Tour Program

Several classic tour routes will be planned and organized to IGCC 2017 participants' pre and post congress, from 19-24 April, 2017. The following tour programs are for reference. You can choose an AM/ PM tour only or combine them for your whole day tour in Beijing. And there are some classic travel routes for your reference. Tour Registration and relevant fees will be available soon. If you have any questions or requires, please turn to tour@12igcc.com.


AM Tours

 

Tian'anmen Square + the Forbidden City

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide and entry tickets
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 8:00am Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 8:30am- 11:30 am(arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) Tiananmen Square &the Forbidden City to enjoy the royal architecture and imperial articles which collected inside it.
  • 11:30am- Back to the hotel or lunch of your choice.

The Tian'anmen Square

Tian'anmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. On the north side of the square is Tian’anmen Gate (the Rostrum). It was from the balcony of the Rostrum on October 1, 1949 that Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China. Mao gazes south from a huge portrait on the south side of the gate onto Tian'anmen Square. Behind the Rostrum lies the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace.

 

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors beginning with its creation by Emperor Yongle in 1420 until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924.The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people lived including 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines, all within 170 acres. Behind walls more than 30 feet high and within the 160-foot moat, complex rules and rituals dictated life in the Imperial Palace. Strictly off-limits to ordinary Chinese people (hence the name) the gates today lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in what is probably the best-preserved site of Classical Chinese architecture.

 

Temple of Heaven + Hongqiao Market

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide and entry tickets
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 7:30am Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 8:00am- 10:00 am (arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) Temple of Heaven
  • 10:30am- 11:30 am- Hongqiao Market
  • 11:30am back to the hotel or lunch of your choice

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a sequence of procession of some 1,000 eunuchs, courtiers, and ministers would leave the Forbidden City for the temple. At the winter solstice, the emperor expressed thanks for the lunar year, he begged the gods of sun and moon, clouds and rain, and thunder and lightning to bless the coming harvest. Chinese philosophers considered heaven the source of harmony and spiritual authority. The dominant feature of the complex is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Amazingly, the wooden pillars ingeniously support the ceiling without nails or cement.

 

Hongqiao Market

Hongqiao is a multi-story enclosed market (which has since absorbed several of its surrounding shops like an ever-growing amoeba) that is known primarily for its freshwater pearls. However, it also boasts a gigantic electronics section, and fancy silk napkins, tablecloths, and the like can also be found here. It is reported that more than 1,500,000 visitors come to Hongqiao Market to buy pearls yearly. Even the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been to Hongqiao Market three times because she was very impressed with the beautiful pearls.

 

Juyongguan Great Wall

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide and entry tickets
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 7:00am Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 7:00am- 9:00 am (arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) on the way to Juyongguan Great Wall
  • 9:00am- 11:00am Juyongguan Great Wall
  • 11:00am- back to hotel (approx. 2hr’s drive so departure time can vary to your request)

Juyongguan Great Wall

Juyongguan Pass is located 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Changping County, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Beijing. It is a renowned pass of the Great Wall of China. Juyongguan Great Wall is site of an ancient military town which is replete with military installations, watch towers, official residences, temples and other structures. The present Pass was initially built in the Ming Dynasty and received much renovation later. It is a very important strategic place connecting the inner land and the area near the northern border of China.

 

PM Tours

 

Summer Palace

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide and entry tickets
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 1:00pm Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 1:30pm- 5:30 pm (arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) Summer Palace
  • 5:30 pm- Back to the hotel

The Summer Palace

The summer palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. It has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished by Emperor Qianglong in the 18th century then later abandoned. Empress Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. Three quarters of the area is occupied by the lovely Kunming Lake. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before walking the Long Corridor. This 728-metre corridor is decorated with 8,000 paintings including many from the emperor’s travels around the country. As cameras were not available, the emperor would have artists paint the scenes that caught his eye.

 

Lama Temple + Hutong

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide, tricycle rides and entry tickets to Lama Temple
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 1:00pm Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 1:30pm- 3:30pm (arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) Lama Temple
  • 4:00 pm- 5:30pm Hutong Tour (tricycle tours, visiting local family & traditional tea ceremony)
  • 5:30pm- Back to the hotel

Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

The Lama Temple is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples in the world, the residence for a Qing dynasty prince. When he ascended to the throne, itbecame a monastery. The emperor's body was returned here on his death - hence theyellow-tiled roofs, which were reserved for royalty. Inside you'll find five large halls,ornately decorated with statues of the Buddha in various incarnations, murals andcarvings. The most notable of the statues is the Meitraya (the Future Buddha), whichtowers up to 18 meters (59 feet) and is made from a single piece of white sandalwood.

 

Hutong Tour

Hutongs are narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighborhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighborhoods. Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.

 

798 Art Zone

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 1:30pm Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 2:00pm- 4:30pm (arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) 798 Art Zone
  • 5:00 pm- Back to the hotel

798 Art Zone

The 798 Art Zone is located in the northeast part of Beijing City. It is named after a factory which was built in the 1950s by German experts. The original factory was designed in an architectural style called “Bauhaus”; its main design ideal is bringing the technical and aesthetic property of new materials and new structure into effect, designing simply and composing pictures vividly with flexibility. Attracted by the unique architectural style and vast spaces, more and more artists and designers began to trickle in and settle their workshops there since 2001. Walking in the 798 Art Zone, visitors can feel the contrast of the present with the past. On one side are the mottled redbrick walls with slogans of different ages; on another side are the scattered orderly industrial plants and crisscross pipelines. Uniformed workers and fashion visitors on the street form an unique scenery. History and reality, industry and the arts perfectly merge together there.

 

Panda House + The Olympic Centre

Includes: transportation, En speaking tour guide and entry tickets of Panda House
Excludes: meal and other expenses

  • 1:00pm Meet & Greet at hotel by English speaking guide and driver
  • 1:30pm- 4:00pm (arrival time depending on which hotel you stay) Panda House
  • 4:30pm- 5:30pm The Olympic Centre
  • 5:30pm- Back to the hotel

Beijing Zoo (Panda House)

Some 500 different species of animals and more than 14,500 furry friends call the 220acre Beijing Zoo home. The popular destinationwhich attracts roughly six millionconservationists and nature-lovers alikeis one of China’s oldest zoos. The zoo’s giant panda exhibit is without a doubt the most popular and the nearbyaquarium draws travelers who eager to check out wild life under the sea too.

 

The Olympic Centre

The Beijing National Aquatics Center and Beijing National Stadium, both better known as the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest, are modern landmarks that have helped put Beijing on the world map and continue to draw large crowds of visitors half a decade after holding the memorable 2008 Olympics. Located on the Olympic Green, just north of the north fourth ring road, it’s a must-see attraction if you’re living or traveling in Beijing. Between the two venues on the Olympic Green, the open air square has become an important and popular public venue hosting events and places for kids to skate and people to fly kites. Vendors will sell toys, kites, maps, and just about anything you can think of. This part of Beijing is still very enjoyable due to its cleanliness, modern amenities, and continuing development. Connected to the Olympic Center is an underground shopping mall and nearby are exhibition centers, museums, and hotels.

 

Classic Travel Routes

 

Three-Day Tour in Suzhou with Ancient Town and Gardens
Two-Day Tour in Xi'an
Private Three-Day Tour of Shanghai

 

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