Our culture-packed city tour of Beijing gives you the chance to explore one of the most intriguing cities in the world, visiting The Great Wall, Summer Palace and Forbidden City


4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM CNY 4,336 PER PERSON

Enjoy an insightful investigation of one of the great modern cities in the world with a culture-packed city tour of China’s capital. Grasp the chance to explore the bustling metropolis with our expert guide who’ll show you the knooks and crannies of the ancient city.

You’ll visit three of the most iconic and majestic attractions in the country, the fabulous Forbidden City, the spectacular Summer Palace and also spend time at a lesser-seen section of The Great Wall of China – possibly the World’s most famous man-made structure.

At The Great Wall you’ll spend time at the Mutianyu section, visiting early in the morning when the section is at its quietist and the sunlight is at its most flattering, illuminating the wall from the east and casting light across the plains the wall was built to protect.

As well as soaking up the unmissable aspects of Beijing’s tourist attactions, you’ll also be shown the insider lesser-known elements of the mega metropolis, including ’798’ – an art district renowned as ’the’ place for Chinese artists and fashion designers to express themselves.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Take a trip to a lesser-visited section of The Great Wall of China and enjoy a peaceful stop perched atop the majestic structure
Enjoy visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site The Summer Palace and The Forbidden City
Explore Beijing’s ’798’ art district, now becoming known as ’the’ place for Chinese and Asian artists to express their talents

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Beijing

    Nihao! Welcome to China! We’ll make your first moments as blissful as possible as you adapt to the exotic sights, sounds and smells of China with a chauffeur-driven ride in a private car to your hotel.

    If time allows, on your first day you will pay visit to the Temple of Heaven Park to see several spectacles that will also enable a better understanding of Chinese society.

    Notable for its architectural simplicity, the Temple of Heaven’s hidden symbolism hints at beliefs even more ancient than Buddhism and Taoism and to a time when the emperor was considered the direct authority on Earth from the heavens.

    You’ll then be chauffeured back to your carefully hand-picked hotel.

  • Day 2: Beijing

    On your second day in bustling Beijing, we’ll take you to visit the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, one of the most majestic sites in the world.

    Formerly a home of emperors, the Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace in the days of the Ming Dynasty and was lovingly restored in time for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. You’ll have the chance to take in the serene surrounding courtyards and stately rooms of this vast and elegant 720,000-square-meter complex which was completed in 1420 during the reign of Emperor Yongle. The Forbidden City served as the Imperial administrative center until the fall of the Empire in 1911 and according to legend is made up of 9,999 rooms.

    Our guide will take you to climb the hill behind the historic city to get spectacular views of the site and the layout of Beijing, helping you gain a greater understanding of the chaotic city.

    After visiting the Forbidden City, you will be able to enjoy a scenic walk around Beihai Lake. The lake is especially popular with young couples who come for romantic boat trips. Nearby Beihai Lake is also the more lively Houhai Lake which is surrounded by Hutongs. Hutongs are alleyways that play host to traditional courtyard-style homes, many of which have now been converted into pedestrianised streets boasting charming restaurants and bars.

    Before you are escorted back to your hotel you will take a walk to the Drum Tower. During the Ming Dynasty, the Drum Tower was used to mark the passing of each hour with a drum roll. From the top of the tower you can admire the view of the surrounding rooftops and Clock Tower located opposite.

    Your evening is free to spend as you wish, but be sure to ask your guide for a tasty restaurant recommendation for some fantastic Beijing food.Optional: End your first full day in the magical city of Beijing with a delightful dinner on a terrace overlooking traditional siheyuan - courtyard-style housing.

  • Day 3: Beijing

    This morning we recommend an early rise as we go to visit the most iconic structure in China, if not the world.

    The Great Wall of China is prominent in the minds of most when thinking of this vast nation. Backyard Travel will take you to the Mutianyu section of the wall in the early morning light which provides a great opportunity for photos especially as the early morning is quiet with fewer crowds. Sections of the Wall date back to the Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago, and were originally built as defensive positions to protect the Chinese from invading barbarian forces.

    Those who fear that climbing the wall may be beyond them can take a cable car and save their legs for the walk down. Adventurous children can also toboggan ride to the bottom! There will also be a chance to sit down, relax and simply soak up the scenery around the 6,000km Great Wall, and the spectacular views of the rugged lands it was built to protect.

    On the way back to Beijing, our guide will take you to the Summer Palace, a harmonious representation of Chinese culture and architecture. Once a simple imperial garden, the site was redesigned by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century and because of its beauty, the garden has become one of the capital’s major attractions, and was often used in the summer months by the Imperial Court as an escape from the stifling heat of the Forbidden City. Its 2.9km is three-quarters water with striking natural landscapes and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    After visiting the Summer Palace, your guide will escort you back to central Beijing.

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Today, after a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will pay visit to the capital’s booming art scene at the ‘798’ art district (as it’s lovingly nicknamed). Situated in Dashanzi in the northeast of Beijing, ‘798’ comprises a number of abandoned factories which were renovated in the 90s by Chinese artists.

    The district is the center of all things art in the city and is regarded by some as the most important arts area in Asia. Not only galleries and exhibitions, the district also houses cafés, restaurants and specialist fashion boutiques supplied by up-and-coming young Chinese designers. You’ll be able to spend an hour or two window shopping your way around the network of narrow alleyways, or relax at a café and people-watch your morning away.

    After visiting the art district, you will be chauffeured to the airport to catch your onward flight.

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.

We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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