5-6 Days Family Vacation and Fun in Beijing
Traveling to Beijing with your family is a great chance to relax and get to know more about Chinese culture and history. Besides the typical highlights, like the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Summer Palace; you will taste the famous Dadong Roast Duck, take a rickshaw to visit the local family in the Hutong area and learn Chinese painting or calligraphy with the locals. Your kids may like the cute pandas in the Beijing zoo or watching a Kungfu show from the VIP seat. This is a tour full of interesting items for family members.
5-6 Days Beijing Tour: Family Vacation Travel and Fun Time
Day 1: Welcome to China! Just look for your name sign held by your smiling personal local guide. The driver will help settle your suitcases in the private, air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back and relax, in about 40 minutes you will get to the hotel. While you take care of the kids, your guide will take care of the hotel check-in. Take a hot bath and a good rest, your guide will meet you again the following morning, just tell him/her your preferred time to start the day.
Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Aman at Summer Palace, St. Regis, Fairmont, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing or similar; Boutique hotels – Hotel G Beijing, The Opposite House, Han’s Royal Garden, Cote Cour, Red wall Garden or similar
Day 2: Wake up kids! It is the first sightseeing day, let's go! The whole morning is used to visit the largest central square in the world-Tian'anmen Square, then walk about 5 minutes to get to the Forbidden City, the once home for 24 emperors in Chinese history. Feel a bit hungry? Lunch is ready at a local fine restaurant nearby. The afternoon is for the Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist buildings where ancient emperors pray for good harvests. Make sure you test the Echo Wall, whisper on one end and one could hear it at the other end. Can't wait to taste the crispy Roast Duck for dinner? The cutting and slicing skills make it an amazing show before eating. Take videos rather than pictures to show friends at home!
- A: A lot of walking is involved today because the selected sites are huge and no vehicles are allowed. Expect rough blue bricked pavements inside The Forbidden City. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- B: Use the hotel bathroom before the day tour starts, try to avoid public toilets. Our selected restaurants are equipped with clean flushed or squat toilets.
- C: Shopping is an optional but not compulsory, you can skip it as you wish.
Day 3: Want to visit a real Chinese family? Drive to Hutong areas, take a two-seat rickshaw, wander in zigzag alleys and reach a traditional courtyard house. Feel free to take pictures, the house is very different from the ones in your country. Ancient Chinese used brushes to write and draw, just give it a try and write your own Chinese calligraphy or draw a Chinese painting, do not forget to sign your name! Before having lunch, climb up the Drum Tower to have a bird's eye view of what you just visited. Lunch is arranged at a courtyard style restaurant. The afternoon is for opening minds in the China Science and Technology Museum. There are some very current exhibits even by today's technological standards. The day ends after a photo stop of the exterior of the 2008 Olympic sites - Water Cube and Bird’s Nest.
Day 4: The biggest highlight of all! Get up early for a big breakfast; hit the road for the famous Great Wall. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to Mutianyu at Great Wall. This section is less crowded and more original. A two way cable car is included to save your energy for the 3-hour hike on the Wall. When you feel hungry, it is time to have lunch at a fine restaurant nearby. A cloisonné factory is a stopover option to get to know the ancient handcraft. There is no pressure to visit and buy. Drive back to the hotel for a rest, get ready to enjoy an imperial meal at Fangshan Restaurant and watch the Kungfu Show at Red Theater, VIP seats are reserved for great views of the actors' movements.
- * Wear comfortable shoes for the Great Wall hike, bring bottled water along as well, a lot of sunscreen is needed, Put all the nectary stuffs in a backpack.
- * Kungfu Show actors could be taken photos with at the end of the Show, bring your cameras with you to the theater.
Day 5: Drive to Beijing Zoo early to avoid the crowds and watch the pandas being fed. Pandas are more active in the morning. Birds and animals that could be only found in China are also worth seeing. Court Cuisine is one of the most typical cuisines in Beijing; you will try it at Bai Family Restaurant for lunch. The afternoon is used to stroll in the quiet Summer Palace which was once the imperial garden and summer retreat. Ancient pavilions, mansions, long corridors and gardens offer great photo opportunities. Take your time to feel the breeze and watch the willows play with water; a leisurely dragon boat ride is fun to take. During the sightseeing, you may have a stopover at the pearl shop, where you will get to know how people grow oyster to make beautiful pearls and even buy one pearl at a reasonable price. There is no pressure to visit and buy.
- * The best bargains in Panjiayuan Market are offered early on weekend mornings. If it is not a weekend, just ask your guide to change the day for a change.
Day 6： How time flies! It is your last day in Beijing. Your tour guide and driver will get you to the airport on time for your international flight. We hate to say goodbye but are ready to serve you again. Have a nice flight!
Note: The Family and Fun of Beijing tour itinerary mentioned above is only a sample; we can customize this tour to meet your requests.