5 Days Beijing Essentials

BeijingBeijing Culture, Hutong, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Temple of Heaven, the Mutianyu Great Wall, Lama Temple, Summer Palace, Olympic Green
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  • Guaranteed Departure from one person
  • Tour Code: CT-BJ-01
  • Pick-up Point: hotel in Beijing City
  • Tour type: private tour

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Beijing is a famous historical and cultural city with a history of over 3000 years in the world, which has distinctive rich and varied historical cultural heritage sites. It’s one of the four ancient Chinese capitals and attracted thousands of tourists from all over the world. The five days tour will lead you to sightsee world top wonders and experience the legendary of Beijing.



  • Definitely NO SHOPPING, NO DETOUR.
  • All sightseeing, transfer, English-speaking guide and authentic Chinese Lunch are included.
  • The five days tour will lead you to explore the must-see spots in Beijing.
  • Hotel pick-up and airport transfer is included in.
  • The Itinerary can be tailored or adjusted according to your requests.
  • Instant confirm and available daily.


D1 Arrive Beijing

According to your arrival time, guide from Etripchina will greet you at the airport, please look for a sign of your name; Transfer you to hotel and check in;


Today's Highlights:

  • Walk on the Tiananmen Square which is the geographic, political, and tourist center of the city. Taking a picture here is said to be a proof of being in Beijing.
  • Enjoy amazing architecture, extensive collections in Forbidden City and look into Chinese rich history.
  • Get to the top of 479-meter high Jingshan Hill and have a bird view of Forbidden City and other iconic buildings in the city.
  • Insight view of Beijing local people at Hutong area and pay home visit.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby; Start the day from Tiananmen Square ,spend 30 minutes also taking photos at Tiananmen Square, then enter the Forbidden City from there and spend the rest of the time in the palace until 11:30 am;

Tiananmen Square is the largest public city square in the world with a total area of 440,000 square meters. Standing on its four sides are all important political and cultural sites including the Forbidden City, Great Hall of the People, National Museum, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, it is a landmark of Beijing.

The Forbidden City or Imperial Palace, was home to 24 Emperors for almost 500 years from Qing Dynasty to Ming Dynasty. The complex is well preserved with 980 buildings over 720,000 m2. Great squares, halls, gates, gardens and courtyards form a 'city within a city'. Since 1925, this imperial palace has been turned into a museum exhibiting extensive collections of artifacts and artwork.

In the afternoon, enjoy authentic lunch at nearby local restaurant; Drive to Jingshan Park(Coal Hill), visit the Jinshan Park to get a panoramic view of the Forbidden City; then insider view of Beijing Hutong area;

Jingshan Park (Coal Hill) was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace. The hill in Jingshan Park was made with the earth removed to create the palace moat. It is well worth the climb on a clear day for spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing.

Hutong has long history dating back from the Yuan dynasty. It witness the change and develop of Beijing and showcase the normal life of the city. Many of these traditional neighborhoods had been destroyed in the development of modernization. Thanksfully, the most notably those around the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and close to the Forbidden City are well preserved. Simply wandering around or taking a rickshaw tour to navigate Hutong and stop anywhere to take photos, you will be surprised by the courtyards, local market, local customs by getting to the deepest Hutong alleys.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, drive back to hotel.

Travel Tips:

1. Tour today requires a medium level of walk, two hours in the Forbidden City, and some walks within the parks and stairs up onto the Jinshan Hill that taking some 10- 15 minutes.

2. Charge your camera battery the night before.

D3 Great Wall

Today's Highlights:

  • Take an easy or complete two hours hike on Mutianyu Great Wall which is much less crowded than Badaling and not heavily restored.
  • Discover the Temple of Heaven which is considered the most holy of Beijing's imperial temples. The architecture are magnificent. And it is a good place to encounter locals at parks surrounding it.

In the morning, pick up from your hotel lobby; Drive northeast to the Mutianyu Great Wall (with round way cable car), hike and photograph on the wall; Enjoy authentic lunch in the restaurant;

Mutianyu Great Wall is 90km northeast of downtown Beijing, a bit further than the most popular Badaling section. It is less crowded and the view is spectacular especially from tower 21 to 23. The wall is well preserved and restored with rails at the steep points. An open ski lift leads to tower 6, and an enclosed chair lift available at tower 14th. For those prefer short walk, we suggest going up directly to tower 14, and take side trips either westwards to tower 21 or eastwards to tower 6, then take lift or toboggan down.

In the afternoon, discover the Temple of Heaven ;

Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious building built in 1420 for the emperors to make sacrificial ceremonies and praying for harvests. It is now also a place where local people dance, practice Taichi and various kinds of exercise.

4:50 pm – 5:30 pm, transfer back to your hotel.

Travel Tips:

• It requires a medium level of walk, two hours on the Great Wall if you have a complete tour there. Wear comfortable shoes and pack light.

• When getting to the Wall, you are exposed to sunlight or rain. Prepare sunglasses, sunscreen or umbrella accordingly.


Today's Highlights:

  • Stroll along the long corridor in Summer Palace which is regarded as the longest art gallery in the world and has 14,000 traditional paintings painted on the beams.
  • Experience the rich culture at Lama Temple.

8:30 am, guide wait for you at your hotel lobby; We will visit the Lama Temple;

Lama Temple or Yonghe Gong is a living temple in Beijing. It is the largest and most famous Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet since 1744. Halls, pavilions, incense burners and statues are in good maintenance combined with Tibet culture.

In the afternoon, have authentic lunch in the restaurant; Visit the famous imperial garden – the Summer Palace; Sightsee the Olympic Green.

With a history of nearly 1000 years, Summer Palace in Beijing is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world and the largest of its kind in existence of China. It consists of natural hills, lake, and over 3000 man-made pavilions, palaces, temples, bridges and corridors. It is quite enjoyable to have a relaxing stroll, a boat cruise or discover the aged architectures.

The Olympic Green was constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games, and was turned into a park after the Game. The notable architectures - Water Cube and Bird Nest situate in the park.

4:50 pm – 5:30 pm, transfer back to your hotel.

D5 Departure

Guide will transfer you from hotel to airport and check in.


Price Includes:
  • Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet at your hotel, but it might be only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote areas. Lunch will be at local restaurant.
  • Private Transfers: Private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide for transfers in the above cities.
  • English-speaking guide: We choose guide who are responsible, knowledgeable and has a sense of humor to accompany you throughout the city.
  • Transportation: Flight/trains as listed above. Airport tax and fuel surcharge fee is included in.
  • Insurance: The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Price excludes:
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Hotels
  • Excess Baggage Charges when taking flights.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Items that are not listed in the itinerary.


  • Airport transfer is not included but available at low price. Check rate of Beijing airport transfer and train stations transfer. Pack list for the trip varies from seasons, travel advisor will give you more suggestions in email contact.
  • Beijing allows 72 hour visa free transit and the tour matches the timing.
  • Physical rating of the trip: the trip involves light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. For all who are able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, carry their own belongs at a minimum, would be able to complete the tour pleasantly.
  • Visa application that should be done on your own by submitting to Chinese embassy in your country. ETripChina can provide you free invitation form after your payment.
  • Prepare some changes if you would like to tip the rickshaw driver.


  • Our policy covers you against personal accident, medical costs to domestic flight delays.
  • Medical expenses up to CNY 30,000
    Personal accident up to CNY 300,000
    Flight delay (over 4 hours) up to CNY 400
  • We strongly recommend you to have more comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs during hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country.


We understand that there may be many unforeseen events happen. Please note with the cancellation policy if you have to cancel your tour after booking.

For land tours only:
1. 15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.
2. 7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price
3. 2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price
4. within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

If any air tickets/ train tickets /hotel booking made, all cancellation penalties imposed by the airline/ China Rail / Hotels will apply.

Customer Reviews

Adelaide, Oct. 27, 2016

We enjoyed Chinese dishes, that’s really delicious. We were so impressed with the whole Great Wall experience. The views of Mutianyu are incredible. It’s unbelievable how this was built. The wonderful tour I will never forget!

John Warman, Apr. 18, 2017

We visited Beijing this spring and were amazing to so grand Great Wall. We did not like a lot trekking, so we decided to go with the cable car, that’s enjoyable, highly recommended but also to make sure you do not suffer from the heat if you go on a sunny day. The Summer Palace is also a wonderful place, consisting of many different buildings, we enjoyed our this tour.


asked by Sarah , Sep. 02, 2016When are the proper seasons to visit Beijing in a year? It's autumn now, is it proper for visit Beijing?
answer by Xiao, Sep 03, 2016

Yes. The best seasons to Beijing are between May to October. The weather is neither cold nor hot in Beijing in these seasons, and it's especialy proper for your visiting in Beijing in autumn.

asked by Adela , Oct. 27, 2016Could you please help me to get invitation letter ?
answer by Tina, Oct. 28, 2016

For the invitation letter, we would send the invitation letter format to you after your confirmation of the itinerary and payment.

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