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

Private Tour: Ming Tombs and Great Wall at Mutianyu from Beijing

Visit the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, two Ming Dynasty-era World Heritage-listed sites near Beijing. Your private guide provides a personalized experience as you take in the Chang Ling Tomb, an impressive royal burial complex for the Yongle Emperor, then head to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, renowned for its Ming Dynasty-era guard towers. Considered two of China’s most famous sites, the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall at Mutianyu showcase amazing engineering and artistry from centuries ago.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of the Ming Tombs and Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • View the Chang Ling Tomb, Emperor Yongle's tomb from the Ming Dynasty
  • Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and admire stunning views from the top
  • Complimentary Chinese lunch
  • Tour the Longdi Jade Factory
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Ming Tombs and Great Wall at Mutianyu from Beijing

Ming Tombs

You full-day tour starts with early morning pickup at your Beijing hotel. Chat with your private guide as your private driver travels about 26 miles (42km) during the scenic one-hour drive that takes you to the Ming Tombs.

One of Beijing’s major historic landmarks, the Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling) were built in the early 1400s for the Yongle Emperor that built the Forbidden City. Your private guide shares the history of the UNESCO World Heritage site, including stories about the excavations of these imperial tombs. Follow your guide to Chang Ling Tomb, one of the best-preserved tombs from the Ming Dynasty, and admire the grand halls that lead to the Hall of Eminent Favors, which holds a statue of the Yongle Emperor and features a sumptuos interior with columns made from cedar wood.

Next up, relax as you feast on a traditional Chinese lunch. Afterward, stop at the Longdi Jade Factory to learn about jade and see a carving demonstration. Then, head to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, which is considered one of the best restored sections of the Great Wall, yet there are fewer crowds there compared to other sections.

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall extends about 1.5 miles (2.5km), and stands about 26 feet (8 meters) high and 16 feet (5 meters) wide, first constructed approximately 1,400 years ago then rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) as a military alternative to the Great Wall at Badaling. The Mutianyu section boasts grand military towers, flanked by lush trees on either side. Have the option to ride up to the top by cable car (own expense) and take in sweeping views of the Great Wall stretching across the hills.

On the way back to Beijing, stop at a local shop to view Ming Dynasty cloisonné artwork, ranging from colorful enamel bowls to intricately designed vases. Your tour ends when your driver and guide drop you off at your hotel in the late afternoon. 

Customer Reviews

Geoffrey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a fantastic day on the wall from start to finish. We were lucky enough to have snow falling at the time and our guide was an asset to us. He had an incredible knowledge of all the places we visited and made our day one to remember.

Flor H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and Ming tumbs gave me more than what I was expecting. My guide William was well documented, spoke very good English and planned the tour very well. I really enjoyed it!

Tania T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My guide William was excellent. He took me to the Great Wall early so we avoided crowds and traffic getting out of Beijing. He was very informative and completely tailored the tour to my requirements. I consider myself lucky to have had such an excellent guide and driver.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great guide and great driver. Just the 2 of us on private tour.

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was an awesome experience. We started the tour at the Ming Tombs since our guide knew the time table for a historical daily performance re-inacting honors to the MIng emperors and wanted us to experience this. Then on to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We'd been to the Great Wall a couple of years ago, but at a location that was very crowded with large group tours. Mutianyu was excellent. While we knew this was listed as a private tour by Viator, we were still amazed that we had a private driver and a very knowledgeable private guide for the entire day and took some back roads during the trip which gave us insight into local villages. We paid extra for the cable car to the top of the Great Wall and avoided what otherwise would have been a grueling climb up. Our guide accompanied us even while we walked on the wall. We had a lunch stop at a local restaurant and avoided the tour groups.
This was an excellent experience.

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was an awesome experience. We started the tour at the Ming Tombs since our guide knew the time table for a historical daily performance re-inacting honors to the MIng emperors and wanted us to experience this. Then on to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We'd been to the Great Wall a couple of years ago, but at a location that was very crowded with large group tours. Mutianyu was excellent. While we knew this was listed as a private tour by Viator, we were still amazed that we had a private driver and a very knowledgeable private guide for the entire day and took some back roads during the trip which gave us insight into local villages. We paid extra for the cable car to the top of the Great Wall and avoided what otherwise would have been a grueling climb up. Our guide accompanied us even while we walked on the wall. We had a lunch stop at a local restaurant and avoided the tour groups.
This was an excellent experience.

Olano.makhubela1976

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour! I was taken to only one tomb and only its main hall. I think visiting two or three of the open tombs would be great to give one a good sense of the site. The Great Wall was exceptional, and I am giving the tour a 5 largely because of the Great Wall visit. The drive and scenery of Beijing outskirts were excellent.

Catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Tour guide Cynthia was tops. She was knowledgeable, and fun to be with. Picked us up at the stated time, and from there had a great time. Great Wall is magnificent - and her historical knowledge enhanced the experience. Tombs were spectacular, as was the Jade Factory. Great lecture about Jade. The craftsmen and women working there were fascinating. The tea tasting was a treat --- an all around great day. Cynthia made the Beijing visit worth every penny.

Amelia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I had an Absolutely amazing experience! William was a fantastic tour guide walking with me up there rather than getting the cable car and also conquering his fear of tobogganing to go with me :-

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a highlight of the trip. I still can't believe the personal attention we got and how reasonable the price was. We had one guide for the two of us and a driver and sedan all day. The guide was very informative and with us all the time, except for lunch which was a very good Chinese lunch in a small local restaurant. We paid extra well worth it for a cable car ride to the top of the Mutianyu Great Wall, which is much less crowded than many other touristy portions of the Great Wall near Beijing. Then, we made the climb to the top and spent about and hour hiking on the wall and taking remarkable photos with our guide with us the whole way.
The Ming Tomb was remarkable and the tour was timed to be there for a daily ceremony.
There were two stops at a Jade Factory and another factory, but no pressure to buy.

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