Things to do in
Beijing

The ever-expanding capital is an explorer’s delight: 6 UNESCO sites and the Forbidden City are just the start.

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Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options

1. Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options

Save time and money taking this dedicated bus direct to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the most famous sites in the world. Climb aboard the bus departing from downtown Beijing City and arrive at Mutianyu. 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 20th Watchtower to take in the scenic view. Marvel at this amazing structure you have seen in so many pictures. If you choose, take the scenic cable car and see one for the most famous attractions in the world from another point of view. Upon exiting the Great Wall, take the shuttle back to the parking lot. From there a bus will take you back to Beijing City.

Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

2. 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. 

Beijing: Peking Opera Night Tour w/ Transfer

3. Beijing: Peking Opera Night Tour w/ Transfer

In the evening, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel from 18:30 to 19:00 and transfer you to the amazing Peking Opera at Liyuan Theater.  Peking Opera is the most world-known, representative and influential Chinese opera with a long history of more than 200 years. As a national cultural treasure in China, Peking Opera is also one of the three main theatrical systems in the world. It is a combination of singing, dancing, dialogue, mime, acrobatics and presenter's feelings, which can vividly express the special traits of a character. As the best place to appreciate Peking Opera, Liyuan Theater will give you an amazing night. You will really enjoy yourself and have a better understanding of Peking Opera after the show. When the show starts, your tour guide and driver will leave. After the show, you will need to get back to your hotel on your own.

Ancient Beijing & New Olympic Area Group Day Tour

4. Ancient Beijing & New Olympic Area Group Day Tour

For this coach tour, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Drive to Hutong and take a rickshaw to visit the ancient Beijing hutong alleyway area including Drum tower, a local family and Shicha Lake. The real culture of Beijing is the culture of the hutong and courtyards, which attract more tourists from home and abroad than the high-rise buildings and large mansions. Continue to visit the Lama Temple, Yonghe Lamasery which is considered the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China before heading out to see the lovely giant pandas in Beijing Zoo. The site is comprised of 16 different exhibition areas and halls, but one of the most popular of these is the Panda Hall. Then go to the Olympic Green and take pictures outside the Water Cube and Bird's Nest. During the trip, you have the chance to visit the Silk Arts and Pearl Shop. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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

5. 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 transferred back to your hotel from 5 PM-6 PM.

From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up

6. From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up

Explore the most well-known and preserved section of the Great Wall in Mutianyu. This section is a UNESCO heritage site has appeared in some Hollywood movies and has been climbed by former US President Barack Obama. Depart from Beijing at your hotel at around 7 AM with a shared pick-up or meet at the downtown station at around 8 AM. Head to Mutianyu with a convenient air-conditioned transfer. Arrive in Mutianyu at around 9-9:30 AM. Take amazing photos of the Mutianyu Wall from multiple angles - either down from the hill or up from the wall if you purchase the admission ticket option. Then, challenge yourself with a 5-6km hike from the bottom to the top of the highest station which was once a beacon. Or take an easier route with the cable car option so that you can ascend the later half directly. Enjoy around 3-3.5 hours to explore by yourself. Include a 10-dish authentic Chinese lunch at checkout and enjoy the lunch at around 12:30 PM just next to the parking lot. After finishing lunch, the bus will take you back to the famous shopping street in Wangfujing or the National Stadium (know as the "Bird's Nest") in the heart of Beijing city. If you are interested in the Chinese acrobatic show, remember to add the Acrobatic show add-on before checkout, stay on the bus and the bus will take you there to enjoy the 5:30 PM show.

Mutianyu Great Wall Full-Day Group Tour

7. Mutianyu Great Wall Full-Day Group Tour

The full-day group tour begins between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM with a pickup from your hotel within the second ring road of Beijing. Drive from there to the Ming Tombs, the underground mausoleum of Emperor Zhudi. Enjoy a typical Chinese lunch and visit a jade carving factory. After lunch, continue to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. This 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 (not included in the tour price). Before returning to your Beijing hotel, enjoy Chinese tea ceremony at a teahouse. Arrive at your hotel at around 17:00 PM.

Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Group Tour with Lunch

8. Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Group Tour with Lunch

Depart from your hotel in downtown Beijing at approximately 6:00 am. Enjoy a simple breakfast before starting the trip to the Jinshanling Great Wall. Start your 3-hour hike on the eastern section of the wall at 10 am with plenty of photo opportunities of the surrounding foliage, architecture, and towers along the way. Be surrounded by ancient architecture to marvel at the along this 6 km hike. Take time to enjoy the breathtaking sights along the parapets on this relatively less crowded section of the wall with room to stop and admire the views. This section of the Great Wall offers a look at each unique tower along the way, ensuring there is always something new to discover. After the included lunch, your adventure will conclude and you will be transferred back to the city. Hotel pick up is only available from select hotels located within the second ring road in central Beijing.

Beijing: Acrobatic Show Night Tour w/ Transfer

9. Beijing: Acrobatic Show Night Tour w/ Transfer

In the afternoon, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel from 16:30 to 17:00 and transfer you to the stunning Acrobatic Show at Dongtu Theater.  With a history of over 2000 years, Chinese acrobatics have developed into many different novelty forms including hand feats, chair stacking, plate-spinning acts and so on. During the show, you will be captivated by the risky and daring performances done by professionally trained artists cleverly and precisely. Appealing to all ages, this show proudly brings together audiences from around the globe. When the show starts, your tour guide and driver will leave and the service will end. After the show, you will need to get back to your hotel by yourself.

From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tomb Full-Day Tour

10. From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tomb Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel, located within second ring road of Beijing, between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. On your way to the Great Wall, travel to the Ming Tombs 55 miles away from downtown reuiqring about an hour of driving. The thirteen Ming Tombs are the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs with a 600 year history. The tour of the Ming Tombs takes about an hour and finishes up at 10:45. Before lunch at 11:30, you will have 45 minutes for a short visit to the Jade Gallery. Jade carving is an important and famous blend of the excellent skills in carving and Chinese traditional cultures. Have a traditional Chinese lunch at the restaurant inside of the Jade Gallery. After lunch, travel to the entrance at Juyonguan of the Badaling Great Wall. There you will have 1.5-hours to hike and take in the appeal of this ancient location which is also where the first emperor of Beijing, Emperor Yongle and his Empress Xu are buried. On the way back to your hotel, experience the Chinese tea ceremony and culture at a tea house and then transfer back to your hotel within Second Ring Road of Beijing.

Frequently asked questions about Beijing

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

  • When to visit?

    Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

  • Where to stay?

    Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to know

  • Language
    Mandarin
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
    +86
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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What people are saying about Beijing

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,210 reviews

The transport and meeting location was easy and convenient. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The one difficulty was that our tour bus guide did not speak English and gave the group a long introduction to the history of the Great Wall in Chinese before we arrived. In the end, we made it to the wall, really enjoyed the hike and had a wonderful day.

We visited the Great Wall with Mubus on 14/01/2020, our tour guide 王丹 was very helpful and knowledgable about the Wall and informing our decisions about climbing it. She made sure everyone knew where to go and when, and looked after the group well. We would definitely recommend this tour to others, it makes the experience much simpler and more enjoyable.

Leon, went above amd beyond with these tour. I been in many different ones around the world...& front first hand this one has been a great experience i have the chance I would repeat the same tour again. Gracias leon for your patience with my group.

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

It was a fantastic experience! Our tour guide, Leo from Mubus was excellent.