Classical Chinese architecture and an overwhelming depth of cultural wealth are on display in the Forbidden City. 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 size and scale of these places is staggering: everything in China is on such a large scale! We enjoy walking and getting around all these places was orderly and efficient. The day we went, there were ONLY 30,000 people scheduled to be there. A "normal" day is 50,000 and a "busy" day is 100,000 or more! Yikes!
Because it really did not seem like we were cramped in any way, we were able to enjoy moving about at a pace that was comfortable for our group. We were given some time at each place to explore on our own, which I enjoy. I like to take lots of photos and would have appreciated having a guide that had some kind of baton or telescoping stick to raise and be more visible, rather than just a sheet of paper…
I found the commentary to be thoughtful, interesting and full of personal insight. Our guide told us that Chinese do not discuss the events at Tian’anmen Square: it remains a sensitive subject for the Chinese Government and the Chinese people.
When we got to The Temple of Heaven, there were many Chinese people in the park doing line dancing, playing games (Chess) and exercising. Our guide told us that healthcare in China is a mess, and many people join groups in the park for socializing and to stay active, as a means of maintaining or improving their own health.
Lots of smog, so if you go, have low expectations for sunny blue skies.
Lunch is served family-style. The food was of good quality and we were told everything that was served to us… You may want to bring a snack, since you'll be gone for 12 hours, and are used to eating every 20 minutes or so...
Seriously, are you REALLY going to come half way around the world and NOT see these iconic places?
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 3 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.