Visit the capital of the China and unravel the country’s complex political history with visits to the landmarks of rulers past. Soak in the centuries-old sites of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, following the history of the ruling class of China from the Qin dynasty to Mao Zedong. Then throw in a dash of contemporary Beijing with visits to the Great Hall of the People and the Beijing Zoo, maybe even catching a Kung Fu show between historical sites. Round out your experience with a taste of Chinese culture, participating in a traditional tea ceremony and tantalizing your taste buds with the regional dish of Peking duck.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Ni hao Beijing
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 3 Beijing landmarks
Tai chi exercise
Beijing guided sightseeing tour
Tiananmen Square visitForbidden City visitJingshan MountainSummer Palace visitNational Stadium (Bird's Nest)National Aquatic Center (Water Cube)jade and pearl factory visitlocal tea house visit
Participate in a traditional tea ceremony
Details: Beijing guided sightseeing tour
Explore the landmark sights of ancient and modern China with a licensed local guide. Covering the area of 90 football fields, Tiananmen Square can hold over 300,000 people and has always been the site for public proclamations and demonstrations. Mao Tse Tung announced the founding of Communist China here in 1949, and 40 years later student protests against the excesses of that government led to the massacres that unfortunately remain the square's foremost association in the minds of most visitors. The gate at the southern end of the square marks the old city walls, not removed until 1958. See the nerve center of modern China in the adjoining People's Hall, the legislative building, where each of the 32 reception rooms is lavishly decorated in the style of a different province or city. In the main hall, 500 light bulbs illuminate the enormous red star on the ceiling. Move into ancient China in the Forbidden City, the formidable 9,000-room palace complex -- protected by a 170ft.-wide moat -- that housed China's emperors from 1421 until 1923. Think that's grand? The 700 acres of the Summer Palace, a seasonal retreat for the emperors, include a half-mile hallway painted with scenes from China's history, the most beautiful gardens in the country, and a 118ft. carved marble boat decked out with stained-glass windows so that the empress could enjoy her palace lakes in private.
Day 4 Great Wall
Chinese doctor visit
Optional  kung fu show  $45
Details: Travel to Great Wall of China
Stretching from Korea to the Gobi Desert, the Great Wall of China reaches 1,500 miles along old imperial borders. The wall was built mainly by millions of slaves, repairing and lengthening existing defensive walls throughout the centuries (the oldest dating back to the 5th century BC), until the massive structure was complete. Sentries posted at the stone watchtowers along its length could use smoke to signal an imminent attack.
Details: Ming Tombs visit
An emperor with a home as elaborate as the Imperial Palace needs an equally elaborate final resting place, and the Ming Tombs fit the bill quite nicely. Overseen by the same emperor, Yongle, who constructed the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs are an enormous complex of pavilions, gardens, hallways, and tombs designed to provide everything an emperor, empress, or favored concubine would need in the afterlife. Check out the Avenue of Stone Animals, where a dozen pairs of carved animals, some dating back to the 1400s, and half a dozen pairs of carved officials and soldiers wait to escort their leaders to heaven.
Details: Peking duck dinner
A favorite dish of the emperors during the Ming Dynasty, Peking duck became available to the masses when a later dynasty collapsed and court chefs took their recipes to the streets. Indulge in spiced, crispy duck carved into strips and eaten on thin pancakes with cucumber, shallot, and plum sauce.
Day 5 Beijing
Temple of Heaven visit
Beijing Zoo pandas visit
Enjoy a traditional Chinese meal with Hutong families
Details: Rickshaw tour of the Hutongs
A hutong is a unique form of traditional Beijing living quarters with a small street or a lane between two courtyards. Get a first-hand look as you cruise down the narrow alleys in a rickshaw.
Day 6 Beijing
798 Art Zone (Dashanzi Art District) visit
Optional  acrobatic show  $65
Details: Yonghe Lamasery visit
Built during the Qing dynasty, this Tibetan Buddhist temple—which originally housed court eunuchs—is split up into five main halls. Don’t miss the Hall of Harmony and Peace, which houses three bronze statues of the Buddha, one each for the past, present, and future.
Day 7 Beijing
Local school visit
Pearl factory visit
Free time
Day 8 End tour

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    Day 8 Start extension to Hong Kong
    Fly to Hong Kong
    Day 9 Hong Kong landmarks
    Hong Kong guided sightseeing tour
    Star Ferry ride across Victoria HarbourKowloonVictoria PeakTai Po Man Mo Temple visitRepulse BayStanley Market
    Details: Hong Kong guided sightseeing tour
    Shopping, shopping, shopping. Hong Kong's history as Britain's Asian economic centre means that the city has always buzzed with sellers and buyers. Get a taste of the action at Stanely Market, where clothing and souvenirs are offered, and Kowloon, a district jam-packed with shops, restaurants, and apartment buildings that offers an amazing view across the harbour to the islands of Hong Kong. Take a spiritual break at the Tai Po Man Mo Temple. Named after the Taoist gods of literature ("Man") and martial arts ("Mo"), the small 150-year-old temple is noted for the coils of incense that hang from the ceiling, perfuming the entire building. Find even more sanctuary, and a better view, on Victoria Peak, once the enclave of wealthy Westerners and now a refreshing break from the energetic pace of the city below.
    Day 10 End tour
    Map of Beijing Educational Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily
    • Lunch daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Flight from Beijing to Hong Kong on extension
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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