Beijing and the Great Wall of China
Beijing encompasses Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Enjoy relaxing scenic bus rides, Chinese style lunch, plus an unbeatable shopping experience at the Pearl Market.
Start the day at Tiananmen Square to explore China’s more recent history, influenced by Chairman Mao and the rise of communism. From there it’s on to the Forbidden City, built by Emperor Yong Le during the Ming Dynasty, and the seat of power for centuries. It has seen countless battles and reconstruction, and the architecture seen today dates from the 1700s. The Forbidden City is also known as the Imperial Palace Museum, with the history of every dynasty represented in four palatial halls.
The Temple of Heaven, China’s largest temple and altar complex is a must visit. This extraordinary example of religious architecture dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Summer Palace, the retreat of emperors for 800 years is a feast for the eyes. One of Beijing’s finest parks surrounds the palace, and you’ll be able to explore the grounds, temples and the world’s longest art gallery.
Stretching almost endlessly across North China is the Great Wall. The approximate length is placed at 5100 miles (8,430 kilometers) from East to West. The sheer magnitude of the structure and the thoughts of countless hours of craftsmanship, fill you with a deep awe for the creators of this greatest wonder of the world. The materials used in building this wall are enough to circle the earth around 05 times.
See two of China’s most popular destinations the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs on one unforgettable guided day trip from Beijing. Visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall, one of the best preserved sections of this colossal structure, and explore the Chang Ling Tomb, the largest of the excavated Ming emperor burial sites.
North of Beijing is the Great Wall of China, the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering and one of the world’s most famous structures. Here at the Badaling section of the Great Wall you will have the opportunity to climb either the north or south face of the wall. From Badaling it’s on to the sacred Ming Tombs, burial grounds to 13 of the 16 Ming emperors. Explore the largest of the excavated burial sites, the Chang Ling Tomb, which is divided into three separate, impressive courtyards.
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