Beijing, the capital of China, lies just south of the rim of the Central Asian Steppes and is separated from the Gobi Desert by a green chain of mountains, over which The Great Wall runs. Modern Beijing lies on the site of countless human settlements that date back half a million years. Homo erectus Pekinensis, better known as Peking man was discovered just outside the city in 1929. It is China's second largest city in terms of population and the largest in administrative territory.
The name Beijing - or Northern Capital - is a modern term by Chinese standards. It first became a capital in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), but it experienced its first phase of grandiose city planning in the Yuan Dynasty under the rule of the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan, who made the city his winter capital in the late 13th century. Little of it remains in today's Beijing. Most of what the visitor sees today dates from either the Ming or later Qing dynasties. Huge concrete tower blocks have mushroomed and construction sites are everywhere. Bicycles are still the main mode of transportation but taxis, cars, and buses jam the city streets.
Upon arrival at Beijing airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your check-in bags. Our local representative will assist you to board deluxe air-conditioned coach waiting outside the terminal building and transfer back to your hotel.
Breakfast at leisure in hotel
Visit Temple of Heaven in the morning.
Firstly, you will see local residents do morning exercise there, you would be surprised by the number of people and the variety of exercises they do. Elder people might be practicing their slow-motion Tai Qi. Young ones might be practicing their kung fu fighting or sword fighting. Ladies could be doing some traditional dances.
Then visit Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is a sequence of temples and altars set in a park. Twice a year during imperial times, the emperor and a magnificent procession of some 1,000 eunuchs, courtiers, and ministers would leave the Forbidden City for the temple. At the winter solstice, he expressed thanks for the previous harvest, and on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar year, he begged the gods of sun and moon, clouds and rain, and thunder and lightening to bless the coming harvest. Chinese philosophers considered heaven the source of harmony and spiritual authority. The architecture reflects that sense of order; the northern wall of the complex is curved in a half circle to symbolize heaven, and the southern wall of the complex is built as a square to symbolize earth.
Lunch at local Chinese restaurant with one soft drink
Afternoon walk on the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander through Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza
Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. On the north side of the square is Tiananmen Gate (the Rostrum). It was from the balcony of the Rostrum on October 1, 1949 where Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China. Mao gazes south from a huge portrait on the south side of the gate onto Tiananmen Square. Behind the Rostrum lies the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace.
The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), directly behind the Rostrum, was home to 24 emperors beginning with its creation by Emperor Yongle in 1420 until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people lived including 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines, all within 170 acres. Behind walls more than 30 feet high and within the 160-foot moat, complex rules and rituals dictated life in the Imperial Palace. Strictly off-limits to Chinese ordinary people (hence the name) the gates today lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in what is probably the best-preserved site of Classical Chinese architecture.
In the evening go to famous Quanjude Restaurant enjoy Beijing Roast Duck for your dinner.
Quanjude Restaurant enjoys a high reputation among domestic and overseas customers for its Beijing roast duck. They have developed their own technique and are famous for outstanding quality. Fangzhuang branch is located beside the Temple of Heaven. The Wangfujing branch was established in 1959. The well-known All-Duck Banquet is headed by Quanjude roast duck and supported by over 400 dishes with Quanjude characteristic flavor. Later transfer back to your hotel.
Later transfer back to your hotel.
In the morning travel to the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the great wonders of the world (With cable car up and down)
Despite the hundreds of buses that visit daily, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is not as crowded as the nearby Badaling or Juyongguan sections of the Wall. Mutianyu’s 2.5 kilometer stretch of the Wall allows you to walk for more than an hour as you explore 22 watchtowers and the valley on both sides of the Wall. In late afternoon, or in poor weather, you often might find yourself alone with only the sound of the wind to keep you company. Travel back in time and see the Wall as it was when it was built hundreds of years ago.
Lunch at local Chinese Restaurant with one soft drink
Transfer back to city center, stop to view the iconic Olympic venues from outside: The National Stadium and The Aquatics Centre, better known as the “Bird’s Nest” and the “Water Cube”.
The National Stadium, designed by Swiss architects Herzon and De Meuron is one of Beijing’s most iconic modern buildings. Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Bird’s Nest’ due to the seemingly random, nest-like steel structure that forms its outer shell, the stadium also has impeccable green credentials, utilizing natural ventilation and geothermal heat/cooling exchange throughout the entire building, as well as a system which recycles and reuses all onsite water. The stadium can hold up to 80,000 spectators and post Olympics has been used as a snow theme park, a concert venue, hosted international football matches and will be the venue for the 2015 World Athletics Championships.
The National Aquatics Centre, more commonly known as the Water Cube, is just opposite the Bird Nest on the other side of the central Olympic boulevard. Clad in a hi-tech polymer that is inflated from the inside, the building was designed to resemble a box of bubbles, symbolizing water and the aquatic activities taking place inside. After the games, the Water Cube underwent a yearlong renovation that has turned part of it into a very successful indoor water park. The Olympic pool is also open to the public and you can swim in the pool that saw 25 world records broken during the 2008 Olympic games.
Morning visit one of the largest and best preserved imperial garden in the world- the Summer Palace, include seat-in boat.
It has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished by Emperor Qianglong in the 18th century. It was later abandoned. Empress Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. Walk along the Long Corridor. This 728-metre long corridor is decorated with 8,000 paintings including many from the emperor-s travels around the country.
Lunch at local Chinese Restaurant with one soft drink
Afternoon free at your leisure
Breakfast at hotel
Then transfer to station for your departure Bullet Train to Shanghai. (Train No. TBA)
WELCOME TO SHANGHAI
Shanghai is situated on the estuary of the mighty Yangtze River of China. Originally a small seaside-fishing village settled since before the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) it wasn’t until 1927 that Shanghai was officially declared a city
By then Shanghai was already a bustling international city, and had been a centre of international commerce, finance and trade since the mid 19th century when it was declared a treaty port after the first Opium War. Shanghai of the twenties and thirties was a truly cosmopolitan city with a reputation to match.
Today’s Shanghai has regained it’s place as China’s preeminent financial capital, and with a population estimated to be in excess of 19 million it is also the largest city in China. It is without doubt the fastest paced city in China and is well on its way to once again being an exciting multicultural metropolis that blends effortlessly the modern and the traditional.
Upon arrival at Shanghai airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your check-in bags. Our local representative will assist you to board deluxe air-conditioned coach waiting outside the terminal building and transfer back to your hotel and have a rest.
In the morning meet your guide and visit Shanghai’s Old Town and Yuyuan Garden
Shanghai’s Old Town with the Yu Garden and Bazaar area is still a fun place to go. Around Shanghai Old Town, you can discover many kinds of local snake. It is the best place to discover Shanghai local diet.
Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.
Lunch at Local Restaurant Including one soft drink (coke, sprite, local mineral water, local beer)
After lunch, continue to take a walk around the former French concession
The French Concession was founded in 1862 in southwest Shanghai as a result of the Treaty of Nanking. It now covers the Luwan and Xuhui districts. The concession is a pleasant mix of wide tree lined streets and interesting European style architecture.
The foreign diplomatic quarter, top hotels, great shopping and international restaurants and bars are all found in this area's art deco buildings.
Afterwards, walk on the Bund and Nanjing Street for free shopping
The Bund is arguably the most impressive street in Shanghai, with a wide range of colonial architecture across a waterfront esplanade. Once, these buildings housed numerous banks, trading houses, consulates, and clubs from Britain, France, the US, Russia, Germany, Japan, and Belgium. Over the past years, many of these buildings have been renovated to house some of China’s most impressive shopping arcades and restaurants.
(China's premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today Nanjing Road is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.).
Evening performance enjoy Acrobatic show at Shanghai Era Acrobatics theatre. (Entry level seat)
The multimedia theatrical spectacular "Era - Intersection of Time mixes traditional Chinese acrobatics, a 2,000-year-old art form, with high technology, using multimedia effects to enhance sound, create smells, and add wind, light and fog.