Ancient Beijing & New Olympics one day bus tour
Morning pick up service at your hotel at 7:30am, first we visit Beijing Zoo where you can see the lovely Giant Pandas. The Panda Zoo visit takes about 40 minutes. After visit the Beijing Zoo,we'll visit the silk shop.You can see the production of silk, to understand how the production of silkworm silk.
Beijing Zoo is on Xizhimenwai Street (Xizhimenwai Dajie), in the downtown Beijing area of Xicheng District. With an area of 90 hectares (222 acres), it ranks the largest zoo in China. It is also the earliest Chinese zoo open to the public and has the largest variety of animals of all the zoos in China. The zoo has fostered a good relationship with other zoos in over fifty countries and districts. Animals that are presented to China by other countries and celebrities are bred and can be seen here.
Then take you to the largest Lama Temple of Beijing --- Yonghe Temple(1hour)-- the mysterious Tibet style Buddhism temple. The Lama Temple tour finishes at about 11:00.
Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple; Yonghe Lamasery) is the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing. It was built in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) as the residence of the Emperor Yongzheng (the third emperor of the Qing Dynasty) before he ascended the throne. In the year 1744, the residence was completely converted into a lamasery.
Then you will be arranged to visit the old Beijing lanes by taking rickshaws. Hutong tour lasts for 2 hours. You will visit the typical Chinese quadrangles, primary school, many famous old buildings, like the bell tower, where you can explore the real life of ordinary people in Beijing. After the Hutong tour, transfer to visit the Tea Stores, here you can watch the Chinese tea ceremony, to understand China's tea culture. We will arrange 45 minutes to take pictures at the Bird's nest and water cube. If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, the tour guide will assist you in buying the tickets, and you could enter in the stadiums for a visit yourself. Then back to hotel.
Many famous operas and dramas are based on the themes of the "hutong life". When urban construction threatens the existence of these hutongs, some Beijingers become worried. We trust that a "must see" hutong tour will greatly help you know more about Beijing history and culture.