Great Wall of China Tours

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No trip to Beijing would be complete without a Great Wall tour. 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, showcasing the genius of the Ming Dynasty.

The Basics
Visitors to Beijing may be surprised by the breadth of options they have for a visit to the Great Wall, as this UNESCO World Heritage site is actually composed of several sections. Badaling, by far the most popular segment, is easily accessible with or without a tour guide and services travelers making the rounds of top attractions like the Forbidden City and the Ming Tombs, 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 adventurous travelers, the allure of the "Wild Wall" is hard to resist. In the vicinity of Beijing, hikers can traverse an 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 more of the wall for a deeper experience.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Summers tend to be hot and wet, while winters can get icy; dress accordingly.
  • While the Badaling section has some wheelchair accessibility, flatter, less-visited areas such as Shanhaiguan on the east coast and Jiayuguan in the western desert are best for wheelchair users.
  • The Mutianyu section is recommended for seniors and kids, as the wall's watchtowers can be accessed from a cable car.
  • Upgrade to a private tour for a more intimate experience, or book a tour with a local guide to get an insider's perspective.

How to Get to the Great Wall of China
Although bus and train lines run near the Great Wall, the easiest ways to travel include guided tours and chartered taxis from downtown Beijing, as public transportation options can get hectic and confuse travelers with little knowledge of Chinese. Visitors coming from Shanghai or Hong Kong can maximize their time by taking a flight or traveling by train.

When to Get There
No matter where you visit along the wall, crowds will be thicker on holidays, particularly at the portions closer to Beijing. The peak season runs roughly from April through November. Tours in the early morning are generally less crowded, and as bonus, these options offer the chance to see the sunrise.
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Great Wall of China Small-Group Day Trip from Beijing

Enhance your experience of one of China’s greatest architectural feats on a small-group tour to the Great Wall of China from Beijing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the ancient Mutianyu section of the wall and ascend Ming Dynasty watchtowers for panoramic vistas of the spectacular surrounding scenery. Descend by cable car or on an exhilarating toboggan ride; revitalize with a delicious Chinese meal; and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation to Beijing. Experience an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to 12.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$110.00
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US$110.00

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

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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$64.99
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Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$72.99
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Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$87.00
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Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine

Enjoy an exceptional full-day tour to 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. With a private small group limited to 10 people, 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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$80.00
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Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$195.90
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3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

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.
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$366.25
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$118.75
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Private Great Wall Hiking Tour: Across The Border of 3 China Provinces

If you shun the beaten path and prefer to enjoy your history without a seething mass of tourists, opt for this private door-to-door tour of the Great Wall at Sanjiebei, a destination many locals don’t even know. Hike along a particularly ancient and unrestored stretch of wall for around half a day with your personal guide then enjoy a homemade lunch in a mountain village.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$90.00
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