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How to Visit the Great Wall of China from Beijing

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The Best Great Wall Tours

The Great Wall is a must-visit for everyone visiting China, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do on your own. Navigating Beijing and far-away places like the Great Wall is not simple even if you speak Chinese. Eliminate the hassle of figuring everything out by yourself – sometimes tours are the best way to see things! Trust us. 

We’ve visited The Wall more times than we care to admit publicly on a website, so we’ve learned a thing or two about where to go and what to do through a combination of research, trial, and error. So we’ve worked with a local Great Wall guide to put together three itineraries that we can personally vouch for. Keeping in mind that a round-trip taxi plus ticket for one is already around 300 RMB, taking a tour is also a great deal for your wallet. We promise you’ll be in good hands, and more importantly, you don’t have to worry about researching anything else. Take a look at the options below, choose the one that fits your schedule, and know that you’re going to have the best Great Wall experience possible! 

Trip 1: Mutianyu Section by Private Car

There are a lot of sections of the Great Wall to visit (it’s pretty big after all,) and Mutianyu is our favorite. It has incredible views as far as the eye can see with densely placed watchtowers along a sweeping 2.5km stretch. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can climb the 500+ steep stairs to one of the areas highest points. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing, take the cable car and slowly explore the watchtowers as you stroll along the wall to the toboggan slide- perfect for all ages. Multiple ways up and down from the wall make it very easy to create a loop without needing to turn around and retrace your steps to go back down, so you can maximize your time up there!

Combine all of this with a personalized experience that includes comfortable private transportation, a private English-speaking driver, and ample time to explore the wall on your own. It’s literally the perfect way to see the Great Wall, and totally customizable. 

What Your Day Looks Like:

  • Get picked up at your hotel or at the airport by your English-speaking driver at the time of your choice.
  • Upon arrival at the Great Wall, your driver will assist you to purchase tickets and help you plan your day.
  • Explore the Great Wall on your own, at your leisure.
  • Get dropped off back at your hotel or the airport in your private car.

Price:

  • 2 People: $92 USD per person
  • 3 People: $73 USD per person
  • 4 People: $68 USD per person

Price Includes: Hotel pick-up & drop-off, private car with English-speaking driver, admission tickets to the Great Wall (optional Cable Car and Toboggan tickets are not included), bottled water. Airport pick-up/drop-off have an additional surcharge due to the further distance.

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Trip 2: Great Wall Hiking From Jiankou to Mutianyu Sections

If you’re looking for the ultimate Great Wall experience, this can’t be beat. This route is almost impossible to access unless you speak Chinese, and the hike is considered the most precipitous and beautiful stretch in the entire region. The hike begins in an un-restored, less visited area that offers ancient ruins, soaring views and photos that you can’t get anywhere else. During the hike, your private guide provides stories about the wall’s history and construction. This one is a bit more adventurous, if you’re into hiking this is probably the one for you!

What Your Day Looks Like:

  • Get picked up at your hotel in Central Beijing in your private car.
  • Upon arrival at the Great Wall, your private guide will lead you through the forest, up to the un-restored section of the Great Wall. You’ll finish the rest of the way on your own- just follow the wall!
  • Explore the Great Wall with your private guide during your hike. Hiking experience is recommended.
  • Enjoy a post-hike lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Get dropped off at your hotel.

Price:

  • 2 People: $218 USD per person
  • 3 People: $158 USD per person
  • 4 People: $138 USD per person

Price Includes: Hotel pick-up & drop-off, private car, professional English-speaking guide, post-hike lunch, Great Wall admission tickets (optional Toboggan tickets are not included), bottled water.

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Trip 3: Mutianyu Section + Summer Palace Day Trip

Short on time and want to combine the best sites outside of Beijing all in one day? This is the answer! We’ve combined a trip to the Mutianyu section of the great wall (the first itinerary on this list) with a visit to Beijing’s famous Summer Palace. Combine this with your own private guide, and you’ll get insider knowledge on the best places to beat the crowds, the best photo ops, and fascinating historical and cultural insights. After a couple of hours exploring the great wall, you’ll stop for lunch and then head to the Summer Palace with an immaculately preserved royal gardens which have a lake, bridges, temples, and historic pavilions.

What Your Day Looks Like:

  • Get picked up at your hotel in Central Beijing in your private car.
  • Explore the Great Wall at your leisure for a couple of hours.
  • Enjoy a post-hike lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit Beijing’s Royal Summer Palace with your private guide and stroll through its grounds.
  • Get dropped off at your hotel.

Price:

  • 2 People: $188 USD per person
  • 3 People: $148 USD per person
  • 4 People: $128 USD per person

Price Includes: Hotel pick-up & drop-off, private car, professional English-speaking guide, post-hike lunch, Great Wall admission tickets (optional Toboggan tickets are not included), Summer Palace admission tickets (optional dragon boat tickets are not included), bottled water.

Inquire Now!

Enter your details below to start your reservation. We’ll follow up with you right away to answer any questions you have and confirm your trip!

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