After pickup at your central Beijing hotel, travel by climate-controlled coach to the UNESCO-protected Summer Palace, China’s best-preserved surviving imperial garden.
Learn how this 18th-century ensemble was a summertime retreat for China’s emperors for 300 years, and stroll the shores of the central Kunming Lake, seeing pavilions, bridges, and temples.
Next, visit a jade workshop to watch artisans carving this precious stone, and browse and perhaps purchase some pieces (own expense) at the factory outlet.
After lunch at a Chinese restaurant, continue to the Badaling section of the Great Wall, China’s most celebrated landmark. The most visited of the sections, Badaling dates from the 16th century, and was restored in 1957. It’s famous for its majestic battlements and watchtowers, high and steep in places, and stunning hill views.
On arrival, opt to hike or ride the cable car (own expense) up to the top. Then, stretch your legs along the ramparts, where the walkway was built wide enough to accommodate five horses abreast.
Descend by foot or cable car (own expense), and return to Beijing. Visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy on route to discover its natural remedies and enjoy a foot massage before ending your trip with a hotel drop-off.