Sightseeing Beijing

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Our schedule:

Guided sightseeing of Beijing, introduction to the Chinese capital, a treasure chest of imperial monuments.  This ancient city first received its modern name when it became the capital for the second time in Chinese history in 1402.  Beijing means Northern Capital.

Visit the Forbidden City.  Known locally as Gugong, at one time it was accessible only to the Emperor.  Get a close up look at the golden roofed Imperial Palance, one of the world's greatest architectural achievements.  Hundreds of thousands of workers labored on the construction of this palatial complex during the Ming Dynasty (1403-1424).  It was later removed during the 18th century (Qing Dynasty).  Although situated in the very heart of Beijing, the forbidden City is surrounded by both a moat and a protective wall.  The emperors who once resided here often spent their entire lives within the complex, it was not until 1949 that a commoner set foot inside the area. 

Tian'anmen Square.  Located in the heart of the capital, Tian'anmen Square is commonly known as the Gate of the Heavenly Peace and commands the entrance to the Imperial Palace.  The central square consists of several important monuments and buildings, including the Great Hall of the People, Memoral Hall of Chairman Mao Zedong, The Museum of Revolution, and the Museum of Natural History.

Hutong Tour.  Continue our day with a rickshaw ride through Old Beijing.  Follow the Hutong, which were built around the Forbidden City during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, as we see where both the aristocrats and others lived during these ancient times.  We will stop at the Drum Tower, which was built in 1272 during the Yuan Dynasty and Prince Gong's Mansion.  Built in  1777-1787, it was home to one of Emperor Qianlong's favorite ministers. 
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