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  • Location:Beijing, China
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

See two of China's most popular destinations, the World Heritage-listed Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs, on one unforgettable guided day trip from Beijing. You'll visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall, one of the best-preserved parts of this colossal structure, and explore the Chang Ling Tomb, the largest of the excavated Ming emperor burial sites. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included, with expert commentary from a knowledgeable guide throughout your full-day tour.


  • Day trip from Beijing to two of China's most famous attractions: the Great Wall and the sacred Ming Tombs
  • Visit one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China at Badaling
  • Climb the north or south face of the UNESCO-listed Great Wall with an informative guide
  • Explore the excavated courtyards of Chang Ling Ming Tomb
  • Enjoy a Chinese lunch and browse for goods at the Longdi jade factory
  • Pickup and drop-off included from most Beijing city hotels

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What You Can Expect

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

Ming Tombs

After pickup in the morning from your hotel, hop aboard a comfortable coach and head north out of bustling Beijing to two popular area attractions. The first stop on your full-day sightseeing tour is the Great Wall of China, the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering and one of the world's most famous structures. The Badaling section is a prime, preserved example of this colossal monument, which became a strategic military location during the Warring States period (476-221 BC), when many incomplete parts of the wall were built.

Here at the Badaling section, you have the opportunity to climb either the north or south face of the Great Wall, enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. As you stroll with your guide past watchtowers along the ancient fortification, learn why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and see why it lives up to its reputation as one of the Eight Wonders of the World.

From Badaling it's on to the sacred Ming Tombs, burial grounds to 13 of the 16 Ming emperors. Situated just outside the city, only three of the tombs are actually open for viewing. Discover the earliest and largest of the excavated burial sites, the Chang Ling Tomb, which dates back to 1413 and is divided into three separate, impressive courtyards.

During your day trip, a Chinese-style lunch is included, along with a shopping opportunity at the renowned Longdi jade factory. Learn how this beautiful stone is carved and enjoy browsing for goods before returning to your hotel in Beijing city aboard the coach.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Though we had 20 visibility when it came to appreciating the Great Wall, our guide Cynthia made the day's tour interesting and enjoyable. She provided excellent historical context for the Ming Dynasty Tombs, pacing the tour perfectly. She kept us well informed about Chinese cultural practices and the roots of the language during the bus travel between stops. Lunch was nice. The tea ceremony was delightful, too. This tour is worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Great Wall tour was very enjoyable and informative. Maria was an excellent and personably tour guide who provided good background and historically significant information. The tour ended in a fun and education stop at the Tea House where we got an education on tea choices, how to make a good cup of tea and also to enjoy tasting some well prepared teas.
The bus driver did a very skillful job in navigating safely and efficiently through the intense Beijing traffic.
Note--I would recommend the tour cost be modified to include the Great Wall tram fee since most people seem to prefer the use of the tram.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great Tours and Great Tour Guide he went out of his way to make sure we saw everything. Great story teller.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. Mr Li is really knowledgeable, caring and understanding. The perfect tour guide you can get for your tours. He explains in detail about each place and even gives you tips and directions for other attractions. My Mom was not able to walk a lot but Mr Li made sure the tour group stays together and gave her enough time to catch up with all . Mr Li deserves a special thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a tour that everyone should take. The Great Wall has been on the Must See List of mine and my wife for many years. The Wall and the surroundings were simply amazing, however the our guide Jackie was the difference in just seeing something and understanding its reason for being. Jackie explained every detail concerning the wall and its construction, who had it constructed, and why, and its recent restorations.
The tour was excellent and I would highly recommend the tour and our friend Jackie to anyone especially if you have an interest in Chinese history. It is a fantastic site as Jackie would say of course it was made in China.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

it was a very good experience, Michael was my tour guide and he was very kind and giving lots of information about the trip. thanks again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was amazing. We got to see the Great wall, Ming Tonb, jade and pearl factories and a tea ceremony. Everywhere we went people tried to sell us things but this happened all the time in China. Our guide spoke very good English and gave us good information at each stop.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Obviously a must see in China and the tour guide, Jackie, was awesome. He did a great job explaining the history of the Great Wall and Ming Tombs as well as introducing the Chinese culture to us. He was also great about taking pictures whenever possible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Just as advertised. Bring some beverage and snacks for the ride, it's a long drive from town.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

You need to be fairly fit to climb the section of the Great Wall that we visited. Our guide, Cynthia, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable with her Chinese history. As well as the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs we also visited a Jade factory a chance to buy some genuine jade and a tea house. This was only a relatively small group 12 people which is a big plus. The tour was interesting and well worth going on.

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