Meet your local WildChina guide • Begin your Beijing adventure in style as WildChina arranges private access to the concept store and gallery of Ma Ke's fashion house, Wuyong.
Beijing's Past & Future
Like New York in the '20s, Beijing is set to define the 21st century. Explore its palaces and temples, discover hidden courtyard homes alongside modern architectural wonders, get to grips with calligraphy and contemporary art, dine on divine duck, and conquer China's Ming-era Great Wall.
About This Trip
Beijing is China's past, present, and future. The country's capital is a testament to China's illustrious imperial past, its unforeseen rapid development, and a future that holds incredible potential. Proud historical palaces rub shoulders with luxurious shopping malls and construction sites can be found on nearly every street corner. Beijing has changed beyond recognition in the 21st century, but the city still retains remnants of its past in the form of ancient hutong alleys, traditional courtyard residences, and imperial wonders. This five-day trip will show you the best of the figurative heart of the Middle Kingdom that is Beijing.
What we love
- Going behind the scenes by gaining exclusive access to an Emperor's former childhood home in the Forbidden City
- Sitting on top of the Great Wall with a majestic view of one of the wonders of the world winding its way off into the distance
- Wandering through the Temple of Heaven, a historical park filled with religious buildings where locals gather to pass the time
Gaze across Tiananmen Square • Enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for five hundred years • Hike up jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Uncover a treasure trove of Qing Dynasty curios in the Temple Hotel • Get lost in Beijing's hutongs • Wander through the popular imperial neighborhoods around Houhai Lake and try some of Beijing's unusual local snacks • Savor a Peking duck dinner in one of Beijing's oldest kaoya restaurants
Drive out of the city to Mutianyu, a beautifully restored section of the Great Wall. • Here you will hike along the wall and gaze in awe at Ming-era watchtowers and fortresses snaking across verdant hills • Pop a bottle of champagne on top of a Great Wall watchtower • Delve into the heart of Beijing's contemporary art scene at the 798 or Caochangdi Art District
Start the day practicing taiji (tai chi) with a master in the Temple of Heaven. • Pick up unique souvenirs on Luilichang market street, known for its traditional Chinese stone dwellings housing, traditional craftwork, artistry, and antiques. • Depart Beijing
- All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
- All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
- All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
- All services of WildChina English-speaking guide(s)
- All accommodations, based on double-occupancy and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax
- Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip
What's Not Included:
- International & domestic flights and relevant taxes
- Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
- Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance
- Meals apart from those included in the itinerary and alcohol
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
- Discretionary gratuities for guides and chauffeurs
, May 2019
We just completed a tour of Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi'an arranged by WildChina. The guides, the drivers and vehicles were all first rate and the care and attention paid by staff members was beyond expectations. The itinerary planning help was great and I cannot say enough about the guides communication skills, their attention to our needs, and constant dialogue with us during our trip. WildChina made our trip memorable.
C., Apr 2019
This was a superb trip. We are experienced travelers, and were extremely impressed by how well thought out this itinerary was. Jerry Dong in Beijing, Jessica Zhu in Xi'an, and Ariel Wang in Shanghai were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, flexible, and people we wanted to spend time with.
Our guide Frank Shan in Yunnan was a treasure and so kind. He immersed us in the daily life of Dali and Shaxi. We were welcomed into homes, enjoyed tea and a number of meals with local Bai villagers, and experienced village life (while staying in lovely accommodations). It was hard to say goodbye to him – he touched our hearts. Mei Zhang, the founder of WildChina, is from this part of Yunnan Province, and we felt as if we had been welcomed into her home town.
The planning, the pacing, the guides, and the thoughtfulness of this trip surpassed any we have taken. We worked with Fann Fang, one of WhildChina's travel designers. She took care of every single detail.
Cannot recommend WildChina enough - this trip in a complicated and beautiful country like China was a truly rich, meaningful and many layered experience. The best of what travel could be.
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L.W., Mar 2019
We just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed being driven around by Mr. Lin. He was such a good driver and we were constantly amazed how well he navigated Beijing's crazy traffic!
Fred is a treasure! He is so knowledgable and flexible! He was a true lifesaver today as our granddaughter developed stomach trouble as we reached the train station and needed a toilet. He was so fast acting and used his own money to get us into the business lounge so she could get to the toilet as quickly as possible. He also went down to the track with us to make sure we got on the right train and right car and were able to get our luggage stored. We have large suitcases so was not very easy to find a place for them. He then contacted our guide in Xi'an to let him know we needed a porter to meet us at the train and help us with luggage. Everything went so smoothly.
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