HERITAGE OF THE CHINESE IMPERIAL PAST - FROM BEIJING TO TAIPEI (4 days/3 nights) - (Double Room)
Jeep 4-Wheel-Drive ATV, Cultural, Meal included
An unmissable occasion for an intense experience in the heart of the Asian continent to visit its fascinating capital and discover its thousand-year history, the monumental Great Wall and the majestic Forbidden City.
What we will see
- Flight from Shenzhen to Beijing
- Great Wall of China - Juyong Pass
- Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
- Beijing National Stadium
- Tiananmen Square
- Forbidden City
- Flight from Beijing to Taipei
- City Tour of Taipei: National Palace Museum, National Taiwan Democracy Hall, National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, Taipei 101
- Transfer to Keelung port
What we will do
- We leave the port of Shenzhen behind us headed to the airport where we board a plane taking us to the heart of the Chinese Republic. Cradle of the Chinese empire as well as of many dynasties, the current capital of China preserves the charm of the eastern history and tradition despite its modern side looking towards the future.
- Once there, we reach the hotel where a five-star buffet dinner awaits us.
- After a delicious breakfast, we head to the Great Wall of China and, more precisely, to Juyong Pass. Located in the district of Changping in the 18 km-long “Guangou” valley, Juyong Pass is one of the three great passes of the Great Wall together with the Jiayuguan and Shanhai passes and leads to one of the most famous sections of the Wall. Commissioned in 215 BC by emperor Qin Shi Huang and 8852 km long, the Great Wall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and became part of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 2007.
- After our visit, we stop in a typical restaurant where we can savour some local specialities.
- We continue headed to the Sacred Way, a 7 km road leading to the Tombs of the Ming dynasty. Conceived as an allegoric representation of the road to heaven, it features 36 statues made of Beijing white marble - 24 depict animals (lions, unicorns, camels, elephants and horses) and 12 depict human figures (generals with a sabre, Mandarins and ministers). Their symbolic meaning was to protect the eternal sleep of the emperors.
- The last stop of the day is the Beijing National Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as some events of the 29th Olympic Games. Due to its shape, it was nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, although its designers Herzog and De Mauron feel it represents much more than that: “it is a gigantic sculpture, a twist of chaotic converging lines, a porous surface, a mountain that can be climbed and penetrated. A public platform capable of stimulating and legitimising aggregation.”
- Before getting back to the hotel to rest, we stop in a local restaurant to savour the famous “pecking duck”, a perfect end to our first day in the Chinese capital.
- After having breakfast and checking out, we head to one of the city’s most representative places: Tiananmen Square, symbolic heart of the Chinese nation. Covering 440,000 square metres, Tiananmen Square is the sixth largest public square in the world but what makes it truly unique is its history, as it is where Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949 as well as the location of the mass demonstrations of the Chinese Democracy Movement in 1989.
- By crossing the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace"), which the square is named after, we finally reach the Forbidden City. Built between 1406 and 1420 and characterised by striking traditional architecture, the “Purple Forbidden City” is the largest "palace” in the world: a complex made up of 980 buildings boasting 8,707 rooms where the Ming and Qing dynasties lived for almost 500 years as well as the ceremonial and political hub of the Chinese government. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Great Wall in 1987.
- Our tour of Beijing has come to an end, so we reach the airport and board a flight to Taipei during which we are served lunch.
- Once in Taipei, we enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner before resting.
- Having rested and enjoyed a hearty breakfast, we are ready to go on a City Tour of Taipei.
- The first stop on our itinerary is the National Palace Museum, one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum is home to a permanent collection of over 697,490 artefacts and works of art spanning over 8000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic period to the late Qing dynasty.
- We head to the Zhongzheng district, where we visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial dedicated to the former president of the Republic of China. The entire building is characterised by the number eight as a symbol, which the Asians traditionally associate with abundance and good fortune. Two white staircases with 89 steps each - Chiang’s age when he died - lead to the main entrance. The ground floor is home to a library and a museum documenting the life and career of Chiang Kai-shek with exhibits illustrating the history and development of Taiwan. Surrounded by traditional gardens and flanked by the National Theatre and National Concert Hall, this place is naturally filled with art and poetry, so much so that many international musicians have chosen it as the setting for their performances.
- We then head to the Zhongshan district, where we visit the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine dedicated to the war victims of the Chinese Republic. Built in 1969, it has a majestic architectural style that not only is reminiscent of the Forbidden City, but also symbolises the courage and passion of the hundreds of thousands of man who sacrificed their lives in the name of an ideal.
- The last stop on our tour is Taipei 101 (named after the number of its storeys), the eighth tallest skyscraper in the world located in the Xinyi district. Designed by the C.Y. Lee & Partners firm under the guidance of architect Chung Ping Wang, it has a “bamboo” shape featuring 8 sections placed one on top of the other on a pyramid base. Four huge coins and cloud-shaped symbols of happiness are found on its four sides, while steel dragons ornate the corners.
- We are almost at the end of our excursion and face one last transfer to Keelung where our ship awaits us.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early as only a limited number of places are available.
- All meals are included.
- There is limited availability of English-speaking guides.
- In order to take part in this excursion, you must have your passport with you and a tourist visa to enter China, which will be required when boarding.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.