Your local tour guide will meet you at the Beijing International Capital Airport or the railway station to escort you with a private comfortable vehicle to your downtown Beijing hotel and help you check in. You will have the rest of the day to rest up from your trip, or you can get some practical suggestions from your tour guide on what to explore in your local area on your own.
How to Get to Beijing: There are hundreds of daily international and domestic flights available to Beijing. In addition, there are high-speed trains to this capital city from Shanghai (5 – 6 hours); Xian (5.5 hours), Guangzhou (8 – 9.5 hours) and many more.
Accommodation：Overnight in Beijing
After exploring the very core of Beijing and China, we’ll take you outside of the city, driving about 70 kilometers over 90 minutes to see one of the great wonders of the world – the Great Wall of China. We will take you to the less crowded section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is a well-preserved and less crowded section of the Wall that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will take you on the cable car to reach the foot of the Great Wall and then hike along the most beautiful and scenic part of Mutianyu. It’s an incredible feeling to actually be walking along the famous Great Wall of China, climbing up through numerous watch towers and seeing the Wall stretch out like a dragon across the low mountain ridges. After a couple hours of hiking, you can get back down from the Great Wall by cable car. (Note for Mutianyu: if you would prefer more hiking, you can hike up or down to or from the Great Wall, with the hike taking about 40 minutes to climb up the steps. Please let your travel consultant know which would work best for you.)
On the way back to the city, we will have a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take in the views of the magnificent Bird’s Nest stadium and the Water Cube from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the opportunity to get some great photos of the outside of the venues.
Recommended optional activities:
1) Enjoy a safe but exciting toboggan ride down a chute at the Mutianyu Great Wall (the ride lasts about 2 – 3 minutes);
2) Take in a wonderful Legend of Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang), with the usual showtime at 19:30 (7:30 p.m.)
3) Treat yourself to an imperial-style dinner with the famous Peking Roast Duck at Quanjude; 4) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of the Beijing (Peking) Opera at the Liyuan Theater from 19:30 to 21:00 (7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Accommodation：Overnight in Beijing
After your visit to the Temple of Heaven we’ll return to the very center of Beijing to hop on a rickshaw to experience the ancient alleyways of Beijing (called “hutong” in the local language). The hutong are small alleys made up of neighboring quadrangle dwellings that grew organically beginning during the Yuan Dynasty centuries ago. You will ride around different hutongs to get a feel for the old Beijing lifestyle, see various antique shops and small boutiques and compare and contrast ancient Beijing with the ultra-modern buildings that have been built up around these ancient alleyways. You will also have the opportunity to be welcomed into a local hutong family’s home to get an up-close look at what it’s like to live in a hutong home.
After lunch, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to the Beijing Airport or train station to catch your flight or train on to your next destination.