With ChinaTours.com, visiting the Great Wall of China can be taken as a stand alone half or full day tours. We can also design a custom tour that commences in different China destinations but includes a Great Wall of China tour while in Beijing.
ChinaTours.com tours offer visitors the flexibility of time to savor the experience of visiting the Great Wall of China. Your local tour guide will share the history and stories of the Great Wall, and then allow you ample time to wander and explore up and down, giving you a wonderful opportunity to envisage what it must have been like for the people who built and worked there over many centuries.
Take a Great Wall of China tour and make your China visit a truly memorable experience
UNESCO World Heritage listed and one of the most recognizable sights on earth, a visit to China couldn’t be considered complete without a Great Wall of China tour. While we can arrange visits to other sections of the wall, our Great Wall of China tours focus on the Mutianyu Great Wall, a less frequented part of China’s 1,400-year-old iconic landmark located approximately 70 kilometers from Beijing.
Looking for adventure? Take a pleasant and comfortable round-trip cable car transfer over the picturesque scenery, then walk the wall to take in the Ming dynasty guard towers and sensational views.
Remember, we’re flexible!
If our tour itineraries don’t meet your needs, let us know. We’ll tailor a Great Wall of China tour just for you.
The Great Wall’s history spans almost as far as the wall itself, as it stretches snakelike across 17 of China’s provinces, principalities, and autonomous regions. Constructed as fortifications by different states since the 7th century BC, the Great Wall experience three significant historical periods during the Qin, Han, and Ming dynasties.
After Emperor Qin Shi Huang conquered the adjoining states and unified China for the first time during 220-206 BC, he requested joining these individual walls with some extensions, bringing about the initial Great Wall.
During the Han Dynasty, this remarkable piece of engineering was reinforced to the west with the purpose of guarding the Silk Road and warding off invading Mongols. Additions and renovations were made during the Ming Dynasty, which found this feat of engineering winding through China like a traditional Chinese dragon.
While there are many places throughout China for visiting the Great Wall of China, the sections of the wall to the west of mountain ridges north of Beijing are easily accessible and are often the start of ChinaTours.com tours in Beijing.
Considering the incredible length of the wall, well known sections such as Badaling, Jinshanling and Mutianyu are ideal options to experience the magnitude and sheer engineering feat of the Great Wall.
As part of all our Great Wall of China tours, we include a visit to the Mutianyu section of the wall. Renowned for its unique military watchtowers and now providing travelers with incredible views across the mountains outside Beijing, this section of the wall makes for a fascinating and enjoyable Great Wall tour.
Less frequented and crowded than both the Badaling and Juyongguan sections, the Mutianyu Great Wall is well restored, while preserving authentic original elements, including the watch towers. Earning the nickname “Grand Pass on the Precipitous Ridge”, the Mutianyu Great Wall is covered by woods and bushes and provides stunning views of the Huairou District’s natural beauty.
Travelers wanting a real experience of China will appreciate our focus on the Mutianyu Great Wall. A destination for both foreign and domestic tourists, accessing the Mutianyu section of the wall on a Great Wall of China tour is manageable and safe on our fully guided Great Wall tours.
Reaching the Mutianyu section, located approximately 70 kilometers outside Beijing is simple. Our Great Wall tours provide for hotel pick up and a comfortable drive to the Mutianyu sight. Our Great Wall of China tours combine travel up to the wall itself by foot and cable car, which allows travelers to gain an appreciation of the vastness of both the surrounding countryside and length of the wall. The combination of walking and cable car is the most common way to explore the Great Wall, especially for those visiting Beijing for the first time. Once on the wall itself, there can be challenges due to the angle and width of steps, which are only a few feet wide in places.
The benefit of taking a Great Wall of China tour this way means you save time and energy, allowing you to spend more time at an authentic section of the wall. You also gain a better view – and greater photo opportunities – that couldn’t be reached by climbing alone.
The Mutianyu section of the wall is family friendly too, with access safe for children and those with accessibility needs.
The good news is, ChinaTours.com can make arrangements for you to enjoy the Great Wall however you’d like to experience it.
With ChinaTours.com visiting the Great Wall of China can be part of a tour or as a stand alone adventure, there are numerous options:
- Try a half-day Mutianyu Great Wall Tour if you’re short on time.
- Head to Jinshanling Great Wall for serious hiking.
- Travel to the popular Badaling Great Wall and add other major highlights of Beijing for a full day of adventure.