and Ming Tomb
TOUR A1: Great Wall Group Tour on Coach Bus to
Majestic Unrestored Badaling and Ming Tombs
When you see a photo from the Great Wall of China, chances are
it is from the section at Badaling. We'll take you to the
unrestored portion of this famous section to show you the true
Great Wall. The ruined Badaling Great Wall (now
officially named “Ancient Badaling Great Wall”) is 10km
southwest of the restored Badaling Great Wall. So, as its
name hints, this section of the Great Wall is only partially
restored and more adventurous, while not being easy to
climb. Its hikers are mainly foreign travelers instead of
domestic travelers, who prefer hiking at the more relaxing
and easier-to-climb restored Badaling Great Wall.
The Ming Tombs, located at about 31 miles outside the city, are
where 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty are buried. Construction
of the tombs began over 500 years ago by Changling, the second
Ming Dyansty Emperor, and we will visit his tomb, along with the
Ming Tombs entrance of the Sacred Way. The site was constructed
according to the principles of Feng Shui, so there are three
large mountains surrounding the complex, with a river flowing
by. The Ming Tombs and the Great Wall at Badaling are both
UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Highlights and Time Estimates
1: Pick up service by your tour guide and driver at 7:30-8:00AM
Notes: Times listed above may vary due to factors outside the
control of the Tour Guide and Driver (Example- traffic or
You may find the gifts sold in the gift shops are interesting,
but if not, you are not obligated to buy. You are fine with a
2: Ming Tombs-Driving Time (2 hours)
3: Ming Tombs-Sightseeing (1 hour)
4: Jade Art Restaurant-Lunch (1 hour)
5: Great Wall at Badaling hike (2 hours). (Optional: Great Wall Cable Car, not included in tour
6: Typical featured silk shopping on the way back (30 minutes)
7: Drop-off service at your hotel before 6:00PM
Sign up and you'll be on the way!
Free hotel pick-up & drop-off! Free lunch!
Compare with bus tour to Mutianyu, Great Wall.
DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY
Wall at Unrestored Badaling & Ming Tombs
1- Day Bus or Coach Tour
1. Between 7:30-8:00 am our English-speaking guide
will come to your hotel to pick you up, and we will
make the 2 hour drive to the Ming Tombs.
2. We will arrive at the Ming Tombs in the late
morning. There are 13 Ming Dynasty emperors buried
here (along with 23 empresses and a number of
concubines, princes and princesses), thus it is also
called The 13 Mausoleums. These tombs are the best
preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been
nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. We
will visit the Changling Tomb, where the second
emperor of the Ming Dynasty is buried. This emperor
moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing, started
construction on the Forbidden City, and started
building the Ming Tombs site.
3. For lunch we will have a Chinese cuisine at the
Jade Art Restaurant, and it will take us about an
hour to have our meal.
4. We’ll then make the short drive to reach the
Great Wall at Badaling. Looking to climb an adventurous,
part of the Great Wall? The more well-known, ‘renovated’
walls are not the only sections that are easy to visit on a
day or half day trip from Beijing. Today you will discover
the un-renovated section of Badaling, also called Shixiaguan
by local farmers. It remains a secret to most visitors,
making it one of the quietest spots to experience this
ancient marvel and its seemingly endless beauty. Wild and
rugged Badaling is located southwest of the
rebuilt but touristy
part of Badaling, one of Beijing's best-known and
most visited section of Great Wall. Unrestored Badaling,
however, offers a more off-the-beaten-track, non-touristy
way to experience part of the monumental feat of
5. On our drive back to Beijing, we will stop for a
little bit at a traditional market, where it is not
unusual to get some great bargains, even at less
than 50% of the original asking price. If you are
unsure how to haggle in Chinese, your guide will be
more than happy to help you out!
6. You will be dropped off at your hotel at no later
than 6:00pm, ending your day’s sightseeing.
1 Hotel pick-up & drop-off service
2 Air-conditioned tour coach
3 English speaking tour guide
4 Entrance tickets as listed on the above itinerary.
5 Chinese lunch (Vegetarian? No problem!)
Tip to the guide
2. Personal costs
Other Great Wall Bus Tours:
BEIJING BUS TOUR A2: Great Wall Day Tour - "Graceful Mutianyu
& Underground Palace" (RMB299 or USD44) Tour
Attractions: Great Wall at Mutianyu & Underground Palace (Daily)
learn more about
this mini-bus tour and signup.
BEIJING BUS TOUR A4: Great Wall Hiking Tour -
"Jinshanling-Simatai Challenge" (RMB449 or USD68)
Attractions: Great Wall hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai (Daily)
learn more about
this mini-bus tour and signup.
Check other Beijing touring programs.