Hike the little known ramparts of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China and learn about Chinese civilization up close on a full-day tour from Beijing. Savor a picnic of chilled sparkling wine with local delicacies as you enjoy sensational views.
What to Expect
See one of mankind's greatest feats of engineering up-close on a full-day picnic tour to the off-the-beaten track section of the Great Wall of China, Mutianyu.
Representing the embodiment of an ancient civilization, and the harbinger of China as a giant of world culture, the Great Wall was erected to defend the northern borders of the Chinese Empire.
The well-preserved Mutianyu section is an 1.5-hour drive from Beijing. On arrival you will follow in history's footsteps on an engaging hike suited to varying abilities.
Your hike will follow the Great Wall, with each view more impressive than the last one. Be rewarded by your guide for your efforts with a stop to savor chilled sparkling wine and tasty local delicacies while enjoying sensational views from a lofty, secluded watchtower. Appetite whetted by wine and appetizers, down below in the village a lunch of regional specialties awaits you, including - if you would like - the famous locally raised fish, prepared barbecue style.
Glean historical insights from your guide, who will describe other functions of the Great Wall during the Ming Dynasty, including its border controls and regulated transport of people and goods along the Silk Road. After your tour and lunch at Mutianyu, your guide will transport you back to your Beijing hotel.
As an alternative, ask your guide to drop you off at the Art District 798, a labyrinth of warehouses comprising art galleries and studios, boutiques, museums, bars, and cafés. Here, you'll find cutting-edge, contemporary Chinese art along with quirky clothes shops and bookshops to add to the mix. You can enjoy a drink or have dinner at a local restaurant before making your own way back to Beijing.
- Pick-up service from hotel
- Air-conditioned transport
- English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Picnic basket of chilled sparkling wine and local appetizers
- Lunch of regional specialties at local restaurant
Know Before You Go
• Tours run rain or shine, unless conditions prove too adverse
• Please dress appropriately in comfortable shoes
• Gloves are available to borrow on cold days, and rain ponchos are for sale should you desire one