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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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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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    4.871 Reviews
    Jacinta Johnson
    Posted on October 17, 2019
    Our half-day Mutianyu Great Wall tour went happily. We arrived there in the morning and the air was fresh. After about 2 hours of hiking, we reach the top where we appreciated the amazing natural scenery. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained its history, which attracted us. Later, we took a cable car down the wall, which was relaxing and funny. The whole trip was very unforgettable and I would recommend my friends to visit it!
    Arthur Rodriguez
    Posted on October 13, 2019
    The Mutianyu Great Wall was so magnificent. Thanks to the good arrangement of our guide, we could save much queuing time and had a great travel experience. We went there in October and the top was cold, so I suggest that you can prepare thick cloth if you visit the Great Wall on a cold day.
    Connie Dudley
    United States
    Posted on October 10, 2019
    I wanted to strongly recommend the wonderful one day Great Wall Hiking tour to anyone who wants to hike on the Great Wall. The itinerary for this trip was well-organized. I thought it was very classic and suitable for most people. The scenery along the way was extremely beautiful and it shouldn’t be missed!
    Lisbeth Nadella
    New Zealand
    Posted on October 07, 2019
    On this Beijing tour, I liked Mutianyu Great Wall very much! It was a warm day and we began to climb in the afternoon. We first hiked up to No. 8 Watchtower and then walked to No. 14 Watchtower where tourists were fewer than other points. It was hard to climb from the 18 Watchtower and the way to 20 Watchtower was especially steep. The whole hiking was tiring but interesting. If you had enough interest and energy, you could hike the Great Wall. Of course, the cable car was a good choice. Very recommended! ... More
    Isabel Kancer
    Posted on September 29, 2019
    We had a great Beijing day trip last month and visited some main attractions. The Mutianyu Great Wall impressed me most, not only for its grand landscape but for its splendid architecture. It remained intact and we could feel its ancient charm. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us about its history and development. Overall it was a worthy spot and I really recommend you to visit Mutianyu Great Wall if you go to Beijing!

    Tips: If you thought hiking the Great Wall a hard work, you could choose to take a cable car. It can save a lot of energy.
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    United Kingdom
    Posted on September 28, 2019
    It was so hot that the experience of the one day Great Wall hiking trip wasn’t so good. But our guide was outstanding enough and looked after us all the time.
    Posted on September 26, 2019
    A wonderful Beijing tour! Mutianyu Great Wall brought us the biggest surprise! We had seen its beautiful pictures on the Internet and wanted to go there. From this tour, I felt the grandeur of it and was shocked by the intelligence of ancient Chinese. How great an architecture! Walking on it, I could imagine the scene of soldiers fighting the enemy. It was really an unforgettable experience!
    William Cuesta
    United States
    Posted on September 23, 2019
    We climbed the Badaling Great Wall before on our own, but we did not have a good experience due to various reasons. This Mutianyu Great Wall on our group tour gave us a wonderful impression! Thanks for all the superb service provided by TCG and the guide Lily. The reasonable itinerary left us enough time to visit. We first took the cable car and then climbed on the top. When we stood on the beacon tower, we saw the continuous and magnificent Great Wall and felt its grandeur. So splendid scenery! It was really a worthy trip! ... More
    Malcolm Moolenschot
    New Zealand
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    The scenery on the Great Wall was luring and fantastic. Our guide Linda helped us to take many pictures. She was also knowledgeable and told some interesting stories, which greatly attracted us. We were very happy! It was really a memorable Beijing day tour!
    John Vigliotti
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    We went to the Mutianyu Great Wall on August, 4. According to our guide, the Badaling Great Wall was the earliest developed section and owned the most tourists. So, the agency arranged the Mutianyu for us to avoid the crowds. When we arrived there, we saw a large number of tourists, which truly showed the great charm of it. After we reached the top through hard hiking, we were deeply attracted by its grand landscape. There were small stores to sell the souvenir badges and I bought one to memorize this Great Wall tour. It was of great commemorative significance. If I had another chance, I would want to explore other sections of the Great Wall, especially the famous Badaling! ... More
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