Discover the past, present and future of a truly great nation with this day tour that takes you from the one of the most ancient sections of the Great Wall of China to the high-tech legacy of the 2008 Olympics. Call by a jade workshop to watch the skilled craftsmen transform lumps of greenish rock into translucent and exquisite works of art, and sample the best of Chinese cuisine with a local homemade meal and a traditional tea ceremony.
Your first stop is the National Stone Place, where you can learn about the ancient culture of Chinese jade and pick up a beautiful traditionally made souvenir of China. Then it's on to Mutianyu, part of the legendary Great Wall of China, the greatest marvel of ancient engineering and an iconic structure visible from space. Built to protect the nascent empire from the warlike intentions of their northerly neighbours, these massive fortifications stretch for thousands of miles across stunning mountain scenery. The section known as Mutianyu has a much steeper climb than the more-visited Badaling section, but rewards those willing to put in the extra effort with breathtaking views and interesting architecture including outer and inner parapets, watchtowers and crenelated battlements. Of course, there's always the cable car if the stairs seem too daunting!
For lunch, enjoy a delicious typical home-style meal served in a farmer’s courtyard. As you travel back to Beijing you will view the cutting edge Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, iconic buildings constructed for the 2008 Olympics that remain a symbol of China's future looking, ultra-modern outlook. Finish your day with a traditional tea ceremony, where you can sit back, relax and reflect on a incredible journey into China past, present and future.