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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Scale the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and take in the views with a picnic at its peak, a Viator Exclusive that can’t be booked anywhere else. This full-day tour, round-trip from Beijing, offers a chance to savor tasty local dishes and sip chilled sparkling wine while enjoying views from a secluded rampart. If you’d like, explore the art galleries and cafés of the 798 Art District afterward! Enjoy personal attention from your expert guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.

Highlights

  • Full-day Mutianyu Great Wall tour with local delicacies and sparkling wine
  • Walk off-the-beaten track and picnic on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall on this Viator Exclusive
  • See stunning scenery and learn fascinating history with your professional guide
  • If you’d like, be dropped off in the Art District 798 (Dashanzi Art District) to explore art museums, galleries and boutique shops
  • Round-trip hotel transport from Beijing included
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine

Viator Exclusive: Gourmet Picnic at Mutianyu Great Wall Tour

After hotel pickup, start your adventurous day at China’s Great Wall, an approximate 1-hour drive from downtown Beijing. One of the greatest engineering feats in human history, the Great Wall was built more than 2,500 years ago to protect Chinese civilization from fearsome northern tribes. The expanse of the wall winds over deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching a staggering 5,550 miles (8,850 km) across China.

This experience takes you away from the tourist crowds to the Mutianyu section, one of the wall’s oldest parts that hasn't been fully restored from its authentic state beyond safety measures. Explore the monumental walkway with virtually nobody else in sight on an easy hike that is suited to varying abilities with plenty of rest stops along the way.

You’ll see at least a dozen impressive watchtowers that snake off in various directions over the horizon. From within one of these well-preserved watchtowers, sit down for your lovely picnic lunch – a unique experience that’s only available with this exclusive tour. Under the shade of the secluded rampart, enjoy views over the countryside as you sip chilled sparkling wine paired with popular local delicacies. Delight in regional foods full of subtle and sophisticated flavors! (See sample menu, subject to produce availability, in Itinerary below.)

Glean historical insights from your guide, who will describe other functions of the Great Wall during the Ming Dynasty, including its border controls and regulated transport of people and goods along the Silk Road. After your tour and lunch at Mutianyu, your guide will transport you back to your Beijing hotel.

As an alternative, ask your guide to drop you off at the Art District 798, a labyrinth of warehouses comprising art galleries and studios, boutiques, museums, bars and cafés. Here, you'll find cutting-edge, contemporary Chinese art along with quirky clothes shops and bookshops to add to the mix. You can enjoy a drink or have dinner at a local restaurant before making your own way back to Beijing.

Itinerary

Picnic Sample Menu (subject to change based on seasonal availability):

First Course (On the Wall):
Tasty local appetizers accompanied by chilled sparkling wine

Second Course:
Barbecued fish
Black Pepper Beef
Stir-Fried Bean Curd with Minced Pork and Chili Sauce
Winter Melon Spare Rib Soup
Fried Seasonal Vegetables

Drinks
White or oolong tea
Chilled sparkling wine

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was freeing to let the tour guide handle the logistical hootenanny while I was able to simply enjoy the rustic beauty of this magnificent structure. Our tour guide was friendly, professional, and timely. She balanced well our need to have privacy at times, but her company was enjoyable nonetheless. She shared a lot of history with us about the Great Wall - some bits more unnerving than others! (I won't ruin the surprise) ;-). The only areas that could be improved were largely out of our tour guide's hands, such as traffic and the general zoo that is overcrowded China. LOVED the picnic. Be sure to bring walking shoes and extra water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My family of five took this tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The service was fantastic. I corresponded with the company prior to our trip (through Viator) in order to advise them that my family included three parents in their 70's with mobility issues. The company also confirmed our tour in advance and provided a contact name and phone number just in case. They showed up promptly at our hotel on time with a clean van, a nice driver, and an energetic tour guide (Jimmy). The guide took good care of us and was especially attentive to our parents. The day we went it was 110-degrees on the wall, but Jimmy took good care of us. The guide provided us with a picnic (snacks) and champagne in the shade...other visitors passing by were jealous! We saw so many wonderful things in China, but our tour to Mutianyu was the highlight.

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