Experience one of China’s most popular attractions from two different vantage points during this private, 9-hour tour, including round-trip transport from your accommodation in Beijing. First visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, and opt to ride a cable car up to the top and take a toboggan ride back down (own expense). Then, make your way to the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng for its stunningly beautiful views. In the summertime, at this part of the wall, you can opt to take a boat ride for views of the wall from the water (own expense).
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Private day trip to 2 Great Wall sections with a English driver
I was picked up at my hotel promptly at the arranged time by Jenny. She drove our comfortable, clean Buick minivan safely through holiday weekend traffic. Her English skills were excellent and her positivity and advice at both sites were helpful. It should be noted that this particular tour is specifically engaging a driver to take you to the 2 sites.
Mutianyu arrival was nice and early before the huge throngs of travellers arrived. On our exit, we could see that long queues were forming.
Huanghuacheng was pleasantly bereft of the huge crowds. It is not rebuilt. There is no visitor's center. There is simply a well worn path leading along the reservoir then up to the wall. To get on top of the wall, a steep iron ladder must be climbed and a window entered in the watchtower. This is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, the half hour on the trail and the ladder climb result in a beautiful view from this rough section of the Wall.
After climbing back down, and sweating through all my garments, I was welcomed back into the Buick and conveyed back to my hotel.
This service was well worth the money. There is a convenience to spending the time you choose at each site rather than being on a bus schedule. Also, the friendly personal service of the driver is a real bonus. The day was thoroughly enjoyed.