Code: BJ25-03

3 Days Beijing Independent Tour

Day 1 Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Summer Palace
Tiananmen Square
Located at the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the most significant landmark of the city, and the starting attraction for this 3-day Beijing independent tour. It can be reached by taking subway line 2 to Qianmen Station. Getting out from Exit A, you would find yourself on the square. Alternatively, you can go there by bus 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 99, or 120 and alight at Tiananmen East. The Tiananmen Tower, in the north of the square, was the most magnificent city tower in ancient China, and the central doorway could be used in and out by emperors only. On the square, there are many picture shooting stands, and you can take photos in front of the tower for your memory.

Across the tower is the grand Forbidden City, which lies exactly on the central axis of Beijing. As the living palace for 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), it showcases rooms up to 9,000, which is the largest and best-preserved wooden palace complex in the world. At the entrance, you are suggested to rent an English audio guide to visit along the central axis, which would take about 3 hours.
After you leave from the north gate, Gate of Devine Prowess, you can take a taxi to the Summer Palace at a cost of about CNY60. It is a well remained summer resort for the ancient royal families, built based on Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. In classical garden architectural style, there are pavilions, stone bridges, marble boats and corridors densely distributed in the park. You should never miss the Long Gallery, Suzhou Street, and Seventeen-Arch Bridge. In summer, boating on the Kunming Lake would give you a refreshing experience.

After that, you can either hail a taxi to get back to your hotel. Or get out from the north gate of the Summer Palace and walk eastwards to Beigongmen Subway Station, where you can take subway line 4 to leave.
Day 2 Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Great Wall is a must-see in your independent Beijing tour, while Mutianyu section is highly recommended due to its good preservation and less tourist crowds. It links Gubeikou Great Wall on the east and Juyongguan Pass on the west. The densely distributed watchtowers make this section unique, and the Zhengguan Terrace and Big Corner Tower are two well-known ones. Winding along the mountain ridges, the natural scenery makes this man-made wonder more attractive. To make the climbing easier for children and seniors, the Mutianyu Great Wall is equipped with cableway and slideway. Steps are also safer after the renovation.

How to Get to Mutianyu:
The Great Wall is about 40 miles from the Beijing city center, and hiring a car is the most convenient method, but the cost may be high at about CNY500-600 for a round trip. For an economical option, you can also reach there by public transport. 

First, you should take subway line 2 or 13 to Dongzhimen Station. There you may take bus line 916 Express or 916 from Dongzhimen Bus Station to the North Street in Huairou District. The bus ride takes about 60-70 minutes and costs CNY12. Then hire a minibus to the scenic area at a cost of CNY50-60. If you choose to carpool with other tourists, it will cost you about CNY15 per person. After the sightseeing, reverse the trip back to the downtown.
Day 3 Temple of Heaven - Shichahai Hutong
Temple of Heaven
In the morning, we suggest you take subway line 5 to the East Gate of Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Dongmen). Getting out from Exit A2, you will reach the entrance of the park. It was the site for emperors to worship ancestors and pray for citizens' harvest in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Nowadays, the park becomes a place for local seniors to do their morning exercises, such as Tai Chi, Peking Opera, singing and dancing. You will surely like the atmosphere there. 

After the sightseeing, get out of the park from the east gate and walk north along the Tiantan Road for 150 yards to Fahuasi stop, where you can take bus No. 60 to Gulou Stop. Alighting from the bus, you should keep strolling north along the Di'anmen Outer Street for about 250 yards, and there you will find the entrance of the Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street on your left. It is one of the most bustling hutong alleys of Beijing, lined with a great deal of time-honored brand shops, where you can buy some antique gadgets as souvenirs. If you want to explore further in Shichahai Area, you can wander to royal princes' mansions, courtyards of celebrities, and Houhai Bar Street before going back.
You are welcome to read other independent tours in Beijing to have more inspirations on traveling the city by your own. If you are going to other cities, we are ready to help you book flight/train tickets to smooth your way.
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