If you're short on time and want to experience the absolute best of Beijing and the Great Wall, then this tour is a perfect fit. After a morning pick-up we'll start our day with a tour of the Forbidden City, which is probably the most famed attraction in Beijing (and possibly all of China). After a few hours touring we'll drive out to the Great Wall at Jinshanling where we'll begin our hike. On this hike you'll see watchtowers, stately brickwork, dramatic ruins, and awe-inspiring views. To top it all off you'll get to be on the Great Wall during the sunset, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime moment that can only be had on the Great Wall.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at around 8 am, and by private minivan we will head to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City (known in Chinese as Gu Gong) is the largest surviving palace complex and the former home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City is one of the greatest attractions in the world. Built by the third Ming emperor between 1406-1422, the Forbidden City served as the official residence to the Emperor of China until the last emperor, Puyi, was forced to evacuate in 1924. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Consisting of 980 buildings and with 8,707 bays of rooms, the Forbidden City is the best example of classical Chinese architecture in the world, and is a wonder to behold.
If you'd like to change your morning tour to Summer Palace, we'll be more than happy to substitute with it.
We will have a break for a brief lunch by tasting the local specialties of Beijing - dumplings, Chinese quesadilla, noodles with stir-fried sources, or Qingfeng baozi (meat buns), a roadside restaurant chain in old Beijing famed for its succulent steamed buns. Chinese President Xi ordered 6 pork buns and other dishes in this restaurant before and it has greatly improved the reputation of Qingfeng. Qingfeng, in Chinese, means "celebrating the harvest."
After lunch, we'll drive outside Beijing towards the Jinshanling Great Wall, which will serve as the setting for our hike today.
There are more than 100 watch towers along the Jinshanling Great Wall. "Watching Beijing Tower" is on the highest point, from which you can see Beijing. The Jinshanling Great Wall is second only to the Badaling Great Wall in its completeness. After about 1.5-2 hours of hiking, we will cross over into west Simatai. While the eastern portion of Simatai is closed due to government maintenance and repairs, the western section of the Simatai Great Wall is still open to hikers. The Simatai Great Wall is separated into eastern and western halves by a valley, with a rainbow-like chain bridge over the valley. The hills in the west are sloping gently, with 20 watchtowers remaining in good shape. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall. Incorporating a variety of characteristics of other sections of the Great Wall, Simatai also displays some unique features of its own. It is often described with the following five words: perilous, dense, diverse, artful, and peculiar.
After about 1-1.5 hours of hiking in west Simatai, you will descend down the Great Wall. However, before we climb down, we'll stay in order to view the sunset over the Great Wall. This experience will be a nature lover's delight, and is also a great opportunity for photos.
After climbing down the wall we'll have dinner at a nearby guesthouse. We'll then drive back to Beijing, and you will be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.
PRICES & DISCOUNTS
The prices are determined according to your needs and preference. Private tour and group tour are both possible. Seniors, children, veterans and students will receive additional discounts. Other seasonal and holiday discounts are also available. Please request the price and discounts through the form below or visit our Facebook page.
The red-shade is the Great Wall area is where this tour covers. We will tour the Forbidden City from 8 am, tour the Olympic Park at noon. After lunch, we'll drive about 2 hours on a highway from Beijing to the Great Wall.
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