Looking for a reliable and comfortable private
transfer from Tianjin Home Port Xingang to Beijing with an afternoon
excursion to the Olympic stadiums and the Old Hutongs of the city? Great
Wall Adventure Club is here to help. We have a large fleet of cars and
vans with licensed tour guides and professional drivers. We make sure
that your private transfer will be safe, comfortable and relaxing.
Either book online or just send us an email, and
our customer service specialists will contact you with the details. No
matter what happens, your customer service specialist will be with you
The Diamond Princess has assisted disembarkation
starting about 07:30am with the last stragglers coming off around
09:00am. So you will leave your ship at a prearranged time. The main
terminal consists of the custom house, luggage area and waiting halls.
Your cruise ship will dock just by the main building.
Taking your handbags, you will go through customs.
Then you go to claim your luggage at the check luggage area. If you have
a lot of luggage and cannot carry or roll them on your own, you may ask
the port terminal staff for help.
With the help of our representative or driver, you
will be escorted to your waiting car or van, which will be outside the
terminal. Tianjin Port Xingang is about 200 km from Beijing and the
drive will take about 2-3 hours. Following lunch we will head to visit
the Drum Tower. The bell and drum were originally used as musical
instruments in China. Afterward, however, they were used for telling
time. As early as in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), there was 'a morning
bell and a dusk drum'. Telling the time by bell and drum played an
important role in helping people live and work regularly when there was
no other means to keep track of the time. As a result, bell and drum
towers became public architectures, and were widely constructed in
almost every city throughout the country since the Han Dynasty. In the
history of their construction, the bell and drum towers of Beijing are
the largest and highest. Their layout is unique, in that they were
placed fore-and-aft, not as the traditional sense of standing
right-and-left horizontally. We will walk around the towers, and we will
go up into the Drum Tower, which will give you a great birdís-eye view
of the city.
Next, we will arrive at the Shichahai lake area.
Shichahai is a famous scenic area that includes three lakes (Qian Hai,
meaning Front Sea; Hou Hai, meaning Back Sea and Xi Hai, meaning Western
Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and
remnants of old-style Beijing residences, Hutong and courtyards.
Shichahai is always a good place for local Beijingers' recreational
life, and in the last 200 years, many governmental officers,
celebrities, monks and nuns chose to build mansions, temples and
nunneries in Shichahai. Thus, Shichahai's attraction lies not only in
its natural beauty, but also in the historical value of its
architecture. The lakeshore is packed with young people chatting,
drinking and generally relaxing as wood pigeons coo overhead. In recent
years it has become famous for nightlife because it is home to several
popular restaurants, bars, and cafes. We will take a leisurely stroll
along the lake, where we will gradually come across Yandai Xiejie
Weíll then head to the northern area of the city,
in order to go to the Olympic Green. The Olympic Green was the center of
the event that captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008, and
is where a majority of the Olympic events took place. The highlights
that you will see today include the Birdís Nest (officially known as the
Beijing National stadium) and the Water Cube (the Beijing National
Aquatics Center). The stadium gets its nickname from its outward design,
which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implementing steel
beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof, thus giving
the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest". The Birdís Nest hosted
the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final
of the 2008 Summer Olympics, from 8 August to 24 August 2008. Since the Olympicís end, the Birdís Nest has been used to host events ranging from
opera to a ski park.
Following your tour of the Olympic stadiums you
will be taken to your hotel in Beijing.