Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the national central city, the national political center, the cultural center, and the international exchange center. It is a national historical and cultural city. Taking this two days Beijing Layover Tour, you will explore the highlights of this ancient capital Beijing with an informative and friendly guide. You will learn a lot about China’s history and culture through these amazing sites.
*Conquer the top Wonder of the World – the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
*Discover the beliefs and worship of Chinese emperors at the Temple of Heaven.
*Skip the lines at the world largest imperial palace – the Forbidden City
*Look Mao’s portrait at the world largest urban square – Tiananmen Square
*Visit the must-visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube to fall in love with all kinds of sports.
- Day 1: BeijingTiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Summer Palace (L)
AM: In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from your Beijing downtown hotel and start the tour with Tiananmen Square, the heart and symbol of Beijing and the largest city square in the world. The spacious square has been used for many public celebrations, ceremonies, and demonstrations for over a hundred years. Next we will pay a visit to Forbidden City, one of the largest and most completely preserved palace complex built of wood. It functioned as the imperial palace in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1912). 24 emperors of the two dynasties once lived here.
Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, visit Jingshan Park which stands at opposite street of the Forbidden City. In ancient time, Jingshan Park and its ancillary buildings not only served as a royal garden for visitors, but also had multiple functions such as learning shooting, offering sacrifices to ancestors, official learning, opera and regional activities, etc.we will head to Summer Palace. It is located at the west skirt of Beijing and covers an area of 290 hectares. During the Qianlong Era of the Qing Dynasty, the Summer Palace was built by imitating the layout of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Now it is the largest and most completely preserved imperial garden in China.
After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
- Day 2: BeijingTemple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall,Bird’s Nest, Water Cube (L)
AM: After breakfast, meet your guide and driver from the hotel lobby. Today begins with the Temple of Heaven. Located in the southern part of Beijing, it served as a complex of a sacrificial building where emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest.
Noon: Lunch in a local restaurant.
PM: After an early lunch, drive around 1.5 hours to Mutianyu Great Wall. We will enjoy the urban and suburban scenery of Beijing City on the way. Mutianyu Great Wall is the most scenic part of the Chinese Great Wall. It was built in the early Ming Dynasty in 1368 and stretches for 5400 meters. 90 percent of the Mutianyu is covered by vegetation. So in each season, this part of the Great Wall will treat visitors with its unique scenery. If hiking is too much for you, a cable car is available and optional.
After saying goodbye to the Great Wall, we will return to Beijing City and stop by Bird’s Nest and Water Cube where the 2008 Olympics was held. We will admire the buildings from the outside and take some pictures. The tour will conclude with drop-off at your hotel. Your 2-day Beijing Layover Tour ends here.
- Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
- 2 Chinese style lunches listed in the itinerary
- Excellent English-speaking tour guide
- Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
- Government taxes
- Entrance fee of Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
- All personal expenses and additional activities (such as cable car and shuttle bus on the Great Wall and cruise boat in Summer Palace)
- Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)