Take in the highlights of Beijing, including the Great Wall, on this private day trip with flight from Shanghai. Amble around the restored Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China with your professional private guide. After a traditional Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, visit Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City – you’ll be amazed by the historical and cultural riches to be found in this capital of the People's Republic of China!
You get a feel for Chinese history at this lesser-known part of the Great Wall, away from the tourist crowds. In the Forbidden City, pay attention to the detailed designs on the rooftops of each house – they’re quite unique.After pickup from your Shanghai hotel, transfer to the Shanghai airport for your flight to Beijing. When you land at the Beijing airport, your local guide and driver will be waiting for you and will transport you by private, air-conditioned vehicle to begin your full-day tour of China’s capital.The first stop on your tour is Tian'anmen Square – framed by the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its portrait of Mao Zedong, Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum. Hear an overview from your guide about China's communist history as you tour Tian'anmen's grounds, halls and monuments.From here, enjoy a short walk to the Forbidden City and its Imperial Palace Museum, with a peek at each Chinese dynasty represented in four palatial halls. See ancient treasures from thousands of years of history in this former home of China’s imperial rulers. Admire the maze of palaces, gardens and stunning courtyards as your guide informs you about China’s imperial history.Afterward, enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch served at a nearby establishment.Then the less-crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, located 56 miles (90 km) from Beijing. Take in spectacular views surrounding the Mutianyu Great Wall, which stretches 3,370 miles (6,000 km) westward from the mountain ridges north of Beijing, and learn how the Great Wall of China was originally built more than 2,000 years ago to ward off Hun intruders from the north. Tour end, transfer to the airport for your return flight. You will be greeted on arrival in Shanghai and driven safely back to your hotel just in time for a good night’s sleep.