1. Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs Private Tour
Your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel's lobby in Beijing, then drive to the famous Mutianyu Great Wall which will take about 1.5 hours. Once arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall, you’ll take the cable car/ ski lift up to the Wall, then enjoy a less hurried experience and take time to marvel at this wondrous structure and the surrounding hillsides. 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. Follow your tour guide to hike up and down to explore different towers. Enjoy a delicious local lunch, then heading directly to Ming Tombs. You will visit Dingling at the Ming Tombs. Ming Tombs mainly means thirteen tombs of Ming Dynasty which are scattered at the foot of Tianshou Mountain. Listed in World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO, Ming Tombs shows impressive natural landscape and historical significance. Dingling was built in 1590. Emperor Shen Zong and the empress were buried there in 1620. Now, Dingling Tomb is the hottest among the thirteen for it is the only Ming imperial tomb excavated so far. Stroll around the area with your tour guide, admire the antiques in the the museums and discover the secrets of the Underground Palace. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing City.