Let us customize an independent vacation for you in beautiful Beijing, China. With our preferred partner, Travel Bound, we’ll build a program to your exact specifications, including hotels, transfers, and sightseeing excursions. Here is just a sample of some of the hotels and tours available on a visit to Beijing, China.
Beijing is recognized by many to be China’s political and cultural center, thanks in part to its status as the nation’s second most populous city. With a long history dating back over 3,000 years, there are ample sites to explore on this exciting 3-day itinerary.
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Book a 3-night hotel and receive a $25 per person discount on any tours up to $50 or a $40 discount towards private transfers.*
Featuring three restaurants and an expansive health club and spa, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street provides you with countless amenities to complement your exploration. This Forbes Five-Star property is located in the heart of the city, making it your perfect home base in Beijing.
After you’re settled, explore the best of Beijing shopping at Xiushui Market, which features more than 300,000 square feet in three underground floors, or Panjiayuan Market, the largest antiques market in both China and Asia with more than 3,000 booths.
If you’d rather explore, head for the Ming Tombs, located about 30 miles outside of the city. These burial grounds are the final resting place for 13 of the emperors during the Ming Dynasty and include two tombs that are open to the public – Dingling and Changling – giving you the opportunity to venture into the depths of the actual burial chamber.
Of course, no visit to Beijing is complete without a stop at the Great Wall of China. On the Great Wall Experience, you’ll arrive at Mutianyu before hiking up onto the Great Wall for stunning views of the vast surrounding countryside. Trek towards the watchtowers and learn about the longstanding myths and legends of the historic piece of architecture, then enjoy a tasty local lunch with a variety of Chinese specialties.
On your second day in Beijing, feast your heart out! Start by heading to one fo the Hong Zuang Yuan restaurants for a classic Chinese breakfast of congee, a mild-flavored rice porridge that’s thoroughly cooked before being served with toppings that range from pickled vegetables to fermented tofu.
For even more fabulous food, take the Beijing Foodie Walk. Maneuver your way through the bustling alleys and gain insight into local life while sampling tasty food on the street and eating your way through one of the biggest produce markets in Beijing. Along the way, you’ll taste regional specialties, meet local culinary masters, learn about different vegetables and spices, and join locals for their daily food shopping.
As you’re wandering, be sure to sample the local Baozi from one of the street vendors on Xinzhongjie. These steamed buns are available in an endless variety of flavors, with the ingredients that range from different kinds of meat to eggplant, chives, sesame seeds, bean paste, and more.
If you need a break from eating, stop by Summer Palace. Located in the Haidian District, the largest royal park in all of China was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Explore the vast lakes, expansive gardens, and beautiful palaces while learning more about the influence this historic site holds over Chinese horticulture.
End your visit to Beijing on a high note with a stop at the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. After driving to the Tiananmen Square, you’ll visit the central axis – or the city’s core area, known as “the backbone of Beijing.” The Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum, is the largest ancient imperial residence in China and housed 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Afterward, enjoy a savory traditional Chinese lunch before exploring the magnificent architecture of Summer Palace, the best-preserved imperial garden in the world.
If you’d like to add a little drama to your trip, experience Beijing Opera. You’ll find a variety of entertainment, from singing and dancing to acrobatic fighting, as well as Peking opera, in which four main roles are shared among performers, including sheng, dan, jing, and chou. It takes opera to a completely new level.
Before you leave, don’t miss out on douhua – also called tofu pudding or soybean pudding. Available from street vendors, it’s a popular snack throughout the country.
Member Benefit is subject to availability, valid only for AAA Members, and valid only on bookings to cities where Travel Bound offers the services described. Credit can be applied to either: (1) a sightseeing tour or attaction, or (2) a private transfer, but it cannot be combined or applied to both. A minimum stay of three consecutive nights at the same hotel is required. In order for the credit to be applied, the booking must meet the required three-night minimum stay at one hotel, and the agent must have pre-booked the services indicated on the Redemption form. The agent must submit the Redemption form at least 14 days prior to departure of the related product being credited and must indicate what type of credit is being requested (sightseeing or transfer).
*A maximum of $50 per booking is permitted for a sightseeing credit and $40 per booking for a private-transfer credit. Credit cannot be applied to hotel stay charges. The agent must allow one full business day for Travel Bound to process the Member Benefit. Once applied, the credit will appear as a reduction on booking and the final invoice and will be applied against final payment. The Member Benefit offer is valid only for new FIT bookings where travel occurs between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Member Benefit is limited to a maximum of $50 total credit per trip, regardless of the number of bookings used to complete that trip.
** Sightseeing, attractions, and private transfers are not available in every city where Travel Bound offers hotels. This offer does not apply (and is void) in instances where applicable services are not available in the city booked. Travel Bound products are subject to change without notice. The Member Benefit is not available for bookings made within 72 hours of departure, nor does it apply to any group bookings. It is valid only for AAA members who book through an AAA Travel Agency. If unused/unclaimed, this Member Benefit product has no cash value. Travel Bound reserves the right to charge full price for Member Benefit-related sightseeing tours or private transfer if the associated qualifying hotel reservation is cancelled from the booking.