Asked by Mr.Heather from USA | Apr. 15, 2010 13:20
About:Summer Palace

Hello. I am getting started early.
We are traveling to China next year. Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Do you have recommendations on how to do the following all within 3 days? Great Wall (Mutianyu Wall), Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs and Summer Palace

I will ask other questions for Hong Kong and Shanghai on those pages.
Thank you so much for any tips, advice you may offer.

Answers (6)
Answered by Mr.Dan | Apr. 15, 2010 20:17

You may spend the first day in Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City. Next day, you may go to Mutianyu Great Wall first and then get back to Beijing and go to Summer Palace. The third day, you can visit Ming Tombs. If you are interested, you may visit the Sacred Way, Chingling Tomb, Dingling Tomb and Zhaoling Tomb all together.
Answered by Ms.carrie | Jun. 11, 2010 17:29
do forbidden city and the summer palace on different days
Answered by Ms.carrie | Jun. 11, 2010 17:30
I would pair the Summer Palace and Ming tombs together
Answered by Ms.Laura from United Kingdom | Jun. 22, 2010 03:14
I am currently in Beijing at the mo,we visited the forbidden city two days ago,it takes a while to get around the forbidden city especially if it is busy and hot (which it is likely to be both) so I would give it a day to do this and Tienanmen square.We didnt have a guide to get around,but it is confusing so I would reccommend paying for the Audio guide thats available. There is a tuor available that allows you to do the Forbidden city and the Summer palace all in one day with a tour guide which is available at most hotels or online.
We went to the great wall (Mutianyu) yesterday on a tour,which I would recommend as the wall is a good 2 hours drive away from Bejing,we also visited the Ming tombs,had a lovely Chinese lunch,went to a Jade museum,a silk museum and drove past the Olympic stadium all of this was included in the price of the tour which picks you up and drops you off at your hotel,we spent 2 hours at the wall which was plenty as it is abit of a climb.We booked this online the day before with a company called
If you do not decide to do the tour that includes the forbidden city and the summer palace in one day then I would do the summer palace and the Temple of heaven together another day,which we plan to do tomorrow.
I would leave the wall till the last day as it is quite tiring.
If you would like a day free to just wander and explore Beijing,then I would suggest you do both tours and get it all done in the 2 days.
Hope this helps.
Answered by Mr.Laura from United Kingdom | Jun. 22, 2010 03:27
Meant to say the price of our trip to the wall was 195RMB,but we managed to get it for 185RMB via email,that is about 27USD.
Answered by Ms.Chabi from Philippines | Jun. 25, 2010 04:20
Ms. Laura,

I found your feedback very helpful... Thanks
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