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Great Wall of China

No trip to Beijing would be complete without a Great Wall experience. Winding along the mountain ridges north of the capital city, the Great Wall of China stands as one of the world’s most iconic wonders, largest historical sites and greatest feats of engineering.

The origins of this UNESCO World Heritage site date back as early as 400 BC, when warring kingdoms built small defensive walls to protect their lands. The bulk of large-scale construction took place during the Qin and Ming dynasties, and contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall is actually composed of several separate sections of wall, built in various locations for military needs. 

Visitors to Beijing may be surprised by the breadth of options they have for a visit to the Great Wall. Badaling, by far the most popular segment, is easily accesible and services many travelers making the rounds of top attractions, while the Juyongguan and Mutianyu sections both feature restored segments of wall with relatively fewer visitors. Still restored but well off the beaten path is the section at Huangyaguan Pass, closer to the city of Tianjin than Beijing.

For many an adventurous traveler, the allure of the “Wild Wall” is hard to resist. In the vicinity of Beijing, hikers can traverse a historic segment of the wall between Jinshanling and Simatai in a single day. Other remote sections, like Huanghuacheng, Jiankou and Gubeikou, appeal to hikers and photographers seeking fresh air, stellar views and photo ops free of other tourists. Multi-day guided hikes offer the opportunity to see multiple part of the wall for a deeper experience.

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No matter where you visit along the wall, crowds will be thicker on holidays, particularly at the portions closer to Beijing.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 356 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $72.99
Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall ... 
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Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Enjoy a VIP tour of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Beijing – the Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall Ruins. With your expert guide, gain special ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.90
Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing, Beijing, Viator VIP ... 
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Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 256 Reviews

This full-day Beijing sightseeing tour to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China provides an opportunity to experience steeper sections of the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6-7 hours

From USD $64.99
Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing, Beijing, Day Trips
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Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 126 Reviews

Discover the Great Wall of China on this small group tour from Beijing. Travel to the restored Mutianyu section and climb the Ming Dynasty watchtowers for ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $109.00
Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling, Beijing, Day Trips
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore both untouched and restored parts of the Great Wall of China on this small-group hiking tour from Beijing. Follow your expert guide along the Simatai ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.67
Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing, Beijing, Hiking & ... 
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Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

See the best of China’s ancient civilization on this private full-day trip from Beijing to the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs. At the Great Wall, ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.00
Viator Exclusive: Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine, Beijing, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.94
3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai, Beijing, ... 
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3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

Get the ultimate experience of the Great Wall on this 3-day private hiking adventure with transport from Beijing. With your expert English-speaking guide, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $377.32

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