3 Days Beijing Walking Tour

Authentic Beijing Exploration on Foot

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If you are a walking enthusiast, Beijing won't let you down. This 3 days Beijing walking tour gives you an opportunity to explore Beijing on foot. You will have a full day to walk through different Hutongs (including Yandaixie Street, Nanluoguxiang, Yonghegong Street, etc.) as well as probe into the authentic life of Beijingers. Of course, a hiking on the Great Wall of China is a must as well. We choose Mutianyu Great Wall – No.1 attraction ranked on TripAdvisor by travelers for your memorable hiking. Besides, you won't miss Beijing's historic landmarks, like Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, etc. by visiting which you can learn China's imperial history and rich culture.

Highlights of this tour

  • Spend a full day walking among Hutongs in Beijing's old city center and exploring the original Beijing atmosphere;
  • Put aside a day to walk along less-crowded but well-restored Mutianyu Great Wall with Ming Dyansty watchtowers and stirring views;
  • Not only visit unmissable collection of imperial architectures of Forbidden City, but also appreciate a bird's-eye vista of the whole palace from Jingshan Park.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Beijing
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-BWT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing City Tour (B,L)

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After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel. Then, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square which is now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern square was the site where the Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s 5 most important palaces – Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties used to live in. Pass through various doorways to admire the magnificent and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow glazed tile roof, white marble base and splendid colorful paintings. After Forbidden City exploration, take a short visit to Jingshan Park where you can get a nice shot of one watchtower of Forbidden City and take a panoramic view of Forbidden City.

In the afternoon, drive about 40 minutes to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors. Feast your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colored paintings in Long Corridor.

Recommended optional activities: 1) watch delightful Kung Fu show to trace the history of Chinese Kung Fu at Red Theatre between 19:15~20:15; 2) enjoy breathtaking acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theater between 19:15~20:15.

Beijing Fobidden City from Jingshan ParkSummer Palace in Beijing
Day 2 Hutong Walking, about 5 hrs (B,L)

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Today, you will have a full day to walk among Beijing’s old Hutongs and explore some of the historic sites in hidden in Hutongs. You will first get to Yinding Bridge, a lovely single-arch bridge spanning north-south over Qianhai Lake and Houhai Lake. Then start your walking to Yandaixie Street which is an old but vibrant street with interesting bustling shops. Next continue walking to another famous Hutong – Nanluoguxiang where you can explore authentic old Beijing atmosphere. There are traditional quadrangle dwellings and time-honored archways as well as a group of new-built shops, cafes, eateries and bars. After sightseeing, you will have a meal in Nanluoguxiang.

In the afternoon, you will go on with your walking experience in charming Hutongs. Crossing several Hutongs, you will reach to Yonghegong Street where there are many historic attractions. Temple of Confucius, where people worshipped Confucius, is the first sight to delight you. When you step into the temple, you will feel a striking balance of history in the outlying buildings and the statues and carvings. After the exploring Temple of Confucius, you can walk ahead to nearby Guozijian, the imperial college with well restored buildings. The inside history museum details the imperial examination system. Your last stop will be glittering Lama Temple – a Tibetan Buddhist temple where riveting roofs, impressive murals, elegant arches, prayer wheels, etc. mix with dense clouds of incense.

Your Huotng walking ends there and your guide will escort you to your hotel.

Yandaixie StreetLama Temple
Day 3 Beijing - Great Wall, about 3 ~ 4 hrs' walking (B,L)

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After breakfast, drive to the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.

Leave the city, and drive about 70km (about 1.5 h) to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Great Wall. The less-crowded Mutianyu, a well-preserved segment of Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty, lives up to all of your nice expectation. You will firstly hike from the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall to No.10 watchtower which takes about 40 minutes and enjoy the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu toward No.20 watchtower. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall.

Next, drive back to Beijing City, and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view the magnificent Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Lastly, be escorted back to your hotel.

Recommended optional activities: Enjoy an exciting and safe toboggan ride (about 2~3mins) down Mutianyu Great Wall.

Great Wall HikingBird's Nest

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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