Beijing Capital of China
Duration: 2 days
Tour Code: TIA-E01
This exclusive event is included for all guests, with the compliments of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Join us for an overnight stay in Beijing, the capital of the most populated nation in the world. From the sight of the massive ancient Great Wall, to the strict protocol in the Forbidden City and somber memories of Tiananmen Square, this sojourn into Beijing's history and people will be sure to leave a lasting impression on you.
Depart the pier for the drive to Beijing to visit some of the treasures found in the City and surrounding area. The Great Wall, which at one time stretched 7,000 miles, was erected through the efforts of more than a million workers. Construction of the Great Wall lasted from 221B.C. until the end of the Ming Dynasty in 1644. As you pass through the gates of the Forbidden City, the world of the last Emperor comes to mind. You will find a vast complex of pavilions, gardens and courtyards filled with fine Chinese bronzes, porcelains and paintings that exude an air of oppressive formality and ritual that was so much a part of the royal court.
The Great Hall of the People, History Museum of the Revolution, Mao Zedong's Mausoleum and the Gate of Heavenly Peace surround Tiananmen Square, the center of modern Beijing. Tiananmen Square is also the site of the Monument to People's Heroes, a granite obelisk that in recent years has been the site of many student demonstrations. These are some of the highlights you will see during your overnight stay in this fascinating metropolis.
October 3, 2010
Depart Tianjin for the 3-hour ride to Beijing. A restroom stop will be made en route. You will arrive in time for a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the Great Wall, then transfer to your hotel in Beijing for check in. Dinner will be offered at your choice of restaurants in the hotel.
October 4, 2010
After an early buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Following lunch, you will embark on the journey back to your ship.
All meals and drinks not specified above. Gratuities to drivers and tour director. Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.
Please note: It is recommended that you settle your bill for incidentals prior to retiring the evening of October 3.
NOTE October 4, 2010 is also turnaround day. Guests not returning to the ship will transfer to their final destination.