Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs of Dingling Day Trip
On this full-day group tour, visit two of China’s most famous sites – the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall at Mutianyu. See the Dingling Tomb, an impressive royal tomb of the Wanli Emperor from the Ming Dynasty. Take a cable car(option) ride up the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, known for its Ming Dynasty guard towers, and take in stunning panoramic views of the wall snaking into the distance.
Please ready by 07:30 AM for a prompt departure at 08:00 AM
Approximately 17:30 PM
.Group full-day tour to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and Ming Tombs, from Beijing;
.Enjoy a leisurely experience of the Great Wall of China away from the crowds;
.Get great photo ops of the Great Wall, its ramparts and the scenic countryside;
.Entrance fees, Typical chinese lunch, Small-group and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
.Your Hotel or Apartment;
.Typical chinese lunch;
.English-speaking tour guide;
.Two pre-arranged shopping stops;
.Air-conditioned tour coach.
.Fee of the cable car and slideway;
.Shuttle bus fee (not required);
.Tips for the tour guide and driver;
After complimentary pickup from your hotel in Beijing, enjoy a scenic hour drive to the Ming Tombs, one of Beijing’s major historic landmarks. Visit the Changling Tomb, one of the most well-preserved tombs from the Ming Dynasty. Walk through the magnificent halls to the Hall of Eminent Favors, containing a statue of the Yongle Emperor and a beautiful interior with cedar wood columns. Your tour guide will share with you the history of the site, including stories about the excavations from these imperial tombs. Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and visit the famous Longdi Jade Factory to see how jade is carved.
Then, head to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. This towering granite wall, extending 7,381 feet (2,250 meters), was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) as a military alternative to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is characterized by grand military towers along the wall and is lined with green trees and flowers. Take a cable car ride to the top to get fantastic views of the Great Wall stretching into the distance. On the way back to Beijing, stop at a local shop to view Ming Dynasty cloisonné artwork, ranging from colorful enamel bowls to intricately designed vases.
This tour involves the two most attractive sites in Beijing, the Mutianyu Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. The Great Wall is a breathtaking sight and an awesome experience. It’s a challenging hike from the valley floor to the top rampart, but the reward is a spectacular view of the wall snaking for miles over mountainous terrain. Visit the Mutianyu section of the wall to avoid the crowds. For the tomb, you will have the chance to visit the underground palace of Dingling, the only tomb that has been excavated among the thirteen Ming Dynasty imperial tombs.
Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs of Dingling Day Trip
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.
Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs of Dingling Day Trip Departure:Daily 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 Language: English 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; Entrance tickets; 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); Gratuities (optional); Transfer from/to airport or hotels in airport or remote area; Personal expenses.
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.