• Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Celebrate an evening in Beijing in imperial style with this 4-hour dinner and evening sightseeing experience. Travel by private vehicle to the famous Bai Jia Da Yuan restaurant, housed in a Qing-era palace surrounded by exotic gardens. Enjoy an imperial-inspired dinner entertained by live Chinese opera cameos, and then enjoy a sightseeing drive around some of Beijing’s top landmarks. Finish with a tour of lively, lakeside Houhai street, including a bar stop for a beer.

Highlights

  • 4-hour imperial dinner and Houhai lake bar experience in Beijing, with private transfers
  • Visit the Bai Jia Da Yuan restaurant, set in a Qing-dynasty royal palace
  • Savor a delicious imperial dinner plus live cameo performances of Chinese opera
  • See the illuminated Bird’s Nest and more on a sightseeing drive
  • Enjoy a beer at Houhai, a lit-up lakeside street of bars and nightspots
  • Dinner with drinks, and a beer at Houhai included
  • Central hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Beijing Imperial Dining Experience at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant with Houhai Lake Bar Tour

Houhai Lake Bar Street at Night

After pickup from your central Beijing hotel, travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Bai Jia Da Yuan restaurant.

Situated in the Haidian district, this famous restaurant occupies a former Qing-dynasty royal palace, and forms one of Beijing’s protected cultural heritage sites. All around lie exquisite gardens of trees, ponds, exotic flowers, terraces, and pavilions.

Be greeted by the restaurant’s costumed staff — all dressed as Qing-era courtiers, maids, concubines, and eunuchs — and step through the lantern-festooned courtyard into the impressive, regal dining room.

Sit down to a sumptuous imperial dinner of dishes like dumplings, noodles, and flower salads, and as you dine, enjoy colorful live performances taken from Chinese operas, adding to the historical flavor.

Afterward, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Beijing. See illuminated landmarks including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Olympic stadiums, Drum Tower and Bell Tower, and then stroll through the bar-filled, lakeside Houhai area, one of Beijing’s hottest nightspots. Admire the lake views and visit a bar to down a refreshing beer.

Lastly, finish your experience with a hotel drop-off. Alternatively, choose to stay on in the area independently, with your guide giving you directions back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had been in Beijing for four days but our visit didn't really begin until we took this tour. Jenny showed up right on time and led us through our evening's adventure. Great private van for a smooth ride to the restaurant. The experience was everything we hoped for. Exquisite setting, beautiful staff, delicious food and a great show. Must say that when I walked into the courtyard, it was so beautiful that it took my breath away. Then, as promised Jenny took us on the lake tour, which is really a visit to a lively area next to the lake. Every minute was filled with interesting details and we learned more about Beijing in those few hours than all the books we had read. Jenny becomes your instant friend in Beijing and you know you can trust anything she says. Just a great, great evening. Don't miss it.

Dr. Denny G. Bolton United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Lily was our guide for this fun and informative evening out. The dining experience with the show was incredible. From artistic dance to the finer points of the tea ceremony, we stepped back into time. The location is palatial, with exquisite lighting and finely costumed servants, princes, and concubines. The food served is fresh and beautiful.

The Houhai bar area is frequented by locals and provides a romantic environment for a stroll along the river. There is one venue after the next with live music the likes of which we do not get in the US. And there are musical options for every one. Such talent!

We highly recommend this tour - and ask for Lily. She is amazing!!

gsenderlin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Lily collected us on time from our hotel and safely returned us at the end of the night.

She was a very helpful, considerate and friendly guide and chose excellent dishes and wine for our dining experience. The restaurant is set in beautiful gardens and the staff dress in traditional dress which adds to the atmosphere. The show had a variety of performers from traditional dancing to a tea ceremony.

After our wonderful meal Lily took us to the bar area along the river and we had a beer and listened to local performers which were very good.

A wonderful night and thank you so much Lily.

deborah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wow, if you ask me if I would do this tour again, then yes definitely without question. Firstly our guide Lily was on time and met us in our hotel lobby. Lily was a friendly, cheerful and efficient guide who wanted us to enjoy our evening. She came with a driver to take us to the venues. Firstly we went to this amazing restaurant that entertained us with Chinese dancing, a tea ceremony, music, and face changing. Lily checked with us how we like our spice and ordered appropriately our fit for a prince meal. She kept to her word, the food was absolutely delicious and she ordered really well for us. This restaurant is one of the best in Beijing and has hosted a variety of VIP visitors from around the world. After a delicious meal we then went to a bar of our choice in an upbeat bar spot in Beijing. It was buzzing with music and people. We picked our bar a slighter quieter one - there is plenty of variety to pick from and enjoyed a beer until we were ready to be returned to our hotel. This is a tour designed to please and Lily our guide really looked after us and was good company with excellent local knowledge.

VANIA M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lily was a tour guide, she was already waiting in the lobby when we came downstairs. When we arrived at the Restaurant it began to rain and the driver pulled an umbrella for us to use. Lily order for us and made wonderful choices, we ate too much haha! the restaurant in an amazing place, it used to be a palace and everyone dresses up. After dinner, Lily took us to see the rest of the garden in the palace.....BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Since my husband and I were very tired because we just arrived at Beijing that afternoon we decided not to do the Bar Tour but Lily wanted to make sure we were satisfied with the tour so we went to see some landmarks on the car while on our way to the hotel. It was a perfect evening with a perfect tour guide, make sure you ask for her next time you're in Beijing!

Joyce A

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2017

Good to experience imperial dining. Great food. I opted just for a quick foot tour of the houhai lake bar.

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