The Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tombs

The Great Wall at Badaling
and Ming Tombs

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is one of the best-preserved among all the other parts.
Steep paths leading up and down the wall offer spectacular views over vast China.
Combined with visiting the Ming Tombs, an unforgettable day awaits.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Stretching thousands of kilometres through Central China, The Great Wall of China’s defensive function from the many invasions coming from the north. This feat of construction has shown the ingenuity of the former Emperors of passed dynasties to protect its people and its efforts to contain what still is visible for tourists and visitors up until today.

Many parts remain inaccessible, but these well-preserved sections of the wall are made accessible for visitors from across the world. This is what has kept the Great Wall such a sight beyond words. The part at Badaling is one of these fortifications that still stands proudly and bears the stamp as a key national cultural relic.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tombs

08:00 - 18:00

We depart in the early morning for 70-kilometre ride northwest of the Chinese capital; en route, your guide will tell you the finer details of this part of the Great Wall. Its location and preservation efforts have made the Badaling part as one of the most representative parts of this national heritage and one of the Wonders of the World since 2007. Built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), this section with an average altitude of over 1,000 meters (3,282 feet) is the outpost of the Juyongguan Pass. The mountain slope is very steep, and the roads are tortuous. These features made it a military stronghold as the wall construction is compared with a strong dragon winding its way along with the mountain ranges.

When descending from these fortified walls and towers, we head to a local restaurant for a simple, yet delicious lunch before we move on. We head back in the direction of Beijing but will make an interesting stop at the much-revered Ming Tombs. Situated around 50 kilometres northwest of Beijing at the foot of the Tianshou Mountains, this is the final resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty emperors. The grandeur of these tombs is a one-of-a-kind reminder of the importance during these times, and its detailed work that once decorated the tombs. Only two tombs out of the 13 remain open for visitors. A particular part of the Ming Tombs is the Sacred Way: this path runs for about a kilometre and is flanked on both sides by carvings of human and animal figures and dates back to the 10th year of the right of Emperor Xuan De.

It is time to head back to Beijing and your hotel. Depending on traffic conditions, replacing dynasty magnificence for the hustle and bustle of the Chinese capital is expected to pop up on the horizon at approximately 6 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Return cable cart to the top of the Great Wall
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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