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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.

Beijing: Tiananmen Square Entry Registration Service

2. Beijing: Tiananmen Square Entry Registration Service

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.

Beijing: Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City Walking Tour

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

4. 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

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

Beijing: The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket

6. Beijing: The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket

The Summer Palace in Beijing – first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. How to get to Summer Palace By Bus To the East Palace Gate: Take bus 303 and get off at Yiheyuan Station, then walk west for about 200 meters (220 yards) to the gate. To the West Gate: Take bus 469, 539 or Zhuan 129 and get off at Yiheyuan Ximen (Yiheyuan West Gate) Station, then walk northeastward for about 300 meters (328 yards) to the gate. To the North Palace Gate: Take bus 303, 346, 394, 563, 584 or Sightseeing Line 3 and get off at Yiheyuan Beigongmen (North Palace Gate) Station; or take bus 332, 384, or 601 to Beigongmen Subway Station. The gate is less than 100 meters (109 yards) away. To the New Palace Gate: Take bus 74, 374, or 437, and get off at Xin Jian Gong Men (Yiheyuan New Palace Gate) Station. By Subway Take line 4 to Beigongmen, and exit from D. After that, walk west for 3 minutes to the North Palace Gate. Take line 10 to Bagou Station. Then take Western Suburban Line to Yiheyuanximen Station. Walk north for 4 minutes to the West Gate of Summer Palace. Beijing Bus / Subway Search The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven, is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in south-eastern urban Beijing, known as the Xuanwu District. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is regarded as a Taoist temple, although the Chinese Heaven worship by the reigning monarch “ohe day” pre-dates Taoism. The Temple of Heaven is a must-see attraction in Beijing! How to get to Temple of Heaven By Bus: South Gate: Take bus 36, 958 or Zhuan 202 to Tiantan Nanmen Station. West Gate: Take bus 2, 7, 20, 36, 53, 72, 93, or 120 and get off at Tiantan Ximen Station. North Gate: Take bus 6, 34, 35, 36, 72 or 106 and get off at Tiantan Beimen Station. By Subway: Take Subway Line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen Station; leave from Exit A and you'll find the East Gate of the Park. Take Subway Line 8 to Tianqiao Station, take Exit C, walk eastward you will see the west gate.

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: Forbidden City and Jinshan Park Walking Tour

8. Beijing: Forbidden City and Jinshan Park Walking Tour

Meet the guide at the China National Children's Theater or in your downtown hotel lobby if you choose a private tour (at your own transportation expense). First, visit walk 15mins to 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, cross the street to visit Jinshan Park to get a bird view of whole Palace Museum and the city of Beijing, Finish the tour there and you can either take taxi on your own back to hotel or to your next destinations.

From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up

9. 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 authentic Chinese 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 near Wangfujing in the heart of Beijing city. You will be back to downtown beijing around 4:30 -5:30 pm.

Xian: Terracotta Army Guided Bus Tour or Ticket Only Option

10. Xian: Terracotta Army Guided Bus Tour or Ticket Only Option

Discover the artifacts from one of the world’s most significant archaeological excavations on this trip from Xi’an. Depart from Xi’an and enjoy a ride to the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, which is home to over 7,000 terracotta warriors, which are over 2000 years old. Pay a visit to a Terracotta Warriors Replica factory to see how the Terracotta Warriors are made in ancient times. Then see the over 7,000 terracotta warriors, terracotta horses, and numerous bronze chariots and weapons, and learn about China's first emperor, for whom the warriors were built. See artifacts from the first unified empire in Chinese history while learning about the rise of the empire. Enjoy a lunch and then get transfered back to your downtown hotel.

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Words can't express how amazing this trip was for us. It has been on my mother's bucket list for many years and when she suddenly fell ill and was in hospital the day before, the company owner was very kind and helpful in his messages, offering to rearrange to another day. Thankfully she made a good recovery and we were able to make it the next day, and our guide May was just wonderful. Extremely warm and welcoming she gave us some history of the Wall on the drive there, and stayed with our family the whole time to make sure we were OK. She was wonderful with our young daughter, playing with her and genuinely enjoying her company, and May took the chair lift down with my mother to ensure she was OK. The trip was excellent value for money and I can't recommend it highly enough. Be sure to ask for May when you book as she was just wonderful. Knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful and great company. I could have listened to her all day!

Our guide, Melody, was the best! She helped us move quickly around all the great spots in forbidden city. She was also very knowledgable and spoke great English, easy to understand! Her passion about the history was shown as she was explaining it to us. Later, she took us for lunch and answered all of our questions. Melody thank you so much!! 100% recommended!!

The guide Jason was great and incredibly good at English. He was knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the Forbidden City and about China.

Very nice discovery, with an excellent guide and a friendly driver. Perfect thank you very much

The tour was great with a lot of knowledge about the culture. I can only recommend it, great.