BJ-HT04: Beijing Highlights Tour with Hutong

Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Hutong - Summer Palace
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Today, with the companion of your guide, you will go sightseeing in the Hutongs and two significant world heritage sites in Beijing: Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Your driver will offer service in the whole Beijing highlights tour. After picking you up at the appointed time in the hotel, we will drive to Tiananmen Square first and spend about half an hour there. Your guide will introduce the history of the square and the surroundings architecture. Then go to the Forbidden City at the north end of the square on foot. Follow your guide to appreciate the main palaces in the Forbidden City and have a general understanding of the politics and royal life in the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644 - 1911). After that, we will head to the Hutongs where you can have lunch on your own. Your guide is glad to give you some recommendations.
Forbidden City, Beijing
Hutong rickshaw tour

In the afternoon, you will experience the traditional rickshaw when touring the Hutongs. We will also visit a family there and the host will show you around to introduce the layout of the courtyard. In this Beijing highlights tour, you will know more about the old Beijing Hutong. After the Hutong tour, we will visit the Summer Palace. In the end, your guide and the driver will escort you back to your hotel.
Tour Highlights
Tiananmen Square
With an area of 4,800 square meters (5,740 square yards), Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. It used to be the imperial square in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and Tiananmen Tower was the main entrance of the imperial city at that time. It has witnessed many important events in history. The founding ceremony of P.R.C. is held there in 1949, making it a symbol of China. Since then, about 15 grand military parades have also been held there. Every morning, there is solemn flag-rising ceremony. On the square stands several historic architectures such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao...
Forbidden City
As the top one of the World's Four Palaces, Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved wooden architectural complex in the world. It has been a world cultural heritage site since 1987. Forbidden City was the imperial palace for the emperors to handle political affairs and live in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. From the yellow tiles and red walls of these exquisite buildings, visitors can feel the supreme power and status of the ancient emperors. In addition to the architectures, there are also numerous cultural relics of ancient time. Forbidden City will definitely leave a deep impression on you during this Beijing highlights tour.
Majestic views of Forbidden City
Hutong is regarded as the cultural representative of old Beijing. To know about the original local life in Beijing, visiting Hutongs can be the best choice. Most Beijing Hutongs are formed in the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). Standing on both sides of the Hutongs are the traditional courtyards, a unique form of residence in China with a history of more than 3,000 years. Although all the Hutongs look similar with gray tiles and walls, each Hutong has its own stories that worth exploring. There are also featured stores selling daily products and souvenirs.
Summer Palace
Used to be the imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty, Summer Palace is renowned as "The Museum of Royal Gardens". Now, it is the largest existing imperial garden in China with an area of 290 hectares (717 acres). It is mainly composed of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. Wondering on the hill to see the cultural relics or sailing a boat in the lake are quite idyllic and relaxing. The main scenic spots are the Hall of Benevolence & Longevity, Hall of Joyful Longevity, Seventeen-Arch Bridge, Suzhou Market Street, etc. During the visit, you will feel the charm of the garden in southern China style.
Visit Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace
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Price Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
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  • Meals
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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