Depart from your centrally located Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and venture to the first of your historical highlights, the Lama Temple. Hailed as one of the city’s most famous monasteries, the temple boasts five opulent halls replete with colorful carvings, sacred objects and detailed murals. Follow your guide through the impressive labyrinth and learn about the cultural significance of the enormous Maitreya Buddha, a statue that stands 18 meters above ground.
Next, venture to Beijing Zoo to see its adorable giant pandas. Watch the majestic mammals in a replication of their natural habitat as they munch on bamboo and lounge lazily in the large enclosure. After observing the cute pandas, revitalize with a traditional Chinese lunch and prepare for your next destination.
Sated, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace to marvel at the regal resplendence of the structure, Hear about how the palace was completely rebuilt after destruction by foreign armies and tour the opulent grounds to see decorated temples, picturesque pavilions, quaint bridges and verdant gardens.
Conclude your cultural exploration at the Tianhou Silk Market, a vibrant enclave in which a brief silk demonstration is performed. Purchase some sumptuous silk if you please then return to your Beijing hotel in your comfortable vehicle.