- Day trip by air from Shanghai to Beijing
- Visit Beijing's iconic sights - the Forbidden Palace and the Great Wall of China
- Explore the ancient residence of emperors at the Forbidden Palace
- Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch
- Climb up the Great Wall of China at Badaling for scenic views of the wall
- All expenses included
Begin your day in Beijing at the Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved group of ancient buildings in China. The Forbidden City served as the imperial palace and political center of government from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Inside, discover the 980 surviving buildings with a total of 8,707 rooms. The palace is an excellent example of traditional Chinese architecture, including elements such as enclosed courtyards and horizontal design.
Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch, then drive out to the Great Wall of China. This amazing feat of architecture stretches 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers). You’ll visit the Great Wall at Badaling, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and famous for its impressive scenery of the wall snaking off into the distance. As you ascend up the wall, you’ll see the hills undulating into the distance.
After you finish hiking the Great Wall, you'll be driven to Beijing International Airport for your return flight to Shanghai.
Reviewed by Peter C, April 2013
If you only have a day, take this tour! We were very lucky with the weather and our guide was really fantastic. Be prepared to walk, we covered a lot of territory in one day. The only weak point was lunch at the Jade shop. If you're a foodie, this is disappointing. However, I'll bet you can get your guide to go to a more interesting stop for lunch if you have an adventurous appetite.
Reviewed by Bing, USA, December 2012