Beijing’s Past & Future

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4 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

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.

About this Journey

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.

What we love
  • Going behind the scenes by gaining exclusive access to an Emperor's former childhood home in the Forbidden City
  • Sitting on top of the Great Wall with a majestic view of one of the wonders of the world winding its way off into the distance
  • Wandering through the Temple of Heaven, a historical park filled with religious buildings where locals gather to pass the time
Where you're going
Beijing map

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Recommended Hotels

Aman at Summer Palace Beijing

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A hidden gem adjacent to the Summer Palace, the Aman’s rooms are housed in traditional Chinese courtyards.

Rosewood Beijing

5 star

The first of the brand in China, Rosewood Beijing presents contemporary, residential-style surroundings that are warm, refined, and serene with nods to traditional Chinese culture.


The Opposite House Beijing

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An artsy, modern boutique hotel featuring minimalist designs, The Opposite House offers luxury amenities amid Beijing’s happening Sanlitun area.


Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing

5 star

Only a 15-minute walk from the must-see Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the Mandarin Oriental is a luxurious retreat in the heart of Beijing.


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What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Why WildChina

We’re on the ground with you

Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.

Your trip, your way

Flexibility is our highest-ranking compliment. We pull off journeys for pioneers with a 6-hour layover to Hollywood’s elite, and everywhere in between. Our team regularly pulls off unprecedented logistical feats; nearly any time frame or budget is within our realm. No matter how you wish to experience China, we are here to bring that dream to life.

We embody passion

WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.

The little things, the big picture

Supporting inspired local economies allows you to experience the soul of the destination, while also protecting and cultivating China’s artisanal culture. From watching artisans hand make shoes in Yunnan, to picking organic vegetables for dinner on a local farm in Fujian, our tours are designed to showcase and protect China’s heritage, both natural and human.