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What a fantastic experience to hike the Great Wall of China! Whether you take our guided tours with the Great Wall visit or do it by yourself, you will be obsessed with its magnificent views and grandeur.

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FAQs on Great Wall of China Tours

Why should I go to Beijing in order to see the Great Wall?

Certainly you should. Though the Great Wall criss-crosses many places in north China, the principal sections are in Beijing area. International and domestic flights and high speed trains make Beijing easy to reach, so the Great Wall of China tours from Beijing should be your first choice.

Which section should I choose for my Great Wall of China tours?

Badaling and Mutianyu in Beijing are best choices. Both portray full features. Badaling is the travelers' favorite while Mutianyu is a wise man's choice if visiting on holidays.

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall?

You can go year round, but from March to October is preferable. Avoid travelling on China public holidays like the May Day Holiday and the golden week from Oct. 1 to 7.

How much does it cost for a day trip to the Great Wall for two people?

If you use a travel agency's services for the private Great Wall of China tours, the cost ranges from US$130 to US$230 per person for two people. It also varies with the Great Wall sections. If you arrange the trip by yourself and hire a taxi, the cost exceeds US$250. Be careful not to buy tours at rock-bottom bargain price to avoid traps.

Will the guide accompany us up the wall? And how long does it take for an average walk on the wall?

There will be time allowance for you to explore along the wall, however, often the guide won't accompany you all the way for normal sightseeing. Our groups usually linger for 2 hours on the wall, which is time enough for a leisurely walk and climb. If you are taking one of the private Great Wall hiking tours, our guide will escort you and the visiting time is also a bit longer.

How steep is the wall? Is it safe?

Popular sections like Badaling and Mutianyu are not extremely steep, and certainly safe to travel on. Watch your steps and do not walk on the edge. Remember to avoid taking photos while you climb. You'd be the wiser to avoid sections less well maintained or some uncharted areas.

Is the Great Wall tour physically strenuous? Can the old, kids, and the handicapped still manage?

The Beijing Great Wall tours are not very demanding for the general public. For the seniors, children, and the handicapped, we recommend Badaling or Mutianyu, because cable cars, pulley cars or luges are available for visitors, and there are also barrier-free facilities and passages at Badaling.

Which section is the most suitable for hiking?

Jinshanling is the first choice owing to its stunning scenery and well-preserved military defensive constructions. A hike takes about four hours. Simatai is also a top pick and tourists can visit it and the nearby Gubei Water Town.

What should I wear? Do I need special equipment?

Please wear pants and anti-skid sneakers. Keep your backpack travel-light. Use sunscreen to protect your skin. It's also advised to bring an alpine-stock and wear sunglasses when you take the Great Wall tours from Beijing.

Are there restaurants nearby?

There are some fast food restaurants so you can conveniently have lunch with the advice from our guide. If you do not like fast food, you can pack your own snacks.
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    4.7131 Reviews
    Posted on September 17, 2020
    The experience of visiting the Great Wall was great. It was really an amazing place with enriched Chinese history. Go hiking would be my best memory of my China tour. The thing I loved most about my experience was the service, professionalism and punctuality of the tour guide and driver. My family and I had a great time on this Great Wall tour!
    Posted on August 18, 2020
    It was a good Beijing Great Wall trip. Our guide and driver picked us up at the hotel on time and they were very friendly and kind. The schedule arrangements were also very reasonable and there was no extra charge and shopping stops during the trip. But it was better to have more lunchtime as we needed time to recover energies except for having lunch. I really wanted to thank our guide Candy for her instant help and concern when I felt uncomfortable. All the scenic spots we visited were wonderful. Beijing is a beautiful city and deserves a visit! ... More
    Posted on August 10, 2020
    I was very happy to have a Great Wall tour with TCG. The people in the group were from all over the world and the tour guide provided great company and many memories that we will remember. With the companion and first-rate service of our guide Linda, we finished this trip successfully. A wonderful trip!
    Posted on August 05, 2020
    I really recommend the 3-day private Beijing Great Wall tours because there is a fantastic service, interesting introductions, and a very amazing hike!
    Posted on July 27, 2020
    I spent a fantastic Great Wall tour with my grandmother aged 75. I’d like to thank TCG and our guide Tina for their patient and effective organization. This trip was not so easy and enjoyable without their help. Especially Tina concerned about my grandmother’s physical condition when we climbed the Great Wall. And she said we could stop to rest at any time if we wanted. Thank her very much. I would definitely give your company and Tina a special recommendation to my friends and family if they are looking for a travel company. ... More
    Posted on July 20, 2020
    Since we didn’t have too much time to prepare a trip by ourselves, we found TravelChinaGuide online. Monica was my consultant and she did an excellent job. She was a friendly and efficient communicator. She replied to my emails quickly and answered my questions efficiently. The whole Beijing Great Wall trip was good and we visited the most famous scenic spots in the 3 days tour such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace. But there were too many people at some attractions and we spent a lot of time in line. ... More
    Posted on July 15, 2020
    I finished the one-day Great Wall of China tour with Travel China Guide and really had lots of scenery, and information. Great destination, nice arrangement, and on-time services! It was immensely enjoyable to spend a few hours of midday in Beijing.
    Posted on July 08, 2020
    We had just traveled to China last September. It was really a good Great Wall tour and I remembered that the weather was really nice when we climbed the Great Wall. Our Guide Lily was very professional who helped us avoid the rush hours and the crowd. Originally, we planned to travel independently, but now I found that it's much more comfortable to travel with a travel agency as every detail was taken into good consideration. Thanks to the guide Lily and TravelChinaGuide, this trip was perfect.
    Florian Pethe
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 29, 2020
    This was my first visit to Beijing with my parents which we found excellent. The pre-trip reservation process was smooth as all my queries were answered promptly by the friendly consultant Amber. The car was very clear and I felt lucky that we didn’t get stuck in traffic. The two highlights were definitely the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. The time distributed to every attraction was just not long enough considering the time constraint…
    Barbara Jenkins
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    Before we set up our Beijing Great Wall tour, our guide Tina had contacted us in advance to confirm the exact meeting time. She was very punctual and the car was very clear. She introduced many facts about Beijing, which made us wonder how this trip would be. Actually, this trip was as fantastic as I could expect. The reasonable itinerary helped us save the waiting time and the crowd at the Great Wall. Thus we were able to have more comfortable travel experience. The restaurant recommended by Tina offered a great wide of dishes which we hadn’t ever tasted before. My parents extremely enjoyed Chinses dishes. We all thought that this trip was up to an outstanding level and would book other trips with your company in the future! ... More
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