Driver Guide: Mutianyu Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: Beijing, Beijing

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Far above Beijing rises the Mutianyu Great Wall. Not far from that stands the Summer Palace, a Chinese imperial garden by the lake. Through these two scenic spots, your guides will bring you to the body and heart of ancient China.

Our explorations will be punctuated by lunch, of course. Entrance tickets, cable car ride and hotel pick-up/drop-off are included.

What's Included

Bottled water

English Speaking Driver

Hotel pick up & Drop off

Private transportation

What's Not Included

English speaking tour guide walking with you



Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - please wear comfortable shoes
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Mutianyu Great Wall
Expect to be picked up by private vehicle around 8.30 am, with your driver or personal guide waiting for you in your hotel lobby.

You’ll travel directly to the Mutianyu Great Wall, a 1.5 hour drive out of the city, approximately KMs. There you’ll have about 2 hours to explore the site, its Watch Towers and breathtaking scenery. The Mutianyu wall is not only one of the most diverse but also one of the best preserved sections. On route your driver or guide, (Option 2) will point out some of Beijing's architecture and history.

The Wall dates back to the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557), then rebuilt again in the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644) to provide a protective defence barrier to guard the capital and imperial mausoleums from invaders.

There are 23 Watch Towers distributed along its more than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) length. This stretch of the UNESCO listed Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings, including dense forests and rich pastures, as such it provides many photographic opportunities. It’s also the most family friendly, being easier to navigate with young children.

While you can ascend the ramparts by foot, the path is very steep and takes about an hour. It’s best to save time and energy and take one of the two quick access routes, cable car (to the northern entrance), or the chair lift, (to the south). For those choosing Option 2, tickets for the return trip, to and from the ramparts are included.

After your visit to the Wall you’ll have the option to have lunch at a local restaurant. One of its specialities is Kung Pao Chicken, a classic Sichuan dish, a spicy stir fry of chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
After lunch you’ll travel to The Summer Palace, a 1.5 hour drive from the wall. The Palace is one of the largest and most well preserved royal parks in China. You’ll spend a leisurely hour strolling through the beautiful grounds, enjoying such sites as the Seventeen arch bridge, Longevity Hill, the beautiful art decorated Long Corridor, depicting some of the stories from Chinese history and the Tower of Buddhist Incense to name a few. Kunming Lake is the central lake that covers some two thirds of the grounds forming a key landscape feature of the Palace gardens.

The construction of the Summer Palace commenced in 1750 and was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain. Towards the end of the Qing Dynasty it became their main residence.

Your tour finishes with your being driven back to your hotel, or if preferred to and other centrally located spot. Please advise at the time of booking if this is a preference.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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