So, you have a long layover in Beijing, China? If you’re anything like me, you hate waiting in an airport. Luckily, there are heaps of different companies that offer Beijing layover tours ranging from 5-12+ hours in length. The price and what is included depends on the
HERE’S OUR EXPERIENCE:
I found www.beijinglayovertour.com while searching Google. Out of all of the companies I researched, they were the most reasonably priced. They included
Saving money is what every
We paid $110 USD deposit when booking (Paypal), and then paid the remaining balance of $110 USD when the tour was over. This price doesn’t include the Cable car or toboggan at the Great Wall ($16USD), meals, or gratuities (we tipped our driver and tour guide roughly $35USD).
The itinerary is completely customized for you, and how long your layover is.
Here was our itinerary:
~Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall (8:30-9:30)
~Visit Mutianyu Great Wall (9:30-12:30)
~Transfer you back to
We arrived at
HERE IS A LITTLE OF WHAT WE LEARNED:
The Great Wall of China, dates to the third century B.C., and is full of history. You might be intrigued to know that the wall stretches for over 5,500 miles. There are a lot of different sections along the wall where you can go and explore. The Great Wall of China- Badaling is the most visited section. However, 70 km from Beijing is the Great Wall of China- Mutianyu. This section is less visited than other sections and has the ski lift and toboggan.
Once at the Great Wall of China’s parking lot, we stared up into the mountains in amazement. Did I mention it was freaking freezing there? Luckily, our tour guide saved the day, providing us with the warmest Chinese Police jackets. After getting geared up, we were ready to make the trek up. Just kidding, we took the dodgy ski lift to the top. Being raised in Texas, I have never been on a ski lift, but this one seemed like it was built in like the early
Since we got there early, we were literally the first people to go up. It was so magical being able to have the whole wall to ourselves. We only saw two workers for the first hour we were there. Then towards the end, a couple of people trickled in, but only about a dozen or so. In my
We just so happened to have the smart idea to Go-Pro the ride. If you ask a lot of
We accomplished a lot in a short amount of time during this trip. We crossed the Great Wall of China off our super long bucket list and got to ride a crazy toboggan down the wall. On top of it all,
THE PROS OF DOING A BEIJING LAYOVER TOUR:
- Not having to sit in the Beijing airport!
- A FREE 72-hour transit visa for China.
- Getting to cross the Great Wall of China off your bucket list.
- You will be able to say you’re a “Hero” since you have stepped foot on the Great Wall of China.
- You will get to ask your tour guide any questions you have about China.
- Private guide and transport.
- Learning the history behind China and the Great Wall.
THE CONS OF THE GREAT WALL:
- It was freezing, but luckily our tour guide gave us Chinese Police jackets!
- Sometimes they shut the toboggan down, so it’s a hit or miss. We got
lucky,because the day before they had it closed due to snow.
- The chair lift doesn’t stop while getting on or off. Plus, it did not seem the safest, but better than having to walk up if you don’t have the time.
- Don’t take photos with the samurais at the bottom of the toboggan. It is a
rip off. They try to force you to grab their swords and take photos. Once you do, they guilt trip you into paying them around $7-$10 USD. (Of course, Rhys just had to do it -_-)
- Don’t buy ANYTHING at the top of the chairlift or along the top of the wall. It is all
over priced. Imagine that…
- Make sure to check the weather, and dress accordingly.
- Remember to get Chinese currency before you get to China. They don’t accept any foreign credit/debit cards except at ATM’s. Purchases must be made in their currency.
- Take a bottle of water with you. After walking around for a couple of hours in high altitude, you get dry mouthed.
- There is Wi-Fi in the airport and the restaurant near the Great Wall. However, over 300 popular websites are banned and censored by the Chinese government. Some of these include Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, and other popular social media sites. For some weird reason, we were able to connect on Facebook Messenger while at the Beijing airport. So be prepared to be mostly off the grid for the day.