• Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Visit the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, two Ming Dynasty-era World Heritage-listed sites near Beijing. Your private guide provides a personalized experience as you take in the Chang Ling Tomb, an impressive royal burial complex for the Yongle Emperor, then head to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, renowned for its Ming Dynasty-era guard towers. Considered two of China’s most famous sites, the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall at Mutianyu showcase amazing engineering and artistry from centuries ago.


  • Full-day private tour of the Ming Tombs and Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • View the Chang Ling Tomb, Emperor Yongle's tomb from the Ming Dynasty
  • Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and admire stunning views from the top
  • Complimentary Chinese lunch
  • Tour the Longdi Jade Factory
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Ming Tombs and Great Wall at Mutianyu from Beijing

Ming Tombs

You full-day tour starts with early morning pickup at your Beijing hotel. Chat with your private guide as your private driver travels about 26 miles (42km) during the scenic one-hour drive that takes you to the Ming Tombs.

One of Beijing’s major historic landmarks, the Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling) were built in the early 1400s for the Yongle Emperor that built the Forbidden City. Your private guide shares the history of the UNESCO World Heritage site, including stories about the excavations of these imperial tombs. Follow your guide to Chang Ling Tomb, one of the best-preserved tombs from the Ming Dynasty, and admire the grand halls that lead to the Hall of Eminent Favors, which holds a statue of the Yongle Emperor and features a sumptuos interior with columns made from cedar wood.

Next up, relax as you feast on a traditional Chinese lunch. Afterward, stop at the Longdi Jade Factory to learn about jade and see a carving demonstration. Then, head to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, which is considered one of the best restored sections of the Great Wall, yet there are fewer crowds there compared to other sections.

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall extends about 1.5 miles (2.5km), and stands about 26 feet (8 meters) high and 16 feet (5 meters) wide, first constructed approximately 1,400 years ago then rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) as a military alternative to the Great Wall at Badaling. The Mutianyu section boasts grand military towers, flanked by lush trees on either side. Have the option to ride up to the top by cable car (own expense) and take in sweeping views of the Great Wall stretching across the hills.

On the way back to Beijing, stop at a local shop to view Ming Dynasty cloisonné artwork, ranging from colorful enamel bowls to intricately designed vases. Your tour ends when your driver and guide drop you off at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Cherry and our driver did a brilliant job. I had sprained my ankle that week and was getting around on crutches. Cherry arranged wheel chairs for me whereever possible and pushed me herself in many places. The tour was interesting and well timed. Highly recommended.

Michael A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Fabulous. We saw a lot and really enjoyed ourselves.

Peter R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Most memorable trip of our holiday - arrived at the Wall early in the morning and took some great photos before other tourists arrived. Would highly recommend this day out

Jan Dimacali Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This part of the great wall was not so crowded. Nice ride. Very good guide. Definitely take the Toboggan ride on the way down the mountain. So much fun!

Todd F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I enjoyed this private, day-long tour tremendously. Cherry was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the sites we visited and could answer all my numerous questions. It helped that her English was very good because I don't know Chinese. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall was amazing and relatively uncrowded, as promised. I highly recommend the toboggan ride on the way down it's a fun joy ride that's not too fast or daunting. I also enjoyed the Changling Ming Tomb tour I learned a lot from Cherry about Chinese history.

The day was also punctuated with stops at craft factories and stores, which I guess is to be expected on organized tours. The cloissone factory was the most interesting because I could watch the crafts people at work in making the copper, Ming-style vases. I could have skipped the jade store, where I had lunch in the adjoining restaurant. The lunch was just okay, and was clearly geared toward Western tastes. The Mr. Tea store had some good teas and I learned something about Chinese teas.

Overall, I highly recommend this private tour it made seeing some of the more far-flung sites around Beijing easier to do. I also liked the private aspect of the tour so I could take my time with taking photos and asking questions, which I found more enjoyable than being part of a massive group.

Barbara Jay B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was great! Our guide Jenny was very knowledgeable and she was also very accommodating.

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Joanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very informative visit to the Ming Tombs. Mutianyu was a good location to visit the Great Wall. Fun ride in the chair lift and not too crowded on the wall on a Sunday. Nice local lunch. Forced to go shopping, but got away without having to spend much. A very good day out.

Nuno P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good visit, we went first thing in the morning and had that stretch of the GW for our selves, great experience.

Natalee H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a wonderful time!

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