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[1-Day Tour] Panda house, Lama Temple, Hutong & Jingshan Park (Group)

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Beijing

Panda house | Olympic Green | Lama Temple | Hutong | Jingshan Park

Begin your day tour at the Beijing Zoo marveling at the adorable pandas then proceed to the largest Lama temple in Beijing, the Yonghe Temple. Next enjoy the adventurous two hour rickshaw ride through the old hutong lanes just before heading to a porcelain factory and the Bird's Nest and Water Cube stadiums at Olympic Green. You'll end the day over a cup of tea at a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Details

7:30-8:30 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup

9:00 a.m. Beijing Zoo (Běijīng Dòngwù Yuán, 北京动物园) (about 40 minutes)

The Beijing Zoo can be hard on animal lovers. The zoo dates back to the last years of the Qing Dynasty, having opened its gates to the public in 1908 as Wansheng Yuan (Garden of 10,000 Animals), and a number of the cages don't appear to have been upgraded much, if at all, since then. The exception: the Giant Panda House (Dàxióngmāo Guǎn, 大熊猫馆), where everybody's favorite endangered bamboo-eating cutie-pies live in relative luxury. Of course, the sight of bored pandas can be a disappointment, especially for little ones with visions of Kung Fu Panda dancing through their heads, so aim for the morning when they're more likely to be up and about.

10:00 a.m. Bird's Nest and Water Cube (about 45 minutes)

You can take pictures outside of the stadium. If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, the tour guide will assist you in buying the tickets, and you could enter in the stadiums for a visit yourself.

The Bird's Nest (Niǎocháo, 鸟巢)—officially known as Beijing National Stadium (Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng, 国家体育场)—was easily the best known of Beijing's Olympic structures and, as such, was the crown jewel of the Olympic Green. Herzog & de Meuron's architectural masterpiece, derived from an original concept by controversial artist Ai Weiwei, features monstrous steel elements weighing up to 350 tons a piece intertwined in such a fashion that this gargantuan structure actually looks quite delicate.

Covering 12,000 sq m (130,000 sq ft), the Water Cube Water Park (Shuǐlìfāng Xīshuǐ Lèyuán, 水立方嬉水乐园) is a splashtastic funzone for all the family, with a lazy river, wave machine, spa area and 13 wacky water slides with names like Tornado, Bullet Bowl and Speed Slide. Water Park patrons enjoying these racy rides are kept safe under the watchful eye of 60 lifeguards.

10:30 a.m. Lama Temple (Yōnghé Gōng, 雍和宫) (about 1 hour)

Yonghe Gong is the largest and most perfectly preserved Tibetan-style Lama temple in eastern Han China. Constructed during the Manchu Qing Dynasty as a home first for court eunuchs, then for Prince Yin Zhen, it became a lamasery for both Tibetan and Mongolian monks in 1744, after the prince became Emperor Yong Zheng.

11:30 a.m. Lunch with local residents in a typical Beijing home

12:30 p.m. Rickshaw tour (about 2 hours)

Enjoy a 2-hour rickshaw tour of old Beijing's fascinating hutong lanes.

2:30 p.m. Jingshan park (about 40 minutes)

It is an former imperial garden, lies to the east of Beihai Park. The mid summit of Jingshan is the highest point in Beijing. Looking from the peak, you are able to get a full and clear view of the Forbidden City.

4:00 p.m. Return to hotel

* Please note: 1 shopping stop (tea) will be arranged during the trip, about 40 minutes.
• This product is not open to Chinese passport holders.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) English-speaking guide service

2) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in details

What is excluded?

1) Cost of admission to Bird's Nest or Water Cube

2) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Free cancellation for bookings cancelled at least 3 days in advance. If you cancel 2 days or less before your visit, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged per booking.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from hotels. Free pickup/drop-off available for hotels situated within the 4th(N)-2nd(S)-3rd(E&W) Ring Road of Beijing, otherwise an additional charge applies. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. Please call us @(+86)010-51652700 for any urgent matters.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.All listed meals are Chinese food unless otherwise noted. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

7.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

8.This product is not open to Chinese passport holders.

9.Bookings made after 7:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity will be canceled.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.