First thing this morning we will embark on a guided tour of the city centre, including the legendary Forbidden City, which stood as the residence of emperors and as the political powerhouse of the country for over half a millennia. Today it houses the Palace Museum and is the countryâ€™s largest and best-preserved complex of ancient buildings, which we will get to explore. The red-roofed Gate of Heavenly Peace stands entrance to the Forbidden City just off of Tiananmen Square, a vast public space which is home to Chairmanâ€™s Maoâ€™s Mausoleum and several historic monuments as well as being a fascinating place to people watch and snap a few pictures.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs â€“ or backstreets, of Beijing and in the evening we will witness a jaw-dropping Chinese acrobatic performance. Human pyramids, spinning plates, juggling hoops and swinging ropes are just some of the tricks you can expect to see here. Later weâ€™ll head to a local restaurant for a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck.
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast, Dinner