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  • From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour

    1. From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour

    Climb aboard a bus that departs from downtown Beijing and travel directly to the Mutianyu Great Wall, saving you time and money. On the journey, your English-speaking tour guide will give you an introduction to the history of Great Wall.  Follow your guide from the parking lot to take a shuttle to the admission gate. Arrive at the site allowing you 4–5 hours of free time to climb up to the 20th Watchtower at your own pace. Choose the option to include a round-way cable car to get to tower 14 from where you can enjoy the most beautiful views. Or select the guided hiking option if you would like a professional expert to accompany you in a small group to the cable car. In this option, your guide will explain interesting stories about the wall, and help you find the best photo spots along the route. This 40-minute guided experience will give you a deeper knowledge and appreciation for this ...

    I had a great day on Chinese Great Wall. I was lucky to have a guide whose name was Claire, she was helpful, kind and happy person. It was easy to communicate with her. Started from the meeting point in Beijing and throughout all the way everything was on high level, was well-organized. I definitely recommend to take tour of this company. Great job MUBUS team and many thanks!

  • From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

    2. From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

    Your 8-hour tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel between 7:00 AM-7:30 AM, followed by a 1-hour drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. You will have 2 hours at the Great Wall to hike by yourself or you can choose the cable car option to get to the highest point. After your visit to the Great Wall, you’ll continue on to a restaurant near the Ming Tombs for a traditional Chinese lunch. Next, head to Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Marvel at its expanse before heading on to the Forbidden City, the final stop on the tour. The Royal Palace at the Forbidden City is the world’s largest royal palace. Spend around 2 hours exploring this vast site before the transfer back to your hotel. During the day, there will also be opportunities to visit jade factory shops and Chinese medicine shop with a foot massage. When the tour is finished you will be t...

    Leon, our guides, has been really kind with us. He guided us all day long, his tour has been full and detailed.

  • Beijing: Old Beijing e-Bike Adventure

    3. Beijing: Old Beijing e-Bike Adventure

    Following your e-bike safety briefing, you will set out on the adventure. Starting with a practice lap around the surrounding Hutongs, your guides will teach you about the history of the Hutongs, including some interesting facts about who lived there. Once you're a pro at riding, head to Ghost Street to see where you should come back for some food, you may even see a ghost. Jump straight back into the Hutongs where you will navigate through some narrower streets to really get a feel for the culture. As you come out of those Hutongs, you'll see the gorgeous gateways and entrance to Lama Temple before crossing over the road to see one of the most beautiful streets in Old Beijing, Guozijian. This street is where you can give Confucius a wave if you catch his statue at the Confucius Temple. Following the temple, ride all the way along Guozijia, past the old academy where students would stud...

    I experienced working with Dominic twice. Once to rent an e-bike, which was well worth it on a hot day in Beijing! It was easy to get around, it was fun and he had great recommenations of what to do and see! I spent some time tooling around to see where things were, and hung out at the Houhai lake too! I also went on a Hutong tour with him where he showed me all the great hidden food places and was patient enough to wait while I pinned them on my map. He also shared good historical information which I appreciate as a history learner.

  • Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

    4. Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

    your guide will meet you at 8am and then drive to Simatai West. You will start the hiking around 10:30am, and it will take about 3 hours to complete. A lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking before returning to the city. This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. 

    What an amazing day! We had wonderfully blue skies and very little wind on our hike from Simatai to Jinshanling. Tau was a fantastic guide. He provided great insight to the wall, region, history, and peoples. He made sure everyone was comfortable with the pace and had plenty of time for photos whenever we liked. Mind you, there are a lot of stairs to climb on this 15 tower trek, but they are doable and so worth it. ADDED BONUS: I didn’t expect too much from the included lunch after reading previous reviews, but it was one of our favorite meals during our stay in China! Highly recommended!

  • From Beijing: Great Wall at Mutianyu Half-Day Hiking Trip

    5. From Beijing: Great Wall at Mutianyu Half-Day Hiking Trip

    After pick-up by your guide at your hotel, make the 1.5-hour drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Have a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. You'll then have two options for travelling up and down the wall: round-trip cable car or chairlift, or by toboggan. Take 7 minutes to reach the top of the wall (instead of the 45 minutes it takes to go by foot up the steps!). The cable car ascends to and descends from the 14th watchtower, from where you can walk east to the 23rd watchtower, the most beautiful part of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The cable car will take you to the 6th watch tower - recommended for those in great physical condition, as the hike to the 23rd watchtower from the 6th is more difficult. Spend the day exploring this truly extraordinary Wall that has captured the imagination of the world for centuries. After returning to the foot of the Grea...

    Just amazing and has to be done. Our guide Jin made it so much more worthwhile to hike and enjoy a wonder of the world.

  • Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Coach Tour from Beijing

    6. Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Coach Tour from Beijing

    Benefit from early morning pick-up at your hotel in Beijing and then travel in an air-conditioned coach to Dingling Tomb, one of the 13 tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. See the underground palace and mausoleum of Emperor Wan Li.  Learn about the ancient art of jade carving at a jade shop, and then enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to the Badaling section of the legendary Great Wall of China. Located in the dramatic Yanshan Mountains, Badaling is the most famous and best-preserved section of the wall. Ride the cable car up the mountain (at your own expense) or hike to the 16th-century ramparts for far-reaching views. Take souvenir photos from the comfort of the coach. Then, get the chance to take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and purchase different blends to take home.

    Generally the trip was OK. But the lunch was served too early at about 10:15 and was bad. The guide collected the trip reviews collectively and it was not possible to express your real point of view. I have an impression that this is a common way of collecting reviews but I hope to be wrong. All in all recommended:)

  • Beijing: Great Wall Hike and Forbidden City Private Tour

    7. Beijing: Great Wall Hike and Forbidden City Private Tour

    Join a private tour to the most popular attractions in Beijing, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. All transportation is included, plus an expert local guide, so you can really get out there and explore the wonders of China's ancient capital.  No trip to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall. The majority of the wall which exists today was built by the Ming Dynasty to keep out invaders from the north. With its steep winding exterior, the Great Wall is perhaps one of the world's most iconic tourist attractions, and certainly one of China's most captivating sights. This full-day adventure will take you to see the amazing Great Wall at Juyongguan, one of the three most famous passes along the wall, from which many ancient towers and temples can be seen. You will be hiking for 1.5 hours to help you understand the sheer size and scale of the wall.  You'll also be s...

  • Beijing: Bus or Private Transfer to Jinshanling Great Wall

    8. Beijing: Bus or Private Transfer to Jinshanling Great Wall

    Save time and money taking a dedicated bus direct to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall in Hebei Province. This section is famous for retaining its natural look, with lots of ruins staying how it looked when it was built in the 1300s. Climb aboard the bus departing from downtown Beijing City and arrive at Jinshanling. Follow your guide from the parking lot to take a shuttle to the admission gate. Have the option to buy the ticket combination for the wall and cable car and save time when you arrive. Enjoy 4–5 hours of free time to climb up to the General Tower to take in the scenic views. Marvel at the unrepaired Gaojin Tower and Yaogou Tower. A lot of heritage can be found along the Jinshanling Great Wall section, including the stone picture of the Qilin, a one-horned beast in Chinese mythology. If you choose the add-on, take the scenic cable car and see one for the most famous...

  • From Beijing: Ming Tombs & Mutianyu Great Wall Full-Day Trip

    9. From Beijing: Ming Tombs & Mutianyu Great Wall Full-Day Trip

    Benefit from early morning pickup from your hotel in Beijing, and then travel by air-conditioned bus to Changling Tomb, one of the 13 tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. Discover where the Emperor Yongle and his Empress Xu were buried. Stop for a typical Chinese lunch and visit a jade carving shop. After lunch, continue to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The Mutianyu section is one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, and at one time served to defend the capital and the imperial tombs. To reach the highest point on this part of the wall, a cable car ride is a good choice (additional fee). Before returning to Beijing, stop to learn about Chinese silk culture at a silk museum and browse the shop for fine silk goods.

    Ming tombs were ok The Great Wall was AMAZING! Lunch was very enjoyable and the tea ceremony was delightful.

  • Beijing: Private Night Photo Tour

    10. Beijing: Private Night Photo Tour

    Benefit from a pickup and meet your guide at your hotel's lobby before heading to the first spot, the Qianmen Main Street. Marvel at the historic commercial street near Tian'anmen Square.  Take some great photos with the iconic Zhengyangmen Arrow Tower and find the beauty of the restored architecture and famous restaurants. If you haven't had the dinner yet, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations before hitting the next spot. Visit the futuristic National Opera Centre with the colorful night adding the reflection of the water surface to the signature spaceship photo. See the historic monuments and visit the photo spots in Tian’anmen Square for Forbidden City, its corner tower, and the Jingshan Park. Take a look at the unseen sides of these famous architectures. Take a stroll in Yandai Byway Hutongs to explore the night market and the adjacent local's favorite Back Lake and S...

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I experienced working with Dominic twice. Once to rent an e-bike, which was well worth it on a hot day in Beijing! It was easy to get around, it was fun and he had great recommenations of what to do and see! I spent some time tooling around to see where things were, and hung out at the Houhai lake too! I also went on a Hutong tour with him where he showed me all the great hidden food places and was patient enough to wait while I pinned them on my map. He also shared good historical information which I appreciate as a history learner.

I had a great day on Chinese Great Wall. I was lucky to have a guide whose name was Claire, she was helpful, kind and happy person. It was easy to communicate with her. Started from the meeting point in Beijing and throughout all the way everything was on high level, was well-organized. I definitely recommend to take tour of this company. Great job MUBUS team and many thanks!

This trip was a birthday gift to myself, and what a wonderful gift. Thank you, GetYourGuide and our in person guide, Fred. Super service from start to end. I recommend you to all I know. Merry Christmas.

Great way to explore old Beijing. Fun and informative. Would recommend for first day of arrival as the journey reveals great places to explore my foot during rest of stay. Thanks much!

Leon, our guides, has been really kind with us. He guided us all day long, his tour has been full and detailed.