HERITAGE OF THE CHINESE IMPERIAL PAST - FROM KEELUNG TO HONG KONG (4 days/3 nights) - (Double Room)

  • Havn

  • Niveau af vanskeligheder

    Moderat

  • Type

    Culture & local gems , Less than 1 hour walking, 50

  • Pris

    Voksne

    EUR2495.0

  • Varighed i timer

    73

  • Udflugtskode

    037W

In a nutshell An unmissable occasion for an intense experience in the heart of the Asian continent to visit its fascinating capital and discover its thousand-year history, the monumental Great Wall and the majestic Forbidden City.

Main stops
Day 1: 
  • Flight from Keelung to Beijing
Day 2:
  • Great Wall of China - Juyong Pass 
  • Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs 
  • Beijing National Stadium
Day 3:
  • Tiananmen Square 
  • Forbidden City 
  • Peking Hutong Lanes
Day 4:
  • Flight from Beijing to Hong Kong


The programme
DAY 1: 
  • We leave the port of Keelung behind us headed to the airport where we board a plane taking us to the heart of the Chinese Republic. Cradle of the Chinese empire as well as of many dynasties, the current capital of China preserves the charm of the eastern history and tradition despite its modern side looking towards the future. 
  • Once there, we reach the hotel where a five-star buffet dinner awaits us.
DAY 2: 

  • After a delicious breakfast, we head to the Great Wall of China and, more precisely, to Juyong Pass. Located in the district of Changping in the 18 km-long “Guangou” valley, Juyong Pass is one of the three great passes of the Great Wall together with the Jiayuguan and Shanhai passes and leads to one of the most famous sections of the Wall. Commissioned in 215 BC by emperor Qin Shi Huang and 8852 km long, the Great Wall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and became part of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 2007. 
  • After our visit, we stop in a typical restaurant where we can savour some local specialities. 
  • We continue headed to the Sacred Way, a 7 km road leading to the Tombs of the Ming dynasty. Conceived as an allegoric representation of the road to heaven, it features 36 statues made of Beijing white marble - 24 depict animals (lions, unicorns, camels, elephants and horses) and 12 depict human figures (generals with a sabre, Mandarins and ministers). Their symbolic meaning was to protect the eternal sleep of the emperors. 
  • The last stop of the day is the Beijing National Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as some events of the 29th Olympic Games. Due to its shape, it was nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, although its designers Herzog and De Mauron feel it represents much more than that: “it is a gigantic sculpture, a twist of chaotic converging lines, a porous surface, a mountain that can be climbed and penetrated. A public platform capable of stimulating and legitimising aggregation.” 
  • Before getting back to the hotel to rest, we stop in a local restaurant to savour the famous “pecking duck”, a perfect end to our first day in the Chinese capital.
DAY 3: 
  • After having breakfast we head to one of the city’s most representative places: Tiananmen Square, symbolic heart of the Chinese nation. Covering 440,000 square metres, Tiananmen Square is the sixth largest public square in the world but what makes it truly unique is its history, as it is where Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949 as well as the location of the mass demonstrations of the Chinese Democracy Movement in 1989. 
  • By crossing the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace'), which the square is named after, we finally reach the Forbidden City. Built between 1406 and 1420 and characterised by striking traditional architecture, the “Purple Forbidden City” is the largest 'palace” in the world: a complex made up of 980 buildings boasting 8,707 rooms where the Ming and Qing dynasties lived for almost 500 years as well as the ceremonial and political hub of the Chinese government. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Great Wall in 1987. 
  • After our visit, we stop in a typical restaurant where we can savour some local specialities. 
  • In the afternoon it is time for the Hutong Lane Tour. Hutong is the Chinese name for the ancient city alleys or lane typical in Beijing. They are around the Forbidden City, many of which were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. At the prime of these dynasties, the emperors, in order to establish supreme power for themselves, planned the city and arranged longitudinally and latitudinally.
  • We return to the hotel to rest and then go out again to enjoy dinner in a typical local restaurant.

DAY 4:
  • After the check-out we reach the airport and board the flight to Hong Kong.
  • Once landed our bus is waiting to take us to the ship.

Good to know
  • We recommend that you book early as only a limited number of places are available. 
  • All meals are included. 
  • There is limited availability of English-speaking guides. 
  • In order to take part in this excursion, you must have your passport with you 
  • In this excursion is not necessary to have the China Visa.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended. 
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.