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Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Let a personal guide accompany you to three major sights around Beijing: the Great Wall at Mutianyu, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. This full-day private tour includes entrance fees, a Chinese lunch, and a photo stop in front of the Beijing National Stadium. Travel at your own pace without any rush, with the option to take the cable car or chair lift up to the wall and a toboggan down.
  • Full-day tour of three Beijing highlights with a personal guide
  • Ride the cable car, chair lift or toboggan at the Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Wander through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Entrance fees, lunch, bottled water, and transport by private vehicle
  • Pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Beijing
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Transport by private vehicle
Bottled water
Lunch
Private guide
Entrance fee
Cable car round trip or ski lift up and toboggan ticket
Additional Museum tickets inside the Forbidden city
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel if your hotel is within the 5th ring road of Beijing city, if your hotel is out of the 5th ring road, you can travel to city to meet our guide or hotel pick up may have extra cost

Upon pickup from your selected hotel in the morning, depart Beijing in the comfort of your private vehicle. Relax on the roughly 1.5-hour drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and stop en route for photos in front of the Beijing National Stadium, aka Bird's Nest, home to the 2008 Summer Olympics (time permitting).

On arrival, learn from your private guide about the construction and restoration of the Mutianyu section at the Great Wall of China during the Ming Dynasty. A chair lift or cable car ticket is included to more easily ascend the architectural marvel, where you can explore at your own pace and look out over the surrounding hillsides.

Then ride a toboggan down and stop at a local restaurant in the Huairou district, known for its chestnuts, mushrooms, and trout. Here, you choose from various dishes featuring countryside-style cuisine for your lunch.

Returning to Beijing in the afternoon, you'll visit Tiananmen Square, home to the Monument to the People's Heroes and the National Museum of China. Wander the square on foot with your guide before passing through the south gate to the Forbidden City. The 250-acre (101-hectare) complex in the middle of Beijing was the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing dynasties and now houses the Palace Museum. After you discover this former ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government,  your guide will drop you off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Niaochao National Stadium
On this private tour, get to know the places that interest you the most. Your private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, then begin to head over to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. If time allows while on your way to The Mutianyu Great Wall, you will be able to stop and take photos at the iconic "Bird's Nest". This is the Beijing National Stadium, which had hosted many spectacular events, including the famous 2008 Summer Olympics.
Stop At:  
Mutianyu Great Wall
Once you arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall, you’ll enjoy a peaceful experience and take time to marvel at this wondrous structure and the surrounding hillsides that look north toward Mongolia. The Great Wall at Mutianyu was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) on the remnants of a Wall originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). Reconstruction took place under the supervision of Xu Da, one of the founding generals of the Ming Dynasty, who was responsible for building a Wall from Shanhaiguan in the east to as far as Mutianyu.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Stop at a local restaurant in the Huairou district, famous for their chestnuts, mushrooms, and trout. Here, you will have various choices of countryside style of cuisine as your lunch. Head back to Beijing City to explore Tian'anmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City.
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Forbidden City, a 250-acre (101-ha.) complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions, and gardens that served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
Stroll around the courtyards and halls of the Forbidden city with your tour guide, and learn the histories and stories about this massive palace. You will visit these buildings inside the Forbidden City. Hall of Great Harmony where the emperor handle states affairs. Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Compete Harmony.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Heavenly Purity
Then continue to check out the living quarters in the palace: Hall of Union, Hall Heavenly Purity, and Hall of Earthly Tranquillity.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Your tour of the Forbidden city will end at the Imperial Garden, then you will exit the Forbidden city from the north Gate. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the end of the tour.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Discover Beijing Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Beijing was HOT HOT HOT, but Jimmy was cool cool cool
Matilda C
, Jul 2019
Jimmy guided us to the Great Wall (GW), Tian An Men Square (TAMS), and the Forbidden City (FC). We, in some masochistic way, just had to visit these places in summer. Well, we decided on a guided tour to get the best out of each attraction with as little time travelling, bumbling around and wasting of time, as possible. Indeed Jimmy from Private Day Tour, knew his stuff. He actually suggested to set off 1/2 hour earlier to beat the heat as well as the crowds. We followed his idea, turned in earlier the night before, met him at 7am. The road trip to the GW was fairly easy, and at the GW, we got onto the ski lift very quickly. We were on the wall, and walked for about 500m or so as Jimmy shared snippets of its history, construction and description. We were under no pressure to walk long distances as he allowed us to rest when we wanted, particularly at the mid-wall battlements in which the shade created a wind tunnel effect, which really helped. He next brought us to a local local Beijing noodle restaurant, complete with antique furniture and florescent lighting for our lunch. The lunch was filling and a welcome break. Beijingers eat huge bowls of everything! We next took a short ride to TAMS, which would lead to the FC. TAMS is a gigantic heat sink. No trees. No shade. Nothing to provide any protection from the harsh summer sun. Jimmy did warn us to bring our sunnies, hats and insisted on hand carrying large bottles of water. Again Jimmy was full of information about the well known site and the buildings surrounding it. To us the highlight was the FC. Jimmy tied in the tour with frequent references to Bertolucci's The Last Emperor which made the visit more personal and meaningful as we recognised many of the structures and rooms, which were used in the filming. Of course there was a significance because each location had a purpose to it, eg, the Throne Room in which the Empress Dowager met Puyi for the first time, the various terraces where the young boy Emperor played, and the private quarters of the Empress Dowager. The FC is huge, and the large open spaces, again, treeless. Again, Jimmy did not push us beyond what we could bear in terms of pace. We rested when we needed, for as long as we needed. There was never a dull moment with Jimmy. We had no regrets booking the tour and Jimmy made the trip worth while. He understood and made adjustments to our needs, in particular, in the heat of summer, and we can honestly say that our day was very well spent.Re
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Sally was our tour guide and she did...
A Great Day
, Apr 2018
Sally was our tour guide and she did an excellent job. Vegetarian like us she was able to order a feast of dishes for us to try and some special tea she brought from her home town. While lines were long, she chatted with us and never rushed us. The vehicle provided was pristine and our driver great
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GREAT !!! Our tour guide Albert was...
David P
, Mar 2018
GREAT !!! Our tour guide Albert was friendly and informative. Pickup was on time and lunch was at a good restaurant. Time allowed for seeing the wall and Forbidden city was enough. Tiananmen square were closed due to parliament sitting but it was still good to see from across the street.
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We had a very pleasant driver and a...
misty_knorr
, Jan 2018
We had a very pleasant driver and a kind guide who gave us lots of information about the city and the sights. We toured Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City as well as the Great Wall. We would recommend this enjoyable tour to everyone. We were able to take our time, learn about the history and current events in Beijing along with lunch at a local restaurant.
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We had an amazing day with our tour...
Sophie O
, Aug 2017
We had an amazing day with our tour guide Sally, would recommend her to anyone doing this tour!
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This was excellent with a lovely...
Elaine m W
, Jul 2017
This was excellent with a lovely guide student who navigated us through the Forbidden city crowds. The older mainland Chinese tourists are the most pushy and escitable crowd I've seen for a long time. Anyway, lots of nice stories then a quick pockup at the north end of the city. Drive out to the wall stopping for lunch en route. Even my 13 yr old daughter ate something which was a bonus! The driver dropped us off at the wall and we walked through the modern but nicely done entrance road - souvenirs, snack places etc - to get the bus to the cable car to finally reach the wall. Amazing place and well worth the wait. Then the kart-thing down which was fun and a long traffic jammed ride home. This took so long we skipped the Birds nest and just got dropped off at hotel. Thoroughly recommend.
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Excellent tour! We had a marvellous...
MARK B
, Jul 2017
Excellent tour! We had a marvellous day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Well worth the money.
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We had a great experience on this...
Meredith L
, Mar 2017
We had a great experience on this tour! Our guide Roy and driver Mr. Wong showed up early and were waiting for us in the lobby of our hotels on the day we booked. Roy was amazing, giving us a history lesson on China as we walked through the Forbidden City and on the way to the Great Wall. The car was spacious and modern. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant and had a great meal. Roy asked for our food preference and made sure the food was not too spicy for my friend. The Great Wall was amazing. Roy gave us 2 hours to explore the wall on our own and showed up exactly where to go. Overall it was an amazing day. I highly recommend this tour to others visiting Beijing!
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We had a FABULOUS tour ! The day...
Mkgrn1
, Jan 2017
We had a FABULOUS tour ! The day spent with Bella, our guide, was truly magical. She was absolutely knowledgeable, fun, friendly and professional. Thank you to both her and to our driver he was excellent, but cannot recall his name. Our lunch was great ! We would definitely recommend this tour !
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Alice was a wonderful tour guide. Well...
Priyankagogte
, Jul 2016
Alice was a wonderful tour guide. Well versed in Chinese history.
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