Beijing is the heart of China for more than 800 Years. It is the political, economic and cultural center of the middle kingdom since the Yuan Dynasty. The classical imperial sights side by side with the most sophisticated and impressive 21 architecture make Beijing not only the most interesting and dynamic place in the new emerging China but probably in the entire world.
We as Beijingers for the last 12 years recommend our guests to combine between new and old and between the extra high end and the most simple and common Beijing can offer.
Day 1 : Imperial Glory
We start the day in the the center of the supreme imperial power : the Temple of Heaven. We will come early morning to visit the historical sight cause we will probably enjoy even more joining the local folk in practicing Tai Qi and other traditional arts.
From Temple of Heaven we will go to the new renovated Qian Men area to enjoy the old commercial charm of ancient Beijing, after strolling and eating a sample of Beijing street food we will go to visit the Urban planning museum where we will learn about the history of Beijing while watching 3D movies.
After crossing the largest square in the world Tian An Men we go straight to the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world the place from where the mighty emperors of Ming and Qing ruled the great empire of China.
From the southern gate of the Forbidden city will walk to Bei Hai park, climb to the Tibetan temple on the top of the hill to take look of the forbidden city from above.
Later will go down to have dinner in the Imperial restaurant by the lake.
When night falls we will go to the fabulous night market of Wang Fu Jing.
Day 2 : Trek in the Great Wall
We take our guests to the most beautiful part of the wall in the proximity of Beijing : the Simatai great wall .
In Simatai we do a few hours trek in the only part of the Great Walls that still has the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty.
We climb few of the 15 watchtowers which were constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain and in the summer even go swimming in the lake that separate the western and eastern parts of the wall.
When we arrive late evening to Beijing we go to one of the old bath houses for a foot massage and an observation by a Chinese Dr.
Day 3 : The Vibe of the city
In the morning we travel to the summer place where we go to the less crowded and more peaceful parts of the huge park, for breakfast we go to one of the authentic food markets near by to try local cuisine.Our next stop is the Olympic village for only 15 minutes t and from there we go to old Beijing Hutongs to experience the traditional local life of Lao Beijing ,we will also visit the Confucius temple and the The Imperial College where we can learn about the Imperial exam system.
From there we will go to the silk market the Mecca of shopping for foreign tourists in China and in the evening we will watch an acrobats show.
Day 4 : The contemperery Beijing
We will start the morning in the egg the amazing new preforming art hall in Beijing, when we done will go to the most hype marketplace for Beijing trendy youth : the Xidan market.
In Xidan we will have a Chinese fast food lunch and after we will travel to the flee market to buy some old fake Chinese antics.
In the evening we will go to Soho and the the new bar in Gu Mao to look down on the city from the 88 floor and from there will celebrate all night long in Beijing night life district Sanlitun.
The writer is David Galil from Egroll Tours. For further information and tours:
Photos: Yoav Vollansky
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