It is Beijing's fascinating past that makes it such a captivating place to visit. Explore by metro, by taxi or, in areas such as the twisting Back Lakes, on foot. Sites such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, nearby chunks of the Great Wall, and the inspiringly named Hall of Preserving Harmony or Temple of Heaven provide glimpses into this great civilization's staggering historical wealth. Besides, there are so many things to see, do and eat in China's historic capital, Beijing, that it can be hard to know where to start. Great Wall Adventure Club was born in Beijing. We invite you to see a bigger Beijing beyong the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
At Great Wall Adventure Club, we have tours suitable to various types of customers. We have professional English-speaking, Russian-speaking, Spanish-speaking, German-speaking, French-speaking, Japanese-speaking tour guides.
Pandas - Do you know there are 8 pandas at Bejing Zoo? This is the nearest place you can see pandas without going to Chengdu, hometown of the pandas.
Lhama Temple - Other than the ones in Tibet, this is the best Buddhist temple in China.
Hutong - Hutongs are courtyard homes groupedtogether around narrow alleys, and served as the lifeline and center of everyday life in old Beijing.
Houhai - The large lake around Hutongs with restaurants, bars, and cafés are dotted in.
"Over this river there is a very fine stone bridge, so fine indeed, that it has very few equals in the world." - The Diary of Marco Polo
Also called Lugou Bridge, it is well known because it was highly praised by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo during his visit to China in the 13th century, The most intriguing feature of these beasts is the fact that there are more lions hiding on the head, back or under the belly or on paws of each of the big lions.
Wanping City is east of Lugou Bridge. On July 7, 1937, the Japanese invading army conducted provocative exercises near Lugou Bridge, and then provoked incidents to bombard Wanping City, which marked the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).
Having won the bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games on 31 July 2015, Beijing is set to become the first city in the world to have hosted both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games.
The Bird Nest National Stadium will be used again for the opening ceremony of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics ( for more info, please 2022beijingwinterolympics.com). This tour will show you the monumental sights of new Beijing’s crowning achievement.
The 798 Art Zone is Beijing’s hip neighborhood for avant-garde art. The 798 Art Zone is Beijing’s ground zero for new, iconoclastic ideas and expression, sort of like a Beijing version of Greenwich Village.
Explore Beijing's unique street food and have your mouth ready for the challenge.
Make your own dumplings, cook and eat them. You are becoming a Beijinger.
Stay with a family for grocery shopping and cook for lunch. Real life of Beijingers.
Experience making the pottery in a local workshop, and see if you can be a master.
Beijing is big. It's hard to ride a bike to tour from place to place. Renting a scooter is a good idea.
Bike tour to Beijing's hutong - easy to go and stop with chances to talk to locales.
Not just learn Chinese calligraphy, but also the Yin-yang theory behind it .
One-hour Taichi learning from Master Michelle who's been teaching Taichi for over 10 years.
Make clay-colored sculpture handicraft with images from Beijing Opera and old customs.
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You may consider going to Gubei Watertown to spend a night and see the Great Wall lit-up at Simatai. The unbelievable beauty of the Wall at night with lights to decorate should impress you.
You may leave Beijing in the afternoon. Spend 2 hours in Watertown. Enjoy dinner, then take the cable car to go up Tower #2. From there, you will find the Wall wired with lights up to three watchtowers. The stunning nightscape of Simatai Great Wall of the Wall looks vividly like a firing dragon.
Enjoy Beijing's night views featured with the Tiananmen Square, The National Theatre, the Olympic Birds Nest and Water Cube, the streets, the sleepless malls, and bars. We have a full section of Beijing night tours that you may book.
In the long course of development, Chinese acrobatic art has formed its style. The ancient acrobatics stemmed from people's lives and had a close link with their experience and productive labor. Instruments of work like tridents, wicker rings, tables, chairs, jars, plates, and bowls were used in their performances of "Flying Trident," "Balance on Chairs," "Jar Tricks," and "Hoop Diving." Wushu and Lion Dance originated from folk sports and games. All of these acts became commonplace in acrobatic performances throughout China. Though having a long history of development and enjoying great popularity among the people, acrobatics in old China was never performed in theaters because it was looked down upon by the upper class.
Venue: Chaoyang Theatre
Times: 5:15–6:15pm and 7:15–8:30pm, daily, year round
A National Famous Brand Production Only Available at the Red Theatre.
"The Legend of Kungfu takes Beijing into a new ear of modern theatrical performance." -- Metropolis Magazine
Chinese martial arts sometimes referred to by the Mandarin Chinese term wushu and popularly as kung fu, consist of several fighting styles that were developed over the centuries. Those fighting styles can be classified according to common themes that are identified as "families," "sects," or "schools" of martial arts. Examples of themes are physical exercises that mimic movements from animals or a history and training method that gather inspiration from various Chinese philosophies, myths, and legends. Some styles focus on the harnessing of qi and are labeled internal, while others concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labeled external. Geographical association, as in northern and southern, is another popular method of categorization. Each fighting style offers a different approach to the everyday problems of self-defense, health, and self-cultivation from a Chinese perspective.
Venue: The Red Theatre
Times: 7:30–8:50pm daily
Beijing Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The form was prevalent in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. Major performance troupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south. Fundamental to the performance and overall ambiance of traditional Beijing opera is the venue.
There are many restored venues in Beijing dating from the late 17th century onwards, the opera stage at Prince Gong Mansion, Zhengyici-xi-lou and Huguang Guild Hall, being among them. However, modern venues for the general operatic and theatre stage are also conventional, such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Chang'an Grand Theatre located on the East Chang'an Avenue is an example of modern Beijing opera theatre.
Venue: Liyuan Theatre for the best taste.
Time: 7:30–9:00pm, daily
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