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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

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Combine three of Beijing’s most famous attractions on this full-day tour. Skip the line and save time on a guided tour of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO-listed site. Explore Tiananmen Square's landmarks, and then head to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Ride a cable car to the top of the wall, where you enjoy a guided hike and learn about the iconic structure’s history and significance.
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€169.22
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per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 0-75, max of 15 per group
Duration:8h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Combine three top Beijing-area attractions in a single day tour
  • Enjoy a skip-the-line admission ticket to the often-crowded Forbidden City
  • Cable car ride to the top of the Great Wall of China saves time
  • Round-trip transport, lunch, and all admission tickets are included for a hassle-free experience

  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 4th Ring Zone of Beijing City
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance to Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • China Visa
  • Round-way cable car or tobogan at the Great Wall of Mutianyu. Price RMB140 per person
  • Lunch

Begin your tour with convenient early-morning hotel pickup. Board the comfortable vehicle and head straight for Tiananmen Square. Learn about the area’s history, take photos in front of Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and visit the Gate of Heavenly Peace. From here, enter the Forbidden City, skipping the long entry line and proceeding directly inside. Take in the traditional Chinese architecture, and hear all about the ancient Chinese emperors who lived here. Rather than visit all 9,999 rooms, your guide has carefully selected 10 to best represent the palace and maximize your experience. Leave Beijing for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, where you’ll board the time-saving cable car up to the top. Spend about two hours hiking between the 14th and 23rd watchtowers while your guide sheds light on the wall's history and significance. Relax and rest on the ride back to Beijing for hotel drop-off.

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • 1. Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 4th Ring Zone of Beijing City. Please enter the name and address of your hotel/airbnb/accommodation information in the blank of pickup location at the time of booking. 2. You can go to one of meeting hotels: Regent Beijing, Gehua New Century Hotel. Transportation is at your own expense. Exact meeting time will be reconfirmed one day earlier. 3. Book an additional transfer service with us if your hotel is outside of the 4th Ring Zone. We will pick up from and return to your hotel, Round-way: US$35. If your hotel is near airport (PEK), Round-way: US$45. Please specify in the "Special Request" at the time of your booking. We will arrange it accordingly. You can pay the driver in cash.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7137P5

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Passport information is required for the forbidden city tickets booking, please forward each individual traveler's full name and passport number at the time of booking.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 4th Ring Zone of Beijing City.
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • You will receive details about tour guide and exact pickup time in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also call you via hotel or leave a message for you about pickup time the night before tour.
  • Cable car or toboggan are not included. You can buy tickets on your own when arrive at the Great Wall.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7137P5

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Mutianyu Great Wall
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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richcR3212PY
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Forbidden City Guided Tour
Such an amazing experience! Our guide (Cactus) was so knowledgeable and passionate. She taught us about the culture
Jonathan B
Jonathan B
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Highlight of our trip to China
Bob chen was a brilliant tour guide and our great wall hike was a highlight of our trip to China.He gave us loads o
screwballs109
screwballs109
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Half day Great Wall tour via Jinshanling
Had an amazing tour with Rico as our tour guide. Picked up promptly at our hotel, comfortable drive to Jinshanling.
SterlingLee
SterlingLee
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Once in a lifetime
We got “lucky” being amongst the first tourists to the Great Wall post covid-19, and had the place to ourselves (we
ethel_rothangpuii
ethel_rothangpuii
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Smooth
After a long flight, seeing the placard with my name was quite relaxing.Although the driver did not speak English,
kathyvharper
kathyvharper
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FANTASTIC
Wonderful tour. Had a fabulous tour guide Susie who was very knowledgeable and very professional. There was only t
Jodi C
Jodi C
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AWESOME!
Overall this tour was awesome! We enjoyed visiting all the different historical sites but could of done without al
gabrieleromeo76
gabrieleromeo76
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WILLIAM IS THE BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER HAD!
Wonderful experience at the great wall! Woderful place and William was the best tour guide I ever met. He took care
ajaynagesh
ajaynagesh
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Amazing tour with tour guide Jin
I had the most memorable time in this short trip around Beijing and the Great Wall. I not only got a feel for the s
mariellecng
mariellecng
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Amazing tour thanks to our wonderful guide Jin!
An amazing tour with Jin, a very knowledgeable and flexible Beijing local who cares about your comfort and who know
Gokeefe1
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Jerry & Mei
We had the most incredible tour of Beijing & the Great Wall with Jerry our guide & Mei our driver. Nothing was a pr
KateSinKL
KateSinKL
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Walking tour of Forbidden City
We did a 4 hour tour with Cactus, who was a great tour guide, with loads of information while also keeping our two
MosettaH
MosettaH
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Amazing Beijing 2 Day Tour
I just returned from a trip to China in the last week. While I spent most of my time in the southern part of the co
guyo631
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Very nice journey at Mutianyu Great Wall with our guide Sunny
Very nice day seing the Mutianyu Great Wall in Winter with the snow around on the mountains ! Everything was well o
376jasonv
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Nice trip to the Forbidden City
The process was simple, all you needed was the passport you booked the ticket(s) with. For me this included the ent
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Yuzo
6 contributions
Overall a good day tour. Our guide William picked us up with his driver at our hotel, and we went directly to Tiananmen Square. We had a private driver and we were the only ones on the tour, so we never needed to wait for parking or for anybody else. This was very convenient and worth the expense, as car travel is very time consuming in Beijing.

After Tiananmen Square, we walked directly to the Forbidden City. Then our driver picked us up and we had lunch on the way to the Great Wall (fee not included). It took 2 hours to get back from the wall to the hotel. All the experience was smooth save for the usual Beijing traffic.

William is a full time tour guide, so he was very knowledgeable about the history of China and relevant events which happened at the tour destinations. He even drew out a detailed map for us by hand to show the location of the Great Wall and the reason why it was built at that latitude. William also said he specializes in foreign tours, which makes sense because his English was good.

For any tour in general, especially in countries where English is not the first language, I recommend you pick a tour agency which employs full time rather than part time tour guides, as I have found the quality of the tours to be much better.

Note that the Forbidden City and Great Wall are not wheelchair friendly. Expect a decent amount of uphill walking on the Great Wall if you wish to visit tower 20 (recommended).

Overall a positive experience worth the time and money. However I will likely not tour these locations again in the near future, because I think once is enough for these types of historical tours.
Written 17 May 2021
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Trippest_Chengdu
Dear Yuzo Makitani, Thanks for sharing such an encouraging feedback about your time in Beijing with William. Nothing delight us more than that you were satisfied with the performance of guide who is kind and knowledgeable. We're glad you had a great time and hope that you can visit again and to explore more places with us in the future!
Written 3 June 2021
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PaulaTFreire
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We are a family of four (3 years old and 8 month old). You could say it is crazy to go to the Great Wall and Forbidden City with small kids during winter but we managed to do everything with Cactus, our tour guide, great support. Not only she is very knowledgeable but also very understanding and able to adapt itinerary according to the needs of the family. She looked after our daughter whenever she was walking unaware of the slippery pathways. She would hold her hand if necessary and took lovely pictures of our family. Couldn’t be more grateful for having her as our tour guide.
Written 2 January 2020
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Min F
Pasadena, CA27 contributions
For first timers in Beijing, I highly recommend joining a group tour or any tour because of the city's rich history, language barrier, and ease.

We were picked up from our hotel bright and early, and after picking up all the parties, we went to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

We were handed a headset but the weather was so cold that the headset ran out of battery. Sophia did great explaining to the group that none of us needed it in the end. I particularly like how Sophia explained the different gates and history and meaning behind each landmark. This made the trip so much more meaningful and interesting.

After that, we hop into the van and went straight to Mutianyu to see the Great Wall of China. Before going up, we had a lunch at a restaurant of their choosing and it was ok.

We were given 2 options to go up the wall, the toboggan way or the gondola way. For the folks seeking for a little adventure, do choose the toboggan way.

We were dropped off safely to our hotel.

Overall, this is a great tour and I particularly appreciated the details and how the entire tour was composed.
Written 1 January 2020
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NikoTrippest
Hi Min Li F, So grateful for sharing the details of your one-day Beijing tour with us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and were satisfied with Sophia's service. There is no better way to explore a city than with a local and experienced tour guide! Just enjoy the good time during the trip, and leave the rest to us! Hopefully, you can come to Beijing again and still choose us for your tours! Best, Trippest customer-care team
Written 2 January 2020
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Solo Traveler
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Solo
Tom was an excellent tour guide. The entire day was smooth from pickup to drop off. He was knowledgeable about the Forbidden City and the history of the Great Wall. I used this day as a side trip when I was in China for work. It was the best part of the entire trip. It was me and four other people so the group was not big and there were other solo travelers. Tom also contacted me the next morning to give me a heads up that because it snowed the night before I would want to head out earlier than I had planned for the train station!
Written 17 January 2020
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bwalker86
6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
If you’re considering another company or excursion, don’t bother. This was by far the simplest, most convenient and educational day trip I’ve even been on. Not to mention, it was lots of fun!! I only had 24 hours to spend in Beijing and booking this tour was the smartest thing I could have ever done. From pick-up at my hotel, to drop-off at the train station, everything went smoothly. Cactus, my tour guide, had impeccable English, wealth of knowledge of Chinese history, world events and local culture. Both her and the driver knew the best spots to take pictures, avoid crowds, & routes to beat traffic from point A to point B. Not to mention, we stopped at the cutest traditional restaurant for lunch. (The food was BEYOND amazing.) Cactus also went ABOVE and beyond to ensure I made it back to Shanghai without any hiccups. If you think you can visit these locations alone, without a native - think again!
Written 11 January 2020
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NikoTrippest
Hi bwalker86, Thank you so much for your great feedback of Cactus and our tour! We have cooperated with Cactus for many years and we are assured of her service. So glad you had a great day with her! She is a wonderful tour guide with fluent Enlish-speaking skills and patience. As you said, there is no better way to visit a city more than with a good guide. Hope you can come visit Beijing next time with a long holiday! Trippest costumer-care team
Written 14 January 2020
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Alex
1 contribution
Nov 2019 • Couples
Our tour guide, Cactus, really showed us a great time. We had limited time in Beijing and managed to check off everything we wanted to see in one day. We felt we had plenty of time at each site and Cactus gave us great historical context for everywhere, as well as great places to take photos on the wall. Also loved the restaurant she took us to between the Forbidden City and the wall. Highly recommend both the tour and guide!
Written 20 January 2020
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Sarah M
London, UK18 contributions
We had a great tour with Tom to the forbidden city & Great Wall at Mutianyu. Tom was really knowledgable and a great tour guide, he knew lots about the history and went out of his way to help us learn. Lunch was delicious, especially the di San Xian which is now my new favourite! Thankyou Tom for a wonderful day! Sarah & Chris from London.
Written 22 January 2020
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Tobi T
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Solo
We had an amazing day with enough time at the Great Wall to go from one end to the other end and back. Probably not everyone will come so far, but you can try.
The weather was brilliant, we had a perfect view and the wall is really a life goal everyone should have seen this.
Our guide Tom was very kind and he spoke english very well.
What also was very important to me: We didn't have to buy anything.
If you have the time just do it. This tour is worth every penny!
Written 23 January 2020
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KicksLikeAGirl
Milwaukee18 contributions
Nov 2018
My husband and I from the US took this tour with another couple from Canada in late November. Susie was our tour guide and Mr. Lee was our driver. I booked the trip in advance on TripAdvisor (which is affiliated with Viator) and was sent the confirmation info in a variety of formats 24 hours beforehand.

PROS
- Navigating Beijing is difficult, even if you know a little mandarin. It was nice to have a friendly, English speaking tour guide and a driver for the entire day and leave the navigating to them. You could also ask additional questions about the tour, where to go in Beijing and learn some basic mandarin (Chinese) words as well.
- I booked the tour about a week in advance and was sent all of the pickup details needed in various formats (TripAdvisor link to all details, WeChat, Hotel message, iMessage if you have an iPhone) so you don't have to have your cell service turned on.
- Groups are no more than 6 people which is nice to be able to really get to talk with fellow tourists and have flexibility along the way as your tour.
- No surprise stops to jade factories, markets, or reflexology places that big bus group tours have. We stopped at a few souvenir spots that were on site that you might've done when on your own anyway, and there was no pressure to buy.
- No waiting in lines. We literally just walked through security bypassing lots of people at Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. That alone is worth the tour.
- Pickup and drop off from your hotel.
- Drop off at The Great Wall-Mutianyu just a few steps from where you take the cable car or lift up (I recommend the lift up and toboggan down. So fun!). No waiting for a shuttle to the entrance like many other tours do or you would have to if you were on your own.
- Lunch included. Susie selected several items for us to try even taking into consideration any preferences or allergies.
- Good pace for the tour. Not too rushed and not too much information. Learn what it takes to become a hero :-)
- Susie and the driver were flexible enough to let us depart at the other couple's hotel since it was close to where we wanted to explore next.
- Susie was gracious enough to take several photos of us throughout the day at great scenic spots.

CONS
- For those who care even a little about photography, you arrive at The Great Wall right at noon which is the worst time for taking photos. We were blessed with a pretty clear day with lots of sun which was nice but challenging. If I had to do it over again, I would've chosen a tour that arrived at the Great Wall early or late in the day. If you have a DSLR, consider bringing a filter to help with midday sun.
-If mobility is an issue, this tour would be difficult because there is a lot of walking and The Great Wall has a lot of uneven paths/stairs. I think that's disclosed in the tour description.
-Tiananmen Square may not be open to tourists on the day of your tour. I'm not sure how far in advance you could find that out. We were fortunate that it was on the day of our tour (a Sunday).
Written 28 November 2018
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John Hutchison
London4 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
I took this trip because of limited time in Beijing. After paying the information says to call no more the 24hours before the tour to arrange pick-up time and place. I had put down my hotel which was on the 4th Ring Road (although technically outside, rather than inside) and accepted that I may need to pay an additional amount for pick-up. However, I didn't expect it to be CNY300 (30% more than the total cost of the tour). I could have got a taxi into the centre for CNY50 each way or walked across the road; however this was not an option due to the difficulty in contacting the tour company. The tour guide said I must pay otherwise she would get into trouble. I made a complaint to the tour operator, however did not get any response. I would also say that the tour was not a VIP experience. I would not recommend this tour company and will not be using them again.
Written 29 November 2017
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Dear JPLLondon We are sorry to have read what you experienced and that you did not get a response from us regarding your incident. Please allow me to follow up and we will reply to you personally via email. Regards Customer-care Team
Written 29 November 2017
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