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Like New York in the ’20s, Beijing is set to define the 21st century. Explore its palaces and temples, discover hidden courtyard homes alongside modern architectural wonders, get to grips with calligraphy and contemporary art, dine on divine duck, and conquer China’s Ming-era Great Wall.
Beijing is China’s past, present, and future. The country’s capital is a testament to China’s illustrious imperial past, its unforeseen rapid development, and a future that holds incredible potential. Proud historical palaces rub shoulders with luxurious shopping malls and construction sites can be found on nearly every street corner. Beijing has changed beyond recognition in the 21st century, but the city still retains remnants of its past in the form of ancient hutong alleys, traditional courtyard residences, and imperial wonders. This five-day trip will show you the best of the figurative heart of the Middle Kingdom that is Beijing.
Meet your local WildChina guide • Begin your Beijing adventure in style as WildChina arranges private access to the concept store and gallery of Ma Ke’s fashion house, Wuyong.
Gaze across Tiananmen Square • Enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for five hundred years • Hike up jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Uncover a treasure trove of Qing Dynasty curios in the Temple Hotel • Get lost in Beijing’s hutongs • Wander through the popular imperial neighborhoods around Houhai Lake and try some of Beijing’s unusual local snacks • Savor a Peking duck dinner in one of Beijing’s oldest kaoya restaurants.
Drive out of the city to Mutianyu, a beautifully restored section of the Great Wall. • Here you will hike along the wall and gaze in awe at Ming-era watchtowers and fortresses snaking across verdant hills • Pop a bottle of champagne on top of a Great Wall watchtower • Delve into the heart of Beijing’s contemporary art scene at the 798 or Caochangdi Art District.
Start the day practicing taiji (tai chi) with a master in the Temple of Heaven. • Pick up unique souvenirs on Luilichang market street, known for its traditional Chinese stone dwellings housing, traditional craftwork, artistry, and antiques. • Depart Beijing.
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