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B1: Exploring Beijing¡¯s Past

Lama Temple:

Yonghe Lama Temple, in the northeast corner of downtown Beijing, has over 300 years of rich imperial and Buddhist history. It contains the largest wooden Buddha in the world. Yonghe Lama Temple was originally used as the official residence for court eunuchs of the Ming dynasty. It was converted to the royal court of Prince Yongzheng during the Qing dynasty, in the 33rd year (1693) of Emperor Kangxi's reign. In the 3rd year of Yongzheng's reign (1725), it was elevated to imperial palace for bustourB1short stays away from the capital, and its name was changed to Palace of Eternal Peace (Yonghegong). During the 9th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign (1744), it was dedicated for use as a Lama Temple.

The main structures in the Yonghe Temple complex are: Palace of the Heavenly King, Palace of Eternal Peace (Yonghegong), Eternal Blessing Hall, the Hall of the Wheel of the Law and Hall of Boundless Happiness. The Hall of the Wheel of the Law is extremely imposing; the overall arrangement of its plan view forms a cross, and the ceiling is decorated with small lama pagodas.

Confucius Temple:

The Temple of Confucius was initially built in 1302 and additions were made during the Ming and Qing dynastiesIt is the second largest temple constructed for Confucius, the greatest thinker and educationalist in ancient China, ranking only behind the Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong Province.

This temple consists of four courtyards. The main structures include Xianshi Gate (Gate of the First Teacher), Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment), Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) ?and Chongshengci (Worship Hall). Dacheng Hall is the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for Confucius was often held. Inside the temple one can see that 198 stone tablets are positioned on either side of the front courtyard, containing 51,624 names of Jinshi (the advanced scholars) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Also 14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties hold the precious historical information of ancient China.

Beijing Hutong:

The Beijing Hutong (old lane) areas have a very special and important position in the rich history and culture of Beijing. The alleys give a wonderful glimpse into the world of yesterday in Beijing. While visiting the Beijing Hutong, you can appreciate the dramatic changes that the rest of Beijing has undergone. You can see evidence of the history of Beijing, experience the old way of life and experience traditional Beijing culture. Beijing Hutongs, lanes or alleys formed by lines of siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard) where old Beijing residents live, witness the vicissitude of the city.

Tour Itinerary:
Free hotel pick-up/drop-off and lunch included!

1. Between 7:30-8am, your English-speaking guide will come to your hotel in order to pick you up, and from there we¡¯ll start our tour.

2. On our way to the Lama Temple, we¡¯ll pass the remnants of Beijing¡¯s old city wall, which might have been an even great achievement than the Great Wall. bustourB1What was the city wall is now the city¡¯s second ring road and Subway Line 2. The parts we will see today give you a clue at how monumental the entire wall was. If you see a subway stop or major intersection ending with a name of "men," then it means it is a gate of the old city wall.

3. We¡¯ll arrive at the Lama Temple, which is Beijing¡¯s most marvelous Buddhist temple while also being a masterpiece of Buddhist design and planning. Keep a look out for one of the largest Buddha statues in the world in the rear area of the Temple.

4. Just across the street is our next stop, the Confucius Temple, which is Beijing¡¯s memorial to China¡¯s most esteemed thinker. Make sure to take a look at the large stone tablets that bear the writing of all the Confucian texts. After our visit we¡¯ll head nearby for a Chinese lunch.

5. Before our rickshaw tour we¡¯ll stroll through a local market that specializes in traditional handicrafts and curios. This is a great place to get some authentic and truly ¡°Beijing¡± gifts and mementos.

6. Going by way of rickshaw, we¡¯ll take a journey back in time through Beiijing¡¯s last remaining Hutong. These narrow alleys were the locus of local life and culture much as the piazzas or town squares in western cities. Fast disappearing due to the drive for modernization, this will be your last chance to see Beijing as it once was.

7. Our last stop today will be at the Beijing Zoo, where you will get the chance to see that most iconic (and cute and cuddly!) of China¡¯s animals, the Panda. While only living in a small area of China¡¯s Sichuan Province, outside of Sichuan, the Beijing Zoo is the best place to see the Panda, one of the world¡¯s great creatures.

8. You will then be dropped off back at your hotel, ending the day¡¯s activities.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

1. Hotel pick-up & drop-off service

2. Air-conditioned tour coach

3. English speaking tour guide

4. Entrance tickets as listed on the above itinerary.

5. Chinese lunch (Vegetarian? No problem!)

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

1. Tip to the guide

2. Personal costs

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