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

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FAQs on Great Wall 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 Beijing Great Wall tour should be your first choice.

Which section should I choose for my experience?

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 a private Great Wall tour, 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 trip is 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.

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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    5.04 Reviews
    Ann
    US
    Posted on January 12, 2019
    I appreciate the variety of tour options offered by Travel China Guide and the tour consultants I have worked with have been very helpful and respectful of all my inquires. Overall, It has been a very positive experience with responses being courteous and prompt and travel consultants helpful at each step of the tour planning.
    Jay Devers
    Canada
    Posted on December 22, 2018
    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour to the Great Wall and other places that we went, and will absolutely recommend TCG tours to any friends going to China. I also appreciated getting the high speed train tickets from Shanghai to Beijing (booked separately).

    Please see in specific items:
    1. The restaurant we went to for lunch was really pretty, and the food was very good.
    2. The guide's attitude, ability to speak English, and knowledge of the places we went were all exceptional.
    3. The driver was very nice, and the vehicle was clean and very comfortable.

    All in all, we had a great day, and were very pleased. Our guide did her best to ensure that happened, and she succeeded. I really want our guide to know how much we enjoyed our day with her.
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    jane
    uk
    Posted on December 18, 2018
    The early start was hard, but well worth it as we arrived at Mutianyu well before most tourists, and were able to enjoy views and climb stairs without being surrounded by people. Our guide, Wilson, was really helpful and answered all our questions. Altogether a great experience.
    Hannah S
    Australia
    Posted on December 11, 2018
    Tour guide was informative and spoke good English. Was able to spend over 2 hours on the wall and the provided lunch was nice! Would go again!