Beijing is simply intoxicating, and you can’t fail to be swept up in the buzz of history, culture and modern flair, from the incredible Forbidden City to the futuristic theatres and galleries.
Your hotel here, the Aman Summer Palace
, is really rather special – this is where former guests stayed, and it is set within its walls, just a few steps from the East Gate. You’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the palace, which was the summer retreat of the royals of the Qing dynasty, walking along its pretty waterfront paths and around landscaped gardens.
During your stay here you’ll also be expertly guided around many of Beijing’s other landmarks, including Tiananmen Square, the unmissable Forbidden City, an impressive complex dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the Temple of Heaven, where you can join in a local tai chi session. In the evening, visit a bustling night market and feast on Peking duck at one of the city’s best restaurants.
You’ll also spend a day visiting the iconic Great Wall, including a tour of the Tibetan-Buddhist Lama Temple on the way. Get under the wall’s skin with a guided tour of Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall.