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E1: Beijing¡¯s Grandeur

Great Wall at Badaling:

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is the best-preserved and the most popular one amongst all the sections. At more than 1,000 meters (3281 ft) above sea level, it commands a strategic position for transportation and defense which was well served in ancient times.

Badaling, literally meaning ¡°reach eight directions¡±, got its name because the maze of its ridges stretches in all directions. It is easily accessible and has easy walking conditions. About 370 state leaders and VIPs (including President Nixon during his landmark visit) have climbed Badaling and admired the magnificence and beauty of its scenery.

Tiananmen Square:

Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world, at 440,000 square meters, and can hold about one million people for public celebration or gatherings. In the square you can climb the Tiananmen Rostrum, attend the national flag raising ceremony every morning at sunrise, visit the National Museum of China, and go to the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, in which one will see the body of the great Chinese leader.

Tiananmen Square holds the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. To the north is the Forbidden City and to the south the Temple of Heaven. The Tiananmen Rostrum, standing to the north of the Tiananmen Square, on the south¨Cnorth central axis of Beijing, was the main gate of the royal palace of both the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Forbidden City:

The Forbidden City is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. It is recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world (the other four are the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in the UK, the White House in the US and the Kremlin in Russia). The splendid architecture of the Forbidden City represents the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment.

The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406), and ended in 1420. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven¡¯s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors¡¯ residence on earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named. The Forbidden City covers an area of about 72 hectares with a total floor space of approximately 150, 000 square meters. It consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms.

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

1. Between 7:30-8am your English-speaking guide will come to pick you up from your hotel. Form there we will make the 2 hour drive to the Great Wall at Badaling.

2. We will arrive at the Badaling Great Wall, and you will have a couple of hours for yourself to explore. Badaling was the first section of the Great Wall to be opened to the public, and is the wall¡¯s most popular section. Chances are, if you¡¯ve seen a picture from the Great Wall, it¡¯s from Badaling. Following our time at Badaling, we¡¯ll take a short break for lunch at the nearby Jindian Restaurant.

3. We¡¯ll then make the drive back to the center of the city, in order for us to take a visit to the Forbidden City. For over 400 years this palace complex has served as the home of the Imperial family, and back then, the price for an intruder¡¯s visit was death, hence the ¡°Forbidden¡±. As the largest palace in the world, it is also China¡¯s most impressive highlight.

4. We¡¯ll walk out the Forbidden City¡¯s south exit, where we will find ourselves in Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the center of China¡¯s political life. Tiananmen, no stranger to controversy, has seen many of the country¡¯s most important political events occur on its stage. The north end of the square is marked by the iconic portrait of Mao Zedong, which is hanging from the Tianamen Rostrum.

5. You then have a chance to get some traditional handicrafts and curios at a local market. Be sure to bargain hard, because you can often get something at half the asking price. Our guide will give you a hand!

6. At about 6pm, you will be dropped off back at your hotel, ending the day¡¯s tour.

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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