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Visiting a 1000-year Old Urbanized Village
(Beijing Gaobeidian Village)

Departure: Daily
Departure Point: 2:00pm from your midtown hotel
Duration: 4-5 hour (approx.)
Return details: Transfer back to your midtown hotel

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Tour Highlights:
A private tour - your own tour guide & driver
Immersed in the 1000-year old modern village
Explore the history trace of Grand Canal
Forget all your worries at a local nursery
Get the basic knowledge of former People's Commune
Learn to paint facial mask of Beijing Opera ( 1 hour )
Walking along the 1500 meter-long Classic Furniture Street
See local people shopping at the market
Enjoy making and having dinner with locals

Tour Description
Beijing Goabeidian Village Half Day Virtual Tour:

2:00pm - Pick from your midtown hotel in Beijing and have around 20 minutes private transfer to the 1000-year old Beijing Goabeidian Village.

2:20pm - 2:40pm: Stop at the statue of Guo Shoujing in front of Gaobeidian Village and visit the ancient Ping Jin Floodgate. Guo Shoujing (1231–1316) was a leading hydraulics expert of the time as well as a famous Chinese astronomer and mathematician. He lived during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). Ordered by Kublai Khan, the official Khan and ruler of most of China, Guo Shoujing was responsible for the building of the Tonghui River, the final section of the Grand Canal linking Tongzhou and the center of Dadu (Beijing). This project was a huge success and enhanced the navigation greatly. After the success of this project, Kublai Khan was overwhelmingly pleased and sent him off to manage similar projects in other parts of the empire.

The ancient Ping Jin Floodgate was used at the middle of Tonghui River (Gaobeidian section) to control water level. From Tongzhou to Dadu (Beijing), the east section of the river was much lower than the west section, making it necessary to have floodgates. The Ping Jin Floodgate was triple-gates ( Lower, middle and upper ). Now only a small part is existent.

Visit the ancient Ping Jin Floodgate

2:40pm - 3:10pm - Visiting a kindergarten. This nursery is run by a private owner. It is a two-storey building located in the residential area of the village. The nursery is sectioned into three classes ( lower, middle and high ). The children start attending kindergarten at the age of 2 until they are at least 6 years old. You surely forget any worries when you see them.

A kindergarten

3:10pm - 3:30pm - Visiting a small"People's Commune Museum". The people's communes used to be the highest of three administrative levels in rural areas effective from the year 1958 to 1978. Now they are replaced by townships. As the largest collective units, People's Communes, were divided in turn into production brigades and production teams. The communes had governmental, political, and economic functions.

People's Commune Museum

3:30pm - 4:30pm - Learning to paint a Beijing Opera Mask. Facial mask painting is worth appreciating for its artistic value. The paintings tell the characters's roles. For example, a red face usually represents heroic bravery, uprightness and loyalty; a white face depicts a sinister and treacherous character and a green face symbolizes stubbornness, impetuosity and lack of self-restraint

Beijing Opera Mask

4:30pm - 4:50pm - Walking along the Gaobeidian Classic Furniture Street. The 1,500 meters long classical furniture street is located along the Tonghui River in the east part of the Gaobeidian Road. It opened in the 1990s. Now it becomes much larger in these years. The Gaobeidian classical furniture street is a good stage for representing and trading Chinese Traditional furniture. The main type of the furniture is of Ming and Qing Dynasty. Vendors and buyers come from all China, even from many parts of the world.

Gaobeidian Classic Furniture Street

4:50pm - 17:10pm - Visiting the local market in the village. Most of the frequenters of the market come from the local village since the market is a village market where people buy vegetable, fruit, meat, eggs, local snacks etc. Each village or community has one or two fruit and vegetable markets quite convenient for local people to purchase daily necessities. The market offers a wide selection of fruit and vegetable either locally produced or taken from other parts of the country. People can enjoy very good prices when they do shopping at their own local village or community markets instead of some large markets located in the business centers in Beijing.

Market in Gaobeidian

5:20pm - 6:30pm - Finally visit a local villiger's house, talking with the locals, having tea, taking part in making the dinner-dumpling and having dinner with the family. After the tour, transferred back to the hotel down town.

Dinner at Gaobeidian
Price List for this tour (Price per person in US dollars)
Price without shopping stop
Travelling Party Tour Cost Per Person
1 person US$ 199
2 persons US$ 125
3 persons US$ 105
4 - 5 persons US$ 89
6 - 9 persons US$ 79
10 persons up US$ 69

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Price inclusion:
1.All private transfers
2.Entrance tickets as mentioned.
3.A local staff will show you around
4.Learning the facial mask painting for 1 hours
5.Dinner with a local family
6.Private car or van with English speaking guide.
7.The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.

  Price exclusion:
1.Gratuities to drivers and guides.
2. Travel insurance for your coverage of injury or accident

Booking Note:
1. Just wear casually for the Gaobeidian Village local life experience half day tour.
2. A local village staff will show you around the village. Tipping for the local staff is already included in the quotations above. So you don't have to tip the village staff on the spot. But your tipping is much appreciated for the tour guide who will escort you from your hotel and back to your hotel after the tour.
3. It is a private tour. You have your own tour guide and car driver.
Brief Introduction to Beijing Gaobeidian Village
Beijing Gaobeidian is a closest ancient village in Beijing, about over 20-minute drive from the center of Beijing. Now it is more like an urbanized village than a rustic countryside. Most of local landless farmers live on land lease, but still keep the traditional way of life.

You spend 4-5 hour visiting the old village and dine with the locals. First you visit the ancient Ping Jin Floodgate built in front of the village in Yuan Dynasty ( 1271–1368 ) over the Tonghui River. The name of Tonghui River was given by Kublai Khan who found the solution to the problem of carrying foods collected in Tongzhou ( now Tongzhou District in Beijing) to Dadu ( now central Beijing ) by building the Tonghui River.

Next You find yourself surrounded by lively kids who bravely sing English songs to you in a local nursery run by a private sector.

Visiting the local "Commune Museum" is a not-to-miss activity. The village commune museum contains exhibits of local history, farm tools, archaeology and folklore and its past and present development.

Then you have one hour time in learning how to paint facial mask used in Beijing Opera to portray the various characters in a performance. This activity lasts one hour. You can take your own painted facial mask as a souvenir.

Continue to visit Gaobeidian 1500 meter-long Classic Furniture Street which holds over 300 traditional classic furniture workshops, seeing people how to make classic furniture.

Before dinner, go to visit the local vegetable market in the village where local people come for purchasing vegetable, meats, the many spices and other life necessities that make Chinese cooking special.

Finally visit a local famer's house, talking with the locals, having tea, taking part in making the dinner-dumpling and having dinner with the family. At the end of the tour, transferred back to the hotel down town Beijing.

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