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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 two day experience
2 Days CNY 830 *
Beijing two day experience
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Beijing
Beijing three day experience
3 Days CNY 1,270 *
Beijing three day experience
This Beijing three day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a toboggan sled!
Beijing
Beijing Family Fun
3 Days CNY 1,150 *
Beijing Family Fun
Ask about child discounts, it depends on their age and height. This is an example of a Beijing family tour which can be further modified to suite your needs. We can add airport transfers and family friendly hotels. Our guides are experienced at working with families and will be flexible and helpful. Other interesting attractions for families include the Railway Museum, Kungfu Show, Chaoyang Park, driving electric boats on Houhai lake, the Science and Technology Museum, the Military Museum and...
Beijing
Beijing four day experience
4 Days CNY 1,770 *
Beijing four day experience
This Beijing four day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a toboggan sled!
Beijing
Shanghai to Beijing and back in one day
1 Day CNY 3,110 *
Shanghai to Beijing and back in one day
Fly from Shanghai to Beijing and back in one day to see Beijing's major sites. If you are on a tight schedule then this is the tour for you. Flight prices will vary from day to day so please check with our agent and we will get you the best possible discount at the time you book. <br /><br /> We don't take up any of your time with unscheduled commission shopping stops and there are no hidden costs. We include the gondola ride at the wall and you can slide down from...
Shanghai - Beijing - Shanghai
Beijing & Great Wall 1 day
1 Day CNY 520 *
Beijing & Great Wall 1 day
This Beijing one day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a toboggan sled!
Beijing
Great Wall Mutianyu and the Ming Tombs
1 Day CNY 580 *
Great Wall Mutianyu and the Ming Tombs
This tour takes you to three major sights outside of Beijing. The Sacred Way is walk down a central corridor featuring carved statues of animals and emperors. Mutianyu is one of the less touristy and busy sections, at least in comparison with Badaling. We include the cable car up, and you can go down by cable car or toboggan sled, it's your choice and no extra cost. We make two stops at the Ming Tombs, one is the underground tomb of the Ding emperor, the other is a walk along the...
Beijing
Tianjin Xingang Port overnight Beijing tour
2 Days CNY 1,170 *
Tianjin Xingang Port overnight Beijing tour
We pick you up from the Xingang port in Tianjin and return you back there after an overnight trip to see Beijing. As you are on a tight schedule we don't waste any time in commission shopping places, we just take you to the sights, feed you great Chinese food and give you a great hotel. <br /><br /> The price gets less expensive the more people in your group, so if you can recruit others to join your tour everyone will save money.
Beijing
Jinshanling
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
1 Day CNY 450 *
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
Hike from Jinshanling to Erqu on a partially restored and partially wild section of the Great Wall. This hike takes 2 to 5 hours depending on your speed. We suggest you take your time, enjoy the views and take lots of photographs. We can optionally do a longer hike between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. This is a 5 to 8 hour hike and is more difficult. The Gubeikou section of the wall is more wild and not restored. There is an additional charge if you want to do the Gubeikou section as it includes...
Beijing
Jinshanling to Simatai West Great Wall hike
1 Day CNY 450 *
Jinshanling to Simatai West Great Wall hike
The most epic of great wall hikes, the Jinshanling to Simatai walk has both restored and unrestored sections. Because Simatai East is currently closed we must end at Simatai West.  This is a medium difficulty hike and is appropriate for children from age 8 and up or those who are keen hikers. The hike takes at about 3 to 4 hours, then we will have an excellent lunch in on the way back to Beijing. Please bring snacks, sun lotion and comfortable walking shoes.
Beijing
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Day Tour
1 Day CNY 860 *
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Day Tour
This tour is for those who enjoy an aggressive hike followed by an afternoon relaxing the muscles at a hot spring spa. Jinshanling offers some of the best vistas of any Great Wall section. The hikes here are moderate to strenuous as there are portions of wild and restored wall. After a morning hiking, spend a few hours soaking in the many indoor and outdoor pools at Jiuhua Hot Spring Resort & Spa.
Beijing
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Overnight
2 Days CNY 560 *
For those who need a serious break from the city, this hiking and hot spring tour is just what the doctor ordered. Spend the day hiking at Jinshanling Great Wall, followed by an relaxing evening at Jiuhua Hot Spring Resort & Spa. Sample the diverse array of pools at Jiuhua late into the night before returning to the city the next morning.
Beijing
Sleep on the Great Wall of China
2 Days CNY 1,300 *
The Great Wall is one of the highlights of a trip to China and is one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". Built starting in the 7th century, the Great Wall has UNESCO World Heritage status. If you are looking to do something unique, then camp on it for a night! <br /><br /> “When I took my friends up here to camp we could feel the history associated with this almost mystical landmark. Lying in my sleeping bag looking out at the stars in the open silence, I could not help but think about the battles fought here for love, power and land in ancient times. Both the sunset and the sunrise were spectacular and there were no obstructions to viewing either from the same spot. It was undeniably a powerful, unique and fun camping experience. I am so glad I can say ‘I have been there; done that!’” - Jane, April 2013
Beijing
Gubeikou
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
1 Day CNY 450 *
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
Hike from Jinshanling to Erqu on a partially restored and partially wild section of the Great Wall. This hike takes 2 to 5 hours depending on your speed. We suggest you take your time, enjoy the views and take lots of photographs. We can optionally do a longer hike between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. This is a 5 to 8 hour hike and is more difficult. The Gubeikou section of the wall is more wild and not restored. There is an additional charge if you want to do the Gubeikou section as it includes...
Beijing
* The prices on this page are per person and based on a group size of 8 persons.


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China tours
3 Days CNY 1,280
This tour is especially designed for people passing through China and entering on the three day transit visa, which is issued on arrival to approved countries. If you are on your way around the world and passing by Beijing or Shanghai, its a great opportunity to stop in for a look. For more details on the three day visa issued at the airport see our Visa section.

Beijing
China tours
2 Days CNY 840
This Beijing two day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a...

Beijing
China tours
1 day CNY 3,110
Fly from Shanghai to Beijing and back in one day to see Beijing's major sites. If you are on a tight schedule then this is the tour for you. Flight prices will vary from day to day so please check with our agent and we will get you the best possible discount at the time you book. We don't take up any of your time with unscheduled commission shopping stops and there are no hidden...

Shanghai → Beijing → Shanghai
China tours
1 day CNY 410
Zhujiajiao is the closest and most touristed water town near Shanghai. A good choice if you don't have a lot of time. It includes a canal boat ride and you get a chance to stroll the streets of the village. But if you do want to make a longer day of it we would recommend our Tongli Water Town / Suzhou one day tour from Shanghai, or our Two Water Towns in one day tour.

Shanghai → Zhujiajiao → Shanghai
China tours
1 day
Beijing is one of the most exciting places in the world in terms of art. There are over 10 art districts (converted use space, many old factories or testing facilities) within the city that are brimming with some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of art produced in the contemporary world. While many of these districts beam with eclectic glamor lined with amazing galleries and...

Beijing
China tours
3 Days
See the highlights of Lijiang without cutting corners. We give you free time to explore the pedestrian streets of Shuhe and Lijiang to shop and dine. As there are many interesting and accessible cafes and restaurants in Lijiang, we have not included most meals. Its a chance to try some cuisine according to your taste and budget. The cultural shows of the Naxi people are featured in the...

Lijiang
China tours
1 day
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Luoyang
China tours
4 Days
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Shanghai → Huangshan → Shanghai
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2 Days
Take a hike through the historic and scenic Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province. Easily accessed from Lijiang, this itinerary starts and ends there for your convenience. You have your own private driver and guide escorting you along the way. Guest houses are simple but comfortable with wooden construction and good local food. Be prepared for a reasonably challenging hike, this trip...

Lijiang → Tiger Leaping Gorge → Lijiang
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2 Days
See Datong's famous sights including the Yungang Grottos and the Hanging Temple in a two day tour beginning and ending in Beijing. With an early morning flight over and an early evening flight back you will have two full days to take in all the sights.

Beijing → Datong → Beijing
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