Tianjin (Beijing), People's Republic of China
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2 days / 1 night
Meals not included
The Great Wall
"In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance."Day 1 (L/D)
Travel by motor coach to the youngest of China’s Imperial Cities, and the capital of modern China, Beijing.
First, visit the Temple of Heaven -- an outstanding example of simple but impressive Imperial architecture, set in a beautiful park that is an oasis in the city. This will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, tour the Forbidden City -- a vast ‘city within a city’ and a sprawling complex that includes temples and Imperial houses, including a harem built to house the Emperor’s concubines.
Then, you will head to famous and infamous Tian’anmen Square, the largest gathering spot in the world. Families flock here in the late afternoon to fly kites and exercise in the enormous open space.
Check in at your hotel, and this evening there is an added bonus -- you’ll be treated to a feast of traditional Peking duck, right here in modern Peking!
Day 2 (B/L)
Begin today’s sightseeing adventure with a hearty hotel breakfast; then set out to discover the mysteries of the Ming Tombs in the hills outside Beijing. The most famous of these is the Chang Ling Tomb whose mound has not yet been excavated.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Continue to China’s most spectacular structure and most recognizable landmark -- the Great Wall. Running from the sea to the Gobi Desert, this awesome monument to tyranny and separatism is a stark reminder of China’s ruthless Imperial history.
Heading along the coast towards Tianjin, you’ll rejoin the ship in time for dinner.
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