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6 Days Trip to Beijing and Chengde

Attractions: Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, the Imperial Summer Resort, Potaraka Doctrine
Duration: 6 days
Tour Code: TBT-BJ-Classic-04
Tour Type: Independent Private
Price from: US$ 363

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the Capital city of China, your local guide will meet you at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Meals: No meals
Accommodation: In Beijing

Beijing, China's capital and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. The city has a character all its own; there are quadrangles, small alleys, tricycle, boiled mutton, roasted duck, arts and crafts, Peking Opera, The Great Wall, the 2008 Olympics venue and a vibrancy that is the distinctive flavor of Beijing.
 

Day 2

Beijing
Depart from your hotel, you will enjoy your today visit covering Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Peking Roasted Duck is available for your optional dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Forbidden CityAs the biggest city center square in the world, Tian'anmen Square covering 44 hectares in the heart of Beijing. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies occurred. A few steps away, come to visit the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and, it is one of the largest, and certainly the most completely restored, ancient architectural complex in the world. Walk in the footsteps of Emperors; come to the museum and see with your eyes, and feel with your hearts; you'll begin understand what life in this richest of feudal realms was like for the Imperial Rulers, their concubines and their slaves.

After enjoying a delicious lunch, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. Departing from the Imperial vermilion and gold hues of the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven is decorated in blue, the color of the Heavens. The perfect harmony between the architectural environment and nature can be felt here; you might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest. The magnificent Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest is one of the most important and impressive building in China.

For today's optional dinner, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck, as it is the best-known dish in Beijing. It is very tender and unforgettably delicious. You'll visit a local restaurant to enjoy a full meal and learn the proper way to experience Peking Roasted Duck. From the whole roasted duck to the soup of duck bones, you'll enjoy a banquet made from every part of the duck. Moreover, the chef will demonstrate his skill of cutting the skin of the duck for your entertainment.
 

Day 3

Beijing
The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Badaling Section of the Great Wall. Then drive back to the city for Summer Palace. If you desire, enjoy optional Peking Opera tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Badaling Great WallBadaling Section of the Great Wall is located 75km northwest of Beijing. The construction of the Great Wall began in the 5th century BC and is one of the greatest construction projections in all of human history. The Great Wall has a total length of over 6,700km, and Badaling is one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections.

Originally known as the "Garden of Clear Ripples", the Summer Palace is a magnificent imperial garden located 15 km north of Beijing City. This is the largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer retreat for Emperors and the chosen few! The site includes more than 100 ancient style pavilions, mansions, towers, halls, temples, bridges and an enormous clear water lake. What is most enjoyable about the Summer Palace, it is simply a gorgeous place to relax, escape the smoke and crowds of the city and spend an afternoon walking. It is said one could just as easily spend one week out here as one afternoon. Here is a rare chance in Beijing, to lose the crowds and 'clear away the cobwebs'.

Peking Opera is China's national treasure. Expert performers convey powerful emotions to the audience through song, dance, facial make-up, exquisite masks and costume, skilled use of body language and sympathetically integrated musical accompaniment.
 

Day 4

Beijing    Chengde
In the morning, take a driving to Chengde for a visit to the Imperial Summer Resort after lunch. The Mountain Resort was originally built for the royal families of the Qing Dynasty to spend the summer months in its mild climate.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengde

The Summer Resort, ChengdeThe Mountain Resort of Chengde, added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1994, is also known as Rehe Temporary Palace. The Mountain Resort was originally built for the royal families of the Qing Dynasty to spend the summer months in its mild climate, shielded from the cold winds that blow from Northwest China by the surrounding mountain peaks. When compared to the formality of the Forbidden City, it is delightful for its simplicity and elegance. It is a grand architectural complex that consists of numerous palaces, the largest royal garden in China and various pavilions, temples and minor palaces which dot the mountain slopes and valleys. It is like being within a Chinese traditional painting, with wonderful scenery that defies description in mere words.
 

Day 5

Chengde    Beijing
Before driving back to Beijing, you will take a visit the Temple of Potaraka Doctrine (Putuozongsheng), known as little Potala Palace.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

The Outer Eight Temples, ChengdeThe architecture of the Temple of Potaraka Doctrine is intriguing, as it combines Han and Tibetan Styles in perfect harmony. The main structure in the temple is the Hall of the Great Buddha. The hall is 36.75 meters high, and has six storeys and multiple eaves and is topped by a gold-plated dome. A Bodhisattva statue with thousands of hands and eyes is enshrined in the hall. The statue, 22.28 meters in height and 110 tons in weight, is carved from wood and plated with gold. Next, we take you to the Putuo Zongsheng Temple, which is called Little Potala Palace since it imitates the architectural style of the Potala Palace in Tibet. When you arrive in the temple, you will be entertained with a charming ethnic minority song and dance show in Ancient Chinese style
 

Day 6

Departure Beijing
Be transferred to the airport for the flight to your next stop.
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

JAN, FEB, DEC MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Standard Hotel
★★★
Using First Class Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   1070   1123   1312
2-5 persons 589 760 616 813 710 1002
6-9 persons 436 607 463 660 557 848
10 persons & above 363 511 397 579 464 714
Group Size Using Standard Hotel
★★★
Using First Class Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   1131   1208   1408
2-5 persons 619 821 658 898 758 1098
6-9 persons 466 667 505 745 605 944
10 persons & above 394 573 437 658 511 806
Group Size Using Standard Hotel
★★★
Using First Class Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   1183   1319   1519
2-5 persons 645 872 714 1009 813 1208
6-9 persons 492 719 560 856 660 1055
10 persons & above 414 612 488 762 566 917
Remarks:
1.The prices quoted here are only valid from March 1, 2011 to March 1, 2012. TCT reserves the right to adjust the prices of any portion of the tour due to the reasons beyond our control without prior notice.
2.All quotation is in US dollar (per person), and based on the exchange rate between CNY and USD in effect at the time of publishing. It is subject to change.
3.The quotation on our website is also subject to change during some Chinese festivals, national holidays, fairs or events, when hotels may levy higher rates which will be advised on a case by case basis.
4.The availabilities of rooms, flights and etc. are subject to change until the actual booking is been made.
5.Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be subjected to reconfirm upon your arrival. We would put on your request to the Hotel.
 
Price includes:
1. Airport/railway station welcome and private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
2. Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included.
3. Accommodation (if include Yangtze cruiser) based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate (S.SUPP in above price table). A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar one.
4. Driver and English-speaking guide service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
5. All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TopChinaTravel. TCT will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
6. Travel insurance.
7. Government taxes.
 
Price excludes:
1.Round way International airfare or train tickets, unless otherwise noted.
2.Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
3.Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
4.Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
5.Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
6.Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TopChinaTravel and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
7.Any items not specified in the plan.