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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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    4.7101 Reviews
    Michael
    Canada
    Posted on January 18, 2020
    We visited two Simatai and Jinshanling Great Wall sections several days ago. Compared with the splendid Simatai Great Wall, Jinshanling showed a primitive beauty. Hearing from our knowledgeable guide, this section had seldom repair work. We saw some tourists photographed with professional cameras. The scenery was really majestic!! I would explore other sections next time!
    Mike Seinfeld
    Canada
    Posted on January 15, 2020
    Our Badaling Great Wall trip was exciting and interesting. The hike was tiring but meaningful. We climbed it from the North 1st Watchtower and found many arches when going up to the fifth watchtower. According to our knowledgeable guide Sara, they were used to observing the enemy. Nowadays, tourists could appreciate the magnificent wall and luring landscape from them. Sara continually introduced its history and some watchtowers along the way. Thanks to her excellent explanations, our Great Wall tour was rather relaxing and fun. A great trip! ... More
    THEODORE ALEX ENDRESEN
    United States
    Posted on January 14, 2020
    My travel consultant always responded to my emails in a timely fashion. He was very professional.
    Guldal Blane
    New Zealand
    Posted on January 12, 2020
    Our Great Wall day tour from Simatai to Jinshanling was over with good memories! It was a trip that was strict with our physical conditions. We made it and we took a commemorative photo together at the terminal. The views along the way were splendid! A really great trip!
    Veronica
    Canada
    Posted on January 09, 2020
    A Chinese saying goes that“A man who does not climb the Great Wall is not a true man”. We were very pleased with this Badaling Great Wall trip. Hearing from our guide, it was relatively easier to climb compared with other sections. Because most stairs were not very steep and tourists could choose other ways such as cable cars or pulley. We hiked from the North 1st Watchtower and took the cable car when we returned. The beautiful scenery and special architecture gave us a profound impression. I recommend you to take the cable car if you want a relaxing hike. ... More
    Chris Adams
    Australia
    Posted on January 06, 2020
    I once climbed the Badaling Great Wall several years ago and was attracted by its grandeur. This time, I hiked the Juyongguan Great Wall. It was really an unforgettable tour! Compared to Badaling, it had fewer tourists. I thought the most reason was that there was no cable car… I preferred there because I fully felt the interest in climbing the Great Wall. The entire Juyongguan wall is circular in shape and consisted of two sections. I began my hiking from the west wall, which was steeper than the east wall. The whole journey was very exciting! I also wanted to thank our guide Tina who did a dedicated work for us. A worthwhile tour! ... More
    Tracy Junglov
    New Zealand
    Posted on January 02, 2020
    The Badaling Great Wall was pleasant and my mother and I were satisfied with this tour! My mom was 70 years old, so we took a cable car to save energy. The Great Wall was more splendid than we had seen on TV. Seeing the continuous wall and mountain, we could even fell the great courage of ancient Chinese when they fought with the enemy.
    BELIN
    USA
    Posted on December 29, 2019
    The guide Lily left us a deep impression! She put everything in order and always ready to offer help! Thank you for all that you have done to make our trip exciting, easy and enjoyable!
    Daniela
    USA
    Posted on December 25, 2019
    The Great Wall walking tour was fantastic from the moment that I first contacted TravelChianGuide by e-mail to the last moment that the trip finished. There was an outstanding tour guide accompanying us all the time and the Great Wall was enriched by her clear and interesting explanations. Highly recommend!
    Lois Hunt
    USA
    Posted on December 22, 2019
    It was my second time to Badaling Great Wall. Last time, I climbed it on my own and took many beautiful pictures. I brought my son here this time and wanted him to appreciate the beauty of the Great Wall. Thanks for our guide who arranged our trip well and paid special attention to my son. When we went down, we took the pulleys, so exciting and challenging! My son had a blast! A worthy tour! Looking forward to the next trip!
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