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The Great Wall of China

Touring the Great Wall

The Great Wall is a must see on a trip to China. Our trips to the Great Wall have no hidden shopping stops so we maximize your time on the wall. There are several sections to visit, but we recommend the Mutianyu section if you are taking a day trip, as this will take about half your day. If you want to do a serious hiking trip, then Jinshanling to Simatai or Gubeikou is recommended.

Why is there a Great Wall?

The Great Wall was key to protecting agriculture and resisting cavalry of the Huns and other warrior tribes from the north. The advantages of the enormous barrier diminished with the advancement of gunpowder and other weaponry.

The wall was originally built of stone, wood, grass and earth. In the Ming Dynasty bricks were produced in kilns set up along the wall. The bricks were transported by men carrying them on their backs, donkeys, mules and even goats had a brick tied to their head before being driven up a mountain.

The Great Wall of China was built over more than two thousand years. Construction on the first section began between the 7th and 6th century BC, and the last work on the wall was done between the 14th and 17th centuries.



Below are some of our tours which include visits to different sections of the Great Wall.

Mutianyu
Beijing in 48 Hours
2 Days CNY 1,060 *
Beijing in 48 Hours
Two days in the Chinese capital may not seem like very long, but it’s just enough to tick off a few of Beijing’s must-see sights. Let your imagination run wild in the Forbidden City, holiday like an emperor at the Summer Palace, and whizz down the side of the Great Wall in a toboggan. Make the very most of your short stay in Beijing by tucking into real Chinese cuisine, in a restaurant or family home.
Beijing
Beijing in 72 Hours
3 Days CNY 1,660 *
Beijing in 72 Hours
There is no better way to learn about the capital than by visiting its most significant sights. Every day of your tour will be an adventure, whether the main attraction is based in the city center or the outskirts of Beijing. <br /><br /> This particular itinerary includes a trip to stunning Jingshan Park, a rickshaw ride through the famous Beijing hutong alleyways, a tai-chi class, and tickets to The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show. <br /><br /> Our guides are...
Beijing
Beijing Family Fun
3 Days CNY 1,470 *
Beijing Family Fun
Just imagine - three nights in a row of amazing sleep because the kids are so worn out from the day’s adventures. This three-day tour includes tickets to a panda kung fu show and a ride around the city's alleyways on the back of a cycle rickshaw. <br /><br /> However, the Beijing Family Fun tour isn’t just for kids; as the name suggests, there is something for everyone! It is also packed with excursions to Beijing’s must-see sights, including the Forbidden City, the...
Beijing
Beijing 4-Day Experience
4 Days CNY 2,000 *
Beijing 4-Day Experience
So, you want to see Beijing, but only have a few days to spare; we have the perfect tour for you! We will whisk you off to all of the capital’s must-see sights as well as a few lesser-known spots, to give you the full Beijing experience. Of course, you can’t come to China without seeing the Great Wall. However, if you don’t feel like the climb, we include cable car tickets up and a toboggan ride down! Food lovers can rest easy in the knowledge that all of the meals we include are fine...
Beijing
Beijing and the Great Wall in One Day
1 Day CNY 650 *
Beijing and the Great Wall in One Day
If you have never been to Beijing before, the day you take this tour may seem like one of the busiest, yet most fulfilling, of your life! Not only will you venture to the Great Wall of China and take in the fabulous mountain views, but you will also visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, both places of tremendous cultural importance to people from all over China. <br /><br /> Each element of the tour can be tailored to your individual needs, so please get in touch with...
Beijing
Great Wall Mutianyu and the Ming Tombs
1 Day CNY 690 *
Great Wall Mutianyu and the Ming Tombs
This tour takes you to three historically important sights outside Beijing's bustling city center. <br /><br /> Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall known for its fabulous views and the toboggan that you can take down the mountainside! <br /><br /> We will make two stops at the Ming Tombs; the first is the underground tomb of the Wanli Emperor (the only Ming tomb to have been excavated,) and the other is ‘the Sacred Way,’ a pathway lined with carved...
Beijing
Tianjin Port Overnight Tour to Beijing
2 Days
Tianjin Port Overnight Tour to Beijing
This tour is ideal for visitors who are stopping off at Xingang Port in Tianjin. We will pick you up from the port and return you back after your whirlwind trip to the capital. <br /><br /> As you will be on a tight schedule, we take you to Beijing’s must-see sites. This tour also includes an overnight stay at the excellent Hotel Kapok, which is walking distance from the Forbidden City. If you would prefer to stay in a 3-star or 5-star hotel, simply talk to your agent. <br...
Beijing
Beijing 2 Day Tour + Hotel
2 Days CNY 1,000 *
Beijing 2 Day Tour + Hotel
Finding your way around a new city in China is hard; it’s as simple as that. That’s why we are here to give you an intro to Beijing, featuring everything from the Forbidden City to The Great Wall. <br /><br /> Sure, two days is a little on the short side if you want to really get to know the city, but we will try our best to give you a full overview of the history and culture of the area. And if you can squeeze in another day in Beijing, we offer an even more jam-packed 3-day...
Beijing
Jinshanling
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
1 Day
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
If you are planning to hike the Great Wall, but you don’t want hundreds of tourists in your way, slowing you down then the Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike could be the one for you. <Br> <Br> Our guides will accompany you along the unrestored Gubeikou section, towards Jinshanling, an area favored for its breathtaking views. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the wall, as well as anything else you are interested to know! <Br> <Br> The hike takes...
Beijing
Jinshanling Great Wall Hike
1 Day CNY 520 *
Jinshanling Great Wall Hike
If you have been waiting your whole life to see the Great Wall, why go to a section that is bound to be full of tourists? The Jinshanling to Simatai route is the most epic of hikes, with restored and unrestored sections. <br /><br /> This is a medium difficulty hike and is appropriate for children above eight-years-old and those who are keen hikers. <br /><br /> Tips: <br /><br /> The route takes about three to four hours, followed by an excellent...
Beijing
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Overnight
2 Days
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Overnight
If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of Beijing for a little while, this hiking and hot spring trip is just what the doctor ordered. <br /><Br> Spend the day hiking at Jinshanling Great Wall, followed by a relaxing evening at the 5-star Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. Stay up late making the most of the seemingly endless hot spring pools before returning to the city the next morning.
Beijing
Treasures of the Silk Road
10 Days
Treasures of the Silk Road
This winter, follow in the footsteps of history as you journey along the ancient Silk Road from Beijing to Dunhuang, taking in different sections of the Great Wall along the way.  <br /><br /> Your epic ten-day journey starts in Beijing, where you’ll have ample opportunity to see the sights. After Beijing you will travel to Xi’an, home to the world famous Terracotta Warriors. However, it’s not all about ticking off the sights - in Xi’an you’ll have plenty of chances to...
Beijing - Xi'an - Zhang Ye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Beijing
Gubeikou
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
1 Day
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
If you are planning to hike the Great Wall, but you don’t want hundreds of tourists in your way, slowing you down then the Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike could be the one for you. <Br> <Br> Our guides will accompany you along the unrestored Gubeikou section, towards Jinshanling, an area favored for its breathtaking views. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the wall, as well as anything else you are interested to know! <Br> <Br> The hike takes...
Beijing
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