Daily VIP Beijing Essential Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

Skip the lines at the amazing Forbidden City. Appreciate Tian’anmen Square with an insider’s angle. Enjoy 2 hours of Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu with round-way cable car. There’s a freshly-cooked set meal for lunch, and smartly-timed arrangements with absolutely no shop detours. Put your mind at ease with our money back guarantee.”

Tour Highlights

Look Mao in the eye at his giant portrait by Tiananmen Square.

Skip the line at the Forbidden City as a China Highlights’ VIP guest.

Admire the world’s largest imperial palace complex.

Enjoy a freshly-cooked Beijing local lunch on this well-knit-together day tour.

Hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu in the afternoon, after the crowds leave.

Snap excellent landscapes that will be appreciated even by the most discerning photographers.

There is free water and more at the China Highlights Refreshments Kiosk.

Go beyond surface appearances with insider narration on attractions.

 

Guide, Driver, Vehicle, and Customer Service Support

Guide: better than a normal licensed tour guide; friendly and helpful with fluent English

Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience

Vehicle: Air-conditioned business car (max: 7 seats) with GPS facilities, big windows, and ample space

China Highlights Beijing Office: 24/7 customer service, providing backup support

 

Tour Map

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Detailed Itinerary

7:00 AM -8:30 AM
Hotel pick-up Tianan’men Square

Your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby in the morning at around 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM. (Your tour guide will contact you for the exact pick-up time the day before your departure). A comfortable car will transfer you and your guide to historic Tian'anmen Square where the famous chairman mao's portrait is hang on the wall of  the Gate of Heavenly Peace. It is hardly to say that you have ever been to Beijing if you don't visit the square! Like the Times Square in New York, Red Square in Moscow and St. Peter's Square, Tiananmen Square is a must-visit place for traveler to Beijing and is the largest public square in the world. Your guide will provide you commentary to the history, architecture, and anecdotes of the square, you will have around 20 minutes there for taking photos.

Your group will be 4 to 6 people, offering good flexibility. If you want some more time for taking photos, or you have more questions about the history and architecture, just let your guide know.

Good to know:

  • The day before your tour date, you are advised to find more details about your tour guide, driver and pick up time via this site: http://www.trippest.com/track-your-trip.html. All information will be updated only 24 hours ahead of your tour date. If you failed in getting the information, please try to contact your trip advisor.
  • On the morning of your tour, your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby, holding a placard with China Highlights logo. Show our confirmation letter and you will be guided to our vehicle.
  • If you plan to leave Beijing after your day tour, please check out from your hotel before departure. Normally it will take 10 to 20 minutes for hotel staff to complete the procedure. You may leave your luggage in our vehicle, and you will be transferred to the airport or train station straight after the tour to make best use of your time. You will need 1 hour to be transferred from the city center to airport, and you will need to be at the airport 1½ hours before a domestic flight, or 2½ hours before you're an international flight. Tell us about your departure time when booking, and remind our guide, and we will make arrangements accordingly.

Hotel Pick-up

Hotel Pick-up

Tiananmen Square

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Visit the Forbidden City

Walk north, and after going through the middle gate of Tian'anmen rostrum, there will be a huge red gate awaiting you. Start to enjoy the highlight of the day — the Forbidden City, the world's largest imperial palace with 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers, home to 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1420–1911). You'll be marvelled by the gorgeous Chinese ancient style architectures and interesting history and lives of those Chinese emperors.

Your tour guide will help you explore 10 carefully-selected places in the Forbidden City, recommended by our local experts, while other group tours only visit 6 spots briefly.

Good to know:

  • As the most popular attraction in Beijing, the Forbidden City receives many tourists everyday. Usually people have to stand in a queue to buy the tickets and it will take about at least half an hour! In order to save your time, your tour guide will buy the tickets on-line in advance so that you will NOT need to stand in a boring long queue.
  • We will provide the FM headset while your group consists of more than 3 people.

The Forbidden City

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and have lunch at a featured local Chinese restaurant named Xinshuangquan.

In the afternoon travel 1½ hours from downtown Beijing to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and we'll have a rest and enjoy your delicious Beijing local food for lunch at our well selected local restaurant - Xinshuangquan.

Xinshuangquan Restaurant

Sample dishes of Xinshuangquan Restaurant

Good to know:

  • We can drive our own vehicle to the foot of the Great Wall to save your precious time if we have lunch at Xinshuangquan restaurant while others have to wait for the public transfer bus to the foot of the Great Wall.
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

In the afternoon you'll hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The section is ranked top among all parts of the Great Wall on TripAdvisor for its picturesque scenery, fewer tourists, and beautifully-restored architecture.

In order to save your time, we suggest you to choose round-way cable car or round-way chairlift and toboggan ascend to and descend from the Great Wall, instead of spending about 40 minutes climbing steps. (If you want to take one way cable car and one way chairlift or toboggan, you need to pay the price difference CNY80 per person at your own expense.)

At the Wall, it is free time to walk around after your guide does some introduction. Cable car ascends to and descends from tower 14. Hike “the most beautiful and interesting part of the Great Wall” — between the 14th and 23rd watch towers — acknowledged by hikers as "the golden route". And chairlift ascends to tower 6 and toboggan descends from tower 6 too. It would be a high challenge hiking from tower 6 to tower 23. According to your physical condition, most of our customers who take the chairlift up and down, hike from tower 6 to tower 14 and turn back.
It normally takes about 2 hours to complete the route. Then descend and take a transfer bus back to our vehicle.

Good to know:

  • We avoid (the worst of the) crowds on the Great Wall and traffic jams by visiting in the afternoon. It's also the best time for taking good photos.
  • China Highlights has set up a Refreshments Kiosk at the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall. China Highlights customers will receive free drinking water at the service site.

The Great Wall at Mutianyu Map

Map of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu (click to enlarge)

Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking

Mutianyu Great Wall Chairlift

Two-riders chairlift up and down

Mutianyu Great Wall toboggan

Single-rider toboggan descend at a safe speed

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Transfer back to your hotel.

Going back to your hotel in Beijing will normally take about 1½ hours. Likewise for a Beijing train station. Going to Beijing Capital Airport directly normally takes about 2 hours from Mutianyu.

We will transfer you to your hotel at the end of the tour. If you need to catch a flight or a train after the tour we are more than happy to help you arrange it. Please click here to book the airport transfer for your onward flight.

Thank you for choosing China Highlights. We trust this trip will bring you joy and satisfaction. It would be a great encouragement to us, and we would greatly appreciate it, if you would rate us on TripAdvisor or share your experience of our service on your Facebook or blog.

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Hotel pick-up and drop-off area

The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the fourth ring road of Beijing. For further distance there might be an extra cost for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.

Service area

 

 

 

What Makes Us Different

We go deep into how best to tour Beijing. We research our customers’ favorite spots and photo sites, and work out the best routes to cover Beijing’s top sights:

  • In the Forbidden City: We include 10 palace chambers (including fine exhibitions, the royal opera house, and the Emperor's living room), while you’ll only glance at six similar rooms touring with other groups.
  • On the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall: We‘ve chosen the most beautiful and classic part of the Great Wall — between the 14th and 23rd watch towers — the Great Wall hiker’s “golden route”. (You would do a more tiring and less interesting hike for about 3 hours, if you choose to start from the “walking entrance”, as most of our competitors do.)

See more spots with China Highlights in Forbidden City

Time-saving:

  • We have GPS in our vehicles to avoid traffic jams.
  • We go to the Great Wall in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
  • We buy Forbidden City tickets in advance, instead of standing in a long queue with other tour groups.
  • We use the cableway to access the Great Wall at Mutianyu, instead of 800 boring steps.
  • We don’t go to tourist shops, factories, etc. and waste your precious time.

Time-saving

For each of our Beijing tours, our product team inspect every item several times to establish their quality, and make sure our information is authoritative and up-to-date.

Up-to-date tour information

Our tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and well-trained. They only work for China Highlights. We don’t use freelance tour guides.

Friendly guides

Unlike some other online travel agents who sell tour products made by local travel agents, we built our own branch company in Beijing in 2010, and since then we started to make our own unique products. We aim to deliver a high-value tour to every one of our customers. We have more than 50 local staff in Beijing to solve your problems on the spot.

  • Emergency contact: +86-13910694045 (24/7 customer service)
  • Beijing address: Room 204, Building 8, Beijingxiangsu, Wuliqiao Erjie, Chaoyang District

China Highlights Beijing Office

Tour Price

Seasons Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season* $119 USD $99 USD free
Peak Season* $129 USD $109 USD free

* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 - 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017, 30/Dec/2017 - 01/Jan/2018, 15/Feb/2018 - 22/Feb/2018. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Price Includes:

  • Admission to the Tiananmen Square.
  • Admission to Forbidden City.
  • Admission to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
  • Round-way cable car at Mutianyu.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking expert local guide.
  • Set-menu lunch at Xinshuangquan restaurant.

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 60 - 100 per person per day for each of them, please tip them separately.). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

Additional information:

  • Guaranteed daily departure except every Monday due to the maintenance of the Forbidden City.
  • Mondays are available during the summer vacation from summer vacation from 1st of July to 31st of August.
  • You'll be a part of a small group with maximum 6 people.
  • Optional Airport/train station drop-off.

China Highlights Cancellation Policy for Beijing Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

About 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

Citizens of certain countries who meet the criteria are allowed 72-hour visa-free transit via and travel in nine China cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shenyang, and Dalian. Please make sure you have read the detailed Visa-free policies before you decide to take the Visa-free policy. And please keep in mind that China Highlights does not take any resposibility for the risk or loss of customer who use the Visa-free policy. more details

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