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Beijing Central Axis Walking tour



 BJ-70(Not running on Monday Except July and August)


Walk along the central axis of Beijing extending from Tian'anmen squareto the Bell and Drum Towers, The walking Tour will passby the The Forbidden City and  The Coal Hill park,to enjoying a walking tour with our experienced, friendly and fun tour guide.

The Central Axis is the best preserved core area of the old city of Beijing. The Central Axis of Beijing is 7.8 kilometers long starting in the south of the city from the Yongding Gate, running across the Zhengyang Gate, Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Jingshan Hill, and ending with the Drum Tower and Bell Tower in the north.

The Central Axis of Beijing" witnesses the major changes in Chinese society and values in the last eight centuries.




Depart your hotel(Time is flexible)
Your exploration begins with a visit  to  the world’s largest public areas—Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the Tian'anmen  gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years.Walk around the Forbidden City,to the north gate,when you walking you can enjoy the view of the watch tower and moat of the Palace.
The Forbidden City was the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the middle of Beijing,, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.
The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world
Contunue to The Coall Hill Park to enjoy the whole view of The Forbidden City
The 45.7-metre high artificial hill was constructed in the Yongle era of the Ming Dynasty entirely from the soil excavated in forming the moats of the Imperial Palace and nearby canals. It is especially impressive when one considers that all of this material was moved only by manual labor and animal power. Jingshan consists of five individual peaks, and on the top of each peak there lies an elaborate pavilion. These pavilions were used by officials for gathering and leisure purposes. These five peaks also draws the approximate historical axis of central Beijing.
Stop at a local restaurant for lunch
To the Drum Tower,Watch the Drum beaten performance(the last performance is at 4:50pm) at the Drum tower,then take the rickshaw to explore the local allays,you will visit a local family to see the courtyard as well.Bell tower have an interesting teahouse, if you want to learn the tea culture this is an option
The Drum Tower was built in 1272 during the reign of Kublai Khan, at which time it stood at eh very heart of the Yuan capital Dadu. At that time it was known as the Tower of Orderly Administration (Qizhenglou). In 1420, under the Ming Emperor Yongle, the building was reconstructed to the east f the original site and in 1800 under the Qing Emperor Jiaqing, large-scale renovations were carried out. In 1924, the name of the building was changed to the Tower of Realizing Shamefulness (Mingchilou) and objects related tot eh Eight-Power Allied Forces' invasion of Beijing and later the May 30th Massacre of 1925 were put on display. Nowadays, the upper story of the building serves as the People's Cultural Hall of the East City District.
Take the rickshaw along the Hutong allay and visit a local family in their courtyard home,to see how the local's living condition
.Return to your  hotel 



DEPARTURE TIME & LOCATION
PICK-UP LOCATION
The pick up location is in your hotel's lobby,your guide will hold a sign with your name writen on

Notes
It's a heavy day with a lot of walking. So be sure to wear comfortable shoes and have a good sleep the day before
This is an exclusive private day Tour. Once your tour is confirmed, that tour will no longer be available to anyone else except for your own traveling party.
The walking tour only with the English speaking guide,the guide can meet you in your downtown hotel's lobby,then you either taxi or subway to the start point--tian'anmen square,you pay your own transportation,and entrance fee to all the sites if you require to go inside the site,otherwise the walking tour only passby the sites
The Tour is around 6-8 hours,if you want to extend the tour after 8 hours,it is 100rmb(15USD)per hour for our English speaking Tour guide

From January 1st, 2014, the Forbidden City will be closed on every Monday (except the public holidays and July 1 – Aug.31) for the examination and maintenance of the ancient palace architecture and the cultural relics.


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Travelling Party Tour Cost Per Person with English Speaking Guide 
1 Person $150
2 Persons $90
3 Persons $75
4 Persons $70
5 Persons $65
6 Persons $60
7 persons  $55
8 Persons $50
9 Persons $45
10 persons and above Please contact us for detailed quotation



Experienced Tour Guide
Entrance fee to the Forbidden City,Coal hill park,Drum tower 
Hutong Rickshaw ride and Hutong Courtyard family visit
Chinese Lunch 


Accommondation
Gratuities to your tour guide and driver
Personal cost
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance
Transportation to and Back to your Hotel
From January 1st, 2014, the Forbidden City will be closed on every Monday (except the public holidays and July 1 – Aug.31) for the examination and maintenance of the ancient palace architecture and the cultural relics.


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