Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodations: The Peninsula Beijing
Breakfast at the Hotel
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast and then meet your guide in the hotel lobby for an introduction to Beijing history and a description of the morning's activity.
Beijing Temple Tour – Visit the Temple of Heaven
Be driven by motor coach to the Temple of Heaven, accompanied by your local guide. Built in 1420, this huge structure is where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped the god of heaven and offered sacrifices to heaven to ensure a good harvest. It is now a cultural museum that chronicles the history of China through its architecture, art, music and more.
Lunch at Huajia Yiyuan Restaurant
Enjoy delicious Beijing duck and other traditional Chinese specialties at this popular restaurant with its classic atmosphere and beautiful décor.
Beijing Walking Tour – Tiananmen Square
Take a guided walk across Tiananmen Square, named after the Tiananmen Gate on its north side, which translates to "Gate of Heavenly Peace." Learn about the history of this historic gathering place for celebrations and protests. Your local guide will point out the Monument to People's Heroes, Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao and the National Museum of China.
Enter the Forbidden City on the south side through the Gate of Supreme Harmony. On this guided tour, learn details about the incredible Imperial Palace that's housed here and which was the seat of power from 1416 to 1911. Covering 178 acres and including 90 palaces with courtyards and over 10,000 rooms containing remarkable furnishings and art, the Forbidden City is a historical testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Stroll through grand halls, courts and banquet rooms and visit pavilions and palaces with fascinating exhibitions. Be awestruck by the extraordinary glazed tile Nine-Dragon Screen and the spectacular Imperial Garden!
On Your Own Dinner and Evening in Beijing
Savor the flavors of Beijing! Choose from an array of wonderful restaurants and night markets. Attend a performance of a colorful Beijing opera or exciting acrobat show. Your Adventure Guides can help find the perfect activity for you and your family.* Although Forbidden City has level paths made of asphalt or flat paving stones, there are some steps that need to be negotiated.