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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Centre Beijing Half Day Tour


Overview
Tour Type: Exclusive Private Tour
Vehicle: Car or Van
Operates: Daily
Departs: 8:00am or 1:30pm
Returns: 12:00am 5:30pm
Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Pick-up: Your midtown Hotel

Tour Highlights
Stop at the west of Tiananmen Square for spectacular views of National Grand Theatre
See China's parliament building - The Great Hall of the People
Walk around the World' largest public plaza, Tiananmen Square
View the Monument to the People's Heroes
See Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
View the China National Museum
Pass through the Tiananmen Tower under the immense portrait of Mao Zedong
Enter the Forbidden City to learn the Imperial Era of Chinese History

Tourist Attraction Description
National Grand Theatre - The egg-shaped theatre is designed by the French architect Paul Andreu, the designer of the terminal of the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The National Grand Theatre. The new National Theater is composed of the three halls nestled inside the egg. The 2.68-billion-yuan (US$328 million) theatre holds 6,000 people. With its modernity, it is in the strong contrast to the Stalinist-style building of the Great Hall of the People and the golden eaves of the Forbidden City.

National Grand Theatre

The Great Hall of the People - On the west of Tiananmen Square it is the Great Hall of the People, the meeting place of national people's congress of the People's Republic of China . The Great Hall with huge and complicated engineering was built within ten months in 1950's, possessing central hall, great hall, banqueting hall with 7000 square meters, office building of people congress standing committee and hall named with all provinces and autonomous region.

Tiananmen Square - Tiananmen Square is the heart and symbol of Beijing and is the biggest square in the world, occupying an area of 440,000 square meters (about 109 acres), and able to accommodate 10,000,00 people at one time. Located in the downtown Beijing.

Tiananmen Square

The Monument to the People's Heroes - There are Monument to the People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum on the south of Tiananmen Square. The Moument is composed of 413 granites and monument base is paved of 17.000 granites and white marbles. There are eight white marble sculptures on the monument seat: including a series of importanti history events, Such as Opium burning in Humen, Jintian Uprising. Wuchang Uprising. The May 4th Movement of 1919. the May 30th Movement of 1925, Nanchang Upring. War against Japan and Successful Crossing of the Changjiang River.

The Monument to the People's Heroes

Mao Zedong Memorial Hall - Chairman Mao's Mausoleum started to construct in November 1976 and completed in May 1977. The area is 2000 square meters and it is composed of north hall ( the place holding memorial activity), viewing hall (crystal hall special for Chairman Mao relique) and south hall. In addition, there are Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi and Zhu De revolution achievement memorial rooms.

The China National Museum - Flanking the eastern side of Tiananmen Square, The mission of the museum is to educate about the arts and history of China. It is directed by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. The museum is closed for renovations until 2010, when it will reopen with more than double the space, 192,000 square meters, and state of the art exhibition facilities and storage.

The Tiananmen Tower - Initially constructed in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, the Tower was the front door of the Forbidden City. The main use of it in the past was to declare in an important ceremony to the common people. Until 1911 when the last feudal kingdom was over, no one could enter the Tower except for the royal family and aristocrats.

Forbidden City - Lying to the north of Tiananmen Square and rectangular in shape, Forbidden City ( also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China.

Forbidden City
Booking Notes:
Is this a private tour, or will there be other people in the car or van with us?
This is an exclusive private half day Tour. Once your tour is confirmed, that tour will no longer be available to anyone else except for your own traveling party.

Any mandatory shopping stops on the half day tour?
It is a non-shopping private tour. Everyone hates being dragged to tourist traps. No Hidden Fee!

Does the half day tour include stops or are we in the car the whole tour?
You have the option to stop at most sites for photo taking etc. Your entrance to Forbidden City is included.

Can I be picked up from our hotel or a fixed meeting point?
Yes. normally Hotel Pickup is available if you are staying at a hotel within Beijing fourth ring road. For home pickup or stay far from the downtown, please contact our trip advisor for more information.

How long does the half day tour last?
Approxi 3-4 hours. Rush hours in Beijing can cause serious traffic jam. We try our best to foresee the traffic and limit the tour within 4 hours to fit into your schedule. If you want to prolong your half day tour, you are kindly requested to pay extra tour expense after contacting your trip advisor from our tour company.

What about the tour guide?
They all have the official licenses for tour guide service. They all love their work and are ready to render their good services to you.

How about the vehicle?
For all the small private tours you book through us, we arrange the cars or vans like Red Flag ( Chinese National Car ), Hyundai Sonata; Van Refine 10 or Van Mercedes MB100. If you prefer deluxe or super deluxe cars or vans, please feel free to consult our trip advisors for new quotations.

How about the driver?
All the drivers have the official licenses with over 5 years' driving experience. All drivers select the most dynamic route, observe local traffic regulations. Refrain from smoking, eating and drinking in the passenger's presence.

Are gratuities included?
If you feel you enjoyed yourself and had a great time, gratuities are greatly appreciated.

What happens if it rains?
The tour runs rain or shine.
Price List for this tour (Price per person in US dollars)
Price without shopping stop
Travelling Party Tour Cost Per Person
1 person $120
2 persons $85
3 - 5 persons $75
6 - 9 persons $65
10 persons and above $55

Fare Includes
Car or Van touring, stops at the listed sites, entrance to Forbidden City and private guide service

Tour Code:
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