Meet your guide and small group in central Beijing. Start times vary between 4:30pm and 7pm to coincide with Tiananmen Square’s flag-lowering ceremony, timed according to the sunset.
Admire the National Theatre, a modern, egg-shaped center designed by Paul Andreu, and stroll to Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square. View the buildings, including Tiananmen Gate, as their floodlights switch on, learning about their history and functions.
Watch the lowering of the Chinese flag, a solemn military ceremony held beside the gate, and view the remnants of Beijing’s city walls and Qianmen Shopping Street.
Continue on to the shopping and food quarter around Wangfujing Street. Enjoy this lively area, and explore the night market to see some unusual street foods. As you explore the illuminated streets, hear first-hand tales of city life from your guide, and get insider tips on restaurants, bars, and nightspots.
Next, head for St. Joseph's Church, sometimes known as Wangfujing Church, one of Beijing’s Catholic churches. Admire the church and watch the activities nearby — locals gather here by evening to play games, dance, and sing.
Your tour concludes here, leaving you to continue exploring or return to your hotel with directions from your guide.