Western Beijing Tour: Boats, Blooms ‘n Boots

Western Beijing tour guide:

This extensive botanical tour includes the impressive gardens of a World Heritage Site, a tropical conservatory, a 54-ton Buddha, and stunning views from Fragrant Hills Park.

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Hikers–and anyone with a green thumb–will enjoy this western Beijing tour! It starts at the Summer Palace, one of Beijing’s most beautiful parks. UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site because of its impressive gardens. Next up is a gentle stroll through Beijing Botanical Garden, with thousands of plants and a Tropical Conservatory. Finish up with a visit to Sleeping Buddha Temple, with its copper 54-ton statue of a reclining Buddha-the largest in China. The final stop is Fragrant Hills Park. Hike or take the cable car to the top for stunning views of Beijing in the distance. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Western Beijing Tour Highlights

  • Introduction
  • Summer Palace: Beijing’s Prettiest Park
  • Summer Palace: Crowded With History
  • Westward Ho: Blooms & a Buddha
  • Hiking in Fragrant Hills Park
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Poinsettias are not just a Christmas flower in Beijing. They bloom year 'round and are used in very colorful displays. Snap a few photos of them for next year's Christmas cards.
  • Clothing sizes vary greatly--an average person could wear anything from small to 4X. Trying items on before buying is important. Fitting rooms, however, may not be available except in major department stores. Always double-check the tags before leaving to make sure the package contains the right size.
  • Pick pocketing is rampant, especially on crowded buses and subways. Pickpockets are so smooth you won't know you're missing something until it's too late. Take good care of your valuables, such as passport and money.
  • Women who prefer Western-style toilets should look for the handicapped symbol in public toilets. In central Beijing, just use the public toilets in the five-star hotels.
  • Travelers over age 60 should show their passports when buying admission tickets. Some attractions, such as the Summer Palace and Great Wall, give senior discounts with proper identification.

Cheryl Probst

Cheryl Probst is an award-winning photojournalist who has worked for newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and China. She goes to China on a regular basis, and has visited 43 of the 50 United States, 7 Canadian Provinces, numerous European countries and also New Zealand. Today she calls the state of Washington her home.


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"Even though I am a local, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning more about the history of the landmarks. The author's interest in the area comes through in his engaging style of writing. Being able to complete the tour at my own pace made it even
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