Beijing is so much more than those famous spots listed in the guidebooks and the city is full of fascinating secrets and hidden gems waiting to be uncovered! Follow us and get a different perspective on the city beyond the beaten track in both the old and the modern Beijing unreachable by tour buses. Meet the locals at eye level, taste local snacks in the back streets of old neighbourhoods and make stops at the places upon your request. We promise you a great start on your Beijing adventure with this combined arrival package and urban adventure – way behind the scene!
Included: Meals: 3x breakfast at hostel/hotel
Accommodation: 3-night accommodation according to your choice of budget or comfort (see “Type of Accommodation”)
Entrance fees: Kung Fu Show ticket
Transport: Arrival transfer on Day1, bike rental and subway ticket
English speaking tour guide: Included for 1-hour orientation walking tour around your hotel if your arrival before 2pm. 1-Day guided bicycling city tour and 1-Day Modern Art and Tech tour. Not included: · Tips to guide
· Lunch and dinner (meals other than those stated above)
· Entrance tickets on Day 2 & Day 3
· Personal expenses
· Travel Insurance (compulsory)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· The perfect introduction to life in Beijing and Chinese culture providing the comfort of an arrival package and the benefit of tours showing Beijing behind the scene
· See both the modern and old parts of Beijing including some of the highlights and a lot of the hidden gems
· Do as the locals do – go by foot, bike and local transport to places that the tour busses doesn’t come
Day 1 : Arrival Beijing
Greeted at the airport/train station by driver and transferred to the centrally located hotel, Beijing Jade International Youth hostel for budget level and Soluxe Courtyard Hotel for tourist level. Join the 1- hour orientation walk hosted by our English speaking staff to get familiar with the surroundings of your hotel and get some basic travel tips about China if your arrival before 2pm.
Day 2 : Beijing
Full day biking tour through the narrow back streets of the old part of Beijing, to explore the real local things beaten the crowds, pass by Lama Temple, highest academy of Imperial Learning, Nan Luoguxiang Hutong, "Ghost Street"– a 24-hour food street, Houhai Lake areas, Jingshan Park – the hilltop is a great place to have a bird's View of Imperial Palace, Tiananmen Square, "the Egg" - National Theater and the Exhibition hall of urban planning and construction, Qianmen Street- the oldest and most famous business street. You can stop in for a visit at any spots you are interested ( the entrance fee on your own); ride back to your hotel by evening. (B)
Day 3: Beijing
Full-day Modern Art & Tech tour: In the morning, head for the Northwestern part of Beijing by subway. This part of the city is known as China's Silicon Valley with many of the notable universities and the most important and largest high-tech companies, as well as lots of large electronic products markets. On the way, will stop at Beijing Zoo to witness the lovely Giant Panda Bears, a campus tour of Peking University and visit the Hailong Electronic Product Market. In the afternoon a photo stop at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Parks and get a close look at the Bird's Nest & Water Cube (exterior views), a masterpiece of modern architecture. Then go to the "798" Art Zone, which is a thriving artistic community rebuilt from abandoned military factory complex of unique architectural style, often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SOHO. Get back to hotel in the later afternoon; enjoy Kongfu show in a local theatre at 19:15pm (Show ticket will be provided in advance , but round transfer to theatre is on your own arrangement ). (B)
Day 4: Beijing
Check out time before 12:00 noon if you don't book extension staying here. (B)
· Fascinating secrets and hidden gems of Beijing
· Visit the old back streets and modern neighborhoods
· Get closer to local life way beyond the beaten track
Children age: No children price, same as adult
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 6 years, due to the size of bikes
Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel
Local public means of transportation: Public bus, subway, bicycle and by foot
Beijing has four seasons and we generally recommend spring, summer and autumn as the best times to visit. Heavy rain may be expected during the rainy season (July - August).
Winter is normally cold with temperature around or below 0 degrees. As a consequence, some alterations to tours may be expected and the experience and view at the Great Wall is better at other times of the year.