Mutianyu Great Wall, is one of the most famous and best preserved sections of the Great Wall together with Badaling and Jinshanling sections. Located in the northeast of Beijing Municipality, Mutianyu is connected with the smaller hotspot sections of Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. This section used to serve as the northern wall defending the capital city and the Imperial power, like a giant galloping dragon on mountain peak preserving the entrance to emperors’ kingdom. Important section of the Great Wall, Mutianyu is filled with a great amount of historical and cultural relics as well as the most important number of watchtowers. About 20 of them are distributed along the opened tourism area that stretches for about 2250 meters long. Travelers visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall have the possibility to experience the Great Wall in different ways, whether using the thousands stone steps or a cable car. Definitely one of the best places to hike for experiencing the Great Wall, Mutianyu and its surrounding lush forest and woodland transports everyone back to ancient times, back in Imperial China.
| Ming Tombs of Dingling & Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour|
Duration: Approx 8 hours
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel between 7:30am – 8:00am
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel around 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Lunch: Typical Chinese lunch
| Important Info:|
Pick-up travelers from hotel on departure time between 7:30am and 8:00am, and then drive to the Ming Tombs (Dingling) the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history. Dingling is the underground mausoleum of Emperor Wan Li. The Underground Palace Halls, a labyrinth palace building, were the first royal tomb excavated in accordance with plan in China. Sightseeing for 1 hour. End the visit of Ming Tombs at about 11:00am, before having Chinese traditional lunch (11:30am), travelers have 45 minutes to have a short visit of Jade Carving Factory. The jade carving is very famous special local product, it was not only the excellent skill on carving, but also mixes many Chinese traditional cultures in the jade carving. After having lunch, then driving to Mutianyu Great Wall. The hike on Badaling Great Wall takes 2 hours. Mutianyu Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings – dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. If you want to reach the highest point, cable car is a good choice (optional). You are returned to the downtown Beijing, you will have a chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional Tea Ceremony. After the tour, transferred back to hotel around 5:30pm.
| Travel Tips:|
Wear casually and pay attention to the climate in Beijing.
| Special Features:|
Only english-speaking travelers in the coach;
Well-trained english speaking tour guide;
Keep proper quantity travelers in suitable type air-conditioned coach.
| Service Package Includes:|
Hotel pick-up and drop-off;
Typical chinese lunch;
English speaking tour guide;
Air-conditioned tour coach.
| Service Package Excludes:|
Fee of the cable car and slideway;
Shuttle bus fee (not required);
Transfer from/to airport or hotels in airport or remote area;
Excavated in the late 1950s, Dingling (Dìng Líng) is unique among the Ming Tombs, allowing visitors to actually descend into its underground burial chamber. Built for the 13th Ming emperor, Wanli, and two of his empresses, much of the once grand structure has not survived. The whole complex is enclosed by forest, with mountains and the tops of other Ming Tombs rising up beyond the trees, making for a serene environment when not broken by the bullhorns of tour guides.
Though most artifacts from the tomb’s interior have been removed, the massive doors, designed to lock from the inside upon closing, remain. Archeologists cleverly opened them from the outside by lifting the lock with a pole inserted through a crack in the door.