Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon (12:30 p.m.) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the pandas. Next, take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many famous and historic buildings along the way.
Tour the main attractions of the Summer Palace, including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor, the longest covered walkway in the world with 14,000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill, the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat, the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street, which was used by the emperor to enjoy shopping. Admire the many beautiful bridges of the Summer Palace including the famous Seventeen Arch Bridge, the longest imperial bridge in China, which features 544 carved stone lions in different postures.
Enjoy a dinner of Imperial Cuisine served in a century-old restaurant located in Beihai Park, the oldest imperial park in Beijing. Conclude the tour by returning to your centrally located Beijing hotel.