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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. <br /><br /> 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. <br /><br /> 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 1,640 *
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 the 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 1,410 *
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 3-day tour includes tickets to a panda kung fu show, a visit the Beijing Zoo, 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...
Beijing
Beijing 4-Day Experience
4 Days CNY 2,090 *
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. <br /><br /> 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! <br /><br /> Food lovers can rest easy in the...
Beijing
Beijing & Great Wall in One Day
1 Day CNY 650 *
Beijing & 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 mountainside 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 CNY 1,400 *
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 CNY 640 *
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
So you are planning to hike the Great Wall, but you don’t want hundreds of tourists in your way, slowing you down. 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 8 and those who are keen hikers. <br /><br /> The route takes about 3 to 4 hours, followed by an excellent lunch in on the way back to Beijing. Please bring...
Beijing
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Overnight
2 Days CNY 630 *
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
Gubeikou
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
1 Day CNY 640 *
Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike
So you are planning to hike the Great Wall, but you don’t want hundreds of tourists in your way, slowing you down. 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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1 day
Your first stop is on the outskirts of Xi’an, where you will find the final resting place of Qin Shihuangdi and his protectors into the after-life, the Terracotta Warriors. Then it’s time for lunch, a quick and simple (yet authentic) Chinese meal. That will give you the energy you need to explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the old city walls. You’ll wrap up the day in the Muslim...

Xi'an
China tours
1 day CNY 710
This tour covers a lot of ground outside of Xi'an, meaning you can escape the crowds! Of course, the Terracotta Warriors always attract a lot of visitors, but you should find some peace of mind at Huaqing. What makes this tour special: The highlight of this itinerary is the visit to a countryside home and the fantastic lunch you will eat there. Nothing is more delicious than a...

Xi'an
China tours
3 days
So you only have a few days before you have to set off from Tianjin, and you can't choose between a trip to Beijing or seeing the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an! Well with this tour, you don't have to. On the first day of you whirlwind trip, we will take you to the Great Wall of China, followed by a visit to Beijing's most famous shopping street. The second day will be...

Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
China tours
1 day CNY 480
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China tours
1 day CNY 630
This tour was made for those visiting Shanghai by boat. We will pick you up and drop you off at Shanghai Port. Our first stop is Yuyuan Garden, a gorgeous traditional Chinese garden perfect for a stroll or simply an hour of relaxation! Then it is on to the Oriental Peal TV Tower, arguably the most iconic addition to Shanghai’s famous cityscape. From the tower, you will be able to take in...

Shanghai
China tours
1 day
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Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
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2 days
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. 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
China tours
4 days
Discover two of China's lesser-known cities over the course of this four-day tour. Datong is home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring ancient attractions, such as the Hanging Temple and gorgeous Yungang Buddhist Grottoes. The walled city of Pingyao is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China and the birthplace of China's imperial banking system. What makes...

Beijing → Datong → Pingyao → Xi'an
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2 days CNY 980
This activity-filled tour is a great way to sample the rich culinary and cultural heritage of Sichuan in its boisterous capital, Chengdu. Activities include a Sichuan cuisine cooking class, visiting a traditional Chengdu teahouse, tasting the tongue-numbing Sichuan hotpot, witnessing the ancient art of face-changing, and sampling the many flavors available at one of the city's most famous...

Chengdu
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2 days
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Emei Shan
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