Temples and Hutongs of Beijing

4-Day Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour - China

Prices from £418 pp

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Duration4 days / 3 nights (flexible)


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Explore the old world alleyways, sleek high-rises and colourful pagodas of Beijing before taking a walk on the Great Wall of China that snakes through the hills. It’s a wonderful adventure in China, steeped in ancient culture, imperial grandeur and gorgeous rural scenery. You’ll spend three nights soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of Beijing, an intoxicating clutter of history and modern-day ambition.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Beijing city tour (including car, driver and an English speaking guide) – doesn’t operate on Mondays
  • Excursion to The Great Wall

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Arrival in Beijing

When you arrive in Beijing, you’ll greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You’ll stay in a modern courtyard hotel down a traditional hutong alleyway in a historic Chinese suburb. These tiny streets are lined with lanterns and packed with character, so you can unpack and soak up the atmosphere around the hotel.

Arrival in Beijing

Beijing City Tour

Today, you’ll set off with a private guide to explore Beijing. First, you’ll visit the Lama Temple of Tibetan Lama Buddhism, a sacred space filled with curling incense smoke and the scent of sandalwood. After this, you’ll head for the Temple of Heavenly Peace, set within a city park packed with pine trees before taking a break for lunch near Tian’anmen Square.

Beijing City Tour

After a bite to eat, you’ll visit Tian’anmen itself. With a name meaning Gate of Heavenly Peace, it’s the largest urban square in the world, bordered by parliament buildings and the mausoleum of Mao Zhedong. The last stop is the The Forbidden City, the secluded home of China’s emperors for many centuries. Almost like stepping into a living museum, it’s really quite something to behold.

Hutong Cycling Trip

If you’d like to explore Beijing in the early morning by bicycle instead then you can add this half day trip to your holiday plans.  You’ll start at the Drum and Bell towers and cycle through the Hutong’s narrow lanes and across the city in the designated cycle lanes. You’ll get to see a lot more of the old hutongs this way as well as many of the city’s museums and famous landmarks.

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Hutong Cycling Trip

Great Wall of China Excursion

You’ll be collected from your hotel early this morning for your drive to Jinshanling, a quieter part of the Great Wall of China. Here, without the large tourist throngs, you’ll follow the undulating path for about 8km, soaking up the magnificent scenery as you walk. It’s the ultimate China experience and something that is likely to stick with you forever.

Great Wall of China Excursion

If this is a little more than you can handle, you can try our Mutianyu trip instead. On this section of the Great Wall, you can take a cable car up to the very top and scoot down on a toboggan. As well as the Wall, you’ll visit the Olympic Park, known as Bird’s Nest stadium and the Ming Dynasty tombs.

Group of travellers trekking the Great China Wall

Departure from Beijing

This morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and explore Beijing on your own until your flight or train departs. The Metro system is a great way to zip around the city and there are beautiful hutong neighbourhoods to explore. Alternatively, take a trip to the Emperor’s Summer Palace, set on the banks of a glassy lake with stone bridges and weeping willows.

Departure from Beijing
Man at Great Wall of China

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"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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