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Essential Beijing Private Day Trip

Essential Beijing Private Day Trip

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Essential Beijing Private Day Trip
• Item Code: ZBJ005
• Trip Duration: 8 hours
• Visiting: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Silk Store, Hutong Tour (Pedicab Ride), Temple of Heaven
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Key Details
• Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours
• Live Guide: English & Chinese
• Pick-up Service: Your hotel between 07:00 and 09:00
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your hotel in Beijing

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up at your hotel in Beijing
• Visit Tiananmen Square
• Visit Forbidden City
• Lunch at local restaurant
• Visit Silk Store
• Visit Hutong (Pedicab Ride)
• Visit Summer Palace
• Transfer to your hotel in Beijing

What's Included
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
• Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
• Services of an English-speaking guide
• Entrance tickets to mentioned attractions
• Lunch at local restaurant
• All government taxes 

What's Not Included
• Optional activity costs
• Gratuities to guide & driver
• Any other personal expenses

Tiananmen Square
Located in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world with a capacity of holding one million people. Named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square has great cultural significance as it was the site of many important events in Chinese history such Chairman Mao's declaration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China on Oct, 01, 1949. As a result of a major expansion of Tiananmen Square in 1958, in its southern edge, the Monument to the People's Heroes has been erected, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum of China were erected on the western and eastern sides of the square. After Chairman Mao's death in 1976, a Mausoleum was built to the south of Monument to the People's Heroes, on the main north-south axis of the square.

Forbidden City
As the royal residences of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 15th to 20th century, the Forbidden City was the centre of state power in late feudal China. It was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhudi and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. The Forbidden City is the supreme model in the development of ancient Chinese palaces, providing insight into the social development of late dynastic China, especially the ritual and court culture. The layout and spatial arrangement inherits and embodies the traditional characteristic of urban planning and palace construction in ancient China, featuring a central axis, symmetrical design and layout of outer court at the front and inner court at the rear and the inclusion of additional landscaped courtyards. Meanwhile, more than a million precious royal collections, articles used by the royal family and a large number of archival materials on ancient engineering techniques, including written records, drawings and models, are evidence of the court culture and law and regulations of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Hutong Tour (Pedicab Ride)
The term hutong appeared first during the Yuan Dynasty. It is a term of Mongolian origin meaning water well. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one Siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Hutongs represent an important cultural element of Beijing because almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. You will enjoy an authentic Beijing experience in a pedicab as you tour the hutongs in the city's Shichahai neighborhood. Watch culture come alive through the stone drums located in front of each gate, and see the layout of traditional Beijing courtyards. You will even have the unique opportunity to meet a local family to see how they live their daily lives; interact with this family and form a connection between your cultures.

Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was completed in 1420. The area that it occupies is almost square, the two southern corners being right-angled and those on the north rounded. This symbolizes the ancient Chinese belief that heaven is round and the earth square. The central building is a large rectangular sacrificial hall, where sacrifices were offered to heaven, with the Fasting Palace to the south-west. Pines were planted in the precinct of the Temple to emphasize the relationship between humankind and nature. The siting, planning, and architectural design of the Temple Heaven, and also the sacrificial ceremony and the associate music and dance, are based on the yin-yan and five-element theory of the ancient Book of Changes. This explains the understanding of the ancient Chinese people of heaven and of the relationship between human beings and heaven, as well as their wish to go to heaven.

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