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8 Days Beijing & Yangtze Cruise Tour

In the tour, you experience UNESCO world heritage Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall, the Sacred Way to Chang tomb,and Summer Palace. Besides you explore Bell and Drum Towers, Hutong area, family courtyard in Shichahai area, Lama Temple, National Centre for the Performing Arts and Beijing Olympic Center. The same time, you taste the famous Peking Roast Duck in Beijing.
The next, set sail along China’s longest river on this Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. Soak up the scenery as you glide downstream, passing the Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling gorges, and the famous Three Gorges Dam. Hop off along the way to explore the ghost town of Fengdu, admire the Shibaozhai pagoda and enjoy a small-boat cruise down the Shen Nv Stream. This luxury tour includes accommodation, meals and entertainment on-board, plus selected shore excursions. Besides, you visit the Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town.
  

Tour Code :
A0165
Duration :
8 days
Destinations :
Beijing - Chongqing - Yichang
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour,China Tour
From $1118
  • D1

    Day 1 Beijing           

      Driver and tour guide pick you up from airport. You are sent to hotel for rest of the day.

  • D2

    Day 2 Beijing       Lunch    

    Tiananmen Square-National Centre for the Performing Arts-Forbidden City-Temple of Heaven

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      Tiananmen Square

      Driver and tour guide pick you up from hotel. Today you visit the world's biggest city plaza, the Tiananmen Square; then walk to the marvelous "Egg" (National Centre for the Performing Arts) to take some pictures from its outside; the next, visit the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China; and at last proceed to the impressive Temple of Heaven. After the sightseeing tour, you are driven back to your hotel.

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      Summer Palace

  • D3

    Day 3 Beijing       Lunch   Supper 

    Badaling Great Wall-the Sacred Way-Beijing Olympic Center-Peking Roast Duck

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      Badaling Great Wall

    Driver and tour guide will pick you up from hotel today. You will visit the famous Badaling Great Wall for about 1.5~2 hours hiking. Along the way, you can see ancient watchtowers and enjoy the stunning mountain views. Then you visit the Sacred Way, the first scenic spot to enter the Ming Tombs. Walking through the 7 km’s solemn road decorated by splendid architectures, you come to the Changling Tomb to explore this further.

      On the way back you might make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Center to take some photos of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube from the outside.

      For the dinner, you are served with  the typical local food-Peking Roast Duck to end today's tour.

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      Olympic Center

  • D4

    Day 4 Beijing       Lunch    

    Summer Palace-Bell and Drum Towers-Hutong-family courtyard-Shichahai area-Lama Temple  

    Tour guide and driver will pick you up from hotel. You visit the exquisite Summer Palace, the imperial garden at first. Then you visit the Bell and Drum Towers dating from 1420. Ascending the big Drum Tower, you will have a bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of Hutong and Siheyuan from here. And the next move on to an ordinary family courtyard home for a tea break. Afterwards, take a rickshaw to visit the most famous Hutongs keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. At last move on to the Lama Temple which is the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing. After the tour, you will be sent back to your hotel.

  • D5

    Day 5 Chongqing       Lunch    

    Chongqing Zoo-Ciqikou Old Town-Yangtze River Cruise

      Driver and tour guide pick you up from hotel and sent you to airport leaving for Chongqing. After arriving in Chongqing city,  you will be sent to the Chongqing downtown area by your guide and driver.You will visit the Chongqing Zoo for the Giant Panda, and might visit the Ciqikou Old Town if time permits.

      Then, you'll be transferred to the Cruise pier, and board the ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts!

    Overnight on cruise.

      (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

  • D6

    Day 6 Yangtze River    Breakfast   Lunch   Supper 

    Shibaozhai Pagoda-Fengdu Ghost City

      Today you will embrace your first shore excursion site-Shibaozhai Pagoda. With 278 kilometers away from Chongqing, Shibaozhai is a pearl on Yangtze River. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories. Climbing on the top, you can have a panoramic view of the Yangtze River.

         You have the option of visiting Fengdu Ghost City (CNY 295/person). It endows kinds of mysterious stories about the underworld cruel tortures and kinds of devils. Enter inside, you can find more devil statues and vivid cruel scenes.

    Overnight on cruise.


  • D7

    Day 7 Yangtze River    Breakfast   Lunch   Supper 

    Shennv Stream-White Emperor City     

    Passes by the 1st gorge--Qutang Gorge. Passes by the 2nd gorge---Wu Gorge. Shore excursion to Shennv Stream. Shennv Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. Overnight on cruise.

    You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(CNY 295/person).


  • D8

    Day 8 Yichang    Breakfast       

    Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.
    After breakfast,check out and take the shuttle bus for shore excursion Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people.

    Then take the same shuttle bus to Yichang. Arrive in Yichang The Three Gorges Visitor Center at 12:45--13:30pm and end of service.

    The last, you will be driven to the Yichang airport and take a flight to next destination.

      


Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

    1. Entrance fees described in the itinerary.

    2. Transportation fee incuding airport pick up and send off.

    3. Meals as described in the itinerary

    4. Beijing to Chongqing flight ticket.

    5. English speaking guide.

    6. A bottle of water a day per person.


Exclusions

      1. Tips to the guide and driver
      2. Personal expense.
      3. Hotel (We can book hotel for you according to your request)

  • 1

    Forbidden City

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            Upon the establishment of the Ming Dynasty, the Hongwu Emperor moved the capital from Beijing in the north to Nanjing in the south, and ordered to burn down the Yuan palaces. When his son Zhu Di became the Yongle Emperor, he moved the capital back to Beijing, and the construction of Forbidden City began in 1406. The construction lasted 15 years, and required more than a million workers. Material used include whole logs of precious Phoebe zhennan wood found in the jungles of south-western China, and large blocks of marble from quarries near Beijing. The floors of major halls were paved with "golden bricks".

      The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors' residence on earth was built as a replica of the "Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven". Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.

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       The Forbidden City is the world's largest surviving palace complex and covers 72 hectare . It is a 961 meters from north to south and 753 meters from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 rooms. The Forbidden City was designed to be the centre of the ancient Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lays the Outer City.

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    Tiananmen Square

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      The Tiananmen Square on the north to south axis is at the center of Beijing city. It's the largest square in the world, encompassing an area of 14 hectares, and measuring 865 meters north to south, and 500 and 370 meters east to west on the northern and southern ends respectively.

          The Five-Star Red Flag flutters high above the mid-point of the square's north side. Everyday,  at dawn and dusk, the Guards march in unison to the foot of the flagstaff to hoist or lower the National Flag, saluted with eyes by the on-lookers.

    Tiananmen Square

      The Monument to the People's Heroes towers over the center of the square. To its south lies Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall. The Chinese Revolutionary Museum and the Chinese History Museum stand to the east of the square, the Great Hall of the People to the west and the magnificent Heavenly Peace Gate Tower to the north. The Tower is adjoined on its left side by the Zhongshan Park and on the right side by the Working People's Palace of Culture. Opposite the tower in the far south is the Zhengyang Gate Tower. These fine and unique buildings arranged in perfect harmony add greater beauty and grandeur to the Tianmen Square.

      The Tiananmen Square is the people's square, where grand state ceremonies are held on important occasions.

    Tiananmen Square


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    Temple of Heaven

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          The Temple of  Heaven is located in the Chongwen district in the southern part of  Beijing. It was built in 1420 during  a time when many other important buildings were constructed in Beijing. Tiantan served as a place of ceremonies and rituals for the Ming and Qing emperors.

      The Palace of  Abstinence is located near the western entrance of the temple. Before each  ceremony, emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties held a three-day fasting period during  summer and winter festivals. The emperors spent two days fasting in the Forbidden City and completed the last day of fasting in the Palace of Abstinence.

      South of the  Echo wall stands the Altar of Heaven, built entirely of white marble. The altar  has four entrances and a flight of nine steps leading down in every direction.  At the center of the upper terrace lies a round stone surrounded by nine  concentric rings of stones.

    Temple of Heaven  

    Even the numbers  of the carved balustrades on these terraces are also multiples of nine. When you  stand in the center of the upper terrace and speak in a low voice, your voice  will echo back much louder to yourself than to others, as the sound waves are  reflected back by the marble balustrades to the focal point at the center.

      The main  building in the compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. The entire  structure was joint by wooden bars, laths and brackets, without using steel and  concrete. The four large pillars in the center are known as the Dragon Well  Pillars with each pillar representing one of the four seasons.

    Temple of Heaven tour experience the sacred past of the capital

    Temple of Heaven is a place of worshipping for Ming and Qing emperors.

    Take a tour to explore the hall of prayer, the dragon walls and the stunning greenery around the temple. Enjoy the play of colors and of number 9. Book your tour to learn more!   


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    Summer Palace

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    The Summer Palace, located ten kilometers to the northwest of Beijing, used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty emperors. It is an imperial garden known far and wide for its architectural grandeur and stunning natural beauty. It is one of the Four Most Famous Gardens in China. The construction of the Summer Palace started in 1750.

      The northern part of the Summer Palace is the 60-meter-tall Longevity Hill. Its southern part is a wide expanse of water called Kunming Lake. The whole garden covers 290  hectares, with the lake taking up four-fifths of its total area.

      Along the northern bank of Kunming Lake runs the Long Corridor with a total length of 728  meters and 273 sections.. The crossbeams of the Long Corridor are decorated with more than 8,000 color paintings with Chinese landscape and historical stories.


    Summer Palace

     The 17-arch bridge on the  southern bank of Kunming Lake is more than 150 meters long. Carved stone lions, of different sizes and postures, sit on top of the bridge's stone columns. An octagonal pavilion stands at one end of the bridge and near the pavilion lies a bronze ox with its head raised toward the lake. On the back of the ox is engraved a line from Emperor Qianlong stating that the ox is used to control flooding of the lake.

      A Ming-style street winds along a stretch of water on the back side of Longevity Hill. The Suzhou Street, 300 meters long, is lined with more than 60 shops and decorated with archways and gateways. The shops, of different shapes and sizes, are built with bluish gray tiles and bricks. The marketplace lends a folksy flavor to the imperial garden.

    Summer Palace is a fascinating ensemble of gardens, lakes and palaces

    Book a tour to the Summer Palace and experience a stunning ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. It remains to be a popular tourist destination to this day!

    The  buildings are positioned in a fashion that creates a sharp contrast to the hilly backdrop. Enjoy walking through these splendid halls and pavilions, admiring the construction and natural beauty all at once!

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    Badaling Great Wall

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      Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles northwest of urban Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 1,015 metres above sea level.

           Badaling Great Wall was built in Ming Dynasty(1505) occupying a commanding and strategic position for protecting the Juyongguan Pass ( Juyongguan section of the Great Wall ) on its south, further protecting the city of Beijing. 

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          The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone restoration, and in 1957 it was the first section of the wall opening for visiting tourists. Now it is visited annually by millions.  Badaling and the expressway were the site of the finishing circuit of the Urban Road Cycling Course in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Laps of the circuit passed through gates in the wall.


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    Ming Tombs

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         The Ming Tombs  are located in Changping district, about 50 kilometers to the northwest of  Beijing city.

      During the Ming Dynasty, there  were 14 emperors from the Yongle Reign of Zhudi to the Chongzhen Reign of  Zhuyoujian. 13 emperors had their tombs built there except Zhuqiyu (the Jingtai  Reign) who was buried at the Golden Mountain in the western suburbs of Beijing,  hence the name of the Tombs of 13 Ming Emperors (The Ming Tombs). Getting into the Mausoleum area, you first sight a stone archway  which is the largest as well as the oldest one in China. Further down the  pathway, stands the main gate (Dagong Gate) fronted by a stone tablet with the  inscription of "All Persons Inclusive of Officials Dismount here!" Inside the  Dagong Gate lies, south to north, a 750-meter-long road known as the Shendao  (Sacred Way), lined with 36 vivid stone statues of Men and Animals (in 18 pairs)  and 9 groups of 4 same statues each (two standing and two crouching). All  statues were carved out of one single block of stone. Among the 13  Ming Tombs, each located at the foot of a small hill, only the Tombs of  Changling and Dingling are open to public at present.

    Ming TombsMing Tombs

      Encompassing an area of 10  hectares, Changling, the tomb for Emperor Zhudi and his wife lies at the foot of  Tianshoushan (the Mountain of Heavenly Longevity). It comprises three courtyards  with Changling Hall, or the Lingsi Hall on par with Taihe Hall (Hall of Supreme  Harmony) of the Palace Museum, Dacheng Hall of Confucius Temple in Qufu of  Shangdong Province and Tiankuang Hall of Dai Temple at the foot of Taishan. The  Changling Hall covers an area of 1956.44 square meters, that surpassing that of  the Taihe Hall (Hall of Supreme Harmony). It is supported by 60 precious  columns, each made of a whole trunk of nanmu and remaining intact without any  protection after 500 years.

      Dingling, the  mausoleum of Emperor Zhuyijun of the Ming Dynasty and his two empresses Xiaoduan  and Xiaojing is located at the foot of Dayu Mountain. Lying 27 meters below the  surface and covering an area of 1195 square meters, the Underground Palace is  composed of 5 Chambers: the Front, the Middle, and the Rear Chambers, Left and  Right Annex Chambers. The Rear Chamber, 9.5 meters high, 30.1 meters long and  9.1 meters wide is the largest. In the Chamber, the coffin of Emperor Zhuyijun  is placed on the middle of the stone couch, with his two wives' coffins on each side. Over 3000 pieces of historical relics were unearthed from the Underground  Palace. Among them, the Gold Crown and the Phoenix Crown are the unique  treasures.

      


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    Olympic Center

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      The national Olympic sports center (hereinafter referred to as the Olympic sports center) is located in the north of Southern Beijing road, with the Olympic park, the Olympic forest park and the Olympic village on the other side of the road.

      Olympic sports center was established in July 1986, built in the 11th Asian games in 1992  and formally put into use. Olympic sports center construction covers an area of 66 hectares, the main facilities are stadium, gymnasium, YingDong natatorium, athletics, softball, tennis, hockey and football training, ball training venue,  and etc. More than a decade, as the development of China's sports foreign window, the national Olympic sports center successively held the 11th Asian games, the seventh national games and the 21st world university games and a series of major sports events and other important events.

    Olympic Center

      Olympic sports center, from the establishment, is closely associated with the development of Chinese sports enterprise's footsteps, step by step to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. A new comprehensive training venue, athletes apartment, change and expansion of the stadium, gymnasium, YingDong natatorium, hockey training, park city, green landscape are under construction with an area of 220000 square meters, total assets of about 2 billion yuan.

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    Lama Temple

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      The Lama Temple is located at the northeast corner of Beijing City. It was originally used as official residence for court eunuchs of the Ming dynasty and was converted to the royal court of Prince Yongzheng during the 33rd year (1693) of Kangxi's reign of the Qing dynasty. In the 3rd year of Yongzheng's rein (1725), it was elevated to imperial palace for short stays away from the capital with the name changed to Yonghe Palace. During the 9th year of EmperorQian Long's reign (1777), it was changed into Lama Temple.

    Lama Temple

        The dimensions of the temple are magnificent, which have five courtyards in a row. The front structural layout in the temple is bright and spacious dotted with screen walls with carved murals, lifeless things and decorated archways. The interior pavement leading to the main halls and the evergreen pine and cypress appear to be rather peaceful and secluded in the environment. The back structural layout is composed of a cluster of building, halls and pavilions intermingled with each other, with upturned eaves and ridges beautifully interwoven presenting a picturesque sight.

    Lama Temple

      Palace of the Heavenly King, Yonghe Palace, Eternal Blessing Hall, the Hall of the Wheel of the Law and Hall of boundless Happiness are the main structures. Amongst which the Hall of the Wheel of the Law is extremely imposing; the overall arrangement of its plane diagram forms a cross sign and there are five petty garrets on the ceiling decorated with small lama pagodas, which are characterized by the style of lamaism. The Hall of Boundless Happiness is the biggest building in the Lama Temple  flanked by the Hall of Everlasting Health and the Hall of Peace. They are connected by a corridor of the Suspension Hall, which form a cluster of majestic dignified buildings. In the Hall of the Boundless Happiness, stands a famous huge statue of Buddha, 26 meters high carved out of a whole piece of sandalwood; it is the biggest wood-carving Buddha in the world.

      

      

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    Shichahai

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      Located in the southwest of the Drum Tower in beautiful surroundings, Shicha Lake has a history of about 700 years in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). It assumed its present name in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Strolling along its shoreline, the visitor can appreciate the lake’s glimmering blue water, its graceful weeping willows, its twisting railings and the flower-and-tree-covered central island. Pleasure boats are available for rowing and the banks are amply provided with shady places to rest. A swimming area in the lake is open every summer.

    Shichahai

     Shichahai Scenic Zone, beginning from the Second Ring Road in the north to Ping'an Avenue in the south and from Di'anmenwai Street in the east to Xingjiekou Street in the west, is a paradise for tourists. It encompasses 146.7 hectares. The Zone is the only area in the city center where vast open waters, comprised by Xihai (West Lake), Houhaai(back or Rear Lake) and Qianhai (Front Lake ) lakes, exist. More than 40 units for protection of historical relics are located there. They include the former residence of honorary president of People's Republic of China Soong Ching Ling(1893-1981); Guo Moruo(1892-1978) Museum, which is devoted to the famous writer, poet and historian; and Guanghua Temple.

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    Bell and Drum Towers

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        The bell and drum were originally used as musical instruments in China. Afterward, however, they were used for telling time. As early as in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), there was 'a morning bell and a dusk drum'. Telling the time by bell and drum played an important role in helping people live and work regularly when there was no other means to keep track of the time. As a result, bell and drum towers became public architectures, and were widely constructed in almost every city throughout the country since the Han Dynasty. In the history of their construction, the bell and drum towers of Beijing are the largest and highest. Their layout is unique, in that they were placed fore-and-aft, not as the traditional sense of standing right-and-left horizontally.

      Lying to the north of Beijing-south axis line in Dongcheng District, the bell and drum towers are visibly prominent constructions and represent the symbol of this old city. They were built in 1272, and rebuilt twice after two fires. At one period in history they were the time-telling center of the capital city during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties (1271-1911).

    Bell Tower

    Bell Tower

      Bell Tower

      This brick and stone towers have two floors: there is an arched door on all four sides of the tower on the first floor, and you can go up to the second floor through stone stairs. The same exists on the first floor. An arched door was also built on the four sides of the second floor. Additionally, there is a stone window on each side of the four doors. Hanging on an eight-square wooden frame of the second floor, the bell in this tower is the largest and heaviest in China. It is 7.02 meters high including the pendants, with a weight of 63 tons. The bell was made of copper, and you can hear its round and clear sound from far away. The two 2-meter-long wooden logs hanging sideward are used to ring the bell.

      Drum Tower

      Located 100 meters south to the bell tower, the drum tower was placed on a 4-meter-high stone and brick base. It is 46.7 meters high, a little bit lower than the bell tower that is 47.9 meters high. This tower is also a two-storey building; the first floor contains the China Committee for the Promotion of the Minority Art. The second floor contains the exhibition area. Originally, there was one big drum and 24 smaller drums, but only the big drum remains. The method of beating the drum is to beat it quickly for 18 times and then slowly for 18 times. Altogether there are three rounds and 108 tollings. People knock the bell and the drum 108 times, because 108 times represent one year in ancient times.

    Drum Tower

    Drum Tower

     

      Telling time by ringing the bell and beating the drum was abolished after Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, left the Forbidden City. Since the New Year's Eve of 1990, the sweet sound of the bell that had disappeared for a long time began to ring out in Beijing. Being drowsy for nearly a century, the drum was also beaten again on the New Year's Eve of 2001. It has been beaten four times a day, for 15 minutes at a time since January 1st in 2002. From then on, every New Year Eve, the drum is beaten with the bell 108 times to send a blessing to the people.

      The area of the bell and drum towers has been flourishing since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), when they were just standing behind the imperial palace. It was the busy downtown district there then, full of storefronts and businesses. Thanks to the further developing of the businesses, the street in front of the drum tower became the busiest shopping street in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. During the Republican Period of China (1911-1949), many have-nots (impoverished people),along with merchants selling handcrafted items (handicraftsmen) and vendors selling snacks and local food items (snack stands) swarmed the place between the bell and drum towers, which attracted people from all walks of life at that time.Today, when visiting, you can climb onto the bell tower and drum towers to have a birds-eye view to admire the entire city, and even take part in the activity of knocking the bell and drum, appreciating all kinds of folk-customs, such as the dragon and lion dance, and other folk-custom exhibitions.

      


      

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    Hutong

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         According to experts,the word Hutong originated from Mongolian language meaning"Well". In ancient times,people tended to gather and live around wells. So the original meaning of Hutong should be"a place where people gather and live."Another explanation says that during the Yuan Dynasty,in the 13th century,residential areas in the city were divided into  many quarters.  In Mongolian language,passageways  were called Hutong. But no matter what Hutong exactly means,one thing is for sure: Hutongs first appeared in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty.

    Hu tong 

     In the early 13th century, a Mongolian tribe from the north became very strong. Led by Genghis Khan,the Mongolian occupied Beijing,the capital of the Jin Dynasty. In the year 1271,Kubla Khan,the grandson of Genghis Khan,founded the Yuan Dynasty and set Beijing as the capital city. Unfortunately,the old city was completely destroyed during the war. So they had to rebuild it. In old China,all the structures and roads were required to be symmetrical. So the city was well designed. First,they had to find a center,and then built a regular square city. The layout of the city was very much like a chessboard. About 50 residential areas were constructed,with straight roads and Hutongs in between. At the time,there was a clear definition for avenue,street and Hutong. A 37-metre-wide road was called an avenue,an 18-metre-wide one was called a street,and a 9-metre-wide lane was called a Hutong. Most of today's Hutong were formed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties that followed.

    Hu tong


    Hutongthe Chinese narrow streets

    Why book a Hutong tour to explore these streets?.

    Beijing has some of the most mesmerizing architectural masterpieces.

    Walk around these historical streets which patterned to fit a square city. You’ll find the reflection of the great Chinese dynasties!


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    The Sacred Way

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        The Sacred Way, affiliated with the Ming Tombs, is a main road leading to all the tombs in this area. The road, seven kilometers long, has a stone memorial arch, Great Red Gate , a stele pavilion, stone statues and the Dragon and Phoenix Gate.
      The Sacred Ways of Ming Tombs' is best preserved and most complete. It starts with a huge stone memorial archway lying at the front of the area.  Farther in, the Stele Pavilion can be seen. Inside it, there lies a 50-ton tortoise carrying a stone tablet. A white marble Huabiao (ornamental pillar) is positioned at each corner of the stele pavilion. At the top of each is stationed a mythical beast facing either inward or outward, expressing hope that the emperor will neither cling to the palace nor forget to return to the Palace to handle state affairs. Then there are two Roof Pillars on each side of the road, the surfaces are carved with the cloud design, and tops are shaped like a rounded cylinder. After the 18 pairs of stone statues which are all sculpted from whole stones, and larger than life size, comes the Dragon and Phoenix Gate.
      The stone memorial arch serves as a preface to the divine way. Built in 1540 A.C. during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.C.), the arch is the largest and earliest of its kind. The arch, 14 meters high and 29 meters wide, has six poles and five archways. Designs of kylins (a legendary mascot), lions, dragons and mythical beasts are gracefully embossed on its surface.
      The Great Red Gate with three archways is the main gate of the whole imperial cemetery. A stele stands on each side of the gate with an inscription reading 'Officials must dismount from horses', which demonstrates the supremacy of the imperial power.

      The stone statues along the sacred way are altogether 36, with 24 stone animals and 12 stone human figures. There are 6 kinds of animals, 4 in each group. The first group of animal is lion in the front, followed by camel, elephant, qilin and horse. They are in pairs; one pair is standing and the other pair is kneeling down. The stone human figures are: 4 military officers, 4 civil officials and 4 meritorious officials. The stone statues were put here served as ceremonial guards. Lingxing gate is also known as dragon and phoenix gate, it is located at the end of the road of the stone statues. The gate here represents the heavenly gate, it means by going through this gate he would be able to ascend to heaven. The 13 tombs are behind this gate.

    The Scared Way

  • 11 day lovely romantic honeymoon tour to Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze river and Shanghai.

    11 day lovely romantic honeymoon tour to Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze river and Shanghai.

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    Price : from USD 1979

  • 4 Days Yangtze River Cruise

    4 Days Yangtze River Cruise

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  • 6 Days Xian and Yangtze Cruise Tour

    6 Days Xian and Yangtze Cruise Tour

    On this tour experience the Terra-Cotta Warriors, Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall and a Dumpling Dinner in Xian, a city with rich historical relics. You also get to explore Chongqi Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town in Chongqing. Then later have the chance to enjoy the luxurious tranquility of the Yangtze cruise boat during your journey down the majestic Yangtze River. Pass through the Three Gorges region as your boat glides from Chongqing to Yichang. The shore excursions take you close to landmarks including Fengdu Ghost City, Three Gorges Dam; Shibaozhai and Shennong Stream.Your tour ends from Yichang Museum in Yichang. You are served with deluxe accommodation, all meals, shore excursions and informative commentary about China’s long history and the region’s natural beauty.

    Price : from USD 695

  • 6 Days Yangtze River Cruise Tour with Research Base of Giant Panda visiting

    6 Days Yangtze River Cruise Tour with Research Base of Giant Panda visiting

    Delve into the unique world of China during this magnificent Yangtze River cruise which offers the best facilities, delicious food, excursions and cruising experience. Pass along the breathtaking Three Gorges during the cruise, experience the shore excursion including Shibaozhai Pagoda and Shennong Stream. Besides, explore the Research Base of cute and cuddly giant Pandas, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park, Jinli Ancient street and Yichang Museum.   

    Price : from USD 699

  • 8 Days Beijing & Yangtze Cruise Tour

    8 Days Beijing & Yangtze Cruise Tour

    In the tour, you experience UNESCO world heritage Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall, the Sacred Way to Chang tomb,and Summer Palace. Besides you explore Bell and Drum Towers, Hutong area, family courtyard in Shichahai area, Lama Temple, National Centre for the Performing Arts and Beijing Olympic Center. The same time, you taste the famous Peking Roast Duck in Beijing. The next, set sail along China’s longest river on this Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. Soak up the scenery as you glide downstream, passing the Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling gorges, and the famous Three Gorges Dam. Hop off along the way to explore the ghost town of Fengdu, admire the Shibaozhai pagoda and enjoy a small-boat cruise down the Shen Nv Stream. This luxury tour includes accommodation, meals and entertainment on-board, plus selected shore excursions. Besides, you visit the Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town.   

    Price : from USD 1118

  • 4 Days Yangtze River Gorges Cruise tour-a floating holiday shuttle among green hills and blue waters

    4 Days Yangtze River Gorges Cruise tour-a floating holiday shuttle among green hills and blue waters

    Immerse yourself in the scenery and history of one of China’s most popular regions aboard Yangtze River cruise that travels from Chongqing to Yichang. Enjoy the ship’s luxurious amenities while taking in sights along the majestic Yangtze River, passing through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge and Three little gorges. Take daily shore excursions to Fengdu Ghost City, Three Gorges Dam or simply relax on board as you listen to informative commentary about the region throughout the tour.  

    Price : from USD 539

  • 5 Days Tour of Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise-Chongqing

    5 Days Tour of Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise-Chongqing

    Immerse yourself in the scenery and history of one of China’s most popular regions aboard a Yangtze River cruise that travels from Chongqing to Yichang. Enjoy your ship’s luxurious amenities while taking in the sights along the majestic Yangtze River, passing through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge,and Three Little Gorges. Take daily shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda and Three Gorges Dam and an optional tour to Chongqing Zoo and the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell or simply relax on board the cruise boat. China captivates its compelling blend of ancient stories and ethereal natural backdrops of juxtaposing delights.

    Price : from USD 589

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