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From Taijin Cruise Port: 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing Tour

1. From Taijin Cruise Port: 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing Tour

Day 1: Tianjin International Cruise Port to Beijing - Tiananmen - Forbidden City (L) Once the cruise ship docks in Tianjin International Cruise Port, your private guide will welcome you at the exit of the arrival hall, assist you with your luggage, then begin the 2.5-hour journey to Beijing. On the way, your guide will keep you entertained with fun facts and trivia about the city and its countless sights. Once arrival in Beijing, your tour will start from the Temple of Heaven. The magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for full harvests.  Then, you will stop at a local restaurant for a traditional Chinese lunch. Afterwards, you will explore the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City area. Spend about 2 to 3-hours to explore the palace and learn the detailed history and stories with your knowledgeable tour guide. After that, your will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.  Day 2: Summer Palace - Great Wall - Tianjin International Cruise Port (L) Check out of your hotel in the morning to begin your tour. Your first stop will be the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is the best-kept existing royal garden in Beijing. With a concentration of the best of ancient buildings as well as styles of gardening, it is a virtual museum of traditional Chinese gardening. Then after about a 1-hour drive to the Great Wall at the Mutianyu section, stop at the local village for a delicous Chinese lunch. Then, set off on a 30 minute journey along the scenic mountains and villages to the Great Wall as your guide explains the stories and histories of the the Great Wall. Have plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding mountains and ride in a cable car or ski lift with toboggan at your discretion. Your shore excursion will then conclude back at Tianjin International Port in time for your cruise departure. The journey back will take approximately 3.5-hours. Your tour guide and driver will ensure your timely return back to the ship at Tianjin International Cruise Port.

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From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up

2. 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.

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Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Small-Group Tour with Lunch

3. Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Beijing city center and travel northeast to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Benefit from the services of a local guide and enjoy a tasty lunch before you decide whether to take the chairlift or brave the long hike of around 4,000 steps to reach the ramparts. Get stunning views of the surrounding forest from the top. Take a closer look at the restored brickwork and watchtowers that helped protect the imperial city and tombs from invasion. Enjoy 3 hours to explore at your own pace. Then, brave the single-rider toboggan ride back down to the foothills and experience this legendary attraction from a different perspective.

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

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Great Wall of China

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 297 reviews

Our tour guide, Emma, is the best tour guide ever. She could have just left us however she followed us through the entire walk on the Great Wall. She is knowledgeable and diligent in sharing with us about the history. She even helped us to take nice and memorable photos! My mum had some difficulties walking however she is patient and we had a good leisure walk. At the end of the Great Wall tour, we had a choice of either taking the chairslide or toboggan. My mum could only take the chairslide and Emma accompanied her while the rest of us four took the toboggan. She was a great company for my mum during the chairslide ride. All in all, we highly recommend Emma for this tour.

Emma is a fantastic guide who is very friendly and knowledgeable. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to the wall but Emma fills it with knowledge and trivia about China which I found quite enjoyable. The lunch included is great and hearty. Emma was happy to answer any questions we had. Three hours is more than enough to do quite a bit of walking at the wall. My husband and I walked from Tower 6 to 1 and all the way back past 6 to 10. Emma was awesome and I'd definitely recommend booking!

Emma was an excellent guide and our time at the wall was amazing. The wall had very few people and we had great views and pictures. The lunch was good. It is excellent that with this tour you don’t how to useless and time wasting visits.

WOOOW! starting from the tour guide Emma - the group- ending with the dropping was wow. Its so beautiful trip, lunch was very good, they took cared of everything, Lovely! Worth the money and the time.

Bob was great!! He was very nice and did a nice job!!