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Hutong Tour and Cooking Class

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08:00 Gather at Gulou, and start our tour. Please arrive there on time. 

     We will have a cooking class first. 

     Now, we are going to a market to have a shopping for our cooking. 

10:30 After back to Hutong from the market. We will start our cooking class.       

15:00 After cooking class, we are going to have a tour in Hutong. It will cost about 1 hour. 

16:30 We will visit a local family to see how the real life is in Beijing. 

17:30 Trip ends.

A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties.

In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.

 

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Jiankou-Mutianyu-Fruit Pick-up

07:30 Gather at Dongzhimen subway station. Please arrive there on time. 

09:30 arrive at Xizhazi Village. Trekking about 2 hour to get on Great Wall, then we will continue our trekking about 3 hours to enjoy the beautiful scenery of it.     

14:30 Take a toboggan off the mountain, and leave the scenic spot with shuttle bus

15:30 We will drive to a local garden to pick up fruits on the way back. Enjoy the harvest moments.

17:00 Drive back to Beijing.

18:30 Arrive at Beijing. Trip ends

Jiankou Great Wall

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Located 10 km west of Mutianyu Great Wall, 30 km from county seat of Huairou, Jiankou Great Wall stretches for more than 20 km and is well-known for being the most precipitous great wall constructed in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Jiankou, literally “drawing bow”, comes from the terrain it lies on, which displays a shape of W. It connects Mutianyu Great Wall in the east and links the Dazhenyu Great Wall in the west, with several landscapes such as the Beijingjie, the Northern Building and the Sky Ladder.

Exposed in the open air for hundreds of years, Jiankou Great Wall has been being severely air-slaked, but it is its original and majestic appearance that attracts pathfinders from home and abroad to visit it in spite of its extreme craggedness on some sections. Some hikers have found out that it is easier to walk along Jiankou Great Wall from east to west and some collapsed sections made them walk out of the great wall. The Sky Ladder built at a gradient of 70 degrees has steps of 40-50 cm wide and people need to use both hands and feet to get across it.

No matter it is sunny, rainy or snowy, different beauty of Jiankou Great Wall can always be found in all seasons, which makes it a section with a high exposure rate in various picture albums of the Great Wall as well as a frequented place for shutterbugs.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is also less touristy than Badaling or Juyonguan. In Mutianyu, we can take cable chair to the Great Wall or walk 1000 steps up to the Great Wall and walk around for some while. The construction of this section was started in the mid-6th century during China's Northern Dynasties (386 - 581) and what now remains the main restoration made during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has served as a northern barrier of what is now Beijing through ages. 

 

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Mutianyu Great Wall-Jop Workshop

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07:30 Gather at Dongzhimen subway station. Please arrive there on time. 

09:00 We will drive 1.5 hours to arrive at Mutianyu. And trek to the mountain top about 1 hour.      

     Then we will continue our trekking about 3 hours on Great Wall.

13:00 Take a toboggan off the mountain, and leave the scenic spot with shuttle bus.

13:30 Drive to JOP Pottery Club to learn how to make pottery and you can bring your own works back. 

17:00 Leave the JOP, drive back to Beijing. 

19:00 Arrive Beijing. Trip ends.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is also less touristy than Badaling or Juyonguan. In Mutianyu, we can take cable chair to the Great Wall or walk 1000 steps up to the Great Wall and walk around for some while. The construction of this section was started in the mid-6th century during China's Northern Dynasties (386 - 581) and what now remains the main restoration made during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has served as a northern barrier of what is now Beijing through ages.  

 

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Mutianyu Great Wall-Lake Yanxi

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07:30 Gather at Dongzhimen subway station. Please arrive there on time. 

09:00 arrive at Mutianyu Great Wall 

     Trekking about 1 hour to get on Great Wall, then we will continue our trekking about 2-3 hours to enjoy the beautiful scenery of it.     

13:00 Take a toboggan off the mountain, and leave the scenic spot with shuttle bus

14:00 Take our private car to Yanxi Lake. Rent a bicycle to have a riding around the lake.

16:30 Leave Yanxi Lake and drive back to Beijing. 

18:30 Arrive Beijing. Trip ends.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is also less touristy than Badaling or Juyonguan. In Mutianyu, we can take cable chair to the Great Wall or walk 1000 steps up to the Great Wall and walk around for some while. The construction of this section was started in the mid-6th century during China's Northern Dynasties (386 - 581) and what now remains the main restoration made during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has served as a northern barrier of what is now Beijing through ages.

 

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Temple of Heaven-TaiChi-Calligraphy

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07:30 Gather site: adjusted according to situation then. 

08:00 Start our learning of Tai Chi. 

10:00 Visit The Temple of Heaven. 

13:00 Lunch time. 

14:00 Drive to Hutong to learn Calligraphy with our private teacher. 

17:00 Trip ends. 

The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. During the Ming Dynasty, it was used to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves "The Son of Heaven" they dared not to build their own dwelling, "Forbidden City" bigger than a dwelling for Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heaven and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of "The heaven is round and the earth is square". 

Taichi Learning

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of exercise for people of all ages. The circular movements of Tai Chi are non-strenuous, relaxed, slow moving, soft, and flowing. It is often described as moving meditation, because Tai Chi can be an effective therapy to strengthen the circulatory, digestive, muscular, and skeletal systems. Tai Chi enhances coordination and mental concentration, training the mind to direct inner energy flow to every part of the body, combined with proper breathing technique and balance, the practitioner gains peace, strength, vitality and longevity. Tai Chi promotes mental, physical, and emotional, well being.