On the tour, you will see two world cultural heritage by UNESCO, Badaling Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.
The Badaling Great Wall is located in the northwest of Beijing 73 kilometers away from the Tiananmen Square. It is one of the passages on the Great Wall, built at the north end of a 20 km long valley. Jingzhang road goes through the passage which had been the access point to go in and out of Beijing in the north of Beijing since ancient times. It has an important military strategic position. From both sides of the passage extends the Great Wall, zigzagging up and down the mountains. The section at Badaling is one of the best Great Wall architectures combining sublime, precipitous, gentle and beautiful parts. Magnificant, the wall stretches and winds through the mountains towards the north and south before fading out at the end of your view. The highest watchtower(North Eight Watchtower) is 888 meters above sea level. The open section is 3741 meters with 16 watchtowers in total. In 1953 Badaling Great Wall was officially open to visitors. It is the first section of the Great Wall open to visitors. The Great Wall is the symbol of national defense and the friendship of the people of the world. In 1954 the Badaling Great Wall received the first foreign leader, India Prime Minister Nehru. Since then it has become a place to receive state guests. Nearly 500 heads of government and state have walked up the Badaling Great Wall so far.
China Great Wall Museum based on Badaling Great Wall is a thematic museum about the Great Wall. It exhibits the cultural relics unearthed along the Great Wall, specimens, historical documents, photos and models. You can learn about the emergence and development, the architectural structure and layout of the Great Wall. These exhibits of the Great Wall explore the major battles which took place inside and outside the Great Wall, the military uses of the Great Wall, the economy, trade, development and prosperity of the regions along the Great Wall. You can understand the long-term common development and assimilation of the nationalities on both side of the Great Wall. When you enter the museum after visiting the Great Wall, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the Great Wall, the great wonder in the world.
The Great Wall was designed for military defense. It combines the passages on the wall, outposts, beacon towers, watch towers, passes and military towns and creates a web of security and defensive strategies. On the tour we will see other defense works such as a part of border wall, a stage, a military town and a military outpost outside the Great Wall. We will drive through Guangou Valley. It has been an important traffic artery between Huabei Plain and Mongolia grassland which was fought for by the armies in all dynasties. We will also drive through Juyong Pass Great Wall which is called the Strongest Pass under Heaven. From the remain of defense works, you will get a better understanding of this ancient defense system.
The Ming Tombs is the royal cemetery of the Ming Dynasty (1368---1644) of China. Located in the north of Beijing, about 50 kilometers away from the Tiananmen square. With a total area of 120 square kilometers, the Ming Tombs is the largest royal cemetery in the world with the largest number of emperors and empresses buried.
There are 13 emperors, 23 empresses buried there in total together with 2 crown princes, 1 eunuch and more than 30 concubines and court maids buried with the emperors.
The Ming Tombs has a quiet and secluded natural environment, large-scale constructions and imposing tomb buildings, complete sacrificial facilities, unique tomb construction and style. It is a masterpiece of Chinese architectural art and the highest representative of the tomb planning and construction in the Ming Dynasty, showing Chinese traditional culture. The Tombs historical relics records the culture, art, science and technology developments and the rise and fall of the Ming Dynasty from another perspective.
There are 3 emperors' tombs open to the public of which we will visit the Emperor Wanli's Tomb, Dingling. It is the only royal tomb excavated by the Archaeological department of Chinese government. The funerary objects are preserved well.
Through the tomb's layout and specifications, building’s decorative art and functions, the underground palace, emperor / empress' funerary objects and the tomb owners' life, you can learn about the strict feudal hierarchy in ancient China, royal life, burial system and Chinese viewpoints of life and death.
You can also learn about the improved and strict tomb sacrificial system and understand Chinese customs of worshipping ancestors, sacrificial functions and its significance for the transformation of the living.
The Ming Tombs is a representative work of Yang Gong Fengshui in Sanliao. The site selection was given a great deal of attention. The Chinese Emperor tried very hard to find a successor of Yanggong Fengshui. Then it took three years to choose this Eternal Long Life World.
It is surrounded by mountains covered with dense vegetations. In the center is a small open basin with an area of 40 square kilometers. Rivers and streams converge in the center of the basin and wind towards the east. Each tomb was built with a hill behind and rivers before. The geographical environment is spectacular, quiet and secluded.
By observing the dragon spine, main mountain and massifs, guard hills, grave, mountains near and far from the grave, rivers, open spaces in front of the tomb, and tomb direction, you can learn about Chinese Fengshui culture and the impact of Fengshui on our real life.
On the way you can also see the Jingzhang railway, the first railway built by Chinese with their own money and engineers. It once greatly enhanced the ambition of Chinese people, hence was recorded in history. You can also see the places used to be the distributing center of horse trading in Beijing from outside the border, the breeding stables for the court horse tributes, the military pasture . You can also see the ancient battlefield where many battles took place once and the royal pavilion built for the emperors to rest on the way to patrol the north and offer sacrifices and worship in the royal cemetery. Along the way you will experience the change and development of the times and the impact of the past on today.
7:30 pick up at your hotel.
7:30 ----- 9:00 leave to Badaling Great Wall. drive by Beijing Olympic park. 73km(45miles)
9:00 ------ 11:30 visit the Great Wall and China Great Wall Museum. walking distance: 2--- 3km (1.2---1.8miles)
12:00 ----- 13:00 have lunch break.
13:20 ----- 15:30 visit one of the Ming Tombs, Emperor Wanli's Tomb(Dingling). walking distance: 2km(1.2miles)
15:30 ---- 17:00 return to the city proper.
17:00 get back to your hotel.
Duration: 9.5 hours
Inclusion: guide service charge and photography service only. (Camera model: Fujing Film XT 10)
Entrance tickets: 105CNY/pax
Option 1: use public bus cost: 30CNY/pax
Option 2: use private car
5 seater car: 900CNY (Passat/Camty)
7-seater car: 1200CNY (Buick GL8)
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1. My service charge and special car service charge can be paid when the tour is over on the last day.
2. Entrance tickets, public transportation fees, lunch will be paid on the tour. There is no charge for my entrance tickets.
3. Food and restaurant will be recommended to you by your preference and budget. You can order dishes and pay by yourselves. Lunch in an ordinary restaurant costs about 60CNY/person. My lunch will be paid by you. If you have special request, please let me know.
4. The itinerary is flexible. You can change, adjust or skip any activity as you like within duration on the tour.
Deposit: not requested
Cancellation: You need inform me 3 days ahead of the first tour date so that I can arrange my time for other works.
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