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Beijing Highlight Private Day Trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs & 2008 Olympic Bird Nest & Water Cube

Mutianyu Great Wall of China

Mutianyu Great Wall of China

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Book from: $ 78.00 per person
1 person - per adult:
  • 2 persons - per adult: $178.00
  • 3 persons - per adult: $148.00
  • 4 persons - per adult: $128.00
  • 5 persons - per adult: $108.00
  • 6 persons - per adult: $98.00
  • 7 persons - per adult: $92.00
  • 8 persons - per adult: $88.00
  • 9 persons - per adult: $85.00
  • 10 persons - per adult: $78.00
Child (Age 2-12): 80% of adult price
Infant (Age 0-2): free
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Enjoy a private day trip to Mutianyu Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs and 2008 Olympic venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube with GoGrandChina knowledgeable and professional guide and free use of GoGlobalis multilingual audio guide during sightseeing. The Great Wall is one of China's most iconic sights and is a must-see for everybody visiting Beijing. No matter what the weather, no matter how big the crowds, visitors aren't disappointed with the Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall is the longest fully resorted section of the Great Wall measuring 2.2km with 23 watchtowers. It is less crowded and has better architecture than other sections with more watchtowers. Considered to be the most family-friendly portion of the Wall, Mutianyun Great Wall is the best part of Great Wall for photography. Listed in World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO, the Ming Tombs show impressive natural landscape and historical significance. You will visit Dingling Tomb which is the only Ming Dnasty Emperor's Tomb been excavated. On the way back to your hotel, you will see two architectural icons from the 2008 Olympic that are still standing: Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. No shopping stops, no factory visits, no hidden costs, you are sure to get the most out of this Beijing highlight private day trip.

Why Travelers Have to Choose GoGrandChina Private Tours?
• Choose your most suitable departure time, whether you are an early bird or you prefer sleeping in.
• GoGrandChina private tours are more flexibale, allowing you to adjust everything on your trip to your wishes.
• GoGrandChina tour guides will be at your service to make sure you get the most from each destination. They are there for you and are responsible for making your journey special – and your needs always come first.
• GoGrandChina offers comfortable and luxury vehicles with a private & experienced driver who’s always by your side and ready to take you to your next destination.
• No shopping stops & factory visits, no chance of getting ripped off.
• No hidden costs, rest assured that there are no nasty surprises.
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide, travel with mother tongue in ear.

About This Tour
• Departure: Daily.
• Tour Duration: Approximately 10 hours.
• Guide Languages: Chinese & English.
• Audio Guide Languages: Chinese, English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Polski, Dansk, Portuguese, Russian.
• Pick-up Time: Between 07:00 and 10:00, choose a departure time most suitable for you.
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your self-booked accommodation in Beijing
• Internet access is needed to use our multilingual audio guide.
Advice on Meals: Lunch is not included in this tour, please have a big breakfast and pack snacks just in case you get a bit peckish during sightseeing. If you want to try authentic local food for lunch, please feel free to inform your guide who is always ready to help.

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up from your self-booked accommodation in Beijing
• Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall (about 2 hours)
• Explore Mutianyu Great Wall(2 and half hours)
• Drive to Ming Tombs (about 1 hour)
• Visit the Dingling Tomb (1 and half hours)
• Drive to Olympic Bird Nest (1 hours)
• Photo stop at 2008 Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube (30 minutes)
• Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing

Tour Prices (US$ Per Person)

1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people 9 people 10 +
$288 $178 $148 $128 $108 $98 $92 $88 $85 $78

Price Inclusions
• Professional English language speaking private tour guide
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide if available
• Air-conditioned vehicle with private experienced driver
• All admission tickets to sightseeing places
• Round trip cable car of Mutianyu Great Wall
• All government taxes
• Two bottles of mineral water per person

Price Exclusions
• Meals
• Hotel accommodation
• Your personal expenses
• Gratuities to guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). They are customary and would be of great encouragement and reward for quality service.

Additional Info
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• Many areas of Mutianyu Great Wall are quite steep and have uneven surfaces, please wear comfortable walking shoes with a good grip.
• The itinerary is subject to change due to traffic conditions or bad weather. However, we guarantee that time of visiting at each destination will remain unchanged.
• Our private tour itineraries are flexible. You can make changes if there is not much difference in prices.
IMPORTANT: It is required by the government regulations that travelers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and date of birth to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in being denied access or admittance to sites and attractions during sightseeing. When you book this tour, please complete all required fields at checkout. Please bring your passport with you on the tour.

Cancellation Policy
• You may cancel your tour and receive a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the date of your tour. Cancellation within 24 hours or after the tour begins is non-refundable. Due to timezone differences, the confirmed cancellation date is determined based on the supplier's local time. Please allow 2-5 business days to process and confirm your cancellation request. Once the cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 14 working days. 

GoGlobalis Audio Guide APP
• GoGlobalis APP offers multilingual audio guide of attractions in worldwide destinations based on Amap in China and Google Map outside China. Travelers can follow audio guide stops marked on maps while listening to audio guide in their mother tongue. It is currently available in Chinese & Chinese dialects, English, Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Français, Polski, Português and Russian. GoGlobalis audio guide is provided free of charge to GoGrandChina travelers. Please download GoGlobalis APP in advance and make sure you have internet access during sightseeing if you want to use this APP. Please be aware that sites & attractions mentioned in the itinerary may not be available on GoGlobalis Audio Guide APP.


Things to Know Before You Go

GoGrandChina is using Wechat, WhatsApp and Skype for instant communication. Our WeChat ID is gct13910830737, WhatsApp ID is 13910830737 and Skype ID is gcttravel. Please add us so that we can advise you departure time in advance. We do recommend you to use WeChat because WeChat is really great. If you are not using WeChat, WhatsApp or Skype, you will receive phone call from your tour guide at around 19:00 to 20:00 the night before your trip to confirm your next day departure time. If you are not available to receive phone calls, your guide will leave a message for you at your hotel front desk. In case you haven't received the pick-up message before 20:00, please contact our 24/7 emergency line shown in our confirmation letter.

Hotel Pick-up
Your guide will be holding GoGrandChina pick-up sign and waiting for you in your hotel lobby (or other appointed meeting place) at the appointed time.

Drive to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Mutianyu is located 70 kilometers northeast of the center of Beijing. It will be 1½ or 2 hours' driving from downtown Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Your knowledgeable guide will share with you historical facts about the Great Wall of China on the way.

Explore Mutianyu Great Wall
As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China, Mutianyu Great Wall served as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs of the Ming Dynasty. Built mainly with granite, this 2250-meter long section of the Great Wall is popular for its distinctive watchtowers and breathtaking natural scenery. Watchtowers are distributed at short intervals along the Wall, in total the wall has 23 watchtowers. These watchtowers is numbered from 1 to 23 from the east to west, the highest one on the western end is Tower 23 (23rd watchtower), which is the destination for visitors who hike up the wall. Generally it takes more than half an hour to hike up to the Great Wall starting from the entrance, after that you may not have enough energy to hike the Great Wall itself. Therefore, the best way is to take cable car or chairlift to reach the Great Wall, additionally you can enjoy the aerial views of the mountain from the cable car or chairlift. GoGrandChina has included round-way cable car or round way chairlift (toboggan) into this package. You may ascend to and descend from the Wall by cable car; you may ascend to and descend from the Wall by chairlift; you may ascend to the Wall by chairlift and descend from the Wall by toboggan. Please inform your option to GoGrandChina tour guide in advance. If you want to take one way cable car up and one way chairlift or toboggan down, you need to pay the price difference CNY120 per person at your own expense.

Tips on Selection of Cable Car or Chairlift
The cable car will take you to the 14th watchtower. From 14th watchtower, you can either first hike to the 23rd watchtower (the highest watchtower) at the higher and western section of the wall, or hike down to its eastern section at lower altitude. It’s better to hike towards the west first, as you can explore the eastern section (the lower section) after you returned from the higher section. Normally it would take about 2 hours to complete the hike from the 14th watchtower to 23rd watchtower. The chairlift ascends to the 6th watchtower while the toboggan descends from watchtower 6 too. It might be a challenge to hike from the 6th watchtower to the 23rd watchtower. But you can decide based on your physical condition.

Lunch Advice
Your lunch is not included in this tour package. Your guide will show you fast food chains such as Subway and Burger King at the foot of the Great Wall. It is recommended that you buy some takeout and have a picnic on the Great Wall, which could be an exciting experience.

Drive to Ming Tombs
The distance between Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs is 45km and it will be about one hour driving on the way.

Visit Ming Dingling Tomb (the only excavated Ming emperor’s tomb)
The Ming tombs are located in topographical settings carefully chosen according to principles of geomancy (Fengshui) and comprise numerous buildings of traditional architectural design and decoration. Dingling is the burial place of the Wanli emperor, his wife, and his favorite concubine. Emperor Wanli was the thirteenth emperor of the Ming dynasty and ruled from 1572 to 1620. His tomb was built between 1584 and 1590. Excavation of Dingling Tomb began in May 1959 and was completed within a year. More than 3,000 artifacts were found in the 1,195 square meter underground palace which is located 27 meter below ground surface. The underground palace is a vast marble vault and divided into five large chambers. The original marble thrones are still there.

Drive to Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube
The distance from Dingling Tomb to the Olympic Venues is 48km and it will take about one hour to drive.

Photo Stop at Bird Nest & Water Cube
Bird Nest is officially called National Stadium. It was designed and built for the opening and closing ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest. Water Cube is the colloquial name of the National Aquatics Center; it was built alongside the National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting 2008 Beijing Olympic Venues, this private tour comes to the end. Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Very happy about the trip Review by SHIRLEY TAYLOR
Our guide Eric was a great guide and adapting the tour to our timing constraints. Great explanations, good food stop between great wall and Beijing, great car service in a very nice car ! Very happy about the trip and was perfect for our short day in Beijing. (Posted on 6/24/2019)

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