Beijing, the capital of China and its second-largest city, boasts many of China’s incredible architectural landmarks. At Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world – Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Behind it the gates of the Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in one of the best-preserved sites of Classical Chinese architecture. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors and was strictly off limits to ordinary Chinese citizens. A pedicab (3-wheeled bicycle) ride through the Hutong area’s narrow streets will take you to tea and Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) with a local family. A lucky guest may find a coin in one dumpling that will bring good fortune to him/her for the New Year!
Everyone who visits Beijing wants to see the Great Wall and for good reason: it is one of the wonders of the world! Spend the afternoon at the Great Wall and watch it snake its way over the mountaintops, and end with an exhilarating toboggan ride down – a favorite with previous SAS students. Fly back to Shanghai and arrive at the ship.
- Meet your guide and travel to Beijing
- In the afternoon, visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and explore Beijing’s hutongs via rickshaw
- Dumpling (Jiaozi) dinner with local family
- In the morning, explore the Temple of Heaven
- After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Great Wall of China (Approx. 1.5 hours driving)
- Fly to Shanghai and arrive back at the ship
2 lunches, 1 dinner
It will be COLD in Beijing. Please be prepared with warm clothing and footwear.