Explore the heart of imperial China. Step into the gates of the Forbidden City, home to centuries of emperors, and back out to the Temple of Heaven, where annual sacrifices were made to the heavens before experiencing the vast and exquisite imperial playground of the Summer Palace!
Standing in the middle of Tian'anmen Square, one is confronted with overwhelming representations of China's past and present powers-that-be, cast in an immense space that dramatizes China's modern history in spectacular fashion. Standing on ground where the Emperor's high officials once did business in classical courtyards and halls, one now finds the world's largest public square, with Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People and the Monument to the People's Heroes defining a space that is both austere and grand—and saturated with history and its ironies.
The Forbidden City, or "former palace" (Gù Gōng, 故宫), is one of the must-see sights in Beijing. In the afternoon sunshine, the red walls and golden roof tiles cast a glow across the vast courtyards of this symbol of China's mighty imperial past. If pressed for time, try to spend at least half a day exploring; if you have more time, consider return trips—the Forbidden City's stately spaces and myriad treasures are best lingered over.
The Temple of Heaven, completed in 1420 during the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle, was the most sacred space in which the emperor—also known as the Son of Heaven—performed the most important sacrifices and rites. The gods of earth, water, war, and civilian affairs were all honored, but it was the god of agriculture who received special attention. On the winter solstice, the emperor, after ritual fasts and purification, would beseech Heaven for bountiful harvests.
An excellent expression of China's imperial spirit, the Summer Palace should be explored at leisure, even if it means setting aside a full day just to wander around soaking up the atmosphere. That said, if you're short on time, even a few hours exploring the halls, courtyards, pavilions, temples and wooded hillsides of this opulent lakeside retreat should prove a highlight of your Beijing visit.
7:00-7:30 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup
8:30 a.m. Tian'anmen Square (Tiān'ānmén Guǎngchǎng, 天安门广场) (about 40 minutes)
9:00 a.m. Forbidden City (Zǐjìn Chéng, 紫禁城) (about 2 hours, closed on Mondays)
12:00 p.m. Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán, 天坛) (about 1 hour)
1:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant
3:00 p.m. Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán, 颐和园) (about 1.5 hours)
6:00 p.m. Return to hotel
－2 shopping stops (Chinese traditional medicine & pearl, about 40 minutes each) will be arranged during the trip.
－This product is not open to Chinese passport holders.
7am - 6pm
City Tour to Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace
－English-speaking tour guide
－Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the details
－Cost of boat ride in Kunming Lake
－Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned
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Beijing Downtown Hotel Pick-up