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

  • 8 hours
  • Except Mon. 
  • Group tour



See three of Beijing’s most famous landmarks on a full-day tour that starts in the city and travels to the Great Wall of China. Start with a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, and walk by the monuments of Tiananmen Square, including Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Then depart for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, riding in a cable car up to the ramparts then walking around for great vantage points. Learn about the sights from your informative guide throughout a memorable tour. 


  • Full-day Beijing tour with the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
  • Gain insight into the power of imperial China on a tour of the Forbidden City.
  • Ride a cable car round-trip at to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
  • Enjoy a couple of hours to walk along the Great Wall and get great photo ops.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in central Beijing.


7:00 - 8:00, Hotel pick-up.

Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby in the morning at an appointed time around 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, with holding your name sign or Trippest Logo.

8:00 - 10:30, Visit Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City.

The tour will be beginning from Tian'anmen Square where the famous Chairman Mao's portrait is hanging on the wall of the Gate of Heavenly Peace. It is hardly to say that you have ever been to Beijing if you don't visit the square! Like the Times Square in New York, Red Square in Moscow and St. Peter's Square, Tiananmen Square is a must-visit place for traveler to Beijing and is the largest public square in the world. Your guide will provide you commentary to the history, architecture, and anecdotes of the square, you will have around 20 minutes there for taking photos.

NOTE: Tian'anmen Square could be enforced martial law due to government activities temporarily, which we can NOT be informed in advance. The tour guide may adjust the itinerary according to the situation. 

Walk north, and after going through the middle gate of Tian'anmen rostrum, there will be a huge red gate awaiting you. Start to enjoy the highlight of the day — the Forbidden City, the world's largest imperial palace with 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers, home to 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1420–1911). You'll be marveled by the gorgeous Chinese ancient style architectures and interesting history and lives of those Chinese emperors.

Your tour guide will help you explore 10 carefully selected places and Hall of Clocks and Watches in the Forbidden City, recommended by our local experts, while other group tours only visit 6 spots briefly.

10:30 - 12:30, Drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

1½ - 2 hours car riding from downtown Beijing to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. There could be other participants to join the tour to visit the Great Wall in the afternoon. But the group would be no more than 6 people.

12:30 - 13:30, Lunch time.

We will arrange a simple set-menu lunch at a local restaurant before going up to the Great Wall.

Good to know:

We understand and respect your dietetic contraindication. But due to the group tour, we may have a variety of dietary requirements from all group members. We try to meet individual requirement, but CAN NOT 100% satisfy. Thank you for your understanding. Also, according to the limited condition, for example, we might order vegetarian food for vegan and Indian customers, and order beef or lamb food for Muslim and Jewish customers. The tour guide will double check with you before making an order. Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

13:30 - 15:30, Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

After lunch you'll hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The section is ranked top among all parts of the Great Wall on TripAdvisor for its picturesque scenery, fewer tourists, and beautifully restored architecture.

In order to save your time, we suggest you to choose round-way cable car or round-way chairlift and toboggan ascend to and descend from the Great Wall, instead of spending about 40 minutes climbing steps. (If you want to take one-way cable car and one-way chairlift or toboggan, you need to pay the price difference CNY100 per person at your own expense.)

At the Wall, it is free time to walk around after your guide does some introduction. Cable car ascends to and descends from tower 14. Hike “the most beautiful and interesting part of the Great Wall” — between the 14th and 23rd watch towers — acknowledged by hikers as "the golden route". And chairlift ascends to tower 6 and toboggan descends from tower 6 too. It would be a high challenge hiking from tower 6 to tower 23. According to your physical condition, most of our customers who take the chairlift up and down, hike from tower 6 to tower 14 and turn back.

It normally takes about 2 hours to complete the route. Then descend and back to our vehicle.

15:30 - 18:00, Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing.

Going back to your hotel in Beijing will normally take about 2 hours. Likewise, for Beijing train stations. Going to Beijing Capital Airport directly normally takes about 2 hours from Mutianyu.

We will transfer you to your hotel at the end of the tour. If you need to catch a flight or a train after the tour, we are more than happy to help you arrange it. Let us know at the time of booking. 

Know before you book

What's included?

  • Friendly English-speaking tour guide service.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 4th Ring Zone of Beijing City.
  • Bottled water.
  • Lunch.
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum.
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall, includes round-way cable car or round-way chairlift/toboggan transfer. 

What's excluded?

  • Tipping of guide & driver recommended on good service on a 2:1 ratio separately (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person).
  • China Visa
  • Hotel accommodation

What do I need to bring?

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • You must bring a valid passport when on the tour.
  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time.

What need to note?

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passport information is required for the forbidden city ticket, 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.
  • You will receive details about tour guide and exact pickup time in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also contact you through hotel or leave a message for you regarding the exact pickup time the night before tour. 
  • We include round-way cable car or round-way chairlift/toboggan. If you want to take cable car up and toboggan down, please pay the price difference CNY100 per person at your own expense.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. We try to meet individual requirement but can NOT 100% satisfy. Thank you for your understanding.
  • This tour will have a maximum of 6 travelers. If your booking has more than 6 people, all of you will be upgraded to a private tour group without other participants.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate.

What if my hotel is outside the pickup area?

You may go to one of meeting hotels below. Transportation is at your own expense. Meeting time will be confirmed and email you one day earlier. 

  • The Regent Beijing, address: No.99, Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing. Closed to Exit C of Dengshikou Subway Station (Line No.5). 
  • Gehua New Century Hotel Beijing, address: No.19, Gulou Outer Street, North 3th Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Closed to Exit E of Anyuanqiao Subway Station (Line No.8). 

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before event
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