- Beijing dinner and Chinese martial arts show
- Try mouth-watering Beijing food
- Be captivated by the skill and agility of the Shaolin warriors performing Chinese martial arts
- Private tour ensures personalized experience and service
- Hotel pickup and drop-off included
What You Can Expect
On this private tour, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle and taken by your tour guide to an upscale Chinese restaurant specializing in Beijing cuisine. Your guide will introduce you to the classic Beijing dishes and you’ll have the chance to try some of them for yourself. Your guide will also give you insight into the intricacies of Chinese food culture and dining etiquette, and you'll have the opportunity to learn how to use chopsticks.
After dinner, your guide will take you to one of Beijing’s best theaters to watch a 1.5-hour performance of Chinese martial arts. While there are many forms of Chinese kung fu, the most famous branch is Shaolin boxing. This art originated at Shaolin Temple in Henan province. Shaolin boxing’s fighting styles are based on five creatures: dragon, snake, tiger, leopard and crane, and the different moves are an outgrowth of these styles.
You’ll enjoy a mesmerizing performance of Shaolin warriors demonstrating their agility and skills to a backdrop of enchanting music and colorful lights. See the gymnasts crack metal bars, balance a wooden stick on their foreheads, and box and fight with various weapons.
The tour was ok, but we felt rushed from start to finish. We were told we would be picked up 5.30-6.30pm, but the guide showed up at 4.20 (before we were ready). We were driven in a very nice car to the Red Theatre for the early 5.15 show. There were some spectacular bits to the show, but overall we were a bit disappointed - it wasn't really a kung fu show. The minute it finished (the guide was waiting at the exit door) we were driven to a decent restaurant for dinner. The guide kept checking us every ten minutes to see if we had finished our dinner, which pressured us to hurry. We were back at our hotel by 8pm, 3 1/2 hours after starting (and 1 1/2 hours was in travelling). It felt as though she could not wait to get rid of us. Not the best tour we have done, but admittedly it was Chinese National Week holidays, so the guide may have preferred to have been elsewhere.