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4 Days Classic Beijing Tour with Great Wall Hiking

Beijing Highlights Plus Great Wall Day Hiking

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During this 4 day Beijing tour, you will first explore the famous sites, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Hutong where keep the fabulous history and local culture of Beijing, and then take a side trip to the hike the Jinshanling Great Wall which is one of the best preserved sections of Ming Great Wall featured in steep mountains, ornate and dense towers. (Jinshanling Great Wall will be closed for road and other tourist facilities construction from June 1, 2017. The reopening date has not been released yet. Travelers are not allowed to visit.)

Highlights of this tour

  • Touch the ancient heart of China to fully experience the history and culture of Beijing;
  • Take a little bit challenging but rewarding hiking on Great Wall to experience the wild features.;

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Beijing
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-GWH-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China!

You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.

Beijing Flight Arrival

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Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00. 

Tiananmen Square Family Tourthe Forbidden City Overall View

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Day 3 Beijing - Jinshanling Great Wall ( B, L )

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After breakfast, your tour guide and drive will take to Jinshanling Great Wall which is about 130km away (2 h and 15 mins) from Beijing city. After checking in your hotel, start to your hiking on the Jinshanling Great Wall. After entering the check-in office, you will walk about 20 minutes to the western section of Jinshanling Great Wall, near to Gubeikou Great Wall. Your hiking starts at Zhuanduo Tower, walk eastward with the up walls snaking on the hills to the eastern edge. On route, you have chance to see some featured towers, such as General Tower, Large Jinshan Tower, Flower Tower, Corner Tower, etc. You’re hiking takes about 4~5 hours, and stops at East Tower with Five Holes where you will get off the wall, and get back to the tourist center.

Get down from Jinshanling Great Wall, drive back to Beijing.

Jinshanling Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing Departure ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven. Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.

Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical changes of Beijing.

Your Beijing tour is now about to end. Your tour guide will escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Fantastic View in Temple of Heaven

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Recommended Add-on Options

+2 more days to explore the Ancient heart of China - Xian

Xian, as the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties, is filled with amazing historic and cultural wonders. 

With only 2 days, you can travel the best highlights of ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace. The Day 1 is a full day visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Local Snack Street - Muslim Quarter. In the Day 2, you have a half day for visiting to the symbol of Xian - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and having an educational learning in Shanxi History Museum. The rest time is free for departure.

Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors
+ 2 more days to visit the Paris of the East - Shanghai

Shanghai, regarded as the Oriental Paris, is the best place to see East-meet-West Culture, find hidden tradition within modernity.

Generally speaking, you can spend Day 1 exploring the popular landmarks of Shanghai, such as the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road,  the Bund, and Shanghai World Financial Center Tower. The Day 2 is for you to explore deep into the city of Shanghai (such as Old French Concession, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center or Jade Buddha Temple) and departure.

The Bund: Famous 'Museum of Architecture'

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