If you have two full days for sightseeing in Beijing, here is the quick guide to your tour arrangement.
For the first day tour plan, please check out my previous article “How to Visit Beijing in One Day ” for detailed travel information.
For the second day, we suggest you have a full day excursion to the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall – Mutianyu Great Wall and the mysterious Dingling (one of the 13 imperial tombs in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).
1. Mutianyu Great Wall
Hiking the Great Wall of China is one of not-missed activities for the first-time tourists coming to Beijing China. Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall around Beijing.
Taking a taxi to Mutianyu Great Wall from downtown Beijing costs you around RMB 500. If you are price sensitive, you may go to the Dongzhimen Bus Station for one and half hour bus ride to Huairou District, then connect a local small bus or taxi to Mutianyu Great Wall.
Related articles about Mutianyu Great Wall:
1) How to go to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus?
2) Visit Mutianyu Great Wall in Autumn.
3) Hike from Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall
2. Ming Tombs
Though listed as the site of UNESCO world cultural heritage, it is always controversial whether Ming Tombs should be included or not in travel plan when people make their maiden trips to Beijing.
My suggestion is that, if you do have extra 2-3 hour during your stay in Beijing, visiting Ming Tombs is quite worthwhile though there still many travelers don’t choose Ming Toms on their first time visit in Beijing.
Check out How to Visit Ming Tombs for more information.
The fact is that everyday there are a great number of traveler coming to the Ming Tombs to explore the stories and artifacts behind these imperial tombs.
Only one of the 13 Ming Tombs has been excavated. It is formally named “Dingling” and nicknamed “Underground Palace”. Another Tomb often visited is called Changling, not far from Dinging.
The Dingling (underground palace) and Changling are located in Changping District, 50km north of Beijing downtown.
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Beijing guided tours:
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites
Any questions, just drop a line.