Full Day Forbidden City And Badaling Great Wall: Delve into the history of Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China and centre of Chinese life for centuries, with this fascinating day tour. Beijing has been the soul of Chinese politics, economics and culture since the reign of Kublai Kahn in the 13th century, and this trip to the Forbidden City and the Badaling section of the Great Wall will shed some light on this ancient and enigmatic culture.
Your tour begins at the very heart of Beijing in Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and its ‘thousand brilliant rooms’. This vast site was the Chinese Imperial Palace for over 500 years, the heavenly abode of the celestial emperor and his vast entourage, and is completely unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987 and it’s easy to see why. The 980 buildings dating back to 1406 make the Forbidden City the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world. Visit the surrounding architecture of the Great Hall of the People, the Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes, and Chairman Mao’s mausoleum.
In the afternoon set off to visit the perfectly preserved Badaling section of the Great Wall, the greatest marvel of ancient engineering and an iconic structure visible from space. Built to protect the nascent empire from the warlike intentions of their northerly neighbours, these massive fortifications stretch for thousands of miles across stunning mountain scenery. Climb the mighty stone steps or ascend by cable car, and then stand atop this incredible structure and imagine the role it played in Chinese history. A delicious Chinese lunch will be served in the famous Long Di Jade Factory where millions of jade items are on sale. Gain a jade connoisseurs’ appreciation for these quintessentially Chinese precious stones, used for the 2008 Olympic medals, and pick up a souvenir to remember your journey into Chinese history forever. You will also have a chance to learn about the 2000-year history of Chinese silk culture, before returning to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Beijing City center only. Hotel pick-up is for selected hotels only, please call 24 hours before trip to confirm if your hotel is included.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: 7.30am. Please wait in the lobby on the ground floor 5 minutes before the pick-up time arranged with the local guide.
Languages: Shared tour: English.
Private tour: English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Included: Entrance fees, English-speaking tour guide, lunch and transportation provided.
Required documentation: Please do not forget to bring your ID.
Others: Remember that you must submit your booking voucher to the representative/ tour guide/ driver.