How to Visit Beijing in Two Days

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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.

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.

Check out “How to visit Ming Tombs by Bus“.

3. Mutianyu Great Wall Photos

 

There are 20 towers on the 2000 meters long Mutianyu Great Wall officially opened to the public.

A signboard carved with the words recording the visit by the former American president Clinton on June 23, 1998.

 

Fascinated by the surrounding green mountains.

 

a 40-some couple from Britain having their 20-year wedding anniversary.

 

Hike up

 

Inside a tower on the Mutianyu Great Wall

 

Hike down

 

it is a green section of the Great Wall around Beijing.

 

On the Wall

 

Walking on the Wall

 

Two Beauties on the Wall


4. Ming Tombs Photos 

Inside the tomb, an underground palace

 

Ming Dynasty Style Architecture on the compound of the tomb.

 

An Excavated official hat made of gold

 

06611Tip:  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 guided tours to Beijing:For Beijing airport layover tours, please check out Beijing layover tours.

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P 
( Hutong + Rickshaw)Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Beijing in One Day.
How to Visit Beijing in Two Days.
How to Visit Beijing in Three Days.
How to Visit Beijing in 8 Days.

Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips
Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square
Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven
Tips for visiting Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing
How to visit Beihai Park Beijing
How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing
How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing
How to visit Shichahai

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