Spend a day exploring the 2,000-year-old engineering marvel of the Great Wall of China. Walk through the treasures excavated from the Ming Tombs and feast on a delicious lunch at a jade factory. End the day with a tea ceremony.
What to Expect
As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing has been a historic center of power, culture and wealth for centuries. On this 8-hour tour you will visit 2 of its essential attractions, as well as get time to shop at a jade factory and take part in a tea ceremony.
After a hotel pick-up, your first stop is the sacred Ming Tombs. Built in 1409 at the foothills of the Yanshan Mountains, it contains the tombs of 13 Ming emperors. You will explore the largest and best preserved of the burial sites after walking the sacred way, lined with statues of animals and officials.
Changling Tomb is the burial site of the Emperor Zhu Di, also known as Yongle, the 3rd Ming Emperor. He moved the Chinese capital from Nanjing to Beijing and his remarkable tomb is housed in an exquisite hall made from rare and decay-resistant Phoebe nanmu wood.
After your visit to Yongle’s tomb, you will have lunch at the Longdi Jade Factory, a Government sponsored facility that manufacturers and sells jade souvenirs at bargain prices. Witness the ancient art of jade carving, before moving on to the Great Wall of China.
The very symbol of ancient Chinese engineering, the Great Wall is the longest manmade structure in the world and an essential attraction on any visit to Beijing. You will go to the popular Badaling section, a prime example of the colossal structure at its most preserved.
You will have the opportunity to climb either the North or South face of the wall to enjoy extraordinary views and photo opportunities.
On the way back to Beijing, you will pause at Dr. Tea to learn about the rich flavors and health benefits of the many types of Chinese tea and take part in a tea tasting ceremony. You will also stop at 2 iconic structures from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube buildings.
- Entrance fees
- English speaking tour guide