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Welcome to China and the start of your city break! Enjoy an arrival transfer to your hotel. The evining is yours at leisure. Relax and get ready for the next few days!
Capital of the People’s Republic, Beijing is China’s political, economic and cultural centre. Today, a sightseeing tour takes in Tiananmen Square, a public square that also happens to be the world’s largest. Everything is large in China, including the former imperial residence of the imperial emperors of China. Surrounded by a protective moat, it is said the Forbidden City comprises some 9999 rooms! At Silk Alley, there’s a chance to splash some cash in a retail haven that is a Beijing institution. Some bling jewellery for the lady and perhaps a genuine copy Rolex watch for the gent? Tonight, enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner at a city restaurant.
Today enjoy 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 isn’t just a common or garden wall, but a 6700 kilometre wall that at one time served to protect the new China from marauding invaders from the north. Today’s excursion then continues to the imperial Ming tombs, where some 13 emperors were interred in elaborate mausoleums, a couple of which can be seen.
A free day to enjoy Beijing your way. Located in an area between Wanfujing and the east wall of the Forbidden City, perhaps head to the hutongs, where the hire of a rickshaw will take you through Beijing’s old back lanes that are lined with courtyard homes and offer a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional domesticity. In the Qianmen area, south of Tiananmen Square, you’ll find many shops with original facades, selling Mongolian hot pots, silks and other items, not to mention Chinese apothecaries offering a selection of traditional medicines comprising deer antler, fungus and other unusual ingredients. Also consider visiting Wanfujing Street, one of the busiest retail streets in the city.
Enjoy a high speed train to Confucius Hometown. Also you will have a guided visit to Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and Forest. Experience a rickshaw ride which you will never forget.
Drive to Tai’an, visit to Buyang Village to experience real countryside of China, lunch at farmers. Afternoon guided visit to Mt. Tai regarded as the 1st of the 5 sacred mountains of China. Late afternoon take a high speed train to Beijing where you will be met by a guide and be transferred to your hotel.
Today we will be saying goodbye! We are sure you have a lot of memories form your tour and probably a few bargains you have purchased along the way! We bid you farewell at the airport.
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