Beijing Information and Travel Tips to Plan your Vacation | Ritz Tours


With a population of more than 20 million, China’s immense capital has been the country’s political hub since the days of Kublai Khan in the 13th century. Today, this captivating metropolis is a microcosm of modern and traditional China, with gleaming high-rises, malls, and freeways rising above pavilions, teahouses, and imperial and Maoist buildings. No visit would be complete without experiencing sights such as Tiananmen Square, the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and China’s Great Wall, easily accessible to the north.


The Hutongs

Discover the untainted charm of old town Beijing on a rickshaw tour of the hutongs (narrow alleyways). Lined with wood carvings, ornate brick designs and traditional courtyard residences, the hutongs offer a glimpse into a world far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Olympic Water Cube

The National Aquatics Center, also known as the "Water Cube," is one of the most dazzling and exciting venues built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Created for the swimming competitions, it took center spotlight as 25 world swimming records were shattered over the course of the Olympics.

Olympic Bird s Nest

The Beijing National Stadium, also known as the "Bird s Nest" is a stunning landmark created for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Paralympics. The $423m stadium resembles a nest from the outside, symbolizing a cradle which holds the "hopes of mankind for the future." As the iconic structure of the Beijing Olympic Games it has become a recognized landmark worldwide and is the world s largest steel structure.

Temple of Heaven

Meditate on the mystical Temple of Heaven where heaven and earth connect, and admire the architectural wonder inspired by ancient Chinese astrology. Also a World Cultural Heritage site, the Temple of Heaven was frequented by emperors for annual ceremonies of prayer. The architecture of the temple symbolizes the harmonious relationship between heaven and earth and is widely regarded as the noblest example of religious architecture in all of China.

Forbidden City

In the center of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, one of the most dazzling architectural masterpieces in the world. This sprawling complex contains more than 9,000 bays of rooms which were off limit to the public for over 500 years. Constructed in the 15th century as a replica of the Purple Palace in Heaven, the Forbidden City contains a staggering amount of ancient and rare artifacts in the on-site Palace Museum.

Great Wall

Like a giant dragon snaking its way 4000 miles across China s northern borders, the Great Wall stands today as a bastion of culture in the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. Constructed in 220 BC, this sprawling defense system was originally built to protect against northern invaders, but stands today as one of the world s greatest wonders. As you climb its ancient steps, pause to admire sweeping views of China s ever-changing landscapes.

Tiananmen Square

A visit to Beijing would not be complete without visiting the world-famous and historic Tiananmen Square, or “Gate of Heavenly Peace”. Located in the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square was once the main gate to the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today it is home to the Monument to the People s Heroes, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, National Museum of China, and the Great Hall of the People. As the world s largest public square, it covers a total area of 440 square meters and can hold up to one million people at a time.

Sacred Way and Ming Tomb Museum

After moving the capital from Nanjing to Beijing and building the Forbidden City in 1420, the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle selected this burial site and created his own mausoleum. Since then, 13 other Ming Dynasty emperors were buried in this area. Reflect on the past glories of kings when exploring their final resting places at the Thirteen Ming Tombs. Lying outside of Beijing City, the tombs are surrounded by tranquility that only nature can offer. Three tombs - Changling, Dinling and Zhaoling – are open to the touring public.

Summer Palace

Once used as a summer residence for emperors, the Summer Palace is the largest park on the outskirts of Beijing. It is known for its archetypal Chinese landscaping and marvelous vistas of elaborate bridges and pagodas, which overlook the sparkling Kunming Lake. This imperial garden was a welcome retreat for royal families looking for rest and entertainment.

Based on your interest, we suggest the following tour packages which will provide you with the greatest enjoyment

China Discovery 10 Days 8 Nights[RDX]

  • Tour Code: RDX          Date: 05/04/2018 ~ 11/16/2018       Price From: $1699 Land Only
From ancient wonders to natural marvels, this compact journey will introduce you to three of China's most popular and diverse cities. Walk across Beijing's incredible Great Wall, gaze at stoic Terra-cotta warriors in Xian and experience the vibrant pulse of Shanghai on one of our best-selling itineraries.
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - XIAN(2 nts) - SHANGHAI(3 nts) 

Yangtze Essence 13 Days 11 Nights[RDV]

  • Tour Code: RDV          Date: 04/22/2018 ~ 11/18/2018       Price From: $2299 Land Only
Experience the rich diversity of China on this 13-day trip through the country’s most famous cities and the mystical Yangtze River. Retrace the steps of ancient warriors as you walk along the Great Wall and step into the future among gleaming skyscrapers in Shanghai. Snap a photo with pandas in Chongqing and marvel at the inspiring Three Gorges. This journey showcases the manmade wonders and natural highlights of this unforgettable country
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - YICHANG - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE(4 nts) - CHONGQING - XIAN(2 nts) - SHANGHAI(2 nts) 

Scenic Yangtze Discovery 16 Days 14 Nights[RDR]

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This voyage is a must for any adventurous traveler who aspires to explore China and the mighty Yangtze River to its fullest. A journey to China is incomplete without this impressive itinerary that covers it all - memorable explorations to ancient civilizations, comprehensive guides about the history and culture of each city, sampling of traditional cuuisines, and admmittance to spectacular entertainment.

China Scenic 12 Days 10 Nights[RDZ]

  • Tour Code: RDZ          Date: 05/04/2018 ~ 11/16/2018       Price From: $2099 Land Only
This journey showcases China’s breathtaking natural scenery without missing its cultural and historical wonders. Sail along the Li River and witness breathtaking landscapes straight from ancient Chinese paintings. Explore the dramatic rock formations in Guilin’s caves, walk in the footsteps of warriors on the Great Wall and gaze at the futuristic skyline of Shanghai.
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - XIAN(2 nts) - GUILIN(2 nts) - YANGSHUO - GUILIN - SHANGHAI(3 nts) 

Tibet Highland 14 Days 12 Nights[RDT]

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Visit some of China's most renowned cities and uncover the mystique of Tibet as you witness its ancient rituals and practices. Discover the sights and sounds of the most important river in the culture of China as you cruise down the majestic Yangtze River. From world famous culinary cuisine and entertainment to the natural beauty of vast and diverse landscapes, this is a trip of a lifetime.
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - XIAN(2 nts) - LHASA(3 nts) - CHENGDU(2 nts) - SHANGHAI(2 nts) 

Beijing 3 nights 4 days[PEK PKG]

  • Tour Code: PEK PKG          Date: 03/30/2018 ~ 02/28/2019       Price From: $530 Land Only

Throughout Beijing's time-honored history as the nation's capital, it has earned a reputation as one of the most famous historic and cultural cities of the world. Although it is in the midst of an urban renewal, Beijing still maintains its imperial splendor. Travelers to this ancient city can visit must-see destinations, including the legendary Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the exquisite pavilions and gardens of the Summer Palace.

Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts)