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Welcome to China and the start of your city break! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. Capital of the People’s Republic, Beijing is China’s political, economic and cultural centre. With an awesome history, Beijing was established in 1045 BC and for 800 years served as the capital of several dynasties.
Today, a sightseeing tour takes in Tiananmen Square, a public square that is also the world’s largest. The Forbidden City, once forbidden to all but individuals on imperial business is a 720,000 sq.m concoction dominated by vast gates, temples, halls and palaces with imperial yellow tiled roofs. At Silk Alley, there’s a chance to splash some cash in a retail haven that is a Beijing institution. Tonight, enjoy a Traditional Chinese dinner.
Today, an excursion beyond Beijing to Badaling takes in an imposing section of the Great Wall. The sometimes steep walk is made all the more breathtaking by the stunning views and the realisation that this 2,200 year-old wall is a 6700 kilometre wall that at one time served to protect the new China from invaders from the north. We continue to the imperial Ming tombs, where some 13 emperors were interred in elaborate mausoleums.
A free day to enjoy Beijing your way. Perhaps head to the hutongs, where you can hire a rickshaw to take you through Beijing’s old back lanes which offer a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional domesticity. In the Qianmen area, you’ll find many shops with original facades, selling Mongolian hot pots, silks and other items. Check out also Wanfujing Street, one of the busiest retail streets in the city.
A free day to explore Beijing.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.
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