After pickup from your Guangzhou hotel, transfer to the Guangzhou airport for your flight to Beijing. When you land at the Beijing airport, your local guide and driver will be waiting for you and will transport you by private, air-conditioned vehicle to begin your full-day tour of China’s capital.
The first stop on your private tour is the less-crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, located 56 miles (90 km) from Beijing. Climb the steep steps to the wall for about 30 minutes, and walk at your own pace along the ancient stone pathway. (The Great Wall is quite steep in places, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. If you’d prefer an easier climb, take a chairlift or cable car to the top of the wall and back at additional cost.)
Next, ascend the Ming Dynasty watchtowers, which offer unrivaled panoramic views of the Great Wall snaking through the gorgeous countryside. Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities as your guide engages you with historical facts and anecdotes about ancient China.
Take in spectacular views surrounding the Mutianyu Great Wall, which stretches 3,370 miles (6,000 km) westward from the mountain ridges north of Beijing, and learn how the Great Wall of China was originally built more than 2,000 years ago to ward off Hun intruders from the north. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the winding wall before your guide delivers you back to Beijing for the afternoon portion of your tour. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch served at a nearby establishment.
Your sightseeing tour of the Beijing city area begins at Tiananmen Square – framed by the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its portrait of Mao Zedong, Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum. Hear an overview from your guide about China's communist history as you tour Tiananmen's grounds, halls and monuments.
From here, enjoy a short walk to the Forbidden City and its Imperial Palace Museum, with a peek at each Chinese dynasty represented in four palatial halls. See ancient treasures from thousands of years of history in this former home of China’s imperial rulers. Admire the maze of palaces, gardens and stunning courtyards as your guide informs you about China’s imperial history.
**Please be advised that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead.
After touring the highlights of this ancient capital, witness the frenzied pace of modern Beijing as you are driven back to the Beijing airport for your return flight to Guangzhou. When you arrive, a local driver will be on hand to transfer you by private vehicle back to your Guangzhou hotel.