The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

The Great Wall of China
at Mutianyu

One of the humans’ greatest feats in construction history must be the Great Wall of China.
Meandering through the often rugged landscape of central China, one cannot describe
the sensation when taking a position at one of the Mutianyu watchtowers.

WHY THIS TOUR?

As one of the ‘Wonders of the World’, the Great Wall is a must on any visit to Beijing. Stand atop one of the ancient watchtowers and cast your eye towards the horizon, taking in the vast scale and sheer beauty of the wall as it snakes its way across the tops of impossibly steep mountain ridges.

Originally a series of smaller walls built to repel northern invaders, it was not until the unification of the empire under Qin Shi Huang Di in 221 BC, that the various sections of the Wall linked up. It is said that more than 300,000 men worked for ten years to complete it. These thousands of kilometres’ long masterpiece of construction ingenuity remains a remarkable feat, even when you re-visit the Great Wall over and over again.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

08:30 - 15:30

The Great Wall at Mutianyu is located around 75 kilometres outside Beijing in Huairou County. This section of the wall is slightly less crowded than its popular brother at Badaling and has a more rugged feeling compared to other parts. We’re scheduled to leave Beijing at around 8.30 am for a drive through the countryside as we head out to the starting point of ascending the Great Wall of China ourselves. We start our approach by taking a cable car from nearby the parking lot, up to the main access point as your guide will explain in detail all there is to know.

Mutianyu Great Wall enjoys a long history and is an integral part of the rich culture of China. It connects Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. This section of the wall began during the Northern Qi Dynasty then built and rebuilt up until the 17th century. It was constructed wide enough to allow a brace of five horses to gallop between the battlements and was thus used to convey soldiers, arms, and food with great speed to various parts of the northern frontier. Due to its location among fertile plains, over 90% of the surrounding areas on both sides of the wall are covered with greens, more than any other part of the wall which gives it another added value compared to other parts, for example, Badaling and Jinshanling.

After having explored the Great Wall, and before we head back to Beijing, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. A selection of Chinese dishes, suitable for the western palette, will be freshly prepared.  En route to your hotel, we will make a quick stop at the 2008 Olympic Grounds the unique Bird’s Nest and Water Cube remain some of the most striking Olympic designs.

We expect to be back to the city at around 3.30 am depending on traffic.

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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