Classical Chinese architecture and stunning depth of cultural wealth are on display in the Forbidden City—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A motor coach drive from the pier at Xingang takes you west, inland to Beijing and the Forbidden City’s gateway. The city was originally built as a dwelling for the Ming and Qing Dynasties and covers an area of 250 acres. Here, the emperors and (later) China’s religious élite dwelt in seclusion—the lives of all therein ordered by a complex set of rules and taboos. There is time to explore some of the best-known structures in this magnificent collection of palaces and temples. After lunch at a hotel restaurant, you’ll stop at Tian’anmen Square—the very heart of Beijing. This is the largest square in the world, sprawling 34 acres. From there, the tour continues to the Temple of Heaven—a group of buildings in a walled park south of Beijing. The most famous of the temples is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. After some time to enjoy this remarkable setting you will return to the ship via the road to Xingang.
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The tour was just wonderful. It was a little tiring but there was so much to see everyplace we went. The bus ride was long from the ship. The tour guide did a fine job in every aspect.
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Review 2 for Beijing & the Forbidden City
Beijing and the Forbidden City
Date:March 19, 2012
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:February
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
He was good in explaining; but since I was almost left at the last stop, I don't have a good feeling about it. The last stop before heading for the bus (does not tell us where the bus is), says we will have atoilet break since it will be 2-1/2 hrs back to the ship, so I go, come out and not a soul in site, did not have the slightest idea where to go. My husband was lingering back to see where they are going, and waiting for me. He wasn't sure where I was, since he had gone in also for break. I was not a second longer than need to be/hurried. Lack of communication; he should of stated where bus was parked, or just wait until everyone was out. Crazy. He really doesn't care, no head count or try to think who is missing or ask, nothing.