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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
This half-day sightseeing tour takes you on a journey from Beijing’s imperial and Cold War past to its future as a mega metropolis. You’ll gain an architectural and historical perspective as you learn about dynastic emperors in the Forbidden City, explore subterranean nuclear tunnels in the Underground City and glimpse ‘hutongs’ (traditional neighborhoods) from the top of the China World Trade Tower. Lunch and beer at a local microbrewery plus round-trip hotel transport are included. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.

Highlights

  • Beijing half-day city sightseeing tour
  • Visit historical sites, from the imperial Forbidden City to the Underground City, a nuclear bunker under Beijing
  • Glimpse hutongs in the historic city center from atop the China World Trade Tower
  • Get an architect’s insider perspective with narration from your expert guide
  • Enjoy lunch and beer at a favorite local microbrewery
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The absolutely massive underground bunkers offer great insight into the types of preparations that China had made going into the Cold War.

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Historical Tour of Beijing Including Forbidden City, Underground City and Local Brewery

Underground City, Beijing

After pickup from your hotel, your guide will take your small group through the South Gate of the Forbidden City – the Imperial Palace for emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Containing up to 800 buildings and some 9,000 chambers, the area was strictly forbidden to the general public. Stand before the Meridian Gate and take in the wonders of the monumental grounds, including the striking gold and red hues of the imperial city.

Your guide, a leading architecture expert, will explain the significance of the intricate design and inform you about its history. Listen to anecdotes about China's Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi, who wielded power as head of the Qing Dynasty for half a century, and learn the fate of the last emperor.

Continue your sightseeing tour through a modern cityscape where future plans for urban development mix with the conservation of old Beijing. Your guide will inform you about the Japanese occupation, communist party rule and the global shift toward Beijing as a new center of power. Learn about Nixon and Kissinger's visit to China and their secret discussions with Mao Zedong as you view Soviet monuments of glass and chrome.

Head to the Summit Wing, a remarkable space near the top of the 81-floor China World Trade Tower III. Enjoy unrivaled views over the historic city center, including the hutongs, which demonstrate Beijing’s organic development with their narrow alleys that separate traditional courtyard homes.

Next, explore the Underground City, a nuclear bunker also known as Dixia Cheng. Covering an area of 52 square miles (85 square km) under Beijing, this subterranean complex at one time had about 90 entrances hidden in shops along the main streets. Mao ordered its construction as a bomb shelter during the 1970s in anticipation of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, but the network of tunnels has since been transformed into a top attraction.

After your visit, stop for lunch and a local beer in one of the capital's best microbreweries. Your tour of the metropolis ends with return transport to your Beijing hotel.
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