Take Beijing Day Tour of of local culture at Beijing's best parks, temples plus see a Peking opera show with this tour itinerary. During the day, you will head to visit the Tuanjiehu Park, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven. It provides a great opportunity to taste of a taste of the past & present local culture.
Tuanjiehu Park, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Peking Opera
Beijing downtown hotel or Beijing train station
Beijing downtown hotel or Beijing train station
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Pick up service is arranged at your hotel lobby around 7am. Our Beijing local English speaking will meet you with a Welcome signage "Beijing Private Tour". Start your one day park life and peking opera tour in Beijing.
The first place is Tuanjiehu Park (7:00am-8:30am). If you’re worn out from the stampeding hoards at the more popular historical sites, reprieve awaits at Tuanjiehe. A public park, there is perhaps no better place to go to experience the life of a local. At dusk (or dawn) you’ll find, dotted in concrete courtyards and beneath willow trees, groups of ‘ordinary folk’ congregating in the hundreds. Elderly men and women practice tai chi; Ordinarily timid office workers jump up and down to vigorous aerobics routines; and amorous couples stare longingly at each other while lilting to the Viennese Waltz. Participation is free.
Elsewhere, old comrades bellow out communist, red songs under dimly-lit rotundas; university students feed docile carp from a stone bridge running over a lake and children float around on peddle boats (60RMB per hour; 100RMB deposit) while their parents watch on. There is even a roller skating rink (5RMB entrance, 10RMB skate rental) illuminated by fairy lights. The park is a perfect exemplar of a typically close-knit local community.
Your next destination is Olympic Park (around 9:30am-2pm). It takes about 40 minutes from Tuanjiehu Park to Olympic Park without traffic. The dust may have long since settled on the historic 2008 Beijing
Olympics but the Olympic Park site has remained relatively unchanged
since – a shrine to China’s grand debutante ball on the world stage.
The iconic Birds Nest stadium is open to tourists (50RMB) – you can even walk on the hallowed track on which Usain Bolt made history – and the National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube) is now a water park. Indeed, the site of Phelps’ feats is now full of splashtastic slides, rides, a wave machine and all the usual refinements (200RMB; 160RMB for children under 1.5m) – genuinely good family fun and a nice day-long break from the sightseeing. If you can, return in the early evening when both structures are lit-up and at their most spectacular.
The nearby Olympic Forest Park (a 30-minute walk or one stop north on subway line eight) is a verdant expanse centered around a large, shimmering lake. Winding pathways, grassy knolls and a commanding vista of the surrounding mountains make this a perfect picnic spot.
After visiting the Olympic Park, contunie your tour to the Temple of Heaven(3pm-6pm). Immersed in history, the Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece. This
600-year old landmark symbolizes the greatness of Chinese civilization
during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties and was
justly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That a temple of
great cultural significance is situated in such a charming park is an
added bonus and ensures that a day at the Temple of Heaven is a must-do
on any tourist itinerary.
In the surrounding park you’ll see a fair amount of local colour; middle-aged women dancing to Chinese folk music; their husbands squatting on the street, staring at a Chinese chess board though a cloud of cigarette smoke; people of all generations enjoying the great outdoors together.
The last part for the tour is enjoying the Peking Opera. A night at Peking Opera, Peking opera is an acquired taste, but a night spent appreciating this centuries old art form is a quintessential part of any Beijing experience. Of the myriad local varieties and sub-varieties, Kunqu and Jingju are perhaps the most popular. The refined, 400-year old Kunqu hails from Jiangsu province, setting epic stories in magnificent gardens. Beijing visitors can catch Peony Pavilion, about a woman who falls in love with a dream and dies of a broken heart; later, her fantasy man sees her portrait and his love brings her back to life. Directed by international theatre master Lin Zhaohua.
After the show, you will be taken back to your hotel or drop off at Beijing train station.
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Duration：7 - 8 hours
Attractions(Cities)：Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
Tour Style：Immerse yourself in the Historic city of Beijing during a full-day tour of the city’s most significant historical sites: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square and the Summer Palace. The four sightseeing spots provide great insight into the palace life and the imperial court ceremonials of more than 600 years ago. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel/Airport/Train station is included. It is an ideal trip during your stort stay in Beijing!
Attractions(Cities)：Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Nanluoguxiang Hutong (optional: rickshaw ride,family visiting)
Tour Style：This is a private tour that allows you to visit the most famous tourist sites in Beijing and you will go around the buzzing Nanluoguxiang Hutongs either by rickshaw (Optional) and on foot on this tour. You will see the local families, eat an authentic local lunch and learn some Beijing folk arts, learning about the area’s history and having an authentic picture of Beijing. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel/Airport/Train station is included.
Duration：2 Days, 1 Night
Attractions(Cities)：Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Optional activities: Legend of Kung Fu Show; Peking duck Dinner
Tour Style：Join an expert guide for a private tour of Beijing’s most fascinating destinations and UNESCO Sites, from the Forbidden City to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Take the stress out of planning transport by having hotel/Airport/Train station pickup and drop-off included. Flexible tour with a choice to enjoy an evening show or eat an authentic Chinese delicacy – Peking duck to enhance the tour experience.
Attractions(Cities)：Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Peking Duck Lunch
Tour Style：This all-inclusive full day guided tour is particularly for first-time visitors who don’t speak Chinese visiting all the highlights in Beijing. Say no to hustlers and discover the city by private car on this door-to-door private tour. Followed by a classic Peking Duck lunch, prepared in time-honored style, at one of Beijing's well-known roast duck restaurants for locals.
Attractions(Cities)：Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall
Tour Style：Make the most of a long Beijing layover—don't sit in the airport, go sightseeing instead. If you have at least 10 hours between flights, check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites on this private guided tour. Skip the long lines at Mutianyu Great Wall, you will ave the opportunity to step back in time and walk the Great Wall, then enjoy priority access to the Forbidden City before returning to Beijing Airport to continue your adventures.
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