Beijing Private Culture Experience With Imperial Lunch/Dinner

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guide will meet you in your Beijing hotel lobby
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Take a deep dive into the Chinese culture in this private tour, which includes lunch/dinner at the city's oldest imperial restaurant inside Beihai Park. You will visit Temple of Heaven, Drum and Bell Tower, Jingshan Park, Liulichang Street and Yandaixiejie Street. Riding a boat across Beihai Lake, explore Hutongs by rickshaw, and learn a traditional Chinese Handicraft in a private family home.

Highlights

Instant Confirmation

Informative, friendly and professional guide

All entrance fees included

Lunch included

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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The day begins at 8:30am when your private guide and experienced chauffeur collect you from your central Beijing hotel for the short drive to the Temple of heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Ming and Qing emperors performed ritual ceremonies. In the grounds, watch local seniors exercizing, practicing tai chi, playing badminton, singing, dancing, and writing calligraphy on the ground.

From here, it's a few minutes drive to Liulichang Street, famous for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, brushes, and other traditional Chinese handicrafts. The grey stone buildings with their tiled roofs, in the style of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), are home to painters and calligraphers: watch them going about their art.

It's a few minutes more to Jingshan park, a manmade hill that offers spectacular views over the Forbidden city and downtown Beijing on a clear day. Here you'll learn how the last Ming emperor, Chongzhen, hung himself here in 1644 as Manchu forces approached Beijing.

From here, it's a short way to Beihai park, an imperial garden for many centuries, and the city's oldest imperial restaurant, Fangshan. Savor dishes enjoyed by the 19th-century Qing emperors and the Dowager Empress Cixi in an ornately decorated environment.

After lunch, board an imperial-style pleasure boat and cruise across Beihai lake to Houhai, one of Beijing's best-known bar streets. As you admire the traditional buildings and beautiful lake, your guide will explain the history and transformation of old Beijing. You'll learn about the hutong alleyway neighborhoods, and explore a traditional courtyard house, before you stroll along Yandai Xie Street, one of the oldest hutong in Beijing.

It's just a short stroll to the historic Drum tower, where you'll get the chance to witness the drum-beating ceremony. The drums here used to be beaten every hour so that Beijingers could tell the time.

Finally, hop aboard a rickshaw to explore the hutong and visit a local family. Here you can learn a traditional Chinese handicraft, such as making clay figurines, mask painting, paper-cutting, calligraphy, Chinese yoyo, or painting the inside of a snuff bottle: when you book your tour, please specify the craft you'd like to learn under 'special requirements'.

After an action-packed day, you'll drive back to your hotel, arriving around 4:30pm.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Experienced English-speaking guide

Imperial lunch/dinner with Soft drinks and beer

Rickshaw Ride and Handicraft Fee

Entrance Fees

Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven

Entry/Admission - Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)

Entry/Admission - Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)

Entry/Admission - Bell and Drum Towers

Exclusions

Gratuities (Optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Please advise one preferred handicraft lesson in advance: calligraphy, clay sculpture, Chinese knot,mask or snuff bottle painting, Chinese yoyo, paper-cutting

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

  • 21-Dec-2017

    Sorry for the late review. I booked several private tours via Viator in Beijing. All went smoothly. My guide, Serena, spoke excellent English and was very efficient. She was also very friendly, took a genuine interest in me and took time to explain to me a lot of things about Chine, her way of life, food....would happily book again.

  • 21-Dec-2017

    Sorry for the late review. I booked several private tours via Viator in Beijing. All went smoothly. My guide, Serena, spoke excellent English and was very efficient. She was also very friendly, took a genuine interest in me and took time to explain to me a lot of things about Chine, her way of life, food....would happily book again.