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Beijing & The Great Wall of China

Beijing, the capital city of China, is one of the worlds largest cities. From our accommodations just outside the Forbidden City (from where 24 emperors ruled for over 500 years) we'll be within walking distance of Tian’an Men Square, Jing Shan Hill, Beihai Park, and Wangfujing Street (where we'll shop and enjoy Peking Duck). We'll use the metro system to visit the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, 798 Art Zone, Shichahai Scenic Area, Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, and Olympic Park. Our time in Bejing includes an excursion out to see the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tomb at Dingling!

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Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Group Director at the airport and start your journey to the other side of the world!
2BeijingArrive late afternoon and board shuttle for transfer to the hotel. Check into hotel, unpack, freshen up. Enjoy an early “family-style” dinner that will introduce you to some of our favorite local dishes.
3BeijingAuthentic chinese breakfast (“western” options are also available) at the hotel. Shuttle out of the city to the Mutianyu section of Great Wall of China. Enjoy the views from the chair lift up to the base of the wall then tackle the short stair climb to the top. Stroll along the wall, take in the views, then ride a toboggan back down (or walk if you prefer). Lunch on the way to Dingling and then explore the excavations of the Ming Tomb. Relax at the hotel and freshen up for dinner on the town.
4BeijingNavigate to Tiananmen Square for the dawn flag raising ceremony. Admire the National Center of the Performing Arts. Breakfast at the hotel. Tour of the Forbidden City with all-access pass that includes the Treasury and the Clock and Watch Gallery. Lunch before climbing Jing Shan Hill to take in the panoramic views of Beijing. Stroll through Bei Hai Park and spend the late afternoon in the Shichahai Scenic Area.
5BeijingEarly breakfast at the hotel then navigate to Temple of Heaven Park to watch the locals enjoy the park before opening hours (you’ll see Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Dancing, Singing, Music, Chess, even Tennis!). Explore the park then navigate to the Lama Temple. Lunch then visit the Confucius Temple and Imperial Academy. Navigate back to the hotel and freshen up for an early dinner near Olympic Park. After dinner stroll through Olympic Park to admire the after dark lighting on the National Stadium (the “Bird’s Nest”) and the National Aquatics Center (the “Water Cube”).
6BeijingEarly breakfast then navigate to the Summer Palace. Enjoy the cool breeze from the lake as you explore it’s many halls, pavilions, gates, and gardens. Lunch/shopping on Wangfujing Street before exploring the 798 Art District. Back to the hotel to relax, pre-pack, and freshen up for dinner. Enjoy the best Peking Duck in Beijing (China, and the world) at the farewell banquet.
7AirborneFlight from Beijing. Zài jiàn China!

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