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[3-Day Tour] Essential Beijing Package (VIP Small Group, no-shopping, includes lunch)

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Multi-Day Tour | No-Shopping | Group Tour | Boutique Tour

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Beijing

#D1 Tian'anmen Square | Forbidden City | Mutianyu Great Wall | #D2 Summer Palace | Olympic Green | Jingshan Park | Temple of Heaven | #D3 Lama Temple | Confucius Temple | Rickshaw & Walking Trip with a Home-Visit in Hutongs | Quality Review

Experience the Best China with Ctrip VIP Groups!

• Product: Small group limited to maximum 6 participants, well-designed itineraries without shopping or hidden costs

• Guide: Friendly and finest licensed guide who is not only fluent in English but also will assist you all round your tour

• Driver: Trust worthy licensed local driver with over 5 years' driving experience, familiar with the roads and itineraries to all destinations and restaurants

• Vehicle: Insured 7-seat business vehicles equipped with air purifier, recycled every 4 years, and registered with Beijing Tourism Administration

• Meals: A featured local Chinese restaurant offering delicious Beijing local food

• Service: 24/7 customer service; portable Wi-Fi; bottle water and beer free of charge at refreshments kiosk


Highlights:
• Challenge yourself at one of the world's top wonders - The great world at Mutianyu.
• Eexperience a no queuing at the Forbidden City. As a VIP guest we take you straight into every major attraction in city of Beijing.
• Extensively uncover the spiritual and religious life of Chinese by visiting the renowned Lama and Confucius Temples.
• Visit a traditional Hutong courtyard house which is also called "siheyuan" and experience Beijing many centuries ago.
• Savor authentic Chinese cuisine at one of our selected renowned local restaurants.
• Experience a family-friendly tour void of shop detours, extra payments to access attraction areas exclusively offered by Ctrip.

Details

Day 1

7:00 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup & transfer to Tian'anmen Square (about 1 hour)

• Please note: Free pickup/drop-off available for hotels situated within the 4th Ring Road of Beijing, otherwise additional charge applies.

8:00 a.m. Tian'anmen Square (about 30 minutes)

You will see Chairman Mao's portrait hung on the wall of the Gate of Heavenly Peace. It's in Tian'anmen square that Chairman Mao proclaimed the founding of China. It's historic and is a must-see to all Beijing tourists just like the Times Square in New York, the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Red Square in Moscow and St. Peter's Square. Your guide will give you a brief description on the history, architecture, and anecdotes of the Square. Get your digital cameras ready because you will have around 20 minutes there for taking photos for souvenirs.

8:30 a.m. Forbidden City (about 3 hours)

You will explore 10 carefully-selected places in the Forbidden City, recommended by our local experts, while other group tours only visit 6 spots briefly.

As the most popular attraction in Beijing, the Forbidden City receives many tourists everyday. Usually people have to stand in a queue to buy the tickets which usually takes about at least half an hour. In order to save your time, your guide will buy the tickets on-line in advance so that you will NOT need to stand in a long boring queue.

11:30 p.m. Transfer to the Great Wall (about 1.5 hours)

1:00 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant (about 30 minutes)

1:30 p.m. Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking (about 2.5 hours)

In order to save your time, we use round-way cable car rides to ascend to and descend from the Great Wall, instead of spending about 40 minutes stair climbing.

At the Wall your guide will be with you to hike "the most beautiful and interesting part of the Great Wall" — between the 14th and 23rd watch towers — acknowledged by hikers as "the golden route".

It normally takes about 2 hours to complete the route. Then descend and take a transfer bus back to our vehicle.

We avoid crowds on the Great Wall and traffic jams by visiting in the afternoon. It's also the best time for taking good photos. Ctrip has set up a Refreshments Kiosk at the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall. Ctrip customers will receive free of charge mineral water, beers and maps at the service site.

4:00 p.m. Transfer to hotel (about 1 hour)

Day 2

7:00 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup & transfer to Summer Palace (about 1 hour)

8:00 a.m. Summer Palace (about 3 hours)

By taking a dragon boat on the lake, you will have the best view of the Summer Palace. Enjoy the beautiful ancient Chinese architecture along the shore of the lake as the boat rows.

After the boat trip, you will uncover the secrets of Chinese traditional painting. Take a stroll along the long corridor with your guide and experience the longest art gallery in the world which has 14,000 traditional paintings painted on the beams.

11:20 a.m.Olympic Green including Bird's Nest and Water Cube (about 20 minutes)

Your guide will show you the best angle for getting a panoramic view of the stadium. Also, don't miss out on taking souvenir photos here.

12:00 p.m. Lunch at Da Wan Ju restaurant (about 1 hour)

1:30 p.m. Jingshan Park (about 40 minutes)

Jingshan Park is located on the central axis of Beijing and has many historic buildings symmetrically located on both sides. To the north is the Drum and Bell Tower and to the south; the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square. It is 479 meters high and is said to be the best position to get a panoramic view of the Forbidden City.

2:40 p.m. Temple of Heaven (about 1.5 hours)

This triple-roofed circular building is 38 meters tall and was finished in 1420. The Altar, Echo Wall, and spectacular Imperial Vault are the highlights of most tour packages. Interestingly, this Temple served as the fasting palace for the emperor. According to the customs and traditions, before presiding any ceremony the emperor had to fast at the temple and would abstain from meat and wine.

4:30 p.m. Transfer to hotel (about 1 hour)

Day 3

7:00 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup & transfer to Lama Temple (about 1 hour)

8:00 a.m. Lama Temple and Confucius Temple (about 3 hours)

You will have a gaze at the amazing giant sculpture which is the world's largest wooden sculpture of Buddha. It is a 26-meter high sculpture of Sakyamuni, the great sage of the West.

12:30 p.m. Lunch at the most distinctive Cantonese-style restaurant Jin Ding Xuan highly recommended on TripAdvisor (about 1 hour)

1:30 p.m. Hutong Rickshaw Ride and Walking Trip with a Home-Visit (about 3 hours)

Together with your guide, take a ride along the preserved old hutong area after your lunch. You will make successive stop at several places on the way for your guide's presentation and a photo opportunity. The Ctrip kiosk will provide you with bottles of water to ensure a comfortable journey in the Hutongs.

After a rickshaw trip to the big, busy streets, sneak into the Hutong alleyways toward the Drum and Bell Towers. From there, make your way down the bustling street east of the Drum Tower towards NanluoguXi'ang, which is a vibrant snack street lined with snacks from Beijing, other parts of China, and the world, as well as boutique shops.

Take a keen observation as you tour the Hutongs, you should be able to have a clearer perception of life in "Old Beijing". Next, walk towards the Shichahai Lake area, through the former inner city's only curved street. Stroll along busy bars and restaurants located on the banks of the lake.

You will also get the chance to walk into and see a restored traditional Hutong courtyard residence, called a siheyuan.

5:00 p.m. Transfer to hotel (about 1 hour)

• Please note: airport or train station drop-off is available requiring additional fee.

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

2) Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50-100 per person, please tip them separately). It is not compulsory but would be highly appreciated.

Important Notes

Please note:
• Bookings made after 6:00 p.m. the day before departure will be canceled.

Cancellation Policies:
• Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking.
• Modification is not accepted, please cancel your booking first and rebook the product.
• Free cancellation for bookings canceled at least 72 hours in advance. No refund will be granted for cancellations made after this time.

How to Join the Group:
• On departure date you will be picked up from hotel, please check the pickup range as specified in details.
• Please help yourself confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide by checking this page the day before departure.

All information will be updated only 24 hours ahead of your tour date. If you failed in getting the information, please call the emergency contact number which you will find listed on the confirmation email.

Emergency Contact:
• Please call David @13910694045 for any urgent matters.

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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.