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Spotlight on Beijing

 

Great Wall of China
  • Overview

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    • Visit the famous Forbidden City and take a special tour of the Treasure Hall
    • Explore the ancient Temple of Heaven
    • Walk along the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China
    • Take a trip to Beijing Zoo
    • Savour delicious traditional Chinese food

    China is one of the world’s most historic civilisations, and the city of Beijing is this country’s cultural epicentre. There are countless historic attractions to be found in Beijing, and we’ll get the once in a lifetime chance to explore some of them for ourselves. Read More

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    Forbidden City

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    In Beijing, we’ll stay at the Traders Shangri La Hotel, and our holiday will begin with a trip to Tiananmen Square. This fantastic square is one of the largest in the world, and is named after Tiananmen gate, which leads to our next excursion - the Forbidden City.

    Dating from 1406, the Forbidden City was once the imperial palace. Today, however, its 980 buildings house the Palace Museum, including the Treasure Hall, which we’ll enjoy a special tour of. After our time at the Forbidden City, we’ll stop for a traditional lunch and will then explore a silk factory to find out more about how China has become the world’s largest silk producer. We’ll then sit down to an evening meal, which will include authentic Peking duck.

    The next day will be dedicated to walking along the Great Wall of China. This magnificent construction is one of the most awe-inspiring monuments in the world, and we’ll spend time at the Juyongguan section. After this, we’ll travel to a jade shop.

    Beijing Zoo will be our next port of call, where we’ll get to see China’s national treasure - giant pandas! The fantastic Summer Palace will be next on our list of places to visit, after which we’ll travel to a pearl factory and will then savour a lunch of ‘hand-pulled’ Beijing noodles. We’ll be astounded by tonight’s entertainment as well - we’ll get to watch a famous Flying Acrobatic Show.

    While in Beijing, we’ll also visit the mesmerising Temple of Heaven, which was constructed in 1406 as a place for Chinese heaven worship. We’ll then enjoy a rickshaw ride, before sitting down to lunch with a local family in their home to find out more about their way of life, by way of an interpreter. And finally, we’ll spend time with a Chinese calligraphy master to learn some of this art, and will experience a traditional tea ceremony before enjoying our farewell dinner.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

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  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Traders Shangri La Hotel

    The Traders Shangri La Hotel is located in the heart of Beijing’s business district, ensuring a pleasant stay in this city’s hub. We’ll be located conveniently close to local tourist attractions, as well as enjoying comfortable accommodation and excellent hotel facilities, such as Wi-Fi in public areas, in-room broadband, and much more.

    • All rooms are en suite, with LCD television, hair dryer, safe and minibar
    • Lift access
    • Bar area
    • Restaurant
    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre
    • Sauna
    • Wi-Fi
    • Official four-star rating
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS



    We’ll begin our day’s excursion with a trip to Tiananmen Square, the fourth-largest city square in the world. The square was constructed in 1651, but it wasn’t until 1954 that it was enlarged to its current size. It was named after the Tiananmen Gate, which is the entryway to the Forbidden City.

    This ancient cultural attraction was once an imperial palace and was used from the Mind dynasty right up until the end of the Qing dynasty. Suffice to say, it contains some of China’s most important architecture, as well as now being the location of the Palace Museum. While we’re there we’ll take a guided tour of the Treasure Hall, which houses the treasures and gifts created for the Qing dynasty emperors.

    Our next visit will be to a local silk factory. China is now the world’s leading silk manufacturer, and we’ll be able to find out more about how silk is created, and how China has become such a force behind it.


    Famous for its construction to protect China from invasion as early as the 7th century, the Great Wall of China is one of this country’s most historic sites. We’ll visit the Juyongguan Pass section of wall, which is not only a historic location but is also incredibly scenic and offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. We’ll be able to enjoy a pleasant stroll during our time here, before we continue to our next location - a traditional jade shop, where we’ll learn more about how these amazing masterpieces are created.


    Beijing Zoo is one of China’s oldest zoos and is home to one of the country’s national emblems - the giant panda! It’s home to over 14,000 animals, many of which face extinction in the wild. After our time at the zoo, we’ll move on to the Summer Palace. This picturesque location features an assortment of lakes, gardens and palaces and is an incredible place to visit.

    After this, we’ll visit a pearl factory to find out more about these underwater gems, as well as delving into their importance in Chinese culture. Before the night is over, we’ll also be enthralled by a famous Flying Acrobatic Show!


    The Temple of Heaven is one of China’s most famous cultural attractions. This religious site has been dedicated to Daoism and Chinese heaven worship in the past, and was first built in 1406 by the same emperor who ordered the construction of the Forbidden City.

    The Temple of Heaven was designed as a place for sacrifice to the gods, through prayer, as it was believed that the emperor was the Son of Heaven, and it was his responsibility to show respect to the gods for his authority. The buildings feature classic Chinese architecture, as well as incredible interior features and decor that will take your breath away.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS



    Come with us on an optional excursion to Xian, the ancient capital of the Shaanxi province in China. This excellent city is filled with wonderful sights, but one of the most impressive parts of its history - and one we’ll get to see for ourselves - is the Terracotta Army.

    We’ll take a trip to the Terracotta Warriors Museum to discover more about this fascinating part of Xian’s history. The Terracotta Army was created around 210 BCE and consisted of over 8,000 soldiers created from terracotta, along with 130 chariots led by 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses. The army was created in honour of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, and were buried in a special tomb with him in order to protect him in the afterlife.

What's included

  • Air travel
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches, three dinners
  • Porterage
  • Four included excursions
  • One optional excursion

Traders Shangri La Hotel

The Traders Shangri La Hotel is located in the heart of Beijing’s business district, ensuring a pleasant stay in this city’s hub. We’ll be located conveniently close to local tourist attractions, as well as enjoying comfortable accommodation and excellent hotel facilities, such as Wi-Fi in public areas, in-room broadband, and much more.

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Traders Shangri La Hotel

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The Traders Shangri La Hotel is located in the heart of Beijing’s business district, ensuring a pleasant stay in this city’s hub. We’ll be located conveniently close to local tourist attractions, as well as enjoying comfortable accommodation and excellent hotel facilities, such as Wi-Fi in public areas, in-room broadband, and much more.

  • All rooms are en suite, with LCD television, hair dryer, safe and minibar
  • Lift access
  • Bar area
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Wi-Fi
  • Official four-star rating
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  • British Travel Awards
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