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Cities, Slopes And Serenity: Skiing the Mountains and Seeing the Cities of China

The cultural brilliance of China is in a league of its own. Booming Beijing boasts a variety of beautiful, historic and traditional opportunities for adventure. Alongside this amazing metropolis lie awe-inspiring mountains and tranquil resorts, all of which offer Olympic-quality skiing to visitors from near and far. Starting in effervescent Beijing, explore the majestic architecture and ancient cultural influences that have long made this one of the greatest cities in the world. After, travel to Zhangjiakou and immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of China’s most magnificent mountains.

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  • Learn stories of China’s history from the heart of Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Adventure to new heights along the glorious Great Wall of China
  • Explore miles of Olympic skiing throughout gorgeous Zhangjiakou
  • Relax in the chic yet traditional bars and restaurants of the Secret Garden Ski Resort
 
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in the glorious, cultural metropolis of Beijing and take in the bustling city sights as your driver transports you to your hotel. We recommend you enjoy your stay at either the newly renovated Peninsula Beijing, or the excitingly chic Opposite House.

Day 2

Journey through the intriguing and historical landmark of Tiananmen Square, learning about the revolutionary ideas that were born in this very area. After, explore the Forbidden City, formerly home to Chinese dynasties, and adventure through the local culture and charm of “Hutongs” (lanes and small streets). End your day with a visit to the beautiful Taoist Temple of Heaven.

Day 3

Rise early and drive to Mutianyu to visit China’s Great Wall, making sure to bring your camera for all the breathtaking photo opps. After, drive 20 miles to the Huaibei Ski Resort: spend three thrilling hours on the otherworldly peaks, all of which provide stunning views of ancient watchtowers across the Great Wall.

Day 4
Zhangjiakou

After an early breakfast, pay a visit to the ancient Lama Temple, the oldest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing, for a rare view into China’s alluring past. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local cuisine, then drive to the peaks of the lovely Secret Garden Ski Resort, slated to be the 2022 Olympic Games host for freestyle skiing competitions.

Day 5
Zhangjiakou

Spend the daylight hours on the slopes, perfecting your technique and enjoying the perks of heated chairlifts and cable cars to transport you to the peaks. After, relax with a cocktail in the resort’s elegant Genting Lounge, which offers a luxurious Cigar Humidor room and a VIP wine cellar.

Day 6
Zhangjiakou

After breakfast, enjoy a change of scenery by heading to the adjacent Wanlong Ski Resort: this north-facing resort offers a series of peaks steeper than those of the Secret Garden for more challenging runs. Later, return to the Secret Garden Ski Resort and sample the perfectly-prepared Hot Pot delicacies served at the traditional Old Beijing restaurant.

Day 7

Spend the morning and early afternoon taking your final rides down your favorite slopes. After a warm lunch, return to Beijing and enjoy an evening taking in the unique cultural excitement of the city.

Day 8
Departure

After a light breakfast, it is time to bid Beijing farewell as you head to the airport for your departure flight home or onto your next exciting destination.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
BEIJING
The Opposite House, The Peninsula Beijing

The Opposite House

Located in Beijing's stylish new Village at Sanlitun shopping and entertainment complex, the Opposite House is a unique small hotel designed by noted Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. While the exterior is clad in squares of varying hues of vibrant green, the 99 rooms and suites are soothing, decorated in warm, neutral tones and fitted with pale wood furniture and crisp white linens. Kuma says he intended for the blend to create the calm of an "urban forest." The hotel's name is derived from the Chinese term for the guest house in a traditional courtyard compound, which was located opposite the main house. There are a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from, in keeping with the hotel's Sanlitun location: Sureño faces on a sunken tree-filled courtyard and serves mediterranean cuisine; Bei (which means north) specializes in the cuisine of Northern China, Japan and Korea; Mesh is a dark and cozy lounge and bar, with excellent cocktails and an extensive wine list, while Punk, a "mini-club" is edgier and hosts local and international djs. There is no business center, but wi-fi is available in all rooms and public spaces. There is also a high-design spa surrounding a large and visually striking stainless-steel-clad pool, which offers massage therapies, a steam room, sauna and fitness center. Opposite House is 40 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).

 

The Peninsula Beijing

The timeless Peninsula Beijing sets the bar for elegance and luxury even higher, as it completes a full renovation, and emerges even more palatial. In the heart of China’s fast-paced capital, the hotel combines imperial architecture and ancient culture with contemporary style and luxurious modern conveniences. From the hotel’s own fleet of chauffeur-driven custom Rolls Royce Phantoms, to decor featuring masterpieces by internationally-renowned Chinese artists, every detail is attended to. Fully overhauled rooms and suites feature sleek decor in cool, tranquil hues, decked out with every conceivable convenience and comfort. From afternoon tea in the iconic lobby to world-class cuisine crafted by well-traveled chefs, diners will be delighted, and both business and leisure guests will find relaxation amid the spa and wellness facilities.

 
 
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