Tuesday 11 June. Day 1 Day tour to Great Wall
The Great Wall
Built over 2000 years ago during the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC), it stretches 5000 km from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. We travel 90km northeast of Beijing to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the Wall that is considered one of the most spectacular sections, with numerous guard towers and stirring views. The Mutianyu section dates from the Ming Dynasty and was built upon an earlier Northern Qi dynasty conception. Take the cable car up to the Wall and then take some time to explore this site at your own pace.
Saturday 15 June. Day 5 Day Tour in Beijing
Temple of Heaven
The sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven is one of China’s most iconic temples. Also known as Tiantan, this perfection of Ming architecture has come to symbolise Beijing.
The Summer Palace is located in the north-west part of the city and is filled with temples, pavilions, gardens and decorated corridors. The Summer Palace was particularly favoured by the Empress Dowager Cixi in the late 19th century. Wander through the extensive grounds of this vast royal garden which includes a number of Beijing’s artistic gems: the beautiful 700 metre Long Corridor, the graceful Seventeen Arch Bridge, and the temples and pavilions of Longevity Hill.
Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace) and Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square was built on the orders of Mao Zedong and is said to have the capacity to hold over a million people. From Tiananmen Square continue on foot passing through the beautiful Gate of Heavenly Peace and under the portrait of Chairman Mao to enter the splendid Forbidden City. This ancient city/palace was the sacred heart of the empire for over 500 years and home to the Ming and Qing dynasty imperial courts.