More than 30 emperors have lived and ruled from Beijing, as evidenced by the incredible ancient monuments scattered across this vibrant international city. On guided excursions, visit the remarkable Great Wall, built and maintained from the 5th century BC to the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire, the Summer Palace, a veritable museum of classical Chinese architecture. Also see the Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners for 500 years. Today it is a showcase of the opulence of the Chinese imperial court.
Arrive in Beijing, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy a trip briefing followed by a Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant...D
Beijing / The Great Wall
Join your local Beijing guide this morning for an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, with a picnic lunch. The Mutianyu section is well preserved and a good option for avoiding the crowds along the highly popular Badaling section. After a short and easy hike on the wall, return to Beijing for a visit to the Yong He Gong Tibetan temple and the nearby Temple of Confucius and National Academy, with an optional visit to the Temple of Heaven. Overnight at hotel...BLD
Forbidden City and Summer Palace
This morning, visit the magnificent Forbidden City. Built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, this great palace complex was the imperial home of 24 emperors of the Ming and later the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. One of the best-preserved palaces in the world, it is full of rare treasures including pottery, bronzes, wood carvings, paintings, and famous calligraphic works. Later, explore the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site set in the Western Hills of Beijing. There is plenty of time to explore this tranquil retreat, with a chance to practice tai-chi with an instructor. Overnight at hotel...BL
Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flight or to other destinations in Asia...B
3 nights in hotel
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Walking tours and cultural exploration
A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting China. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.