Enjoy a full day tour where you will see the ancient side of Beijing as well as its new Olympic sites. Sit on a rickshaw and explore the hutongs to experience the real life of the locals. Climb up to the Jingshan park to have a bird’s view of the center of Beijing. See the lovely pandas at the zoo, visit the Lama Temple and learn about silk at a silk factory shop.
Your English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby between 7am and 8:30am. The first stop of the tour is the Beijing Zoo where you can see the lovely giant pandas. You have about 40 minutes to enjoy at the panda zoo, ensuring you have plenty of time to take pictures.
The next stop is the Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest. During this 45 minute visit, you can walk around and also check out the Water Cube, where the water sports took place during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, the tour guide will assist you in buying the tickets (at your own expense).
Following the Olympic area, you will visit the Lama Temple, a mysterious Tibetan-style Buddhist temple. Then you will enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch with locals in a local-style Beijing house. Once you finish your meal, you will take a rickshaw and ride the old Beijing lanes - called hutongs - for a pleasant experience to discover ancient Beijing.
Then you will drive to the Jingshan park, a former imperial garden in the north of the Forbidden City. From this hill you can have a wonderful view of Beijing. Finally, you will visit a silk shop where you can do some shopping - a great opportunity to get gifts for your relatives back home. When the tour concludes, you will be transferred back to your hotel.