After central Beijing hotel pickup, set off by air-conditioned minivan with your guide and small group of no more than 12.
As darkness falls, admire Beijing’s evening illuminations and hear about the city’s history and culture, together with the lifestyles of its citizens.
View the illuminations along Chang'an Avenue, the main thoroughfare, and stop for photos by the National Grand Theatre. This modern arts center resembles an egg and is surrounded by water.
Admire the lit-up landmarks of Tiananmen Square as your guide recounts their history, and then continue to the shopping quarter around Wangfujing Street. Learn about the area’s past and visit a lively night market. Here, opt to taste snacks (own expense) like strawberries, fried bananas, and even deep-fried scorpions.
Take photos of the floodllit Olympic Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums, and stroll along lakeside Houhai Bar Street, a popular nightspot. Pass the stunning CCTV building, and visit the Central Business District, admiring the skyscrapers and The Place, a street with a massive, overhead LED screen.
Finally, opt to end your tour back at the starting point or with a drop-off in central Beijing so you can continue your evening in town.