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Crowd-free Small Group Tour from Beijing: Great Wall Experience

Bei Jing Shi, China
Crowd-free Small Group Tour from Beijing: Great Wall Experience

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Enhance your experience of one of China’s greatest architectural feats on a small-group tour to the Great Wall of China from Beijing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the ancient Mutianyu section of the wall and ascend Ming Dynasty watchtowers for panoramic vistas of the spectacular surrounding scenery. Revitalize with a delicious Chinese meal and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation to Beijing.
  • Visit the less crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China
  • Climb the Ming Dynasty watchtowers for amazing views of the Great Wall and surrounding countryside
  • Traditional Chinese lunch in a local village
  • Optional Toboggan ride or cable car ride down the mountain (own expense)
  • Maximum of 12 passengers ensures personalized attention

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With just one sightseeing stop, this small-group tour lets you linger on the Great Wall without rushing.
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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Sunworld Hotel , China, Bei Jing Shi, Dong Cheng Qu, 东单灯市口大街88号 邮政编码: 100006

Directions: The Sunworld Hotel is centrally located in downtown Beijing in the Wangfujing District. From Dengshikou Station, Metro Line 5, Exit A, Turn left, then turn left at the Dengshikou Dajie, Sunworld is 250 meters down Dengshikoustreet on the left handside of the road.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from a central Beijing location in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and admire the diverse countryside as you travel towards the Mutianyu section of the wall. Feel your excitement heighten as you arrive at one of the New7Wonders of the World and begin your exploration of the less-crowded and more ancient Mutianyu section. 

Ascend Ming Dynasty watchtowers to absorb incredible views of the Great Wall and its verdant surroundings. Capture fantastic photographs of the wall snaking through the charming Chinese countryside then descend the Great Wall by either an exhilarating toboggan or scenic cable car.

Appease your appetite with some Chinese specialties in a rustic village restaurant then relax during the journey back to Beijing after lunch.

Please note: You can either hike up the wall with your guide or, for an additional expense, use the cable car to ascend and the toboggan to descend.
Pass By:  
Sunworld Hotel Parking Lot
Our central located meeting point is Sunworld hotel(not sunworld dynasty which is located next door), We will leave 7am together as a group. Drive about 2 hours to get there.
Stop At:  
Mutianyu Great Wall
Enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Mutianyu Great Wall of China , with ample time to experience the Wall and no shopping or factory visits along the way. We will hike up or cable car up(optional) to the wall and have plenty of time there.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Huairou District
Have included traditional lunch at a local farmer’s house nearby Great wall. And drive about 2 hours back.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Sunworld Hotel
This is our ending point, Our guide will give your suggestions of direction and other needs in Beijing
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Many areas of the Great Wall of China are quite steep and have uneven surfaces, comfortable walking shoes with a good grip must be worn
  • IMPORTANT: Chinese law requires that all travellers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in a traveller not being able to join their tour, or for the entire group to be denied access to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. When you book this tour, please be sure to fill out all fields at checkout. Please also enter your passport number into the 'Additional Information' box and bring your passport with you on the tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: Your tour includes the entrance fee to the Mutianyu section of the UNESCO-listed Great Wall, which helps preserve this cultural heritage site.
  • Your tour is also supporting a restaurant that wouldn't have access to tourists if it wasn't for Urban Adventures.
  • The food served at lunch is home-cooked and the ingredients used are procured from a nearby village.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - China
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Crowd-free Small Group Tour from Beijing: Great Wall Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crowd-free Small Group Tour from Beijing: Great Wall Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "We were back in the city by around 3pm so could still have the afternoon free." See review
  • "We quickly realized it takes longer than you think to walk this section of the Wall, as there are parts that are very steep with lots of stairs." See review

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The Great Wall all to yourself!
, Jan 2020
We went on this tour on 27.12. Initially we were not that excited about the 7am departure but it ended up being amazing! We were the first people on the wall on that day and managed to get heaps of photos of an empty wall. Lily was our guide and she was excellent, spoke great english and had lots of interesting facts and information. The bus trip took around 90 minutes and then Lily organised the tickets, we took the chairlift up to the top (be aware this costs extra, I think 100 CNY pp.) We then had two hours to explore the wall. To get back down I would recommend the slide/toboggan, it was lots of fun! Afterwards we went to lunch at a famous local restaurant, the food was fantastic and could accommodate dietary restrictions. We were back in the city by around 3pm so could still have the afternoon free. Would highly recommend!
Amazing Tour
, Sep 2019
I had a great day on this tour. Our guide Lili was sweet and welcoming to the group. The group was small - great size, as we moved faster. She was on time on our pick up hotel and everything went as planned. After the wall we had lunch in a very simple chinese restaurant, but boy, the food was amazing!
Good, basic tour with lots of time at the wall
, Sep 2019
Tour guide was good although didn't give a ton of information, loved having almost 2.5 hours at the wall and taking the toboggan down. Also the lunch was great and we were back in the city center by 3:30pm to be able to do other things!
Informative and Exciting
, Aug 2019
Our guide, Emma, helped us navigate the Great Wall so that we maximized our time and minimized fighting crowds. She also recommended great photo spots! With a background in history and impeccable English, she was happy to provide insight not only into the wall, but Chinese culture overall. I loved everything about this excursion.
Overwhelming Beauty!
, Aug 2019
History, nature, touristic facilities, the guide....everything was perfect It was an unforgettable trip.
A great tour!
, Aug 2019
Lucy was very helpful and eager to please on this tour, which struck the right balance between directed time and freedom to explore. A great way to see a less-crowded part of the wall from Beijing!
Beautiful experience
, Aug 2019
I appreciate that our group got there early enough to enjoy the walk on the walls when it was not too crowded. Our tour guide Lilly, was great! She kept the perfect balance between providing guidance, but allowing space for us to enjoy and experience the sights at our own pace. We had the most delicious home made meal at a bed and breakfast nearby run and owned by a family. It all felt like a very authentic experience.
Samantha S
, Jun 2019
This was a great tour and I would highly recommend booking this if you’re coming to Beijing to see the Great Wall. Andy our tour guide was fantastic, he explained the history of the wall very well and was very entertaining. We were also given time to walk the wall freely & had a spectacular lunch to end the day. Nothing felt rushed, we definitely got as much time needed at the Wall as we hoped, thank you so much for a perfect day we will never forget.
The Great Wall of China Experience
, Jun 2019
My guide Joyce made my experience of the Great Wall knowledgeable and skilled. Joyce had knowledge of everything about the structure the building of the wall. This tour was a delight even though it was two of on this tour we had the best time ever Joyce did a hell of a good job she's the best at what she does.
Great Wall day trip
, Jun 2019
We booked this tour to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall very easily through Viator. The hotel where we met the mini-bus to take the tour was centrally located in Beijing, and although it was quite early, we were glad to be setting off to the Great Wall early to avoid rush hour traffic. Our guide Lucy could not have been more gracious. She provided lots of interesting information about the history of the Great Wall on our morning drive. Once we arrived, Lucy helped us plan our time on the Wall. We quickly realized it takes longer than you think to walk this section of the Wall, as there are parts that are very steep with lots of stairs. But, just being on the Wall is magnificent. The views here are breathtaking! We would absolutely recommend visiting this section of the Wall, which we read was the best restored section and not crowded (true on both fronts). Afterwards, our guide walked us down the hill to the town below the Wall, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of so many Chinese dishes! It was great! Thank you Lucy for a wonderful day!
Great excursion to the Great Wall!
, May 2019
Great way to transport via minivan to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the Great Wall. It was terrific to travel with a small group of 8, and our tour guide, Andy was engaging and provided good information on the way to the Wall. The guide does not accompany you on your hike of the Wall, but meets you afterward for lunch in the village. The lunch was authentic and fantastic!
Fantastic tour
, May 2019
Andy was a great guide and really fun to chat to. The lunch included with the trip was one of the best meals we had in Beijing.
Amazing Experience
, Apr 2019
Once in a lifetime visit, amazing place and it was with an amazing guide - Lucy was very funny and had great historical insights. We'd highly recommend doing Tower 1 first then going to Tower 10 (there is enough time!) finish off with the tobogan down.
Fantastic day to spend
, Mar 2019
Andy our guide was a great host. Special thanks to him for making it memorable. The agenda was rightly packed, food from the local home was simply amazing better than any other hotel food.
Lily was a fantastic guide. She had...
Jackie T
, Jul 2018
Lily was a fantastic guide. She had the right balance of organising us and giving us free time. She helped everything go very smoothly and was great with the children. We got the cable car up and walked up to the 14th tower before returning and going down the toboggan which the kids loved. The restaurant she took us to served delicious food. I would highly recommend this trip with Lily.
Fabulous day! This was exactly what...
, Jul 2018
Fabulous day! This was exactly what I wanted for the day. Meet up by Mr Han was from a central hotel rather than having to drive around the city to pick people up. Emma was super helpful and explained the history of the Wall and a lot about Beijing. She also patiently went through the various options to get to the top as we all wanted to do different things. Then we had a couple of hours to walk/explore on our own, and take the toboggan down, then off for lunch. Would definitely recommend the tour and Emma as a guide!
Great Wall was great! We went to Our...
, Jun 2018
Great Wall was great! We went to Our tour guide lily was super sweet. she planned everything so us out of city before rush hour, before any queue started lining up at the Great Wall entrance etc.. overall it was a great trip with nothing to complaint about. Lily explained about the history of the wall, the city and overall about the culture. very informative.
If you are looking for a no frills...
Jerrad Y
, Mar 2018
If you are looking for a no frills bus to get you to the wall safely and back again, this is your tour. The guide shared a minimal amount of information, so you are free to research it yourself, or just sleep until arrival. If you are looking for a deep history lesson, though, this is not the trip for you. I rate it as 4 stars, because you only get about 1.5 hours at the Great Wall. Enough time to quickly walk to the first lookout station and come back. Also, the gondola tickets are not included, which is frustrating. So, if you want to expedite your trip up, you have to buy the gondola tickets with like 100 cash give or take - I think it was 25 US for us at the time. The tour really should include all tickets required to get you to the walking point. Don't skip the gondola, the ride is beautiful! The food for lunch was the best tour food I had ever had. SO GOOD! Enjoy the traditional Chinese food they serve you on the tour, because there is a lot of it.
Grest to take the toboggan down, easy...
, Dec 2017
Grest to take the toboggan down, easy lit up and great food.
Great tour. We got to the Great Wall...
Massimiliano T
, Dec 2017
Great tour. We got to the Great Wall when basically there was no one else, it felt almost like going back in time. The guide was very sweet, intelligent and there is plenty of time for free exploration. On the way back we stopped at a local restaurant where Chinese families eat on Sundays, very real, terrific food. We were only 4 people and the mini van so we were very comfortable. In the back sit there was a couple so they did not mind to be quite close, but the guide said they normally put an extra person there, which is hard to imagine. So better checking with the tour operator how many people there are booked for the day. if 4 then the best tour ever.

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