Beijing Imperial Day Trip: Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
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On this guided full-day trip, let us take some time off and forget all about modern landscape and architecture and purely focus on the magnificence of the historical past of Beijing. You will be escorted by a local experienced tour guide to enjoy the private Imperial Tour walking through the sacred Tiananmen Square, discover the majestic Forbidden City, explore the respectful Temple of Heaven as well as the verdant gardens of the Summer Palace.
Day 1 Beijing
Your tour guide and driver will pick up from your hotel, first stop is Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Then visit Forbidden City which was the imperial palace for the emperors in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. You will see the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north. Next stop will be the Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient imperial architecture group for worshiping the God of Heaven in the world.
After a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant, the last cultural stop is at the Summer Palace which is the largest and the most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. UNESCO declared the Summer Palace as the“masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden" and added it to the list in 1998. Summer Palace is one of the 4 most Famous Chinese Gardens. The trip ends with a visit to the silk factory or a pearl factory before being transferred back to your hotel.
Note: A passport or ID card is mandatory for visiting the Forbidden City and the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays.
Scenic spots included in the itinerary
5 Star Hotel
4 Star Hotel
3 Star Hotel
Beijing Airport Pickup
Beijing Airport Drop-off
Peking Roast Duck
$55 For 1 people
Peking duck, also known as Peking Roasted Duck or Beijing Kaoya, is a dish of great antiquity from Beijing that can trace back to the imperial era. Nowadays, Peking Duck had become one of the specialties of the capital and a national symbol of China, favored by tourists and diplomats alike. For instance, Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State of the United States, came to savor this cate, during his two visits to China in 1971 and in 1976. It has also been a favorite delicacy for various political leaders ranging from Cuban Fidel Castro to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl.
The delicacy is characterized by its crisp skin shining date-red in color and tender texture, with authentic versions serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. The hot Peking Roast Duck will be brought to the dining table by the chef where he will slice it into more than 100 thin flakes, each having its piece of crispy skin. The meat is often eaten with spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancake rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces can be used. The remaining duck with meat and bones can be cooked in three ways. The traditional way is to be cooked into a broth. The meat together with bones can also be stir-fried with sweet bean sauce, or rapidly sautéed and served with salt and Sichuan pepper.
Besides the traditional one, many restaurants offer an All Duck Banquet - various dishes cooked with the offal and juices of the duck, surrounding the main dish. It will be sure to give you satisfaction and enjoyment when dining.
Duck has been roasted in China since the Southern and Northern Dynasties(386-589). Up until the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), ducks were roasted in the area around Jinling (ancient name for Nanjing). A variation of roast duck was prepared for the Emperor of China in the Yuan dynasty(1271-1368). The Peking Roast Duck that came to be associated with the term was fully developed during the later Ming dynasty when the rulers moved their capital city to Beijing from Jinling and by then, Peking Duck was one of the main dishes on imperial court menus and was highly regarded by emperors and other members of the ruling classes. By the Qianlong Period (1736–1796) of the Qing dynasty, the popularity of Peking Duck spread to the upper classes. The first restaurant specializing in Peking Duck, Bianyifang, was established in the Xianyukou, close to Qianmen of Beijing in 1416.
Raising the duck
Newborn ducks are raised specially in a free range environment for the first 45 days of their lives, and force fed 4 times a day for the next 15–20 days, resulting in ducks that weigh 5–7 kg. The force-feeding of the ducks led to an alternate name for the animal, Peking Stuffed Duck.
Seasoning the duck
A suitable fattened White Beijing Ducks are slaughtered, plucked, eviscerated and rinsed thoroughly with water. Air is pumped under the skin through the neck cavity to separate the skin from the fat. The duck is then plunged in boiling water for 1 to 5 minutes, then hung to dry. This will tighten the skin and help the duck to achieve its traditional crispy texture. The duck is then glazed with a layer of potentially spiced and flavored maltose syrup. A marinade of traditional flavorings, including soy sauce and five-spice powder, and more maltose, is then applied inside the body cavity. This will flavor the duck during the next step. The duck is then left to dry for between 24 hours and several days in a cool, dry place, which allows the skin to crisp while roasting.
Roasting the duck
Hitherto, there are two traditional schools of cuisine for the duck cooking, namely closed oven and hung oven.
Peking duck is originally roasted in a conventional closed oven, allowing the meat to be slowly cooked through the convection of heat within the oven. Controlling the fuel and the temperature is the main skill. In closed-oven style, duck meat is combined well with the fat under the skin, and therefore is juicy and tender.
The hung oven, also known as open oven, was developed in the imperial kitchens during the Qing Dynasty. It is designed to roast up to 20 ducks at the same time with an open fire fueled by fruit hardwood from peach or pear trees. The ducks are hung on hooks above the fire and roasted at a temperature of 270 °C (525 °F) for 30–40 minutes. While the ducks are roasting, the chef may use a pole to dangle each duck closer to the fire for 30-second intervals. By the means of hung oven, the fat is usually melted during the cooking process, so the skin is more crispy.
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$45 For 1 people
Hot pot, and the less common Chinese fondue, refer to several East Asian varieties of stew, is ke consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot .is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten inn the winter.
The Chinese hot pot boasts a history of more than 1,000 years.While often called "Mongolian hot pot", it is unclear if the dish actuall originated in Mongolia. Mongol warriors had been known to cook with their helmets, which they used to boil food, but due to the complexity and specialization of the utensils and the method of eating, hot pot cooking is much better suited to a sedentary culture. A nomadic household will avoid such highly specialized tools to save volume and weight during migration. Both the preparation method and the required equipment are unknown in the cuisine of Mongolia of today.
Hot pot cooking seems to have spread to northern China during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906). In time, regional variations developed with different ingredients such as seafood. By Qing Dynasty, hot pot had become popular throughout most of China. Today in many modern homes, particularly in big cities, the traditional coal-heated hot pot has been replaced by electric,gas or electromagnetic cooker versions.
Because hot pot styles change so much from region to region, many different ingredients are used.
Beijng Acrobatic Show
$44 For 1 people
Acrobatic art has a history of more than 2000 years in China. Beijing is the culture centre of China, we have professional literature and art organization, and we have gathered over 60 acrobatic artists who are the most famous in Beijing.The programs performed by us are ingeniously conceived,highly skilled in a distinctive traditional Chinese style with a breathtaking,unique,humorous and funny performance.
Our troupe has been invited and performed in more than ten countries,such as England France,Germany,Australia,Holland,Belgium and Norway,where we were warmly welcomed and highly praised.This has promoted not only the mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and the people of other countries but also the exchange and development of the acrobatic techniques both at home and abroad.
World famous acrobatic shows in Beijing
Unique and popular, Chinese acrobat shows combine the traditional Chinese performing arts with acrobat balancing acts. These are brilliantly performed by talented troupes, with members from around the world.
Chinese acrobats have their own style. This is one show you don’t want to miss! Book your tickets today and experience the artistic side of Beijing's exciting night life.
2:Hotel pick up arond 4pm, drop off back hotel at 7:30pm
Peking Opera Show
$44 For 1 people
Beijing opera or peking opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music,vocal performance,mime,dance and acrobatics.It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century.This form of theatre was extremely popular in the Qing dynasty court and has been regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China.Many performance groupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north,and Shanghai in the south. The form of art is also seen in Taiwan,where it is known as guoju, and it has also spread to other countries such as the United States and Japan.
Beijing opera features four main types of performers,Performing groupes often have several of each or combined. Performers are the only focal points on the stage.They utilize the skills of speech,song,dance,and combat in movements that are symbolic and suggestive,rather than realistic. Performers also adhere to a variety of stylistic conventions that help audiences navigate the plot of the production.
Channel CCTV-11 in Mainland China is currently dedicated to broadcasting classic Chinese opera productions,including Beijing opera.
3:If select VIP seat with fresh tea and snacks
Chinese Kungfu Show
$45 For 1 people
The Legend of Kungfu is a Live performance presented by China Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co., Ltd. (CHC) -- China's leading performance art production company, every night at Red Theatre. A group of the best Kung Fu practitioners of China are collected and the best directors and designers of the country are invited by CHC.
The show is about storytelling that a little boy from a very poor family whose mother was unable to provide for him and decided to send her son to a temple to be a monk and learn kungfu. The diligent student monk was initiated into the temple, learning Buddhism and Kungfu. The theme of the story is full of trials and tribulation of being a monk and the worldly temptations through his monkhood. He had a hard time getting used to the strict discipline of the temple and could not restrain his natural desire to chase a young beauty, so he suffered great regret and losing his way to self-cultivation. He punished himself severely and finally came back full circle to be the temple, attaining enlightenment. He became interested in the unbelievable power of Kung Fu, in which he must face many obstacles both from this world and his own mind to overcome his fears.
The fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts makes this performance unique and spectacular, presenting stunning Kung Fu skills, exquisite ballet, splendid acrobatics and wonderful music, along with brilliant stage scenery, acoustic and light effect. With no speaking of the actors, there is an electronic screen displaying the show's subtitles in English above the stage to keep you informed of the storyline. After the show, the audience can also take photos with the main actors.
The show made its first appearance on the Beijing stage in July 15th, 2004. Ever since it has received numerous awards and become a world-class spectacle known around the world. If you are an enthusiast of Chinese Kung Fu, who would like to explore the real Chinese martial arts and culture, you definitely should not miss this excellent show of the prestigious Chinese Kung Fu.
China has one of the longest histories of continuously recorded martial arts tradition in the world. The Chinese Kung Fu is popular terms with Chinese martial arts, tracing its origins back some 4000 years ago to self-defense needs, hunting activities and military training in ancient China. In the long course of development, the Kung fu's purpose from self-defense to health maintenance and finally as method of self-cultivation. Kung Fu requires of the practitioner a strict code of physical and mental discipline. A common saying concerning basic training in Chinese martial arts is as follows: Train both Internal and External. External training includes the hands, the eyes, the body and stances. Internal training includes the heart, the spirit, the mind, breathing and strength. In addition, philosophy, ethics and even medical practice are highly regarded by most Chinese martial arts, which provides insight into Chinese attitudes and culture./uploads/main/litimg/2019-04-26/5cc25e0db7185.gif /uploads/main/litimg/2019-03-22/5c947c5895400.jpg,/uploads/main/litimg/2019-03-22/5c947c5896ae3.jpg,/uploads/main/litimg/2019-03-22/5c947c5897df6.jpg,/uploads/main/litimg/2019-03-22/5c947c58994d9.jpg,/uploads/main/litimg/2019-03-22/5c947c589a7ec.jpg,/uploads/main/litimg/2019-03-22/5c947c589becf.jpg 45,45,45,45,45,45,45,45,45,45 98,98,98,98,98,98,98,98,98,98
Golden Mask Dynasty Show
$60 For 1 people
An original Chinese play, "The Golden Mask Dynasty," was held August 16 at OCT Theater in Beijing Happy Valley. This play was sponsored by Overseas Chinese Town, OCT, which invested 200 million yuan into building the OCT Theater for the play.
Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells how a queen, who wears a golden mask, creates a splendid dynasty. The play has eight chapters and includes more than 200 actors from China and abroad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers, the play features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, and lighting and acoustics.
The Golden Mask Dynasty is a mythical age, and the play tells a fairy-tale like story of war, royal banquets, and romance. The play has 20 different dance scenes, ranging from war scenes to romance. The director invited composers Liu Gangbao and Li Cangsang to compose the music jointly. Composer Zhang Qianyi, who wrote the "Qinghai-Tibet Plateau," composed the theme song "The Words of Love" for the Golden Mask Dynasty, and vocalist Tang Jing sang the song. The play's wardrobe designers were inspired by the Sanxing Mound relics. They used blue and gold as the play's main colors, representing yin and yang, men and women, and heaven and earth. They created more than 500 costumes.
2:Hotel pick up at 4pm, drop off at hotel at 8:30pm
Professional English speaking tour guide
A bottle of water a day per person
VIP access to the forbidden city (skip long lines)
Tips to the guide and driver
How to Choose Tour Type?
Affordable Group Tour:
Our small group tour is around of 15 peoples picked up from different hotels. Suitable for tourists with limited budget and who would like to travel with others from different countries.
Best Value Private Tour:
More flexible and time saving.No need to wait for other tourists.Flexible schedule . Possible to be customized for your own itinerary. A privet tour guide and air-conditioned vehicle will be at your service.
How to Book:
1. You can book online, choose to pay the deposit or full payment. We accept payment by PayPal, Credit Card, Wechat and Bank Transfer. After booking, we will send you a booking confirmation email.
2. When you arrive at the departure city, the exactly pick up time will inform by your tour guide though your hotel one night before your tour date.
3.Pick-up Service: To ensure the morning pick-up going smoothly as scheduled, we suggest you choose downtown hotels within the fourth ring road of the city. An additional transfer fee will be incurred if your hotel is outside the above mentioned area. If your hotel is located in a narrow lane or an apartment block, we suggest you find the nearest hotel on the main street as your pick-up point.
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Hotel, flight and train ticket fees are not refundable.
Got Question & Quick Answer
We are going to be staying at Wyndham north hotel in May. IS it possible to join your tour and be picked up from our hotel. What would cost be for pick up and full day tour.
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Your hotel is out of pickup range for this tour, so it will extra fee for picking up.
May I know how many travelers will take the private tour, will give you a quotation afterward.
how long is the tour is fish available for lunch...we do not eat meat
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The tour lasts around 8 hours. Vegetarian lunch is available for the tour, please leave your request upon booking.
May I know your tour date?
Hello Does the Imperial day trip include going inside the forbidden city. How long is the whole tour and what time does it start?
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Yes, this tour includes going inside of Forbidden City.
Group tour starts around 7am, exact pickup time will be informed before the tour date, lasting around 8 hours.
While private tour is more flexible, only for you and your team.
May I know your tour date and how many travelers?
Hello! With this tour do you enter Tiananmen square or view from a distance? Some tours it seems do not enter the square Thank you Mary
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Yes, you will enter Tiananmen Square, then go straight to the Forbidden City to explore.
Any questions, please feel free to let me know.
hi , we have a group of 4, for A0171 can you pick us up at our hotel?
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Please let me know your hotel name, will check for you.
Looking forward to your reply.
We would like to do the tour AO171 but do not want any shopping included. Is this the right tour for us? If not can you suggest a similar tour without shopping. Thanks!!
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This is the no shopping tour you are looking for, please check tour itinerary on this link and book online.
Any question, please feel free to let me know.
I want to book A0171 tour code. I stay at Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing. Do you pick up at hotel?
Hello Dear Vy Nguyen:
Warm greetings from chinatoursnet.com! This Beijing Imperial Day Trip to Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven available to pick up from your hotel. Your tour guide will use your name to pick up in the lobby of your hotel (Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing).
What time does this tour start?
Hello Dear Padmanabhan R,
Warm greetings from chinatoursnet.com, thanks for your contact!
For group tour, pick up time is around 7 am, the exact pickup time will inform by your tour guide one day before your tour date. Drop you off at the hotel around 5-6pm.
For the private tour, it's more flexible according to your time.
Any questions and help please feel free let us know.