Day 1 Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Temple of Heaven
This 2 days independent Beijing tour starts with the Tiananmen Square
, which can be reached through Tiananmen East Station of subway line 1. Or, you can also take bus 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 99, 120, or tourist bus line 1 or 2 to get there. Tiananmen Square is the world's largest urban square with solemn buildings of Tiananmen Tower, Monument to People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, and the National Museum of China.
Walking through the Tiananmen Tower at the northern end of the square, you will reach the entrance of the Forbidden City
immediately. As the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), it houses nearly 10,000 rooms in total and you are recommended to spend around 3 hours visiting buildings along the central axis. Please note that this imperial complex is closed on Monday.
Get out of the Forbidden City from the northern gate, Gate of Divine Prowess, and then take bus no. 128 from Gugong Stop to Fahuasi. Once alighted, walk southwards for 200 yards to enter the Temple of Heaven
from its eastern gate. This place used to be the holy site in old times for emperors to worship ancestors and gods, as well as pray for peace and good harvest for people.
Besides admiring splendid palaces and altar, you can also have a chance to immerse in the leisurely life of the senior Beijingers inside the Temple of Heaven. The park there always gathers many citizens chatting, playing chess, practicing Tai Chi and Beijing Opera. If you are interested, you may join them and local people are very glad to teach you some Tai Chi moves and opera lyrics.
When the full itinerary is over, take a taxi back to your hotel and have a good rest for the next day's independent tour to Badaling Great Wall.
Day 2 Badaling Great Wall
Chinese people always call themselves 'the Descendants of the Dragon'. Resembling a giant dragon winding along lofty mountain ridges, the Great Wall is considered the symbol of the whole nation. Therefore, seeing the Great Wall in person should be a must for every independent traveler to China. For today's tour, we recommend you spend the whole day admiring Badaling Great Wall
, which is the most famous section of China.
Built along rolling mountains, some segments of the Great Wall can be very steep, making the climbing a little challenging. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring mountaineering equipment if necessary. Since ascending the Great Wall will consume much of your energy, before you set out, please pack some chocolate bars, snacks, and bottled water for energy-replenishing, as few vendor can be found along the wall.
You are recommended to take direct bus no. 877 from the north of the Deshengmen Arrow Tower to Badaling Great Wall in around one hour. To reach Deshengmen, please take subway line 2 to Jishuitan; get out from Exit B2 and the Arrow Tower is 700 yards east of you. Alternatively, buses 5, 27, 55, 305, 315, 380, 409, 625, 883, 909, 919, and tourist bus line 3 also stop by Deshengmen in the midway.
When the visit is over, reverse the trip back to downtown Beijing. You should notice that the last return bus departs from Badaling at 17:00 during Apr. 1 - Nov. 15 and 16:30 between Nov. 16 and Mar. 31.
This 2-day Beijing independent tour comes to an end at this point. If you still want to further explore this city, you can refer to our other Beijing independent tours. If you plan to head for other destinations, please feel free to contact us for flight/train tickets booking.