One-day VIP Beijing Highlights Tour with Great Wall Hiking

Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

“Visit the world’s largest urban square in the center of Beijing city where the famous portrait of Chairman Mao hanging there. Skip the line at the magnificent imperial palaces of Forbidden City as our VIP guests. Being wowed by hiking up the Great Wall at Mutianyu and save your time by taking round-way cable car. Enjoy delicious Beijing local food for lunch in a fancy local restaurant. No shopping, no time wasting! Real small group with no more than 6 persons. It is an ideal trip for those who have limited time or Beijing lay-over travelers.

David Deng, the product manager of Trippest

Reasons for booking this tour

Hiking up to the most beautiful part of Great Wall at Mutianyu with round-way cable car.

Skip the line and discover the hidden stories of the Forbidden City as a VIP guest.

A visit to the world's largest urban square in the center of Beijing - the Tian'anmen Square

Enjoy a freshly-cooked delicious Beijing local lunch in a local family-style restaurant.

Real small group with no more than 6 travelers to ensure your trip experience, no shopping, no time-wasting at all.


Know before you go

Suitable time for the trip: this trip is suitable for travellers all year round, but it would be a little bit cold and challenge in winter (from Nov. - Feb.)

Suitable group: this trip is suitable for all age range.

Friendly to disabled: we could provide wheelchair for disabled people if needed and all the attractions are friendly to disabled.

Group Size: this is a small group tour with no more than 6 persons in the group.

Dressing Code: Casual, suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes with sun glasses.

Tipping Notes: it is not required to tipping but it would be a great encouragement for them if you give CNY 50 -100 to your guide and driver if you are satisfied with their services.

Trip Route Map

Trip Preview

A Visit to the Tian'anmen Square - the largest urban square in the wolrd

The evening before your trip, your guide will make a phone call to you at around 7:00 to 8:00 pm to confirm the exact departure time for the next day. If you don’t answer the phone call your guide will leave a message for you at your hotel front desk. If for any chances you’ve neither received a call nor a message after 8:00 pm the day before your trip departure, you can simply track your trip status by click this link ( and input your order number and you’ll find the information of your trip and your tour guide. Also you can call Trippest Beijing Office 24-hour hotline at: +86-13910694045. We will solve your problems on the spot.

In the morning your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby at the appointed time around 7:00 – 8:30 AM and you will be transferred to the world largest urban square – Tian’anmen Square in the center of Beijing city by our comfortable and clean vehicle. You’ll see the famous portrait of Chairman Mao hanging on the wall of the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Your guide will show you about the history or some interesting stories of this hero man – Maotsedong. You’ll find the obvious feature of this socialism country, China, a country that I both love and hate…

Good to know:

  • Bad air in Beijing? We have solution! You’ve probably heard of the poor air quality in Beijing. Yes, there are good days as well as bad days. We have tested the AQI in a bad smog day and the value high up to 260. Generally speaking an AQI value of 100 is the upper limit for healthy air. Considering to protecting your healthy, we have equipped with an air purifier in each vehicle which would be greatly reduce the AQI level. We try our best to make sure you’ll have a enjoyable trip.
  • Are you planning to leave Beijing after the trip? If yes, please do check out your hotel before your trip start. You may leave your luggage in our vehicle and you will be transferred to the airport or train station straight after the trip to make best use of you time. Please make sure to preserve 1 hour for the transfer from the city center to airport and plus you need to arrive at the airport at least 1½ hours in advance for a domestic flight, or 2½ hours for an international flight. Please tell us about your departure time and flight number when booking and remind our guide while in the trip. If you need this connection transfer service, please click here ( to book it in advance.

Visit to the Forbidden City

Walk forward through the middle gate of Tian’anmen rostrum you’ll see a huge red gate in front of you. That is the gate to the Forbidden City. Do you know why all the gates are painted in red? Do you know why it is called the Forbidden City? Do you know how large it is as a imperial palace? It is said that there are 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers home to 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1420–1911). But where is the other ½ room? Do you know the features of these ancient imperial architectures? Do you know there are tens of thousands treasures being collected in this palace? Did you know the hidden stories and lives of ancient Chinese emperors and their wives? Please find the answers by yourself or ask your guide for the answers while in the Forbidden City.

What makes us different?

Yes, the Forbidden City is a must-see attraction in Beijing. Most travel companies would include this attraction in their trip. But what makes us different?

  1. Skip the lines at the entrance. You don’t have to queue up for the entrance while other groups have to stand in a queue to buy the tickets for more than half an hour! In order to save up your precious time your guide will buy the tickets for you on-line in advance so that you can go in the Forbidden City directly!
  2. We go deep into the attraction. In the Forbidden City, we include 10 important palace chambers along with their history and background information while other groups only glance 6 similar rooms.
  3. Better equipment, better experiences. It is quite touristy and noisy in the Forbidden City. In order to make sure you can hear what your guide is talking about. We have prepared FM headsets for you so that you can hear your guide clearly. Also you guide has prepared an IPad to show you the vivid background histories to you while others have to bear the crowds and couldn’t even hear a word what your guide is yelling.

Drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant named Xinshuangquan.

After visiting the Forbidden City we will drive about 1½ hours to the foot of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We’ll enjoy a delicious Beijing local food for lunch at our well-selected local restaurant – Xinshuangquan. (Please note that the restaurant is subject to change due to some unexpected reasons.)

Why we choose to have lunch at Xinshuangquan?

  • Surely the taste of the food in this restaurant is top-notch. But one of the most important reason that we recommend to use this restaurant is that we can drive our own vehicle directly to the foot of the Great Wall to save your precious time if we have lunch at Xinshuangquan restaurant while others have to wait for the public shuttle bus (usually people have to queue and wait for more than half an hour!).

Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

After lunch, we’ll begin our hike to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu which would defiantly be the highlight of the day! This section of the Great Wall is ranked top among all parts of the Great Wall on TripAdvisor for its unique picturesque scenery, less touristy and fully-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 lots of boring steps. (Please note that we have included the costs of round-way cable car or round-way chairlift and toboggan ascend to and descend from the Great Wall. If you want to take one way cable car and one way chairlift or toboggan, you need to pay the price difference CNY80 per person at your own expense.)

At the Wall you’ll have free time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and your guide will show you the background information of the Great Wall. The cable car ascends to and descends from the 14th watch tower. We recommend you to hike up the most beautiful part of the Great Wall – between the 14th and 23rd watch towers which were known by hikers as “the Golden Route”. However the chairlift ascends to the 6th watch tower while the toboggan descends from tower 6 too. It might be a challenge to hike from the 6th watch tower to the 23rd watch tower. But you can decide based on your physic condition.

Normally it would take about 2 hours to complete the hike from the 14th watch tower to 23rd watch tower.

Good to know:

  • Why we choose visit the Great Wall in the afternoon? Good question! We found that it would very crowded in the Great Wall in the morning while there are fewer crowds in the afternoon also the traffic conditions would be much better in the afternoon. And it is the best time for taking good photos in the afternoon. That’s why we decide to visit the Great Wall in the afternoon.
  • Get refreshed in Trippest Refreshments Kiosk! We have set up a Refreshments Kiosk at the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall. Trippest customers will receive free drinking water at the service site.

Transfer back to your hotel

After visiting the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu this day trip comes to the end. Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel or airport (train station) to catch your onward flight (train). Going back to your hotel in Beijing will normally take about 1½ hours. Going to Beijing Capital Airport directly normally takes about 2 hours from Mutianyu.

If you need to book our transfer service to airport or train station please click here to book it in advance: Thank you for choosing Trippest. Your satisfaction will be our greatest motivation and joy. It would be a great encouragement to us if you would rate us on Tripadvisor or share your trip experience on your Facebook or blog!

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* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 - 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017, 30/Dec/2017 - 01/Jan/2018, 15/Feb/2018 - 22/Feb/2018. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Seasons Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season * $119 USD $99 USD Free
Peak Season * $129 USD $109 USD Free

Price Include:

  • Admission to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
  • Round-way cable car or round-way chairlift and toboggan. (If you want to take one way cable car and one way chairlift or toboggan, you need to pay the price difference CNY80 per person at your own expense.)
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking local guide service.
  • Lunch at Xinshuangquan restaurant.

Price Exclude:

  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Hotel accommodation.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.

Cancellation Policy for Trippest Beijing Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the services that we list in this trip due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

About Beijing 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

  • Citizens of certain countries who meet the criteria are allowed 72-hour visa-free transit via and travel in nine China cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shenyang, and Dalian. Please make sure you have read the detailed Visa-free policies before you decide to take the Visa-free policy. And please keep in mind that Trippest does not take any resposibility for the risk or loss of customer who use the Visa-free policy.

Last Minute Booking of Trippest Beijing Tours

  • All the bookings are required to be placed at least 48 hours in advance before your trip start so that we may have enough time to make the arrangement. However, it might be possible that there are several seats available with the last 48 hours. So please do make us a phone call at: +86-13910694045 to check the availability for the last minute booking.



Reviewed June 23, 2017

I was a little nervous to travel China as a young girl so I decided to book this tour and I am so happy I did! My guide William was friendly, knowledgeable and overall great. There were only a couple of us on the tour so it was personal as well. William was always offering to take pictures and share his knowledge on the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananman Square. I would recommend this tour to anyone. :)

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Sig S

"Beijing Adventure"

Reviewed June 22, 2017

Amazing trip!! Tour guide Cactus, was outstanding! Exceeded my expectations. Not only visited the listed places but Cactus went over and beyond to show us additional things outside of the planned trip. Also picked great places to eat and it was important to her that we had private areas to eat at where we could hear and enjoy the small groups company. I would highly recommend requesting Cactus, on your adventure!!

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"Forbidden City"

Reviewed June 20, 2017

Jimmy was an excellent tour guide. He was on time, personable and extremely knowledgeable on China's history. We appreciated his VIP tour and his thoughtfulness of our group. He made sure our group was away from the crowds and allowed us to view the different sites with exclusivity. He is fluent in English and Mandarin allowing our visit to the Forbidden City to be so much better. Thanks Jimmy!!

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Daniel E

"Forbidden City & The Great Wall"

Reviewed June 23, 2017

Me and my girlfriends together with a family from Australia took part in this trip. We visited the Forbidden City and the Chinese Wall for one day. Our guide, Lucy Cheng, made this day fantastic. I really can recommend her, and this day trip. A nice day, with lots of laughs and nice things to see. //The Swedes

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"Wonderful experience"

Reviewed June 23, 2017

We had tour guide, Rico. He was amazing. His English was great and he was able to give a detailed history on all the places we went. The lunch was delicious and water was always on hand. Wish I could have had him for all my tours!

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Why Book With Trippest?

Go Local!

Experience the real local culture with a local guide!


No text-book recite but interesting and vivid stories and experiences behind every attraction.


Our guide and driver are knowledgeable and friendly! They are willing to serve you with their passion and enthusiasm.

Skip the lines!

Skip the lines at some major attractions (such as the Forbidden City) as a VIP guest!

Real Small Groups!

Our small groups are limited to Max. 6 persons to ensure a better experience and flexibility.

Time-smart Arrangement!

We make full research of each attraction in the itinerary to make sure you don't have to spend unnecessary time on the road.

Well-selected Restaurant!

We choose featured local restaurant where local people loved to taste the most authentic local food!

Comfortable & Safe!

Air-conditioned business car with GPS facilities, big windows, and ample space. Reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience.

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