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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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    4.7140 Reviews
    Willam J Paz
    Canada
    Posted on March 31, 2021
    We had a superb trip with TravelChinaGuide. We visited the most well-known spots in China such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. We not only fully enjoyed these places but also know Chinese history and culture introduced by our guide who was a responsible and dedicated English speaker.

    The Forbidden City was far large than the size I had thought. For a limited time, we only had 2.5 hours to visit the main palaces and exhibitions. Half of the day is needed if you plan to have an in-deep tour. It was very convenient to take a cable car to the tower on the Great Wall. While visiting, the natural scenery together with the wall took my breath away. We thought the journey was an excellent value. ... More
    Margaret Bender
    Sweden
    Posted on March 30, 2021
    Planning the trip via email was smooth and everything was simply perfect with TravelChinaGuide. Good Service and organization. We would certainly use their service again. We felt we really got value for money!
    John Killion
    USA
    Posted on March 08, 2021
    The Badaling Great Wall tour was as fascinating as I had expected before.

    The guide and the driver picked us on time and offered excellent services. It took about 2 hours to arrive at the Great Wall. The Great Wall sitting on the rolling mountains was breathtaking. Enough time was given to us to capture and enjoy the beautiful view.
    Tiffany Aulie
    Australia
    Posted on January 17, 2021
    We were satisfied with the 2 days Great Wall of China tours. Our visits to the must-see spots in Beijing such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven were all impressive.
    It is suggested that you should arrange more time to have lunch and rest otherwise we will feel tired when going on the afternoon visit.
    Eric Hutton
    Finland
    Posted on December 29, 2020
    Our trip with TravelChinaGuide was wonderful from the start to finish.
    Having a personalized tour allowed us to modify the itinerary a couple of times which made the trip even more enjoyable. The Great Wall was awesome, as well as the Forbidden City and Hutong alleys.
    Our guide was a great English speaker. Her knowledge of the sites we visited, along with the background culture she shared with us was extensive and interesting. Thumbs up!
    Ursula Benstead
    Singapore
    Posted on December 10, 2020
    This Great Wall trip was a great experience for me.
    Our guide was patient to meet everyone’s needs. Her enthusiasm, humor and carefulness were big plus for this interesting Great Wall adventure. The group people there were nice and friendly. I enjoyed myself so much.
    Even
    Norway
    Posted on November 19, 2020
    We were extremely happy with the Great Wall trip that the agency arranged for us, it was certainly one of the best holidays that we have had.
    The guide was very professional and easy to get along with. The whole trip ran smoothly and seamlessly. The Mutianyu Great Wall was truly grand and impressive. Highly recommend!
    Clementine
    the United States
    Posted on October 29, 2020
    We had a great visit to the Badaling Great Wall. In addition to the continuous Great Wall, the natural scenery was also picturesque and beautiful. But like many other popular scenic spots in China, there were a large number of visitors. Perhaps it was because we visited it just on the weekend.
    Mark
    Canada
    Posted on October 12, 2020
    The Great Wall tour organized by TCG was excellent in every aspect from the professional English-speaking guide to the clean and safe vehicle. We had plenty of time to visit the Badaling Great Wall. Badaling is an amazing place and you can’t miss it when you travel to Beijing!
    Cassandra
    Posted on September 17, 2020
    The experience of visiting the Great Wall was great. It was really an amazing place with enriched Chinese history. Go hiking would be my best memory of my China tour. The thing I loved most about my experience was the service, professionalism and punctuality of the tour guide and driver. My family and I had a great time on this Great Wall tour!
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