The Imperial China Route
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The Imperial China Route
Go Tour China Red Line starts from Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square. Walk through the square to visit the National Museum, the nation’s treasure containing Chinese culture and history master pieces.
In the afternoon, our Guide will accompany you to visit The Forbidden City and a climb up to the Jinshan Hill in Jinshan Park to take a bird’s eye view of the golden roof tops. The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty from 1420 to 1912. It served as the home of Emperors and their households as well as being the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years.
Watch a live Beijing Opera Show, the most famous of Chinese culture
We will start the day at the Changling Mausoleum, the largest, oldest and also best-preserved tomb in the Ming Tombs. In the afternoon, we will head to Badaling, the Great Chinese Wall. Take a cable car to broaden your view of this imposing wonder and enjoy the natural landscape. Take a picture at the most beautiful point. Later there’s time to rest from your climb, while we drive you back to Beijing city. The next stop is the Beijing Olympic Stadium (Bird Nest and Water Cube), completely new architecture styles especially designed for Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Watch Live Martial Arts show, a display of Chinese Kung fu.
Today, we will continue exploring highlights of Beijing, starting from The Summer Palace. It is an enormous park with pavilions, temples, among lakes and surrounded by hills. It is a good idea for you to climb the hill or take a scroll in the gardens; it is a charming place to explore before taking a dragon styled boat tour on Kunming lake.
After lunch, following up is The Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. And then take a walk at The Old Beijing Hutong Area where you have an opportunity to look into ordinary people’s life.
After breakfast, we will drive to Tianjin, one of four municipalities in China. Upon arrival, our tour guide will accompany you for a walk through Tianjin’s Ancient Cultural Street.
Deliberately recreating past times, you will be surrounded by Chinese traditional culture and life of the past. In the afternoon, we will visit Garden of Serenity. Belonging to the mansion owned by the Last Emperor of Qing Dynasty, Puyi , its garden is a beautiful mix of Spanish and Japanese style architecture. After that, we will visit the Five Great Avenues, a British Settlement of Tianjin. Despite the known trials and hardship experienced, the place has still kept the original form and character showing Tianjin’s cosmopolitan city culture as experienced by the centennial generation.
Taste a Goubuli Baozi (steamed meat-filled bun), a local delicacy you should not skip when visiting Tianjin.
Highlight of Go Tour China’s Red Line is a visit to the First Teaching Hospital at the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is no better place to learn about traditional Chinese acupuncture techniques, stop inside the pharmacy and learn about the history of traditional Chinese medicine in the museum displays.
Afterwards, we will head to a small town, Yang Liu Qing for lunch and admire the Shi Courtyard, the former residence of Shi Yuanshi, fourth son of Shi Wan Cheng, one of eight great masters of Tianjin. Shi courtyard shows the unique Han architecture style popular during the Qing Dynasty. For art lovers, our tour-guide can take you to visit one of the painting studios of Yangliuqing Folk Painting, where you can see how paintings are produced. Yangliuqing Folk Painting is one of the three famous New Year Pictures in China, which first appeared in Yangliuqing Town, west suburb of Tianjin in 17th century. They are special because they combine block print with coloured hand drawing. This tradition was passed down from the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties.
In the afternoon, we transfer back to Tianjin-city where we visit the Italian-style street. Strolling down this street, you may feel like being in an Italian ancient town replica! During the evening, take some free time on the Nanshi Grocery Street where local snacks come in a variety of flavours, ready for you to taste or bring home as authentic souvenirs.
Take a cruise on the Haihe River Boat Cruiseto explore Tianjin at a relaxed pace.
We depart early this morning to Chengde. Chengde Mountain Resort is China’s largest imperial garden and is twice the size of Beijing’s Summer Palace. Its construction spanned nearly ninety years under the Emperor Kangxi in 1703 and lasted until the greater part of Emperor Qianlong’s reign. The Imperial Summer Villa often saw use as a second capital as Kangxi set a precedent followed by Qianlong and a succession of other Qing emperors of spending much of the year at this unrivalled garden. In 1994, the Imperial Summer Villa became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After breakfast, the tour-guide will escort you to the Putuo Zongcheng Temple. Part of the "Eight Outer Temples" in Chengde, it is also part of the World Heritage List along with the Chengde Mountain Resort we visited yesterday. The temple was modelled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama which was built a century earlier. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square meters (2,4 million sq.ft.) making it one of the largest temples in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold roof tiles adding to the splendour of this heavenly destination. At noon we transfer back to Beijing.
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