Meet your Tour Manager at the airport this morning, and fly to Beijing, via Hong Kong, arriving on Day 2. We transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the Novotel Peace Hotel, on arrival. After checking in, we take a tour of the Chinese capital, including the incredible Forbidden City. An enormous palace complex of around 980 buildings, this imposing palace was the centre of Chinese government for over 500 years. We also visit Tiananmen Square, one of the lasting icons of Chinese history, and the centre of many significant political events. This evening, we return to our hotel for a delightful welcome meal.