Depart your central Beijing hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the Temple of Heaven.
Originally built in the 15th century, this UNESCO-listed complex was used by China’s Ming and Qing emperors to pray for fruitful harvests. Stroll around the highlights, including the richly carved Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, and learn about the rites held here to ensure healthy crops.
Then, wander around the surrounding gardens, a popular socializing spot. See the locals enjoying activities such as Tai Chi — an ancient exercise of slow-paced movements — as well as singing, dancing, and tea-drinking.
After a Tai Chi lesson with a Tai Chi master, take a rickshaw ride around one of Beijing’s traditional hutong quarters. These fast-disappearing areas feature alleyways and simple courtyard homes, and offer a window into old-school Beijing life. Visit a family home to enjoy a dumpling-making session before savoring some of your creations as part of a traditional lunch.
Lastly, head for the Shijia Hutong Museum, a museum centered on a restored hutong home. After exploring the rooms to learn about life here in the 20th century, enjoy free time to delve into the nearby alleyways before your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.