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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 3 Day Tour + Hotel
3 Days CNY 1,420 *
143 Beijing 3 Day Tour + Hotel If you want to explore the Chinese capital but are on a very tight schedule, we know exactly where you need to go! <br /><br /> First, we’ll take you to the must-see sights close to the city center: the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and the grey hutong alleyways that spring to mind every time you hear the word ‘Beijing!’ <br /><br /> There will be more to your hutong experience than just a ride in a cycle rickshaw; you will also stay overnight in a traditional Chinese hotel. <br /><br /> Day two will be all about the attractions further outside of the center, an hour or two away. The Great Wall at Mutianyu is famous for its astonishing views from the top and the toboggan ride you can take to get back down. You will also have a chance to visit The Ming Tombs, to get your fill of ancient Chinese history. <br /><br /> Your third and final day in the city will be a chance to take in Chinese art both old and new, by visiting the incredible 798 Art District and the beautiful Summer Palace.
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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China tours
3 days CNY 1,640
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. 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
China tours
1 day CNY 2,930
Fly from Shanghai to Beijing for a day of exploration in China’s lively capital. If you are on a tight schedule then this is the tour for you. Start at Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, before moving on to the Forbidden City, home to dozens of Emperors over hundreds of years. Learn about the fascinating story of the Great Wall while you are standing right on...

Shanghai → Beijing → Shanghai
China tours
1 day CNY 480
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
2 days
If you want to see a more remote and authentic part of the Longsheng Rice Terraces, then a visit to Tiantouzhai village is a good choice. The walk is 45 minutes to an hour and slightly uphill through beautiful rice terrace scenery. The fact that you must walk this far keeps out most tourists and keeps the area more pristine. The hike is relatively easy and great for photography. You stay...

Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
China tours
7 days
This is a ‘no-frills’ tour along the classic Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai route. You’ll start your first morning in the Chinese capital with a tai-chi class, followed by a trip to the gorgeous Temple of Heaven, and wrap up the day with visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square for a lesson or two in Chinese history. The Huanghua section of the Great Wall of China is...

Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
China tours
2 days
Pamper yourself with this Great Wall and hot spring tour. Not far from Beijing, Mutianyu is one of the most easily accessible sections of the Wall that is not overrun with tourists. Spend a morning marveling at the vistas of the Wall followed by an authentic Chinese meal, complete with the local specialty – freshly caught fish. The elegant Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort offers an all-out...

Beijing
China tours
4 days
Jiuzhaigou is an area of superb natural beauty, featuring colorful lakes and multi-level waterfalls, is part of the Min Mountains and is on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This tour takes you to the two major national parks in the area and accommodates you in a a unique Tibetan village. The hotel is in an open valley where you will go horseback riding. The Jiuzhaigou airport sits atop a...

Jiuzhaigou
China tours
1 day
For those with a short time in Chengdu, this tour takes you to two of the most interesting destinations, the Chengdu Panda Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha.

Chengdu
China tours
10 days
A trip to China would be incomplete without a tour of the capital and a chance to taste authentic Beijing duck. A toboggan ride down the side of the Great Wall is sure to be the cherry on the cake. Next up is Xi’an and the greatest archaeological find of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors. Xi’an is also where the northern route of the Silk Road started, in the 1st century...

Beijing → Xi'an → Jiayuguan → Dunhuang → Beijing
China tours
2 days
For those who want a quick getaway from the bustling city of Shanghai, this two-day tour, including a trip to the Great Wall, could be just the answer. Get a taste for the city by digging into to some delicious Beijing duck, originally served exclusively to the Emperor and his family. Spend the rest of the day visiting Beijing’s must-see attractions. The second day has two main...

Shanghai → Beijing → Shanghai
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