Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, it is a historic and magnificent imperial palace complex and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It served as the imperial palace for the Chinese emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, spanning nearly five centuries from 1420 to 1912. It is located at the heart of Beijing and covers an area of about 180 acres. It is enclosed by a massive defensive wall and a deep moat, making it one of the largest and best-preserved ancient palace complexes in the world. Your banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
This afternoon, you may join the optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with dinner ($89/person). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Zhajiangmian - a popular Chinese noodle dish that originated in Beijing. It consists of hand-pulled wheat noodles topped with a savory sauce made from stir-fried ground meat. Hutongs are traditional alleyways that made up Beijing’s old city layout, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life, and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch