Make Sure this Inclusive Program is on Your 2021 Calendar
In Beijing, history influences and permeates even the most revolutionary modern developments and trends that also color the culture of this energetic city. You can’t escape the past here, nor will you want to, as the legacies of emperors and warriors, fighters for peace and passion, and sacred traditions and sites are inextricably linked to what is today one of the world’s great cities. Its history complex, its present perhaps even more so, its future full of limitless possibilities – Beijing will capture your heart, mind and spirit.
In 2021, Crystal takes you there, to the heart of China’s capital city. A two-night inclusive program offered for guests sailing on the full 139-day “Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders” World Cruise is packed with transformative experiences at legendary sites. As always, luxury accommodations and details arranged by Crystal’s expert team take the journey from enriching to extraordinary.
Here’s a taste of what’s in store.
Tiananmen Square – Located in the heart of Beijing, its name means “gate of heavenly peace.” The irony of this moniker descended on the square in 1989 amidst pro-democracy protests, although it has been filled with outspoken citizens many times since it was built in 1651. Pass by the Great Hall of the People and the tomb of Chairman Mao Zedong.
Forbidden City, the World of the Last Emperor – It’s a magnificent 210-acre complex of pavilions, gardens and courtyards that housed 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties between the 15th and 20 centuries. An incredible feat of human engineering – perhaps the greatest in history – it is one of the best-preserved sites in the world.
The Great Wall – More than 2,000 years of manpower by nearly one million workers created this UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of the only ones visible from space). It was built as a barrier from invaders and an important marker along the Silk Road, though today it stands mostly as a testament to the tireless ingenuity of the Chinese people.
Changling – The tomb of Emperor Zhu Di of the Ming Dynasty is awe-striking. It covers approximately 30 acres laid out with picturesque pavilions and impressive architecture from the 14th century. Emperor Zhu Di is celebrated for contributing the most innovations during his reign, and his remarkable tomb inspired 12 of his successors to construct monuments of their own.
Temple of Heaven – A sunrise visit to this 15th-century masterpiece of engineering is the perfect time to reflect on the significance of this site. The circular ceremonial buildings with blue-tiled roofs were once shrines where China’s emperors worshipped, but are now open to the public and a popular are for locals’ morning Tai Chi sessions.
Following your immersion into Beijing’s treasures and tales, return to Crystal Serenity to continue your World Cruise journey.
Crystal’s three-day Beijing Overland Program is available to all full World Cruisers in 2021.