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What a fantastic experience to hike the Great Wall of China! Whether you take our guided tours with the Great Wall visit or do it by yourself, you will be obsessed with its magnificent views and grandeur.

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FAQs on Great Wall of China Tours

Why should I go to Beijing in order to see the Great Wall?

Certainly you should. Though the Great Wall criss-crosses many places in north China, the principal sections are in Beijing area. International and domestic flights and high speed trains make Beijing easy to reach, so the Great Wall of China tours from Beijing should be your first choice.

Which section should I choose for my Great Wall of China tours?

Badaling and Mutianyu in Beijing are best choices. Both portray full features. Badaling is the travelers' favorite while Mutianyu is a wise man's choice if visiting on holidays.

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall?

You can go year round, but from March to October is preferable. Avoid travelling on China public holidays like the May Day Holiday and the golden week from Oct. 1 to 7.

How much does it cost for a day trip to the Great Wall for two people?

If you use a travel agency's services for the private Great Wall of China tours, the cost ranges from US$130 to US$230 per person for two people. It also varies with the Great Wall sections. If you arrange the trip by yourself and hire a taxi, the cost exceeds US$250. Be careful not to buy tours at rock-bottom bargain price to avoid traps.

Will the guide accompany us up the wall? And how long does it take for an average walk on the wall?

There will be time allowance for you to explore along the wall, however, often the guide won't accompany you all the way for normal sightseeing. Our groups usually linger for 2 hours on the wall, which is time enough for a leisurely walk and climb. If you are taking one of the private Great Wall hiking tours, our guide will escort you and the visiting time is also a bit longer.

How steep is the wall? Is it safe?

Popular sections like Badaling and Mutianyu are not extremely steep, and certainly safe to travel on. Watch your steps and do not walk on the edge. Remember to avoid taking photos while you climb. You'd be the wiser to avoid sections less well maintained or some uncharted areas.

Is the Great Wall tour physically strenuous? Can the old, kids, and the handicapped still manage?

The Beijing Great Wall tours are not very demanding for the general public. For the seniors, children, and the handicapped, we recommend Badaling or Mutianyu, because cable cars, pulley cars or luges are available for visitors, and there are also barrier-free facilities and passages at Badaling.

Which section is the most suitable for hiking?

Jinshanling is the first choice owing to its stunning scenery and well-preserved military defensive constructions. A hike takes about four hours. Simatai is also a top pick and tourists can visit it and the nearby Gubei Water Town.

What should I wear? Do I need special equipment?

Please wear pants and anti-skid sneakers. Keep your backpack travel-light. Use sunscreen to protect your skin. It's also advised to bring an alpine-stock and wear sunglasses when you take the Great Wall tours from Beijing.

Are there restaurants nearby?

There are some fast food restaurants so you can conveniently have lunch with the advice from our guide. If you do not like fast food, you can pack your own snacks.
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    4.882 Reviews
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    Our Beijing tour to Mutianyu Great Wall was very good. I brought my son and he was energetic. We hiked from the North Entrance and appreciated the unique architecture along the way. Our guide Linda was very knowledgeable and humorous, and she introduced some interesting stories about it. She also offered to take beautiful pictures for us. When going down the wall, my son saw other tourists take the toboggan and he also wanted to try it. Under the help of Linda, we took the toboggan, which was so exciting! A wonderful trip! I was also happy that my son could enjoy it! I would take him to other interesting places in Beijing if we had another chance. ... More
    Posted on November 17, 2019
    I was glad I used TravelChinaGuide and spent a good time on the one day Great Wall hiking tour. The whole trip was extremely wonderful as the Great Wall was so splendid and impressive!
    John Senanayake
    Posted on November 14, 2019
    Very grateful for the good itinerary provided by TCG. Our 4 days Beijing tour was very wonderful and almost all famous spots were included. The most outstanding attraction for us was the Mutianyu Great Wall, the world’s wonder. The tourists were not so many, so we had enough space to appreciate the architecture. Some parts of the Great Wall were steep, but the whole hiking was interesting.
    Steven Moore
    Posted on November 10, 2019
    I had a wonderful time on the Great Wall walking tour with my friends. The views of the Great Wall was different as I was hiking. But they were all very beautiful and I took so many awesome photos. Our guide Tina was careful and easy to get along with. She was dedicated to her work and share everything about the Great Wall with us. Thank her very much!
    Susan Mackenzie
    Posted on November 06, 2019
    Very appreciated for the perfect arrangement of our guide Linda. Our Beijing trip to Mutianyu Great Wall was fantastic! We arrived at it in the morning when the tourists were fewer than at other times. Therefore, we had enough time and space to appreciate its splendid landscape and unique structure. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained some relevant stories. We learned a lot and it was truly a good place!
    Posted on November 06, 2019
    I was pleasantly surprised that my family were the only members on the tour. The guide arrived on time and showed us a lot of sights on our way to our destination.
    Posted on November 04, 2019
    I was astounded at how well planned TCG was - our whole Great Wall hiking tour ran smoothly and happily. The car was very clean and comfortable. Our guide Candy arranged everything well so we just need to enjoy the hiking and appreciate the grand scenery. Many unforgettable memories were left on this trip…
    Posted on October 31, 2019
    TravelChinaGuide exceeded my exceptions with the wonderful organization and super service. I experienced a superb Great Wall hiking tour that I would never forget. I will definitely be back and book with you again!
    Couper Kumar
    Posted on October 27, 2019
    Overall, the Beijing day tour to Great Wall was one of the best family holidays that we have been on. Everywhere we visited was fantastic and the Forbidden City was a highlight. The guide spoke good English and introduced every attraction well. I will recommend you and your company to everyone.
    Posted on October 23, 2019
    We had always wanted to climb the Great Wall, one of the World’s Wonders. This time, our dream came true. I heard a Chinese saying goes: “A man does not climb the Great Wall is not a true man”. Last week, we went to the Badaling Great Wall. After 2 hours of hiking, we arrived at the top of it. Climbing the Great Wall was an energy-consuming activity. We were happy that we successfully climbed it. The view on the top was so luring and we took some beautiful photos. It was a worthy trip. Highly recommend! ... More
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