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Beijing is one of the great cities of the world, and the treasury of Chinese culture. In Beijing you can visit the Great Wall, Forbidden city, The Summer Palace and so on, which are the “must” for international tourists. In addition to those regular sightseeings, there is more pleased thing you might want to do--Hutong Tour.
A hutong is an old city lane unique in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties. The main buildings in the hutong were almost all quadrangles --- siheyuans, which is a building complex formed by four houses around a quadrangular courtyard. Siheyuans are arranged in rows and vary in size and design according to the social status of the residents, and a hutong is a long and narrow path between each row, dividing the Siheyuans and at the same time connecting them up. Shiheyuans and hutongs are a mirror that reflect the history of Beijing.The hutong today is fading into the shade for both tourists and inhabitants.
Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arrive at Beijing, China's exciting and cultural heart. The local guide will meet you at airport and transfer to Bamboo Garden hotel***, a typical Chinese-garden –style hotel in a quiet lane by the Drum Tower in the center of the old town of Beijing. Rest day is free for jet-leg.
Day 2: Beijing B,L,D (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
The day begins at Tiananmen Square, the largest City Square in the world. From there you will enter the Forbidden City, a powerful maze of ancient palaces and courtyards from which the emperor ruled the land for 500 years. After lunch at Wahaha Restaurant (Hangzhou Cuisine), we will take you to The Temple of Heaven. Enjoy Chinese Kongfu or Peking Opera show after dinner.
Day 3: Beijing B,L,SD (special dinner)
Today's excursion to the Great Wall (Mutianyu section) of China promise to be a highlights of our travels. We'll have a chance to take a hike along one of the most beautiful sections and learn of its construction 2000 years ago, and examine first-hand one of the most scenic portions of its 3700 miles length. After lunch, you will be taken to The Summer Palace, a vast and beautiful landscape of elegant garden, lakes and pavilions. We’ll admire the famous Marble Boat during the visit. The Peking Duck banquet will be at famous Duck King Restaurant.
Day 4: Beijing B,L,SD (special dinner)
Morning Taichi practice with local practitioners if you like. Then, you will take trishaw into Hutong, which is an ancient city alley, toexperience the life of the local people. Visit the old quadrangles inhabited by Beijing residents. Tour in the Prince Gong’s Palace and have a cup of tea. You also have an opportunity to visit a local family and chat with local people. (If you like, you can learn how to make dumplings and enjoy the traditional meal). After lunch, visit Xiushui Street. It is a market near the embassy area where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style such as clothes, caps and gloves. Enjoy Mongoliahot pot dinner at local Chinese restaurant.
Day 5: Beijing B,L
Today you will go to famous Liulichang Cultural Street to experience the Chinese culture. Liulichang is an antique street of Chinese culture, being full of precious manuscripts and curios. Situated orderly on both sides of the 1-km-long walking street are approximately 50 shops, all of which are constructed in imitation of ancient architectural styles. Also stop at Laoshe Tea House and have a cup of tea. Afternoon is free on your own.
Day 6: Leave Beijing B
Departure transfer to airport. Fly for home.