Led by our Group Leader, tai ji sessions last approximately 30 minutes. No special clothes or shoes are required. Walking approximately 2 miles in and around the Forbidden City on flat, paved terrain with many chairs and benches to rest; up to 80 steps with railings. Walking up to 1/2 mile in Hutong area.
After morning tai ji, enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast. Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.
Coach to Old Beijing hutongs (small residential alleys and courtyards) near Beihai Park and explore the neighborhood via pedicab. Visit families in their homes and the former residence of Song Qing Ling, political activist and wife of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.
In an “Old Beijing” hutong, we’ll gather for a family-hosted lunch including jaozi (Chinese style dumplings). Hutongs are old residential neighborhoods with courtyard homes situated in small lanes and alleys that are rapidly disappearing due to urban development.
Explore the Forbidden City, a vast complex once the seat of Qing Emperors and forbidden to all others. Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City was not only the personal residence of emperors and their royal families, but China’s political center for more than five centuries.
This evening at a Welcome Dinner, celebrate with a Beijing specialty: Peking Duck Dinner. Peking Duck was first created in Beijing for emperors six hundred years ago during the Ming Dynasty. Thinly sliced, with crisp skin, the duck is wrapped in light pancakes with julienned cucumbers and a variety of sauces. It is often said that if you go to Beijing there are two things you must do: walk the Great Wall and enjoy Peking Duck.
After dinner, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.