Early morning arrival in Beijing. The stopover in Beijing for one night is required to give the group a chance to rest and receive our Tibet permit before early morning fights to Lhasa tomorrow. The Tibet Group Entry Permit has been pre-arranged, and will be discussed at the Orientation today. Walking in Beijing today, up to 1/2 mile in the Hutong area and 1 mile in the Summer Palace on flat, paved terrain.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After breakfast, we will join our Group Leader for the program orientation. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. In Tibet, with an elevation of around 12,000 ft, you might feel shortness of breath and a pounding of your heart. Headache, extreme tiredness, nausea, and loss of appetite are standard symptoms. Please drink lots of water, rest, and avoid alcohol. If you continue to feel week, faint, or have any symptoms that concern you, talk to your Group Leader. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation, we will depart in the late morning by pedicab to explore the Hutongs of Old Beijing and the Summer Palace to learn about their story and meet a local family. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon
Enjoy a family-style lunch in a local family’s hutong home, with water and tea.
We explore the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an exquisite example of imperial garden design. Its pavilions, reception halls, and living quarters overlooking lily ponds, lakes, and arching bridges once comprised the summer retreat of Qing Emperors.
At an authentic Chinese restaurant, enjoy a family-style 'Welcome Dinner' plus tea, water, soft drinks; other beverages available for purchase.