BJ01-05: Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour

Mutianyu Great Wall - Summer Palace or Hutong Tour
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  • Tour Style Private Tour
  • Departure Daily
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You will meet our guide and driver at the hotel lobby at around 08:00. After a warming greeting, you will be transferred to Mutianyu Great Wall by a comfortable drive to start this Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace tour. Upon arrival, we will take the cable car to go up to the ramparts and get down. Notice that the round trip cable car fare is included in our price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.

We will spend the whole morning at this former military building. After that, you will be escorted to get back to the downtown area to enjoy the natural beauty of lake and mountain as well as imperial buildings at the Summer Palace. A Kunming Lake boat ride will be specially arranged for you in the Summer Palace. Alternatively, we can also arrange you a tour to quaint hutongs and courtyards this afternoon according to your demand, to let you immerse in traditional natives' lifestyle. After this Great Wall and Summer Palace day trip comes to an end, our guide and driver will take you back to the hotel. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
Tour Highlights
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall used to be of great military importance during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) for protecting the northern border of the capital city as well as the imperial mausoleums - Ming Tombs. It was founded during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577) and rebuilt twice in the Ming Dynasty in 1368 and 1568 to become what it is today. You can see 23 watchtowers distributed along the more than 2,000 meters (2,200 yards) long ramparts and three of them were built closely to each other at the Zhengguan Terrace. Apart from the Zhengguan Terrace, the beacon tower seated at the eastern end of the wall, named Big Corner, can be the best viewing platform to have a full view of the Great Wall for occupying the highest position of the whole area.
Enjoy unobstructed views of the Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China, with a history of around 250 years. The garden mainly consists of the Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. Occupying three quarters of the whole area, the Kunming Lake is like a large mirror reflecting the nearby Longevity Hill and the outstanding Tower of Buddhist Incense leaning against the hill. Loitering around the lake can provide you more fun as we will appreciate exquisite paintings at the Long Gallery, have a rest at the lakeside Marble Boat, and also take good shots of the lake backed by the Longevity Hill at the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.
Summer Palace
The long gallery in the park
Hutong Tour
Traditional blocks in Beijing are full of crisscrossing stone-paved alleys. These alleys have a common name - hutong. Hutong is not only the busy traffic line, but also a folk museum vividly demonstrating the traditional lifestyle of ordinary Beijingers. Taking a leisurely walk along these hutong alleys, you can not only have a close look at the distinctive grey-tiled courtyards by your side, but also treat yourself with authentic local cuisines at quaint workshops.
Visit the old hutong alleys by rickshaw
The distinctive courtyard in Hutong
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Price Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Round-trip cable car at Mutianyu Great Wall
Price Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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    4.88 Reviews
    Posted on July 19, 2020
    We had been to the Badaling Great Wall without a guide before. During this Mutianyu tour, we met fewer tourists than in Badaling. It was a great pleasure to meet our quite professional and considerate guide, Candy.

    Although the Mutianyu Great Wall was still popular by many visitors in winter, Candy organized everything well. We had a good time and took a lot of perfect family photos. Strongly recommend Candy as your Beijing day trip guide.
    Posted on June 07, 2020
    It was really a fantastic Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace tour. I liked our guide Tina very much. She spoke English well and told us many facts about Beijing. The historical stories of the two scenic spots were also extensive and engaging. I hope to have her as my guide when I visit Beijing in the future!
    Posted on March 22, 2020
    Linda was one of the best guides I had ever met. She was very responsible and professional and looked after everyone well. I was satisfied with the 1 day Beijing tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace. And I’d like to say that traveling to Beijing in August was not a good choice as it was so hot.
    Posted on January 14, 2020
    The itinerary of the Beijing day tour to Mutianyu Great Wall was perfect. I enjoyed everything this trip brought to us, especially the immersive introduction by our guide Gloria. This tour route is suitable for all ages to travel to Beijing, whether in terms of reasonable schedule and appropriate intensity.
    Andrea Su
    United Kingdom
    Posted on December 05, 2019
    It was a wonderful Beijing day tour. The viewing time at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace was long enough but we weren’t bored at all because of our guide’s interesting and detailed explanations along with the cultural background.
    Shelly Zalick
    Posted on October 22, 2019
    Our trip to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. The guide Linda was very professional and her introductions to each spot were detailed and funny. Many thanks to her dedicated work, we learned a lot about the history and the development of those two attractions. An unforgettable and delightful trip! I would explore other spots in Beijing if I had another chance.
    Posted on September 11, 2019
    This Beijing trip made a profound impression on us. The guide was pretty patient, knowledgeable and responsible. On the whole journey, she introduced every spot and local customs in detail, so wonderful! The cars were safe and comfortable. All excellent!
    Posted on August 13, 2019
    This tour was full of joy and interest. My son was extremely cheerful. In the morning, we climbed the Mutianyu Great Wall and viewed the fantastic scenery on the top. Hiking the Great Wall was an energy-consuming activity, tired but meaningful. Our next spot was the Summer Palace, where we rode a boat around the Kunming Lake, so funny. Very grateful for our guide Tina, she arranged this funny itinerary and offered thoughtful service. The pickup and delivery service were great! A worthwhile tour!
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