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Historic Beijing & Olympic Venues Private Day Tour

Historic Beijing & Olympic Venues Private Day Tour

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Historic Beijing & Olympic Venues Private Day Tour
• Item Code: ZBJ006
• Trip Duration: Approximately 8 hours
• Visiting: Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Silk Store, Summer Palace, Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube
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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

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up at your hotel in Beijing
• Visit Temple of Heaven
• Visit Lama Temple
• Lunch at local restaurant
• Visit Silk Store
• Visit Summer Palace
• Visit Olymipic Venues of Bird Nest & Water (photo stop)
• 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

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.

Lama Temple
Lama Temple or Yonghe Temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built in 1694. The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese, Mongolian, Manchurian and Tibetan styles. Lama Temple is arranged along a north-south central axis, which has a length of 480m. The main gate is at the southern end of this axis. Along the axis, there are five main halls which are separated by courtyards: the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Hall of Harmony and Peace, the Hall of Everlasting Protection, the Hall of the Wheel of the Law, and the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses. This functioning temple and monastery features an impressive fifty-four-foot (25m) high Buddha carved from one piece of Tibetan sandalwood.

Summer Palace
The Summer Palace integrates numerous traditional halls and pavilions into the Imperial Garden conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong between 1750 and 1764 as the Garden of Clear Ripples. Using Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. Destroyed during the Second Opium War of the 1850s, it was reconstructed by Emperor Guangxu for use by Empress Dowager Cixi and renamed the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace in Beijing is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.

Bird Nest Stadium
Bird Nest Stadium is considered to be one of the top 10 new architectural miracles in China. Located at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US428 million. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest. The Bird Nest Stadium hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Summer Olympics from 8 to 24 August 2008.

Water Cube
The Water Cube is the Beijing’s National Stadium in the Olympic Green designed for water sports during 2008 Olympics. The shape of the building is not as the name suggests, it is in cuboid shape (rectangular shape) enhancing the beauty of Beijing. It is the great structure from the outside and inside equipped with four slides, a wave pool and a meandering stream. At the night time, this place is totally different as they enlighten the Water Cube with colors lights, which gives different and wonderful look to the structure.

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