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One-Day Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour
Tour Code: BJ06
Price from $129 per person
Itinerary Details

Today, you will meet your tour guide and driver at the hotel lobby at around 08:00 am. After a warming greeting, you will take a comfortable car ride heading to the Mutianyu Great Wall to start your Great Wall and Summer Palace tour. It takes about 1.5 hours. During the time, your guide will introduce you as much as possible the information about the Beijing city and the Great Wall.

Upon arrival at the Mutianyu Great Wall, we will arrange a round-way cable car for you to go up and down the Wall, to avoid 500 mountain steps. You will have more than 2 hours on the Great Wall to appreciate the magnificent scenery and take amazing photos. Instead of the cable car, we can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the Wall with no any extra fare, which are more popular among Young people. You could make a decision when you arrive and your guide will help you make proper arrangements.

We will spend the whole morning on this former military fortification. Lunch is on your own and your guide will provide advice. In the afternoon, we drive back to the downtown Beijing to take a leisurely visit to the Summer Palace, where you will enjoy the natural beauty of the lake, hill, unique bridge, long gallery, as well as some classic royal buildings. A Kunming Lake boat ride will be specially arranged for you. Instead of the Summer Palace, we also have another choice for you. That is to tour the traditional Hutongs by rickshaw and visit the residential courtyards, to immerse yourself in the local culture. Whichever you choose, your guide will ensure a pleasant experience. Finally, your Great Wall and Summer Palace day trip concludes, and your guide and driver will take you back to the hotel. Hope you enjoy travelling with us! Thank you. 
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall had great military significance during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for protecting the northern border of the capital city as well as the imperial mausoleums - the Ming Tombs. It was built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and then rebuilt twice in 1368 and 1568 during the Ming Dynasty, and finally became what it is today in 1569. You can see 23 watchtowers distributed along the more than 2,000 meters (2,200 yards) long ramparts and three of them were built closely at the Zhengguan Terrace, which is very rare. Apart from the Zhengguan Terrace, the beacon tower seated at the eastern end of the wall, named the Big Corner, is not to be missed, either. It occupies the highest position of the whole area, which is the best viewing platform to have a full view of the Great Wall.
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, with a history of around 250 years, is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. The garden mainly consists of the Kunming Lake and the Longevity Hill. Occupying three quarters of the whole area, the Kunming Lake is like a large mirror reflecting the nearby Longevity Hill and the outstanding Tower of Buddhist Incense which leans against the hill. Loitering around the lake can provide you more fun as we appreciate the exquisite paintings at the Long Gallery, have a rest at the lakeside Marble Boat, and take good shots of the lake backed by the Longevity Hill at the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.
Summer Palace
The long gallery in the park
Hutong Tour
Traditional blocks in Beijing are full of crisscrossing stone-paved alleys. These alleys have a common name - Hutong. Hutong is not only the busy traffic line, but also a folk museum which vividly demonstrates the traditional lifestyle of the ordinary Beijingers. Taking a leisurely walk along these hutong alleys, you can not only have a close look at the distinctive grey-tiled courtyards, but also treat yourself with authentic local cuisines at quaint restaurants. Besides, you will also have a chance to take a rickshaw through the hutongs, which seems to draw you back to the early 20th century of China.
Visit the old hutong alleys by rickshaw
The distinctive courtyard in Hutong
Tour Prices( Based on per person and shown in US dollars. )
    • Private English-speaking guide
    • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Round-trip cable car at Mutianyu Great Wall
    • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver