Découvrez quelques-uns des sites chinois les plus spectaculaires classés au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO lors d'une visite VIP d'une journée complète de la Cité interdite et des ruines de la grande muraille de Badaling, au départ de Pékin. Accompagné d'un guide accompli, jetez un coup d'œil rare à deux sites moins publics de la Cité interdite et explorez la galerie des trésors et le hall d'exposition des horloges du musée du Palais dans une relative solitude. Ensuite, aventurez-vous dans les ruines atmosphériques de la Grande Muraille pour avoir un aperçu fascinant du plus grand exploit technique de la Chine. Dégustez un festin généreux de canard laqué pour conclure cette expérience enrichissante et exclusive.
Visite VIP d'une journée complète de la Cité interdite et de la grande muraille de Badaling, inscrites au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO
Profitez d'une visite intime des sites spéciaux du musée du palais - la galerie au trésor et le hall d'exposition des horloges
Découvrez des artefacts culturels et des trésors royaux dans la Cité interdite
Promenez-vous le long des ruines de la grande muraille, une section de ce site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO inconnu du grand public
Profitez d'une vue imprenable sur Pékin depuis la colline de Jingshan
Dîner à un banquet chinois comprenant le plat national du pays, le canard de Pékin
Pourquoi les voyageurs ont choisi ce circuit
Explorez des endroits moins connus de la Cité interdite et savourez un déjeuner à base de canard pékinois lors de cette visite tout compris.
Partez de votre hôtel à Beijing dans un monospace confortable et climatisé et commencez votre voyage pittoresque vers la Cité interdite, complexe de palais impérial de 180 hectares (74 hectares) qui abritait autrefois une succession d'empereurs extravagants. Embarquez pour une visite complète du site classé au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO avec votre guide expérimenté et explorez la plus grande collection au monde de structures en bois anciennes.
Écoutez votre guide révéler les mystères qui entourent d'anciens artefacts tels qu'un chou de jade et découvrir les merveilles scintillantes de la salle du trésor pour mieux comprendre la signification culturelle de la perle, de l'or et de l'argent.
Ensuite, aventurez-vous dans le hall d’exposition d’horloges pour admirer plus de 200 horloges et montres; Écoutez les résonances résonnantes d’une pièce de la dynastie royale Qing et contemplez la plus grande horloge à eau de Chine, qui mesure 6 mètres de haut.
Après une exploration approfondie de l’énigmatique Cité interdite, montez sur la colline Jingshan, le point culminant de Pékin, pour admirer les vues panoramiques sur l’étendue de la ville. Admirez les magnifiques jardins impériaux puis descendez pour vous régaler d'un banquet chinois traditionnel mettant en vedette le canard de Pékin.
Terminez votre visite en visitant les Ruines de la Grande Muraille, qui ont récemment ouvert leurs portes, site isolé offrant une exploration paisible des cours et des anciennes tours en ruine. Enrichissez votre connaissance de l’histoire de la Grande Muraille et capturez des photographies des environs pittoresques tout en vous promenant.
Retournez à votre véhicule et détendez-vous pendant le voyage de retour à Beijing, où se termine la visite.
Forbidden City Great, but rest of tour questionable
, déc. 2018
Seeing the Forbidden City is absolutely necessary in Beijing, but a private tour is strongly recommended. It is crazy crowded every day, and even worse on the weekends. Group tours will slow you down, and you will not see areas of the City, like the Treasure room, that group tours do not see. Unbelievable history here. A highlight was having a calligraphy poster done by the master calligrapher of the Forbidden City. Super cool souvenir. The Great Wall Ruins at Badaling are quite a ride. Hardly any tourists in this area. It is quite a hike. Interesting to see, but not sure it is worth the trip. This tour is good, but not great. You stop for lunch at a restaurant attached to a Jade dealer. Tourist trap. On the way back, you stop at a tea dealer. Again, tourist trap. I don't expect this in a private tour. Forbidden City was great, but the rest of the day's activities were frankly not too special.
Our guide, Carolyn, and the driver arrived on time. We drove to the park, climbed to the top, and viewed the Forbidden City and all of Beijing. Great views. Next we headed to the Forbidden City. Carolyn was very knowledgeable, but avoided the main areas because there were too may tourists. But that's what we came to see! Instead we walked around the other areas. The treasures we saw were not very impressive and did not match the pictures. I sort of felt like we missed the true treasures due to repairs or something of that sort. We stopped at a silk place along the way. Then we headed off to the Great Wall. Stopped for lunch at a jade place. Lunch was peking Duck, but not very good. The tea was even luke-warm. Carolyn and the driver decided to take us to a remote section of the wall rather than the tourist section at Badaling. Honestly, we were disappointed. We climbed what we could but there really wasn't that much. Of course the views were great, but I can't help feeling that we missed out. Then we headed back into the city. We asked to see Tiannemen Square, so we did a drive-by. Also drove past the Bird's nest and Swim Cube. Then we headed back to the hotel. And that was it.
I booked the VIP Beijing's Forbidden City with Treasure Gallery and Great Wall for myself and three friends. It was an expensive tour but I thought it would be worth it because how often do you get to go to Beijing on vacation. The tour was suppose to start between 7:30 - 8:00am and would last until around 4:00pm. When no one showed up at the hotel we called and the company and we were told that the hotel was contacted and could not find our booking therefore, the guide was not coming. We explained that we were at the hotel and waiting and a guide finally showed up at 9:00am. We went to the Forbidden City first and it was okay -- our guide was somewhat knowledgeable but not very enthusiastic. The treasury room was completely under construction and there were only a few pieces of jade to see. Very disappointing but not the tour's fault. Next we went for lunch before visiting the Great Wall. The lunch was in a jade tourist trap sales room. We had to listen to an entire sales pitch for jade and then we were encourage to shop in the showroom with over priced statues and jewelry. Lunch was in a dirty side room and was mediocre at best. Lastly, we went to the Great Wall however, the guide said that the part of the wall we were supposed to go to would be too long of a walk so we were going to a different section. The section of wall he took us to was Badaling - and was okay - but crowded the MOST touristy part of the wall by far and not exceptional - and that would be fine if we had not paid so much money for the tour. Overall, the day was good - but not VIP good.
The tour was announced as taking place when at least two passengers registered. It turned out that we were the only ones who had booked that tour that day. I was concerned that this could reduce the quality of the service, but I was mistaken. We had our very private tour with our own tour guide Jacky Lee and driver in an air-conditioned limousine. The guide provided a lot of details while visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. On our wish he focused on the Treasure Gallery there. The Peking-duck lunch was good and provided you with some insights in the peculiarities of the Chinese cuisine. The day was a public holiday with loads of tourists at the Great Wall. Since the motorway was almost blocked, the tour guide redirected the tour to a lesser known part of the Wall that had also much fewer tourists and was more scenic. The Wall was much more steeper there, too. It was also a hot day at the beginning of August, and temperatures reached 38 degrees centigrade. It took us 1 1/2 hours to reach the top of the mountain and to return. However, we were rewarded with a most impressive view of the area with the winding wall on top of the ridge. We also visited a silk and a jade manufacture and a tea ceremony shop. I acquired a silk gown and a jade ball of life'', which symbolizes three spheres of prosperous successive generations. In the tea shop I came across Pu-erh tea for the first time. This tea comes from Yunnan and is from the same tea leaves as green tea. The difference is that Pu-erh undergoes a fermentation and oxidation process over many years I bought a ten year old block. The ferments include peptide-blockers which prohibit the storage of fat in the fat cells of the human body, for which the tea is also called slimming tea''. This effect is confirmed by chemists.
In all this was a very rewarding tour which offers a cross-section of insights in Chinese historical and cultural achievements.
We had the most amazing tour with our personal guide (Sue Lyn) and driver. We enjoyed Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, went to a climb the Great Wall. Our guide even arranged a special lunch for my husband who has a very limited diet, while I enjoyed a very tasty Peking duck that was delicious!
We very much enjoyed this tour. It was just my husband and me with a private guide named Goo. He was very knowledgeable and patient answering all our questions and explaining the Forbidden City. He took us to the Badaling section of the wall but beyond where the crowds are. We were virtually alone in a mountainous part of the wall. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the weather in May was perfection! This was a true highlight of our time in Beijing. Highly recommend and couldn't say enough nice things about our guide Goo.
The quality of the tour was acceptable but not perfect. There were only two of us on this tour that day and all along the tour I felt that our guide was not doing his best, he made everything to finish the tour as fast as possible. Forbidden city treasury visit was left almost without comments and we rushed through the galleries of the forbidden city as if somebody was chasing us. Lunch was poor and beijing duck served was cold and disgusting.
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