The Art and Architecture of Beijing

The Art and Architecture
of Beijing

The 21st century brought a new wave of art and architecture in Beijing, making it one of
the prominent capitals for design and contemporary arts. From the intricate designs
of Olympic venues to 798 District, this is a day for art and design aficionados.


A city constantly on the move; Beijing’s city planners continue to leave no stone unturned in marking its place in the top ranks of commercially thriving world centres with an eye for design.

With its past preserved, the capital of China weaves its often awe-inspiring views on eye-catching architecture without losing grip on iconic landmarks and innovation in construction. The result is a Beijing horizon filled with some of the most interesting buildings in the world, worth taking up in a full-day excursion.


The Art and Architecture of Beijing

09:00 - 17:00

Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in downtown Beijing and will first head out to the Olympic Green, the centre of the 2008 Summer Olympics, where two of the most prominent sporting venues were specially erected. The $423 million main stadium is the world’s largest steel structure which can hold up to 80,000 spectators. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics gives the stadium the appearance of a “Bird’s Nest”, due to the seemingly random, nest-like steel structure that forms its outer shell.

Nearby, The National Aquatics Centre, better known as the Water Cube, is just opposite the Birds Nest. The building was designed to resemble a box of bubbles, symbolizing water and the aquatic activities taking place inside and brightens up the city at night when a carefully choreographed light show turns the Water Cube into a visual spectacle.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to a former factory complex just outside of the centre. Previously a major manufacturing plant for electronics, by the start of the 21st century, artists from all corners of China saw the potential to bring new life to these factory halls and reshaped it as it now known as 798 Art District. The building is now home to dozens of art galleries in a historically interesting location.

The curved building, nicknamed “The Egg” because of its shape that is the National Grand Theatre shows visitors that architecture has continuously developed the city. The building is situated in the heart of Beijing right next to the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square. How Beijing has grown to its current size is best viewed at the Beijing City Planning Exhibition Hall, dedicated to how urban planning has shaped the capital and what the future will hold. The exhibition includes the city’s economic planning while keeping an eye out on the environmental impacts.

After this last visit, we head back your hotel where you will arrive at approximately 5 pm.




  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs.
  • When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operated in the afternoon.


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