Enjoy a full day discovering the incredible history and
architecture on a guided tour today. Visit Tiananmen Square, the
location of the now infamous 1989 uprising, before exploring the
sprawling beauty of the Forbidden City - a palace and garden
complex once inhabited by the Chinese royal family, and now
preserved as a testament to China's long history. The incredible
complex was built on a grand scale, with 980 buildings spread over
180 acres housing the family, their staff and the royal guard from
1406 to the abdication of the last Chinese Emperor in 1912.
Constructed to reflect the Purple Palace, where it was thought god
resided in heaven, the Forbidden City's opulence is testament to
the Emperor's role as a divine ruler.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you continue this afternoon
to the Summer Palace. Centred on a glass-smooth lake topped with
colourful bobbing boats, a turbulent history belies the palace's
peaceful atmosphere, as many of the ancient buildings suffered
damage under Anglo-Franco occupation during the Opium Wars. After a
busy day exploring Beijing's best attractions, you enjoy a dinner
of authentic Peking duck tonight.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Guided City Tour
- Summer Palace