Just about 4 hours drive from Beijing is Datong, a historic city, which used to be the capital for 3 Chinese dynasties. Even thou it is located in the "coal capital" of the country, Datong has valuable historic treasures to display for its visitors.
Just about 3 hours drive from Beijing, is Chengde. Known as the summer escape for generations of Qing emperors. The mountain city has important cultural and historic significance. It has been the place of many diplomatic relations meetings and important events from the public life in China.
The ancient capital city of China hides a wealth of spiritual places which to this day provide tranquility, guidance and a spiritual escape from the busy daily life. Here are the most sacred temples of Beijing where Chinese history, philosophy and wisdom can be tracked to the antiquity.
Here is the best way to explore the greatest highlights of Beijing in just 24 hours layover itinerary. Follow the line up below to get the essence of China's capital in just one full day of exploration and fun...
Shopaholics, get ready! Shopping in Beijing is incredible - you can find anything and everything - from the most exquisite and expensive goods to cheap and cool souvenirs. Be prepared to haggle! Bargaining is the name of the game and Chinese are really, really good at it. It is an entire shopping ritual until you set the price... May the games begin! Happy shopping!
For hundreds of years Beijing has been the cultural, political and economic center of China. This cosmopolitan city takes its visitors on a fast track tour through history with its well preserved temples, traditional narrow hatong neighborhoods and the astonishing Forbidden City. Then quickly it flies to the metropolis Beijing is today. Its futuristic facades and skyscrapers of concrete and glass contrast with the colorful wooden houses and create an atmosphere of everlasting mix between tradition and modernism where dining, shopping and entertainment options are endless.
Every first time visitor to China has to experience the most famous, most significant and most historic places along the Golden Triangle: Beijing - Xian - Shanghai. That is the cradle of ancient history, modern society and diverse scenery. Yes, we know it is a tough choice how to experience such a vast country in such a short time... That is why, we suggest to start from the classics - those that will astonish you and leave you wanting more!
The 10 days trip itinerary below is ordered according to location, proximity and convenience of exploration: Beijing (5 days); Xian (2 days); Shanghai (3 days)