Spend an afternoon getting a closer look at the many things that Beijing has to offer by visiting one of the most famous imperial palaces in the entire world: the Forbidden City. After that you’ll visit the Hongqiao market for some shopping.
What to Expect
You’ll meet your guide at your hotel at 1pm, and travel to Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City to experience some of the most amazing historical sites of one of the greatest empires in the world. These sites will help you understand just how impressive China’s history is, and you’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of it with your tour guide’s explanations. In imperial China, only the Emperor, deemed the ‘Son of Heaven,’ was allowed to pass through the central meridian gate into the palace. However, today, you can also experience the majestic palace fit for Emperors, first-hand.
After that, visit a Silk Factory where experts will help you see the process of silk making, from silkworm to finished product. Your guides can also help you explain how everything is made, and it’s the perfect place to get some souvenirs for friends and families at home. You’ll gain an understanding of the different qualities of silk, to make sure that you don’t get ripped off. After that, visit the Hongqiao Market where you can buy all kinds of different souvenirs, just make sure you bargain hard for them! Your guide can help you pick up some new bargaining skills. That’s part of the fun at Beijing’s markets. Hongqiao Market’s specialty is pearls, and it is also known as the pearl market. The best selection of pearls is from the vendors on the 5th floor, who supply the embassies and other people in the know.
Before your dinner, stop at the Chaoyang Theater to enjoy the Acrobatic Show. The Beijing acrobatic show is one of the most famous in the world and is a popular tourist destination bound to entertain all ages. Following that, your dinner in the evening will be an unforgettable experience tasting one of the most famous cuisines, Peking Roast Duck (or you can also call it Beijing Duck). It is best known for its remarkable marinade, its crisp skin and rich amber hue, which you can wrap in tiny pancakes with plum sauce, cucumber, spring onion, and sometimes hami melon. Your guide will help you and explain the history of Beijing Duck, and how it is traditionally eaten in Beijing.
- Transfer with an English-speaking guide on board
- English-speaking guide
- Main entrance tickets
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)