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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 880 *
Beijing two day experience
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Beijing
Beijing three day experience
3 Days CNY 1,320 *
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 1,210 *
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 1,830 *
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 3,150 *
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 570 *
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 640 *
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
Beijing Family Nap Tour
5 Days CNY 1,900 *
Beijing Family Nap Tour
This is an itinerary only parents with young children will understand. If you have children who have a nap as part of their daily routine, then this itinerary might be the right fit. We pick you up in the morning according to your schedule, have a morning activity and then return you to your hotel for a nap. Then in mid-afternoon we will pick you up again for another outing on most days. <br /><br /> This tour can be customized depending on your interests. You may choose all or...
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 & Hot Spring Day Tour
1 Day CNY 850 *
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 550 *
Jinshanling & Hot Spring Overnight
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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