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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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    4.7124 Reviews
    Francesca
    UK
    Posted on July 08, 2020
    We had just traveled to China last September. It was really a good Great Wall tour and I remembered that the weather was really nice when we climbed the Great Wall. Our Guide Lily was very professional who helped us avoid the rush hours and the crowd. Originally, we planned to travel independently, but now I found that it's much more comfortable to travel with a travel agency as every detail was taken into good consideration. Thanks to the guide Lily and TravelChinaGuide, this trip was perfect.
    Florian Pethe
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 29, 2020
    This was my first visit to Beijing with my parents which we found excellent. The pre-trip reservation process was smooth as all my queries were answered promptly by the friendly consultant Amber. The car was very clear and I felt lucky that we didn’t get stuck in traffic. The two highlights were definitely the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. The time distributed to every attraction was just not long enough considering the time constraint…
    Barbara Jenkins
    Canada
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    Before we set up our Beijing Great Wall tour, our guide Tina had contacted us in advance to confirm the exact meeting time. She was very punctual and the car was very clear. She introduced many facts about Beijing, which made us wonder how this trip would be. Actually, this trip was as fantastic as I could expect. The reasonable itinerary helped us save the waiting time and the crowd at the Great Wall. Thus we were able to have more comfortable travel experience. The restaurant recommended by Tina offered a great wide of dishes which we hadn’t ever tasted before. My parents extremely enjoyed Chinses dishes. We all thought that this trip was up to an outstanding level and would book other trips with your company in the future! ... More
    Corene
    USA
    Posted on June 17, 2020
    I visited Beijing for business and didn’t want to waste this opportunity to have a short trip, so I contact TCG. I didn’t expect that Ivy, the consultant of TCG, responded to my inquiry so quickly and offered all the travel tours and information I needed. I was very satisfied with this Beijing Great Wall trip. It was not easy to hike on the Great Wall, but I was extremely happy with splendid scenery along the way. Our guide Tina was very outgoing and explained the scenic spots in detail. She was also ready to help us all the time. Very dedicated and responsible! ... More
    Roney
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 10, 2020
    We were extremely happy with the Beijing 2 day tour to Forbidden City. We truly loved the Forbidden City and Great Wall and the Chinses people and food. Our guide Tina was also very outstanding. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!
    Rossica
    Australia
    Posted on June 01, 2020
    6. day we went there was just on May 1st and there were too many tourists… So lucky to join the group tour and our guide arranged everything well for us. We had no need to queue up no matter entering the spot or taking a cable car. On the way, we appreciated the grand landscape and observed its special architecture. The watchtowers were intensive, and the wall both sides had the crenel, which was convenient to battle for soldiers in the past. It was really a spot with a memorable history and I would like to explore it again in the future! ... More
    Dorothy
    United Kingdom
    Posted on May 26, 2020
    On our Beijing trip, we were lucky and happy to join the volunteer repair at Badaling Great Wall.
    Receiving repairing tools, we worked under the guidance of restoration experts and the guide. We moved bricks, built a wall and paved the ground, tired but interesting. Over 1 hour’s work was very meaningful and we were very pleased that we made some contributions to the Great Wall repair. Later, we hiked to the top of it, where the landscape was charming and spectacular. Really a worthy trip! You could also try it if you are interested. ... More
    Ines Gutman
    Australia
    Posted on May 18, 2020
    The 2 days Great Wall hiking tour from Simatai to Jinshanling was a fantastic trip. It was March so there were few people and the weather was good. We thoroughly enjoyed the stunning scenery and hiking.
    Manmeet
    USA
    Posted on May 13, 2020
    I was very happy with this Beijing Great Wall trip and wanted to express my gratitude to our guide Candy, an excellent English speaker with great knowledge of attractions and Beijing. She was also very careful and attentive to all the details. The most satisfying part of this trip is the beautiful and impressive Mutianyu Great Wall.
    Laura
    Australia
    Posted on May 05, 2020
    Our guide was careful and responsible. I traveled without my family or friends, but on this 4-day private Beijing Great Wall trip, I got along with my group members like friends. The guide, like my family, took good care of me and accompanied us to complete the trip to Great Wall smoothly. So many thanks to everyone who showed their care and helped me! I had a warm trip experience in Beijing.
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