TOUR A3: Beijing Daily
Graceful Mutianyu Great Wall One-day Tour (No-shopping)
Gourmet Chinese Lunch)
* Hike the Great Wall at
Mutianyu, a prime piece of restored Great Wall which bends and twists
over the countryside.
* This tour comes with your
own English-speaking guide and driver, ensuring that your tour is a safe
and relaxing excursion.
* No shopping stops on this small group tour!
* Gourmet Chinese lunch!
about 7-8 am your English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up
from your hotel/hostel (with the 3rd Ring
circle), and from there we will make the approximate
one-hour drive to the
Great Wall. The
section of the Great Wall is a masterpiece of restoration, with 22
original style watchtowers. Mutianyu [moo-tyen-yoo], meaning 'Admire
Fields Valley', is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to
tourists. The wall, built with slabs of granite, is 22 km (14 miles)
long, seven or eight meters high and four or five meters wide,
crenellated on both sides.
With the greens of pines and cypresses
covering ninety percent of the surrounding area, the scenery here is
beautiful all the year round. The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall has
1500 years of history and today's wall is a replica of the
fortifications of 1568. Construction began on this section of the Great
Wall in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). During the reign of Emperor
Hongwu (1368-1398), General Xu Da rebuilt the Great Wall on its original
foundation. Mutianyu Pass was fortified in 1404 (the 2nd year of Emperor
Yongle's reign) with a rare triangular formation of three interlinked
watchtowers. Construction was finished on the wall at Mutainyu, as it
now stands, when General Qi Jiguang was transferred the area to command
the garrison in 1568 (the 2nd year of Emperor Longqing's reign). We’ll
spend about 2.5 hours on the Mutianyu Great Wall.
Once we’re done, you can hike down to the
parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly
recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver. We’ll then have
lunch at a local restaurant, allowing you to refresh and recharge
yourself after today’s hike. You’ll then be taken back to Beijing, where
you’ll be dropped off at your hotel/hostel by about 5:00pm, which will
give you the option of still being able to plan something for the
evening such as an
acrobatic show or
Included: Personal transfer from and to your
hotel (within the 3rd Ring circle), general admission to Mutianyu, English-speaking tour guide, nice
minivan, and lunch.
This tour program
was introduced and recommended by Fodor's China
USA Today Travel!
clarify, a group tour means that we will pick you up from place to place
in the morning and that can take time. If you book a private tour then
there would be no need to go around the city to pick up others. As you
are probably well aware, Beijing traffic effects a lot of what we do,
but nevertheless, we should have done a better job of communicating with
you and giving you the most out of your day with us.
Please be advised that this tour is not fully
guided. The tour guide will pick you and other guests up from
different hotels/locations in Beijing in the morning, and then will
take you to Mutianyu. Upon arrival, your guide will show you where
to get started, and if you wish to take the cable car, your guide
will help you buy tickets at the entry. You will then get to explore
the Mutianyu Great Wall by yourself for about two hours. You can
then disembark from the Great Wall either on foot, cable car or
toboggan. The guide will take you to the parking lot, and then
you'll be driven back to Beijing.
If you wish to have a fully guided tour, then we recommend you
consider our private tour
The purpose of this group tour is to provide customers with the
convenience of getting to and back from the Great Wall safely and
with the reduced hassle of not having to take public transportation.
Lift (Optional for RMB60)
Mutianyu Cable Car (Optional for RMB60)
Mutianyu Toboggan (German technology) - U.S. First Lady visited Mutianyu in April, 2014
|Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu
(extra for just RMB50 or $9, same as cable
You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan down
from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill. You can
ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it is also a
driving test. One person to a toboggan, you have a little
handle with which you press down to go faster and pull up to
stop. But if you are not intentionally pushing it, it will
slow down anyway. "It is funny when we Westerners are on
there, because we like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese
(ride a lot quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of
locals shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious.
Go on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge
Sign up and you'll be on the way!
We depart daily! Please use the form on the left to submit
your order immediately. This is the fastest way to register
Deadline: 8 PM the night before the hiking date.
Free hotel pick-up & drop-off! Free lunch!