Designed as a pre-tour to Hong Kong Art Week, Beijing and Taipei, this tour can be booked on its own.
Suggested departure from Australia on Qantas or Cathay Pacific flights to Beijing. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, centrally located in Wangfujing District, near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Your exploration of Beijing begins at Tiananmen Square, the vast Qing-era national plaza on which the People’s Republic of China was declared and so much of China’s history has been played out. Visit the National Museum of China, which combines the collections of the erstwhile Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution.
After a break for lunch, enjoy a visit to Beihai Park, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in Beijing.
Tonight, enjoy a taste of Beijing, with dinner at a local restaurant.
In the morning, visit the awe-inspiring Forbidden City Museum. Built between 1406 and 1420, the Forbidden City was the imperial seat of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and was latterly converted into a national museum.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Beijing, and in the afternoon visit Gulou and Zhonglu, the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower, two impressive structures that dominated the capital’s skyline for hundreds of years.
Afterwards, visit a local market hidden in the narrow laneways (hutong) that give old Beijing its distinctive character.
Begin with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, constructed by the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, and visited by successive emperors to invoke the blessing of Heaven for a bountiful harvest. Afterwards, there is the opportunity to visit Beijing’s famous Pearl Market in Hongqiao, whose sumptuous selection of jewellery is unrivalled in China.
Time at leisure to further explore Beijing’s abundance of shopping, cultural and historical attractions. Tonight, you may like to attend a performance at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
24 January 2018
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.
Qantas or Cathay Pacific
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Taiwan.
All foreigners require a visa to visit the People’s Republic of China. Renaissance Tours will assist you in your visa application.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in centrally located superior four-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Visa for People’s Republic of China
- Airport/hotel transfer on arrival in Beijing
- Comprehensive sightseeing including entrance fees as per itinerary
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International flights Australia – Beijing
- Airport porterage
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Beijing – Regent Beijing *****
NB: Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.