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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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    4.863 Reviews
    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
    USA
    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
    Ayla Camila
    Canada
    Posted on September 15, 2019
    Climbing the Juyongguan Great Wall was really hard, but it brought us a sense of achievement. We were very happy that we conquered this steep Great Wall. A memorable experience!
    Hazen Cook
    USA
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    On our 3 days Beijing tour, I liked the Great Wall tour very much. It was on the second day, we got up early to Badaling Great Wall, one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall. We climbed for nearly 2 hours and appreciated its charming scenery. Then, we went to the Mutianyu Great Wall, another famous section of the Great Wall. On the way to Mutianyu, we stopped at Juyongguan Great Wall and took some photos. Here, we ate lunch that we prepared in advance. In the afternoon, we explored the Mutianyu Great Wall. We took a cable car to the top and enjoyed luring scenery. Compared with the Badaling section, it was more gentle and elegant. The one day’s Great Wall was tiring, but we appreciated different sections. I thought it was worthwhile and meaningful. Very recommended! ... More
    Sergio Beatty
    New Zealand
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    I brought my mother to Beijing and our whole tour went happily. We all liked the Mutianyu Great Wall among those famous spots. Thanks for the arrangement of our guide, we didn’t queue up and took a cable car to the top. My mother was old and this way was more relaxing than climbing it. We chose to walk down the wall and the whole trip was happy and cozy. Very recommended!
    Amy McAdam
    USA
    Posted on September 11, 2019
    Last week, I climbed the Badaling Great Wall with my friends. We were so lucky it was a warm day, with a beautiful blue sky and white cloud. Our hiking began with a good mood. We climbed it from the South Entrance and some sections were so steep that we did not dare to look down. When we got to the destination, we could see the unrepaired section, which was very adventurous. If you still had enough energy after finishing the south section, you could go down to the starting point and climbed it from the North Entrance. The two sections had different views and I believe they would not let you down. ... More
    Renee Gaw
    Australia
    Posted on September 10, 2019
    Climbing the Mutianyu Great Wall was a hard activity, but we felt the beauty of conquering difficulties. The landscape on the top was so charming! My dream came true! I would recommend this day tour to my friends!
    Cristina Larsen
    USA
    Posted on September 09, 2019
    Our day tour to Mutianyu Great Wall impressed me most. I was attracted by its fantastic landscape and great architecture. It was truly worth the hard hiking! We went there in November and the top was windy. So, you had better prepare thick clothes if you went to Great Wall on cold days.
    Aino Enriquez
    Australia
    Posted on September 09, 2019
    Our day tour to Mutianyu Great Wall was unforgettable and meaningful. We spent nearly 2.5 hours to reach the top where the landscape was luring and splendid. So beautiful and great architecture! It was worthy of the world's wonder!
    Kalthom
    Canada
    Posted on September 08, 2019
    Hearing from my tour guide that “He who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is not a true man.” We successfully climbed the top of Mutianyu Great Wall and appreciated the beautiful landscape. It was so great that the hard hiking was totally worthwhile. I would recommend it to my friends!
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