In just 5 days you will get a unique opportunity to experience both the thriving urban districts and the beautiful outskirts of the ancient and modern Beijing. In the city, you will go way behind the scene and meet the locals at eye level when you bike around the narrow back streets of the old part of Beijing. Moreover, you will experience a hike on the untouched and secluded sections of the Great Wall, experience a farmer's homestay in a friendly local village and enjoy a bike ride in the quiet countryside. During the 5 days, we promise you an upfront experience with various local snacks and home style foods. Our professional English–speaking local tour guide will ensure you a hassle free tour to all the hidden gems the city and outskirts have to offer – way beyond the beaten track!
Included: Meals: 4 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 1 x dinner + tasting of local snacks
Accommodation: 3 nights in Beijing according to your choice (see “Type of Accommodation” and rates), 1 -night stay in a local farmer’s guesthouse with private bathroom
Transport: Arrival transfer on Day 1; bike tour, transport to and from the Great Wall/local village according to your choice of Budget or Comfort (see “Type of Transportation” and rates)
English speaking tour guide: Included on the following: 1-hour orientation walking tour around your hotel if your arrival before 2pm on Day 1; 1-day guided bicycling city tour; 2-day outskirts tour to the Great Wall and a local village (according to itinerary) Not included: · Dinner on Day 4
· Entrance tickets on Day 2 during the bicycle tour
· Entrance ticket to Bird’s Nest and Water Cube (should it be chosen to enter)
· Travel Insurance (compulsory)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· The ultimate fast track to Beijing’s traditional and behind the scene urban and outskirts experiences
· Bike your way through Beijing’s alleyways and great squares
· Beat the crowds and go hiking on the untouched original parts of the Great Wall
· Get a fascinating peek into local life when biking the countryside and overnight staying in a farmer’s guesthouse
Day 1: Arrival Beijing
Greeted at the airport/train station by driver and transferred to the centrally located hotel, Beijing Jade International Youth hostel for budget level and Soluxe Courtyard Hotel for tourist level. If you arrive before 2 PM, join the 1- hour orientation walk hosted by our English speaking staff to get familiar with the surroundings of your hotel and get some basic travel tips about China.
Day 2: Beijing
Full day bike tour through the narrow back streets of the old part of Beijing, to explore local life away from the tourist bus trail. Pass by the Lama Temple, highest academy of Imperial Learning, NanLuoguxiangHutong,"Ghost Street"– a 24-hour food street, Houhai Lake areas, Jingshan Park – the hilltop is a great place to have a bird's View of Imperial Palace, Tiananmen Square, "the Egg" - National Theaterand the Exhibition hall of urban planning and construction, Qianmen Street- the oldest and most famous business street. You can stop in for a visit at any spot you are interested (the entrance fee on your own); ride back to your hotel by evening. (B)
Day 3: Beijing-Bei Gou Village
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and together you go by public A/C bus at 08:30 , heading towards the northeast of Beijing. Before noon, you will arrive in Bei Gou and hosted by your family.
After short refreshments you will start hiking on the not crowded parts of the Great wall for about 4 hours depending on your energy. This section of the wall is untouched and the considered as a paradise of professional photographers.
Later in the afternoon you return to your guesthouse where you can enjoy relaxing time in the courtyard. Or you can choose to help your hostess gather fresh vegetables from the fields and learn to cook Chinese dishes. Enjoy a home-style Chinese dinner with beer, soft drinks and a cup of Great Wall Wine. Afterwards you will have free time for exploration in the village where you can meet the locals. Stay overnight at a local farmer's guesthouse with simple facilities and private bathroom. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Bei Gou Village-Beijing
Enjoy breakfast in the morning in the tranquil countryside, followed by your chosen activity (please inform in advance to allow for preparations): Should you go biking the countryside or explore more of the Great Wall?
Option #1 – Biking: Go bike riding with your guide through the village and in the countryside. You will explore the area, pass by a river, the village committee offices, a Tibetan Mastiff Breeding Centre, a rainbow trout farming base and in general enjoy the natural scenery and everyday life of the locals. You can make stops upon your request to take pictures. A Chinese lunch will be served in your home stay when back from explorations. You will have time to take a nap or hang around in the village until pick up. On the way back to Beijing you will have will have a short stop at Huanghuacheng Great wall (facade), which is built beside a beautiful lake.
Option #2 – Hiking: Go by private vehicle to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall and spend another day in the company of great mountain views, impressive man built structures and a breath-taking lake at the foot of the wall.
Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing city by private vehicle. On the way, you will have a photo stop at 2008 Beijing Olympics Park – to look closer at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube (exterior views). (B, L)
Day 5: Return
Free day on your own arrangement, check-out time is before 12:00 noon; service ends.
Children age: No children price, same as adult
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 6 years due to the hiking and the size of the bikes
Budget Class: Beijing Jade Hostel and a local family guesthouse with private bathroom
Comfort Class: Beijing Soluxe Courtyard Hotel and a local family guesthouse with private bathroom
Budget Class: Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel; Local public A/C bus transportation from Beijing to the outskirts on Day3 and return with private transportation on Day 4; bicycle in Beijing on Day 2 and in the countryside on Day 4.
Comfort Class: Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel; private transportation to and from the Great Wall/local village on Day 3 and 4; bicycle in Beijing on Day 2 and in the countryside on Day 4.
Beijing has four seasons and we generally recommend spring, summer and autumn as the best times to visit. Heavy rain may be expected during the rainy season (July - August).
Winter is normally cold with temperature around or below 0 degrees. We do not recommend this trip in this period.
This tour does not operate: 15 November – 28 February every year.
Recommended alternative: Beijing Urban Adventure 4 Days, Great Wall 1 Days
Beijing, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, National Theatre, Lama Temple, Ghost Street, Bei Gou Village
· Warm sweater/jacket for night time
· mosquito repellent
· sunscreen and good walking boots
· personal things such as toothbrush and towel