Explore modern and traditional Beijing. Marvel at the innovative architecture of Bird's Nest and Water Cube at Beijing's Olympic Park. Later, we will visit some of the most well preserved sites of old Beijing: the Drum and Bell Towers and the imperial gardens at Prince Gong's mansion.
In 2008, the remarkable 29th Olympic Games were held in Beijing successfully. As the game site, the Olympic Park attracted the whole world's attention. It sat at the north end of the axis of the metropolis. The axis, the most important cultural vein of the city, presents a blend of urban artificial sights with natural scenery. The most famous and beautiful buildings in the park are the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center. The National Stadium is also called "The Bird's Nest" due to its appearance. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, and football finals of the Olympics. The stadium has room for 91,000 spectators. The National Aquatics Center is known as the Water Cube. It hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events. It has a capacity of 17,000 and is located next to the National Stadium.
After lunch, the Hutong tour starts from the Drum & Bell Tower, on the way, you will see the magnificent gardens at Prince Gong's Mansion, Beijing's largest and the best preserved Qing Dynasty royal mansion. Next, you will take to the streets of old Beijing by rickshaw, also known as pedicab. This portion of the tour allows you to get a taste of life in the city as your driver pedals through the old, narrow streets, or Hutongs. It includes a stop to visit the home of a real Chinese family.
Gardens at Prince Gong Mansion
Hutong Courtyard & Family Visit
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Beijing Olympic Park
The site of the 29th Beijing Olympics, the Beijing Olympic Park is both a cultural and architectural treasure. In 2008, all eyes were on China as the opening ceremonies showed all who witnessed it the economic power the country has become.
The Bird's Nest
The centerpiece of the Olympic Park, the Bird's Nest is an architectural feat. The nickname comes from the shape and design of the building, as well as the idea that a bird's nest is a rare and expensive delicacy in China, eaten only on special occasions.
The Water Cube
Formally known as the National Aquatics Center, the Water Cube hosted the water sports events of the Olympics. The building is a cuboid with a motif inspired by both soap bubbles and body cells.
Drum & Bell Towers and Prince Gong's Mansion
After lunch, see the Drum & Bell Towers and pass by the magnificent gardens at Prince Gong's Mansion. The mansion is Beijing's largest and most well-preserved royal mansion from the Qing Dynasty.
Tour the old, narrow streets or hutongs of old Beijing by rickshaw. Stop by the home of a local Chinese family and end the tour with a window to what everyday life in Beijing is like.
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A local representative will call you or leave a message at your hotel room at about 09:00PM one night prior to your tour date to confirm the exact pick-up details.
Should there be no messages left for you, please contact the tour operator 24 hours before the service. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
Children two (2) years old and under are free, but will need to sit on a parent or guardian's lap if there are no available seats.
Frequently Asked Questions
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