One of the places you must visit in Beijing and seldom ever visited by Group Tours is the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square. It is like visiting our Congress building in the U.S. Note above the largest stage in Asia and perhaps the world with seating for over 10,000 people. The bottom photo is one of the reception rooms for foreign dignitaries. President Nixon was received in this particular room. Each Province has a room in the building decorated for their particular province. Although you can not tour the individual rooms, there is glass so you can look into them. You can take a self guiding tour of the building which features a banquet room as well as a cafeteria where you may have lunch. The stairways are 20′ wide and during receptions are covered with inch thick red carpeting. Another building to tour is the Beijing Hotel on the corner of Changon Ave. and Wangfujing street Mall. The reception hall if open has had many historical meetings there. Although updated the hotel is now split into three hotels in one which share many of the common areas including many restaurants which are open to the public. These buildings not included in Group Tours are good places to go on your own during some of your free time. For more places to visit and see on your own not included on group tours, contact us at www.interlakechinatours.com Private Custom Tours to China are our specialty for over 18 years.