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From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Tour with Options

1. From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Tour with Options

Arrive at meeting point on your own transportation, show your reservation to the staff wearing a red vest (mubus logo). The staff will guide you to get on the bus before the bus will depart for Mutianyu Great Wall (Driving time:1.5 hours). During the journey, the bus guide will introduce you how to travel the Mutianyu Great Wall and help you complete reservations for various tickets to the Great Wall. (the Great Wall Cable Car is an optional item, which can be purchased based on your request) Upon arrival at Mutianyu Great Wall, you will be guided to the Mubus Visitor Center which you will be treated with free tea, free snacks, and free luggage storage. Collecting the ticket before you will start exploring the Mutianyu Great Wall by taking the internal shuttle uphill. You can choose the east-line tour, west-line tour, or both double-line tour. Enjoy 4–5 hours of sightseeing time before returning to the Mubus visitor Center, you can take s short break or enjoy a Chinese style buffet lunch at Mubus Restaurant. later, the bus tour guide will guide you to the parking lot and take the bus from Mutianyu Great Wall back to Beijing city.

China (with VPN), Hong Kong and Macau: eSIM Data Plan

2. China (with VPN), Hong Kong and Macau: eSIM Data Plan

Enjoy a high-speed data pack to stay connected with your friends and family on WhatsApp and seamlessly check up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter throughout your trip to China. Access all these Apps and websites without being restricted by the Chinese firewall or using a VPN, providing you with connectivity if you are going to China, Hong Kong, or Macau. This data plan comes with an eSIM and you don’t have to switch SIM Cards between your devices anymore. Simply scan the eSIM profile then follow the simple steps of installation and you can get connected to the Internet once you arrive. The eSIM data service is only supported on eSIM enabled devices. Please check if your devices have eSIM functions before you place the orders. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): ctm-mobile Local operator info: China - China Unicom Hong Kong: csl Macau: CTM

Beijing: The Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square Entry Ticket

3. Beijing: The Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square Entry Ticket

Tiananmen Square is one of the largest squares in the world, occupying an area of 440,000 sq. meters at the center of Beijing, and is spacious enough to hold a gathering attended by 1 million people. Its history can trace back to the Ming dynasty. And in the hundreds of years thereafter, it has witnessed the rises and falls of the empire, the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the unprecedentedly large-scale demonstrations during the cultural revolution from 1966 to 1976, and the bloodshed in 1989. If the bricks paved on the ground can talk, each of them will have a lot of exciting or harrowing stories to share. The Forbidden City (Gùgōng), located at the centre of Beijing, was the main palace of Imperial China for five centuries, until the early 20th century. It today houses the Palace Museum, one of China's largest national museums, with an extensive collection based on the former imperial collection. This is truly the spot to appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Beijing: Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City Walking Tour

4. Beijing: Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City Walking Tour

Meet in front of Beijing Urban Planning Center(or your Beijing downtown hotel's lobby if you choose the private tour), follow your tour guide to enter Tian'anmen Square from the travel agency passage which save you some time. Once get on the Tian'anmen Square, your tour guide will introduce the buildings around you, including the The Great Hall of the People, The National Museum of China, The Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, The Monument to the People's Heroes. Learn how the building was brought to life. Hear about the history events that took place here over time. Walk through the square and enter through the Tian'anmen gate, then enter the Forbidden City from the Meridian Gate. The Forbidden City is the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world. You will visit the most important buildings along the middle axis of the palace, then visit two courtyards in the west chamber, be immersed in their history explained by your licensed and passionate guide. Lastly, you will visit the Imperial Garden and your tour will ends here, you can choose to explore more of the Forbidden City on your own, or your tour guide will advise where to catch a taxi to your next destination.

China: eSIM Data Plan with VPN for Hong Kong, Macau, & More

5. China: eSIM Data Plan with VPN for Hong Kong, Macau, & More

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Remember to choose the carrier, which varies depending on the plan. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: China, Hong Kong, and Macau plan - CMCC / CSL / CTM Hong Kong and Macau plan - CSL & SMARTONE & 3HK / CTM

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.

Beijing: Private Roundtrip Transfer to Great Wall of China

7. Beijing: Private Roundtrip Transfer to Great Wall of China

A private transfer is the best way to start your holiday and will avoid you having to search for a taxi or ride in a crowded bus to reach your destination. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Beijing city center or airport and will drive you to the Great Wall. Once arrived, your driver will assistance you to purchase tickets(at your own cost), and tell you where he will be waiting for you, then you will enjoy your own time to explore the Great Wall. After your self guided tour, meet your driver at the parking lot, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing/airport. Please note this is only a private transfer service, entrance fee, meals and tour guide are not included. Your driver speaks basic English only, and if you have any questions on the road, you can use the driver's mobile phone to reach out the local operator. If you have a layover, please indicate your flight details when make booking, local operator will send the meeting point and pick up time by email. Here are some sections of the Great Wall you can choose: 1: Mutianyu Great Wall - most popular section among foreign tourists It is 75km away from Beijing downtown, offers great landscape of well-preserved walls and towers as well as beautiful surrounding greenery. Its road steps are also well paved. Driving Time: 1.5 hours Entrance fee 60rmb p/p, cable car round trip or ski lift up and toboggan is 140rmb p/p 2: Huanghuacheng Great Wall – unique lakeside Great Wall Some parts of Huanghuacheng are submerged by a big beautiful lake, which make the Great wall look like paddling in the water. It is less crowded than the other sections. Driving Time: 1.5 hours Entrance fee 65rmb p/p, no cable car 3:Juyongguan Great Wall - the closest section of the wall to visit from Beijing Unlike most of other sections of Great Wall which are just walls and towers, Juyongguan has an impressive fortress which used to controlled the access to Beijing for centuries. Driving Time: 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes Entrance fee 45rmb p/p, no cable car 4: Badaling – the most famous as well as most crowded section of Great Wall Open to tourism in 1957. Badaling Great Wall is the most visited section as well as the most commercialized section. No recommend to visit during public holiday, traffic will be bad. Everyone have to take the attraction's shuttle bus which waste time. Driving Time: 1.5 hour Entrance fee 45rmb p/p, cable car 120rmb p/p 5: Gubei Water town and Simatai Great Wall - explore beautiful water town and visit the Great Wall at night. Gubei Water Town is actually a replica of the Wuzhen Water Town in Southern China. Stroll around old streets, try local Chinese snacks, shop at the outdoor bizarres which is especially beautiful at night. While Simatai Section of the Great Wall is one of the more wild and authentic sections of the wall and has a beautiful view of Gubei and the surrounding mountains from the top. Driving Time: 2 hours Entrance fee 280rmb p/p, inculding cable car

Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Tour

8. Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Tour

Meet your private guide in your hotel's lobby at your preferred time in Beijing. Then heading directly to Mutianyu Great Wall which will take about 1.5 hours, your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories on the way, sit back and enjoy the countryside sceneries along the way. Once arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall, you’ll take the cable car or ski lift up to the Wall, spend some time to hike up and down for about 1.5 hours at the various sections of the Wall, exploring the watch and beacon towers. Afterwards, stop at a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to explore a well-preserved royal garden: the Summer Palace. Follow your tour guide to stroll around the garden, learn the stories and histories behind the buildings. Get to know the famous " Dragon Lady" and her life in the Summer Palace. After the tour finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel or other sites you want to go in Beijing city.

Beijing: Forbidden City and Royal Treasure Museum Tour

9. Beijing: Forbidden City and Royal Treasure Museum Tour

Meet with your tour guide at 8:30 AM at the meeting point before commencing your captivating sightseeing tour to the Forbidden City to absorb the imperial majesty of the Chinese palace.  Your tour guide will escort you around the Forbidden city covering the West, East, and Central line, featuring all sides of the Forbidden City passing through the royal family's residence and the splendid royal garden, Hearing about how the building functions as both a political and ceremonial center, enjoy a complete journey through time.  In addition to the Forbidden City, we will take you to visit the Royal Treasure Museum, which has the most ornamental value, and appreciate the superb craftsmanship of ancient China. The tour will end at around 12:30 AM at the North Gate. You can choose to continue exploring independently or find restaurants to have lunch nearby.

Beijing: Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square Walking Tour

10. Beijing: Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square Walking Tour

Meet the guide at the Grand Hotel or in your downtown hotel lobby if you choose a private tour (at your own transportation expense). First, visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Then, walk from the South Meridian Gate to the Forbidden City. Spend a couple of hours wandering around this imperial palace, which served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. Delve into the history of the palace, which hosted both the Ming and Qing dynasties for around 500 years. Explore the southern section (the Outer Court), where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. Continue to the northern section (the Inner Court) to see where he lived with his royal family. After the Forbidden City, choose to just spend more time at the Forbidden City, visit Jinshan Park on your own, or have the guide help you find a taxi to go back to the hotel.

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John was amazing!! He was knowledgeable and kind! Our day started out fantastically at the Great Wall, where he took us to a very nice, less busy part of the wall which gave us great picture opportunities. After 2 1/2 hours of exploring the wall, we had a nice visit to a Jade shop and a delicious lunch. Unfortunately, my health took a turn and I must say John (and our driver) were extremely patient, helpful and attentive to our group’s changing needs. I can’t thank them enough for being so amazing. Please book this tour, you won’t regret it!!

Leo was a heart-warming, responsible and helpful guide. There was nothing wrong with his service, but the tour package itself. We just realized that the fee only included the ticket to the Great Wall, the round-trip bus rides and a very brief on-the-bus introduction of the Wall (about 30 mins). If you want to get to the top of the Wall by the cable or the carlift, you need to pay 140 RMB extra. What's worse, we found a similar tour on other platforms whose price was only half of ours. We somehow felt disappointed at the package.

The guide was really nice! We got picked up on the airport! Timing was really well and according to our flight schedule! We communicated over a translator app which was fine! He told us a lot about the Great Wall of China and Chinese Culture! For our stay, he gave us a smartphone which we could use to ask any questions and to confirm our pickup time! After, he took us to a nice restaurant - touristic, but really nice food and good value for money! Really recommending it!

Yes it was a good day seeing the Great Wall of China for the 1st time. The car was nice and clean and the driver Xia Qingbo was excellent, he looked after me making my day go smoothly and memorable. P

Everything was perfectly organized. Driver was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!