In the morning drive to an old part of Beijing, first you will spend one hour touring around the 300-year old courtyard.
Your English speaking tour guide will give you a detailed explanation of the old courtyard ( Siheyuan ) - its history, its layout, its Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture.
Then you will have about a 1.5 hour rickshaw ride passing through the narrow alleys (Hutong) to experience the real life of local Beijing residents. Two people share a rickshaw. Drop off at the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and walk along the 800-year old Yandai Xiejie (Tobacco Pipe Lean Street) to Beijing's famous Drum Tower. Upon ascending the long staircase have a great view of the surrounding hutongs and traditional courtyards.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the Summer Palace which is located about 12 km. (7.5 mi.) northwest of the city center and is a well-preserved royal garden famous for its enthralling scenery and spectacular ancient architecture of the Qing Dynasty. It's also noted as one of the four classical gardens in China (the other three being Chengde Palace Summer Resort, Suzhou Administrators' Garden and Suzhou Lingering Garden) and is the largest of its kind so far in China.
In the evening, you will transfer to Xi'an by taking the evening train from Beijing Train Station. This train ride takes about 11 to 12 hours and you will arrive in Xi'an the next morning.