Three-day Private Tour
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer
Great Wall at Mutianyu, Ming Tomb, Olympic Green,
Temple of Heaven, Lhama Temple, Hutong Tour
After picking you up from your hotel in the morning, we will
drive directly to Tian’anmen Square. The largest public
square in the world at 440,000 square meters, Tian’anmen
Square has been the site of the most important developments
in China’s modern 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 in 1976, and of course the political
turmoil of 1989. The Monument to the People’s Heroes marks
the center of the square, a ten-story obelisk built in
dedication to those who died fighting for Chinese
Revolution. The square is flanked on the east by the
National Museum of China (set to reopen in late 2010), 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 Gate of Heavenly
Peace is the official symbol of the People’s Republic of
After walking across the square we will enter the Forbidden
City, the world’s 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, and once you enter its confines it is easy to see
why. 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. Afterwards, the Forbidden City was
officially known as the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City is
divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer
Court, was where the emperor exercised his supreme power
over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court
was where he lived with his royal family. Consisting of 980
buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms, the Forbidden City is
the best example of classical Chinese architecture in the
world, and is one of the greatest wonders of the world.
After exploring the Forbidden City we will conclude the
first day of your tour 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, UNESCO listed it as one of
the World Heritage Sites. 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 the Empress Dowager Cixi’s
extravagant Marble Boat, and talking a walk down Suzhou jie,
a canal meant to resemble the beautiful river city of
Suzhou. Afterward we will drive you back to your hotel, and
be sure to get a good rest, for tomorrow you will do a lot
After picking you up at your hotel that morning, 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.
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.
Besides its strategically important location and compact
layout, the Mutianyu Great Wall is also famous for the
breath-takingly beautiful scenery. Woods cover over
ninety-six percent of the total scenic area. The wall
presents different aspects of beauty in the four seasons.
Flowers bloom all over the mountains in spring. Grasses
dress the hillside green in summer. Trees are laden with
sweet fruits in autumn, and especially in October, leaves
are turning red or yellow, touching the mountain tops with
gold. In winter, the wall is covered by snow, making it seem
more even more magnificent.
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!).
In order to recharge yourself after your trek on the wall,
we will have a scrumptious and filling provincial style
lunch at a local farmers restaurant. Past travelers with us
have raved about the food, and we’re sure you will too.
After meeting our minibus in the parking lot, we will then
head back to the city center in the afternoon to the Olympic
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 ranging from opera to a ski park.
The site of Michael Phelps’ Olympic triumph, the Water Cube
design combines modern technologies with Chinese traditional
values. In tradition, Chinese conceptualized a square Earth
and a round Heaven, and this formed the design’s central
theme. Moreover, the cube shape dominates ancient urban
buildings. The National Aquatics Center's design is of
traditional style to meet all its functional requirements.
The National Aquatics Center looks like a huge blue box,
from which it takes its nickname: the Water Cube. The Water
Cube is blue in order to reflect sunlight. The National
Aquatics Center shines in the sunlight like a pearl in
water. From the inside of the National Aquatics Center, you
may discover that the pneumatic cushions of all sizes are
just like sea bubbles.
After touring the Olympic Green we will drive you back to
your hotel for the night.
Today will be another full day of viewing the best
of Beijing! After meeting our minibus at your hotel, we will
head over 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. You will also see Beijing’s senior citizens using the
park grounds for everything from tai chi and ballroom
dancing to bullwhip practice!
After touring the Temple of Heaven we will embark to the Lhama Temple. Other than the temples in Tibet this is the
best Buddhist temple in China. Work on the Lhama Temple
originally began in 1694 during the Qing dynasty. It served
as an official residence for court eunuchs. It was then
converted into the home of the Prince Yong, a son of the
Kangxi Emperor and himself the future Yongzheng Emperor. It
was converted into a lamasery after his ascension to the
throne in 1722. Today the Lhama Temple still functions as a
monastery and temple of the Geluk School of Tibetan
Buddhism. You will see many active Tibetan monks and
Buddhists at the temple today. Walking through the temple
your senses will be enveloped by the incenses and the
chanting of the visiting monks and other followers. The rear
Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses features a 26m tall
statue of the Maitreya Buddha cared from a single piece of
white sandalwood. It is one of three artworks in the Lhama
Temple that were included in the Guiness Book of World
Records, and it is not to be missed on your visit.
After a filling lunch we will conclude your tour with us by
going on a hutong tour of old Beijing. You will go on this
tour by rickshaw. Hutongs are courtyard homes grouped
together around narrow alleys, and served as the lifeline
and center of everyday life in old Beijing. The hutongs were
a critical component in the development and evolution of
Beijing folklore and culture. While there are still hutong
houses in the city, they are quickly disappearing due to the
demands of a rapidly modernizing Beijing, so see the hutongs
while you still can.
On this tour we will also visit the Bell Tower, which with
its large copper bell was used to tell the time in old
Beijing, and Prince Gong’s Mansion, a large luxurious
mansion used by an official of the Qing Dynasty.
After your tour of hutong and old Beijing we will return you
to your hotel, thus completing your 3 day tour.
1. Professional local guide
2. Private air-conditioned
car or van for transportation;
3. Admission of the first
the guide and driver;
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!