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Know Before You Go: Visiting the Great Wall of China

Know Before You Go: Visiting the Great Wall of China

North of Beijing lies the Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s one of the world’s largest, most iconic architectural wonders—a must-visit in China. Here are a few things to know before making your visit to this Ming Dynasty marvel.

Choose the right portion of the wall.

The Great Wall of China is actually comprised of several sections, each with its own appeal. The Badaling section, the most popular, is an easily accessible option for a day trip; it can also be combined with a day of sightseeing in Beijing. The Juyongguan and Mutianyu sections have both been restored, but they receive fewer visitors; the latter has a cable car. Those looking for a wild wall experience can head for more remote sections, like the stretch between Jinshanling and Simatai known for its Great Wall hiking.

You can visit on your own or with a guide.

Since public transportation to the Great Wall is a challenge, one of the most convenient and informative ways to visit is with a tour guide. Private and small-group tours typically last six to eight hours. Private tours offer even greater intimacy and flexibility.

Opt for a combo tour for an enriched sightseeing experience.

Travelers looking to make the most of their time in Beijing can combine a visit to the Great Wall with other notable area attractions. Enter the Ming Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where China’s emperors of old were laid to rest, marvel at the grandeur of the Forbidden City, or stroll through the lavish lakeside retreat of Empress Dowager Cixi.

Know what to wear and bring.

It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes when visiting the wall, as many sections require climbing steep stone steps and walking along uneven surfaces. There’s little shade at many of the sights, so don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

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Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing

Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing

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Discover the glory of ancient China on this full-day tour of two remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you walk along the wall at Juyongguan and learn how it was first constructed during the Han Dynasty. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), stroll the Spirit Way and explore the ancient Ming Tombs, built to house the emperors of the Ming dynasty.
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  • 8 hours
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$193.07
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$193.07
Price varies by group size

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

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

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Discover two of China’s most incredible attractions during a full-day tour of the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs from Beijing. Accompanied by a guide, visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall and marvel at the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Badaling section. Then, explore the Chang Ling Tomb, a magnificent Ming emperor burial site. Appease your appetite with an authentic Chinese lunch and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.00
From
$73.00
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Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

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See one of the world’s great monuments up close on a full-day tour to the Jinshaling section of the Great Wall of China. Travel about 2.5 hours from Beijing to reach the remote area, which promises a more relaxed experience away from the crowds. Accompanied by your tour assistant, hike along the Great Wall at Jinshaling for 3.5 hours, taking in the impressive architecture, intricate brickwork and stunning views. Have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Beijing. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.94
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$66.94

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

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Escape the crowds around the Great Wall of China and visit the ancient Mutianyu section on a full-day sightseeing tour from Beijing. Accompanied by a guide, learn the history behind the 6th-century section and marvel at the spectacular natural scenery that surrounds it. See impressive parapets and defensive watch towers and enjoy an optional cable car ride if you wish (own expense). An authentic Chinese lunch and convenient, round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel are also included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour with Picnic and Wine

Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour with Picnic and Wine

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Discover the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, complete with a gourmet picnic inside an ancient tower — a Viator Exclusive that cannot be booked anywhere else. Follow your guide up the Great Wall while hearing insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your lunch features tasty local dishes and sparkling wine that you enjoy while gazing at the views. Upon your return to Beijing, have the option to get dropped off at the amazing 798 Art Zone.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.94
Price varies by group size
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$190.94
Price varies by group size

Private Great Wall Fancier's Day Tour: 3 Sections of Great Wall Visiting

Private Great Wall Fancier's Day Tour: 3 Sections of Great Wall Visiting

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Many travelers assume that once they’ve seen one section of the Great Wall of China, they’ve seen it all, not realizing that each section is distinctive. Visit three of the world wonder’s most impressive sections on a private, self-guided full day tour of the Huanghuacheng, Xiangshuihu, and Mutianyu sections from Beijing. Relish the convenience of pickup and drop-off and enjoy hiking through the lush landscapes that surround each part of the Great Wall.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.00
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$230.00
Price varies by group size

3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

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Discover one of the Seven New Wonders of the World on this private 3-day hiking adventure along the Great Wall of China, including accommodation and meals. Hike along famous sections of the UNESCO-listed wall at Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai, and escape the crowds as you visit nearby villages and discover sections of the original wall. Covering between 4 and 10 miles (6 and 16 km) each day, the hikes are moderate and a back-up vehicle is available en-route.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$755.00
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$755.00
Price varies by group size

Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

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Discover some of China’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a full-day VIP tour of the Forbidden City and the Badaling Great Wall Ruins from Beijing. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, catch a rare glimpse of two less public sites in the Forbidden City and explore the Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum in relative solitude. Then, venture to the atmospheric Ruins of the Great Wall to gain fascinating insight into China’s greatest engineering achievement. Feast upon a bounteous feast of Peking duck to conclude this enriching and exclusive experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of China’s Great Wall on a full-day small-group hiking tour from Beijing. Accompanied by an expert guide, trace the compelling curve of the wall, delving into the heritage of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Revitalize with an authentic Chinese meal cooked by local farmers and receive a certificate of completion to immortalize your achievement. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$301.34
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$301.34
Price varies by group size


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