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Beijing Private Culture Experience with Imperial Lunch/Dinner

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  • Day Trip
  • Private Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • Live Guide
  • 8 hr

Take a deep dive into the Chinese culture in this private tour, which includes lunch/dinner at the city's oldest imperial restaurant inside Beihai Park. You will visit Temple of Heaven, Drum and Bell Tower, Jingshan Park, Liulichang Street and Yandaixiejie Street. Riding a boat across Beihai Lake, explore Hutongs by rickshaw, and learn a traditional Chinese Handicraft in a private family home.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Temple of Heaven

After pickup from your hotel, travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to your first stop: the Temple of Heaven. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO-listed complex, whose origins date to the 15th century. See the ornate altars and halls, and hear how China's Ming and Qing emperors performed rituals and sacrifices here to ensure bountiful crops. Stroll around the gardens to see Beijing’s older citizens socializing, singing, and performing tai chi.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Liulichang Street

Then drive on to Liulichang Street, a lane lined with grey-stoned Qing-style (1644-1911) buildings housing antique book, curio, and art shops.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)

View some of the artisans at work, and then visit royal Jingshan Park to enjoy bird’s-eye views of the Forbidden City and downtown Beijing. Learn how China’s last Ming emperor hanged himself here in 1644 as enemy forces neared the city

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)

Then continue to Behai Park, home to Fangshan, Beijing’s oldest imperial restaurant. Admire the richly decorated interior and enjoy a sumptuous lunch/Dinner featuring dishes once favored by the Qing-era emperors.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bell and Drum Towers

Continue to the nearby Bell and Drum Towers, and watch the famous drum-beating ceremony that recalls how the original drum in the Drum Tower was beaten to mark the time in imperial days. Lastly, ride a rickshaw through a hutong to a traditional family home. Here, learn a handicraft like calligraphy, clay sculpture, mask or snuff bottle painting, Chinese yoyo, or paper-cutting — having selected your preferred craft on booking your tour.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes