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About Beijing 

China’s gargantuan capital is one of the world’s most populous cities, a true tourist mecca and home to well over 21 million people. As well as being a sprawling, modern metropolis, it’s completely in touch with the country’s past too and indeed, the majority of its most iconic and popular attractions date back to the time of China’s empire and its all-powerful dynastic rule. Though it lies far north of the Yangtze River, most voyages in the region include a visit to the city either before your river cruise starts or after it ends, with air transfers to or from Chongqing included on your itinerary. Considering the wealth of landmarks and tourist attractions Beijing boasts, it’s hardly surprising that Mekong River cruises offer you at least two days to explore this incredible city.

Exploring Beijing

The absolute must-see during your river cruise visit to Beijing is, of course, the awesome and iconic Great Wall of China. This 4,000 mile-long UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s most renowned structures and a bucket list experience for many visitors. It doesn’t pass directly through the city, but excursions operate to a number of its different sections, with the Badaling section a popular choice for a number of river cruise lines’ excursions. If you’re exploring on your own though, the Mutianyu section is an excellent option too, as it’s not as tourist-heavy, is fully restored and offers some fantastic views.

The Forbidden City is today known as the Palace Museum, another hugely popular landmark in the city. A 15th-century palace complex, it was the traditional home of successive ruling Emperors or centuries and is spread over 250 acres and boasts over 9,000 different rooms. Owing to its sheer scale, a tour of the city is more like an outdoor museum experience with a wealth of temples, bridges, monuments and other architectural wonders to take in.

Another expansive landmark is the incredible Summer Palace. More than a further architectural treasure, it is, in fact, a huge complex spread over 700 acres. Though it’s always popular with tourists, with all that room, it’s the perfect place for those in search of a little tranquillity, too. There are some stunning gardens and a serene lake, as well as bridges, temples and pavilions to complete the authentic oriental picture. Another popular park is Tiantan, chiefly because it’s the home of China’s largest single religious structure, the Temple of Heaven. This 270-square-acre structure really is a fit for a king, as it’s where emperors-past went to pray.

Beijing tips

As one of the most populous places in the world, Beijing is always busy, so be mindful of traffic when crossing roads. Haggling’s a way of life in markets so it’s a great opportunity to try out your bartering skills, while Peking Roast Duck is the local speciality dish.

Beijing Itineraries

Xi'an

Highlights of China & the Yangtze

22 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
10 Nights From Beijing, to Fly From Shanghai

Includes HUGE savings plus a FREE one-way Business Class flight upgrade, limited time only | Extra savings for Heritage Club members!

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Shanghai

China, Tibet & the Yangtze

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
13 Nights From Beijing, to Fly From Shanghai
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Guilin

Grand China - Beijing to Shanghai

6 sailing dates October 2020 to October 2021
20 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Beijing

China Express - Beijing to Shanghai

8 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
15 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Beijing

Panda and Palaces - Beijing to Chengdu

4 sailing dates October 2020 to May 2021
12 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

Includes HUGE savings plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers

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Shanghai

Grand China & The Yangtze

18 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
17 Nights From Beijing, to China , Hong Kong, China
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Chongqing

China Express - Beijing to Shanghai

1 sailing date May 2020
13 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai
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Xi'an

Grand China Discovery - Beijing to Shanghai

2 sailing dates May 2020 to June 2020
18 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai
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Xi'an

Beijing to Shanghai

6 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £5669pp

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