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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
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Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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Yuan Ming Yuan Tips (6)

Use Your Imagination At The Old Summer Palace

Favorite thing The original Summer Palace was located southeast of the current Summer Palace and just north of Peking University's campus. Construction began in the early Qing dynasty (1709) and took nearly 150 years to complete.
It was completely looted and destroyed in 1860 by British and French troops in a 3 day pillaging party during the Opium War. All that remains is a few columns and and scattered piles of marble rubble.

Fondest memory Since the Summer Palace was rebuilt at its present location overlooking Kunming Lake, the Chinese have been wondering what should be added to the original site to make it more attractive as a tourist destination.
They rebuilt the maze and also constructed a nearby paintball range. However when a group of foreign tourists from 8 countries decided to gather together to re-enact the invasion of Beijing in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion, local authorities forced the paintball range to move to the suburbs of Changping county.
The maze is still there, and a southern reproduction of the labyrinth replica can now also be found in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.

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Confucius
Sep 29, 2006

Yuan Ming Park

Favorite thing Yuan Ming Park

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Another massive royal park, but was ruined in Qing Dynasty.

There's a long story behine this ruin which was happened in the most black age of China. If you're from Europe/US, I hope you won't be proud of the outrage what your ancestor did for China!!

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JUNLI
Aug 25, 2002

Yuan-Ming-Yuan (Yuanming...

Favorite thing Yuan-Ming-Yuan (Yuanming Garden). After walking through the Western Palace, we decided to follow the map (showned in the museum) to look for the Chinese style wooden build palace. We climb over the forbidden signboard, walked up a hill, and here is what we found.... a dead forest without tourist... OH! We lost our way back!

Fondest memory Our shoes were full of mud, pants sticked with dried grass and sticks, damn tired!!! Finally, we found our way back to the Western Palace. Perhaps nobody will ever think that 3 stupid girls will try to search for the wooden palace, it was blocked from tourist area! Well... the feeling of being 'adventurist' was funny!

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vigi
Aug 24, 2002

Yuan-Ming-Yuan (Old Summer...

Favorite thing Yuan-Ming-Yuan (Old Summer Palace). This beauty and delux French designed palace was built in 1707, during the war in 1860, British and French destroyed the palace and robbed most of the treasures. I was sitting on part of the left behind palace.

Fondest memory The ruins of Yuan-Ming-Yuan reminded me the horror of war... The king spent so much money & manpower to build this luxury palace, but we were totally undeveloped and uneducated to defend our country! So sad...

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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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Yuanming Garden lies on the...

Favorite thing Yuanming Garden lies on the northwestern outskirts of the city, north of Beijing University and only 500m from the Summer Palace. It was built during the Qing Dynasty over a period of 150 years and included three gardens: Yuanming Yuan, Changchun Yuan and Qichun Yuan. They were laid out seperately, yet in a way so that they complement each other harmoniously. The area covered about 340 hectares. The peaks of the Western hills formed the background; the hills and lakes were man-made. Countless springs flowed, feeding small canals winding their way through lovely valleys. White marble bridges spanned the water here and there. +Palaces stood amidst emerald green woods; so did halls, pavilions and temples. Some of them linked by covered walkways.

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Aug 24, 2002

I don't kmow if there are any...

Favorite thing I don't kmow if there are any people know 'Yuanminyuan' and the history.In 1860,the time when the Qing Empire was at it's weakest point,Beijing was takend by the Britain and Franch Army.It's a great pity that the armies set a fire to the 'Yuanminyuan',which was even bigger and more magnificent than the 'Summer Palace'.The Chinese and European style buildings died out in the fire,leaving only ruins today.

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Aug 24, 2002

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Beihai Park

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Church of the Saviour - North Church - XiShiKu Church

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Jingshan Park

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Forbidden City - The Palace Museum

A very serious advice: Pay attention to every detail of the explanation done by your guide (person or book), during the visit: that way you will find out that "peace and harmony" is the dominant...
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Back Lakes - Hou Hai

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Nanluoguxiang

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