The Famous Forbidden City to Breweries
A historical journey through Beijing
After pickup from your hotel lobby in Beijing city centre, your guide will take you to the first stop of the itinerary, the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City or Imperial Palace was the residence of the different emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Containing up to 800 buildings and some 9,000 chambers, the palace was strictly forbidden to the general public. Your guide will explain the meanings of the intricate designs and interesting details about its history. Listen to anecdotes about China's Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi who wielded power as head of the Qing Dynasty for half a century and learn the fate of the last emperor.
When you finish this visit, you will head to the business area of Beijing. On the way, our guide will entertain you with interesting stories about Beijing history like the Japanese occupation, the communist party foundation, the visit of Nixon and Kissinger's to China and their secret discussions with Mao Zedong, etc.
Once in the Business Area also called CBD, you will visit the Summit Wing, a remarkable space near the top of the 81st floor at the China World Trade Tower III. Enjoy unrivaled views over the historic city center, including the hutongs, which demonstrate Beijing’s organic development with their narrow alleys that separate traditional courtyard homes.
After this visit, you will make a stop to have a lunch and local beer in one of the capital's best microbreweries in the Sanlitun area. The Sanlitun area is known for their shops and bustling night life, so now that the tour has finished, you can get to know this modern neighborhood of Beijing.
Then you will farewell your guide and make your own way back to your hotel.
Insider Experiences & Highlights:
This half-day sightseeing tour takes you on a journey from Beijing’s imperial past to its present and future as a mega metropolis. You’ll gain an architectural and historical perspective as you learn about dynastic emperors in the Forbidden City and visit the top of the China World Trade Tower. Lunch and beer at a local microbrewery is included with the personal attention from our guide.
Transportation by private vehicle or minivan
Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
One beer at local brewery
Duration: 4 Hours
Pick up directly from your hotel.
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