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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Mutianyu Great Wall and
Underground Palace Join-in Group Tour
(Shared Coach and English-Speaking Tour Guide)
This tour is no longer available ! 
Tour Code: BB-D
Pricing: RMB 220P/P
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx.8 hours
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel around 6:00pm
Cable car,Toboggan: Available ( optional )
Payment Types: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire
We speak: English

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Tour Description
Pick up at your hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am, and then drive to the Underground Palace, also called Dingling Tomb, one of the 13 Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs. From the Yongle Emperor onwards, 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried in this area. You will visit Dingling, the tomb of the Wanli Emperor, which is the only one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs which has been excavated.

Underground Palace ( Dingling  Tomb )

Ming Tombs Travel Tips
For many visitors, the visit to Ming Tombs is not as important as the visit to Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China. But generally it is quite worth having a glimpse on a combined journey to or back from the Great Wall since the location of Ming Tombs is quite accessible on the way to the bits of the Great Wall of China – Juyongguan, Badaling and Mutianyu.

Of course, their accessibility is not the only reason for being worth visiting. Listed as UNESCO world cultural heritage, Ming Tombs provide people a kind of real experience. They tell why this complex is a popular place for native Chinese, especially those who are attracted by history.

1. Of all the 13 imperial tombs in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 - 1644 ), only three are open to the public: Changling, Dingling and Zhaoling ("ling" literally means "Tomb" in Chinese).
2. Only Dingling has been excavated. Any you will be arranged to visit Dingling ( also known as Underground Palace ).
3. Dingling is not wheelchair-user friendly. You will first have a long walk from the Dingling Entrance before you get to the Tomb itself, where you walk down 8 flights of stairs. The walk to the tomb can be hard and long during high season, but normally takes about 15 minutes.

After the two-hour tour of the Underground Palace, you have 45 minutes to take a short visit of Jade Carving Factory. The jade carving is very famous special local product with a long history of Chinese traditional culture.

After Chinese lunch, head to Mutianyu Great Wall. The Mutianyu Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings - dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. This section of the Great Wall is located in Huairou District 80km on the northeast of Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, Mutianyu section of Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

There are three ways to get onto the Wall when you get to the base of Mutianyu Great Wall. Apart from hiking up on foot (half an hour), you can choose take cable car or chair lift (Optional ).To get down the wall,you can also take Toboggan slide down ( Optional ).

Mutianyu Great Wall Tourist Map Jiankou Great Wall Map Gubeikou Great Wall Map Mutianyu Great Wall Tourist Map

Three Ways to Go up to Mutianyu Great Wall
There are three ways to get onto the Wall. Apart from hiking up on foot, you can choose take cable car or chair lift (Optional). To get down the wall, you can also take Toboggan to slide down(Optional).

When you get off the ferry shuttle bus going from the shuttle bus terminal near the ticketing office, you still need to walk along an accessible stone path (600 meters long ) leading up first to the starting point for chairlift ( or toboggan down ), second to the walking path up to the Wall and last to the starting point for cable car up to the Wall respectively.

So the mostly used Cable Car Station is at the end of the 600-meter stone slope. That said, there are three ways to go up to Mutianyu Great Wall.

1) Taking chairlift to the Great Wall – to the 6th Watchtower ( or where you can take a toboggan down )
2) Walking up the Great Wall along the stone steps (like a mountain hike – 30 minute hike ) – to the 10th or 8th Watchtower
3) Taking cable car up to the Great Wall – to the 14th Watchtower

The Most Beautiful Part of Mutianyu Great Wall
The hike from Watchtower No. 14 east up to Watchtower No.23 is the most scenic part of Mutianyu Great Wall. Many people would choose to take cable up to Watchtower No.14 and hike east to Watchtower No.23. Later you may retrace to Watch Tower No.14 and take cable car down the wall, or continue to hike down to Watch Tower No.8 where you walk down the wall; or you may continue to hike down to Watch Tower No.6, where you either take chairlift down or toboggan down.

Price Information
Cable Car:80 yuan(single way ); 100 yuan ( return )
Chairlift or Slide (Toboggan): 80 yuan ( single way )
Chairlift + Slide (Toboggan): 100 yuan ( return )

Opening Hours:
April to October: 8:00 -17:00
November to March: 8:30-16:30

Drive back to downtown Beijing and pass by the Olympic Green, having a distant view of both the National Stadium - the " bird Nest " and National Aquatics Center - the Water Cube. Then you are arranged to rewind yourself by tasting the famous Chinese tea and enjoying Chinese tea ceremony in a big Chinese tea market. After the whole day tour, you are returned to your different hotels around 6:00pm.

Lunch: Chinese Lunch

Just a Kindly Reminder
This group day tour is available daily all the year round. Each morning, you will be picked up from your midtown hotel, then you will go visit the major attractions together with other tourists. Groups are kept to about 10-15 passengers in an air-conditioned coach or van with a professional Beijing chauffeur and a licensed Beijing English speaking tour guide on board who will pass on their knowledge of the sites including facts, stories and local information. There are two shopping stops on the tour.

1. On the evening before your tour departure early next morning, you will get a call to your hotel room or message at your hotel front desk from your tour guide to reconfirm your next morning's pickup time which is normally set around 7:00am.
2. Our pick-up service starts from the hotels in the southern Beijing to the hotels in the northern Beijing. If you stay in the south of Beijing, please have the patience in waiting for all the participants to be on the seat-in coach before starting your group tour.
3. If you stay in an apartment block, please find a nearest hotel as your pickup point.
4. If you stay in a hutong hotel in a narrow lane, please walk a few steps and wait for our bus parking on a main street.
5. We offer complimentary pick up service from your hotel located within the third ring road in Beijing. For pickup service for the hotels beyond the third ring road in Beijing, please contact our trip advisors for the details.
6. You will have the narratives of local history and culture by your tour guide while you are comfortably sitting on a shared air-conditioned vehicle and enjoying the views passing by.
7. All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides.

Photos of This Tour
Underground Palace ( Dingling )
Walk up to Watchtower No.8(Half Hour)
Chairlift up and Toboggan Down (Watchtower No.6)
Toboggan Down form Tower No.6(Optional)
Cable Car Station
Cable up or Down Watchtower No.14
Tour Beijing Customers at Mutianyu

Price inclusion:
1. Entrance tickets for Mutianyu Great Wall and Underground Palace
2. Pick-up service from hotel
3. Air-conditioned tour coach
4. English Speaking tour guide
5. Chinese lunch
6. Two pre-arranged shopping stops
  Price exclusion:
1. Tips to the guide and driver
2. Cable car at the Mutuanyu Great Wall
3. Entrance fees for the Olympic Stadiums

If you have some free time in the evening, you are kindly advised to join some of the Beijing night shows or night tours below to supplement your daytime activity.

Peking Opera Kung Fu Show Acrobatic Show Teahouse Performance

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