Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and venture to the sacred site of the Lama Temple, a former residence of royal court that is now considered one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Listen as your knowledgeable guide recounts the 400-year history of the temple and stroll the tranquil gardens in search of incredible sculptures and revered Chinese art.
Next, head to Beijing Zoo to see one of China’s most treasured animals, the giant panda. Marvel at the endangered animals in realistic replicas of their natural habitat and gain insight into the mammals’ behavior and physiology from your expert guide.
Revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch before travelling to an ancient 13th-century altar built to memorialize Shennong, an emperor who taught his subjects the art of agriculture. Venture within to see a museum that speaks eloquently of China’s important agricultural heritage and then return to your vehicle for the scenic journey back to Beijing.