympic Green was the center of the event that
captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008. The
highlights include the Bird’s Nest (officially known as the
Beijing National stadium) and the Water Cube (the Beijing
National Aquatics Center). The stadium gets its nickname
from its outward design, which originated from the study of
Chinese ceramics, implementing steel beams in order to hide
supports for the retractable roof, thus giving the stadium
the appearance of a "Bird's nest". The Bird’s Nest hosted
the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and
football final of the 2008 Summer Olympics, from 8 August to
24 August 2008. Since the Olympic end, the Bird’s Nest has
been used to host events from opera to a ski park.
Despite its nickname, the Water Cube is not a cube but a
cuboid, (a rectangular box). The outer wall of the building
is based on the Weaire–Phelan structure, a structure devised
from the natural formation of bubbles in soap foam. The
complex Weaire–Phelan pattern was developed by slicing
through bubbles in soap foam, resulting in more irregular,
organic patterns than foam bubble structures proposed
earlier by the scientist Kelvin. The Water Cube hosted the
swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming events during
the Olympics, and was the sight of Michael Phelps’ record
breaking Olympic triumph.
After touring the Olympic park we will drive you back to
your hotel. We know that you will treasure this two -day
trek through the best that China has to offer!
1. Professional local guide
2. Private air-conditioned
car or van for transportation;
3. General admissions.
1. Tip of the guide
2. Personal costs;
other Beijing touring programs.
YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT!
At the Great Wall Adventure Club, we only use new and luxury vehicles
for your safety and comfortable journey!