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Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

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Beijing, China
Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Swap bustling Beijing for two of northern China’s greatest attractions on this private day trip. Visit the underground Dingling Tomb, the mausoleum of 16th-century Emperor Zhu Yijun; and learn about the country’s imperial Ming dynasties. After a Chinese lunch, take a cruise along the Longqing Gorge, admiring the emerald peaks, cliffs, and blue-green lakes of this epic river canyon. Entrance fees, boat trip, and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private Dingling Tomb and Longqing Gorge day trip from Beijing
  • Visit the Dingling Tomb, the underground mausoleum of 16th-century Emperor Zhu Yijun
  • View the thrones and replica caskets of Zhu and his empresses
  • Refuel with a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Ride a boat along the Longqing Gorge, one of China’s natural treasures
  • Admire the stunning blue-green waters, cliffs, and peaks
  • Private transport, central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and cruise included
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Bottled water
Professional guide
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance Fee
Boat Ride
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Personal expense

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick you up from your hotel within the 5th ring road of Beijing city, please provide the hotel details when make booking. If your hotel is out of the 5th ring road of Beijing city, may have extra cost.

Begin with pickup from your central Beijing hotel, and settle inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Then, view Beijing’s bustling streets and suburbs as you head northwest toward the Ming Tombs, a collection of 13 imperial tombs set in the countryside.

En route, listen as your guide shares information about the region and tombs, including the Dingling Tomb, the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun. Learn how the tomb is the only one excavated among the 13, and how Zhu Yijun ruled between 1572 and 1620, the longest reign of all of China's 16 Ming emperors.

On arrival, hop out and descend into the Dingling tomb with your guide. Explore the chambers to see the displays of stone imperial thrones, statues, and artifacts, and view the replica caskets of Zhu Yijun and his two empresses, who were also buried here. As you explore, hear about China’s Ming dynasty, and the complex rituals that surrounded the burying of their dead.

After a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Longqing Gorge. This steep-walled, zig-zagging river gorge is framed by peaks and considered one of northern China’s natural wonders. Locals have dubbed it the ‘small Li River’ for its resemblance to the stunning karst scenery around the Li in China’s Guilin province.

When you arrive, ride the incredible Flying Dragon escalator—a fibreglass cliffside escalator shaped like a dragon—and take a leisurely cruise along the aquamarine river. Lap up the gorgeous views as you sail, admiring the sheer cliffs and rock formations that loom above the waters and lagoons.

Return to Beijing, where your day trip ends with a central hotel drop-off.
Pass By:  
Juyongguan Great Wall
Your English speaking guide and private car will pick you up at in your hotel's lobby.  Heading directly Longqing Gorge, on the way you will driving pass by Juyongguan Great Wall.
Pass By:  
The Great Wall at Badaling
You will also driving pass by Badaling Great Wall, let your tour guide know if you want to stop for photos.
Stop At:  
Longqing Gorge
Upon arrival. First ,you will visit the Longqing Gorge. The Longqing Gorge is flanked on both sides by green peaks. People often say Longqing Gorge is a small Li River in Guilin, but it is more beautiful than Li River; it is a small three gorges on the Yangtze River, but it is more dangerous than the Three Gorges. The valleys feature beautiful scenery and clear water like mirrors, where tourists feast their eyes with not only cliffs, peaks and steep rocks, but also with many stone cones, stone swords, stone pillars, solution crevices.etc Take a cruise along the beautiful lake will give you a nice memory. Spend about 2 hours inside the Long Qing Gorge
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling)
Then you will head to a local restaurant  for a delicious Chinese lunch.Approximately 40 minutes in duration. Continue to the Dingling at Ming Tombs.
Stop At:  
Dingling Underground Palace
Dingling Tomb, the only underground palace which was open to the public. Dingling is the tomb of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the longest ruling period of all the 16 Ming emperors. The construction started when he was only 22, and it took 6 years to finish. It was completed in 1590. After he died, he was buried in Dingling with his two empresses. Your guide will give a detailed stories about the Ming dynasties history and tell the life story of the owner of this tomb.You will be amazed by the complicated burial culture in the Ming Dynasty  After the Dingling visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing where this wonderful private day trip concludes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Age under 3 is free to join
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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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Private Day tour to Longquing Gorge & Dingling Tombs
, Jul 2018
Susan was our tour guide & she was just awesome. We asked to add some things at the gorge & she took care of our every need & wish. I had my wife & two kids 15 & 10. This was the best tour we had during our stay in Beijing. If you book this tour ask for Susan!!!
Amazing tour with Albert. They met...
, May 2018
Amazing tour with Albert. They met us at the train station from our early sleeper train and took us for breakfast. Albert was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The gorge itself was stunning. We took a boat ride through before visiting a temple and then getting the toboggan back down so much fun!. The Ming Tombs were really interesting too. Really good tour if you want to see other parts of China, rather than just the city. Albert really went out of his way to make our day special, and was happy to take lots of group photos of us.

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