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Beijing is probably one of the oldest cultures on Earth, with up to 3000 years of history. It has been the Chinese capital for over 700 years, since the Yuan Dynasty, throughout the Ming Dynasty and up to the Qing Dynasty. Beijing became the capital of China, first, during the “Warring States Period”, in 221 BC. What we know as Peking is, in fact, according to its current Chinese name, Beijing. “Bei” means north and “Jing”, capital. Beijing is thus the Northern Capital. Before becoming Beijing in 1403, Beijing had at least 15 different names including: Jicheng, Yanjing, Nanjing, Zhongdu, Dadu, Beiping, etc. Nowadays, Beijing is the Capital City of China and the center of the Chinese political power.
Beijing is unmissable when it comes to its famous and endless list of attractions, historical and cultural sites and touristic must-see spots. It is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace or Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian and the Grand Canal that links Beijing to Hangzhou. Most of these sites will be covered by our current tour.
The Great Wall was built to protect the capital city from the invaders coming from the north. The Great Wall of China is one of the 7 wonders of the World and is one of the rare monuments on Earth that is said to be visible from the moon. It will not be covered by this tour, however its name is strongly linked to Beijing´s history.
The Imperial Palace or Forbidden City
The Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, is China's major attraction. It dates back as early as to the 13th century, after the capital was moved here from Nanking. It hosted 24 Ming and Qing Emperors. It is also called Forbidden City because the ordinary people were not allowed to access its interior.
Tiananmen Square or Square of Heavenly Peace is the world's largest square, designed to host up to a million people. It is surrounded by the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Chinese Revolution History Museum, Chairman Mao Zedong Mausoleum and The Great Hall of the People, located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square and functioning as the meeting place for the full sessions of the National People´s Congress.
The Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven, Chinese, Tiantán was built at the same time with the Imperial Palace and is located a few blocks from it. It was here that the Emperor used to come once a year, on the day of the winter solstice, to pray for good harvest and offer sacrifices in the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
Beihai Park, Bei for north and Hai for sea/lake, thus Beihai is the literally the “Northern Sea” also known as the Winter Palace is one of Beijing´s oldest imperial gardens and is located at a short distance of the Imperial City. It dates back to the early 11th Century. Beihai Park includes many ancient significant buildings and structures among which the The Tuanccheng or “Round City/Fort”, the Chengguangdian the “Hall of Received Light”, also called the “Hall of Enlightenment” and the Bai Ta, for the "White Tower" meaning the White Pagoda.
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, Chinese pinyin: “Yíhéyuán” is located at the eastern edge of Beijing. Originally, it was an imperial garden from the Qing dynasty. Nowadays, it covers a vast ensemble of mainly man-made lakes, gardens and structures. The Summer Palace used to be the summer residence for the different Emperors. The palace complex comprises different magnificent halls, pavilions, temples, bridges, etc. the whole dominated by the Longevity Hill from one side and the central Kunming Lake from the other side. The Summer Palace was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1998.
Tour Information Highlights
NB: This tour is initiated, carried out and supervised by IslamiChina Travel Ltd, our local partner in Beijing, that provides and assures the overall necessary logistics for a pleasant and successful tour, including the ground handling, catering, coaching and tour guide services.
Duration: Approximately 8 hours
Departures: Upon request at any date
Features: Private tour guide & vehicle at your service
Destinations: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
- Infants aged 2 years and under: free of charge.
- Child fare is applicable for children aged 3-12 years. A minimum of two passengers including one adult is required at the time of booking a child ticket.
- Group fare is applicable for minimum of 6 persons
- Hotel Pick-up and drop-off
- Air-conditioned coach (private)
- English speaking guide (private)
- All admission tickets
- Personal expenses
- Tips to guide and driver (please read Travel Information)
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