5 Days glimpse of the Classical and Must of capital city

This suggested 5-day Beijing essence tour covers the main attractions in Beijing, like Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. You will gain some understanding of Chinese culture and history by taking this essence tour. 

Trip Highlights

  • A close exploration of the imperial palace, Forbidden City
  • Set your feet on the Great Wall, one of the world’s seven wonders
  • Weave through narrow lanes of hutong on rickshaw
  • Hide from the summer heat in Summer Palace, s summer retreat for the royalties in the past

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Welcome to our beautiful country. Warm smile from our guide and driver is waiting for you at the airport arrival hall. Just find your name sign. They will be ready to take care of you during your whole tour.

Meals: No meal, advice freely available

  • Hotels: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Regent Beijing, Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing, Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
Forbidden CityForbidden City

After a sound sleep in the hotel, you will explore the Tian’anmen Square, the centre of Beijing and the largest urban open square in the world. Walking through Tian’anmen Square, you will tour the Forbidden City. It was home for 24 Emperors from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

After lunch, take a short visit to Jingshan Park where you can get a nice shot of one watchtower of Forbidden City and take a panoramic view of Forbidden City. Walk around the Hutongs and visit the Hutong family and you will experience the “old” Beijing in the new Beijing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a la carte menu

Feature Dinner option: Peking Roast Duck (Dadong Peking Duck, Qianmen Quanjude Peking Duck), Fangshan Restaurant, Mei Family Restaurant, Bai Family Restaurant)

Optional evening activity: Peking Opera, Kungfu Show


It takes about 3 hours walking in the Forbidden City. You can ask the guide to stop for some rest if you are tired.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Forbidden CityForbidden City

After a taste of Chinese history and culture on the first day, you will first visit the most complete existing temple structure in China, Temple of Heaven. Drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. As the saying goes ‘One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero’. Now you are a ‘hero’. You’ll take round ways cable car to ascend and descend the Great Wall. If you like, you can hike about 2 hours to see the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu.

After the tour, your guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel. On the way back to the hotel, have an exterior view of the Bird Nest and Water Cube, the main venue for 2008 Olympic Games.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a la carte menu

Note: Cable care, chairlift and toboggan are at your choice. We can arrange it based on your preference.

  • Wear comfortable shoes for the Great Wall hike. Bring bottled water along as well. A lot of sunscreen is needed. Put all the necessary items in a backpack.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Great WallGreat Wall

The imperial garden is another attraction that you should not miss, Summer Palace. It is the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. With the introduction of the guide, as if you could feel that the royalty used to rest in the shade on the Long Corridor. Here you will also enjoy a big boat cruise in Kunming Lake like the royalty used to do.

With lunch finished, you will be transferred to Yonghegong Lama Temple, where you could see the huge Buddha made from one tree and brought to Beijing from Tibet. Continue exploring Temple of Confucius, place of worship for Confucius in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and the nearby Guozijian Ancient Imperial School, which was the institute of the highest education well-preserved in China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Dayali Restaurant with a la carte menu

Note: Boat cruise is not available during winter (from December to March).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Forbidden CityForbidden City

At the confirmed time, the driver and guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport for your international flight home. The guide will help you with the airport check-in. Wave your hands at the airport check-in gate.

Meals: Breakfast

  • Meals: Breakfast,

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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