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ChinaBeijing and and the Great Wall exploration

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This 10 days tour will show you an authentic Beijing, an authentic China. As one of China's four ancient capitals, with its profound history of 3000 years and 20 million people, covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, Beijing is the cultural, political, and historical center of China. It is widely considered to be one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Let’s share a journey of explora...

This 10 days tour will show you an authentic Beijing, an authentic China. As one of China's four ancient capitals, with its profound history of 3000 years and 20 million people, covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, Beijing is the cultural, political, and historical center of China. It is widely considered to be one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Let’s share a journey of exploration which will ultimately invest in your life story! 


This program has been crafted for serious Great Wall enthusiasts who would like to experience the best parts of the wild Great Wall, but who has only limited time. This is a comprehensive Great Wall tour that we offer, combined Great Wall hiking and the historical sites in Beijing city center together as well nearby water town in Miyun with one day special experience in Gubei Water Town, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better constructed one at any other travel agency. 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Local population
    Local population
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

You will be met at Beijing International Airport by our CAT guide and transferred to a boutique hotel in central Beijing. Today you will have an opportunity to rest and recover from the long flight. In the late afternoon, there will be a briefing about the Great Wall Trekking in the following 7 days. Welcome dinner will be followed by that. 


Board : Dinner.

Visited:
Beijing
Accommodation
Floral Hotel Michael's House (Beijing)

Day 2: Beijing city tour

After breakfast, we will go to visit the Temple of Heaven which was the venue for the Ming and Qing emperors to offer sacrifices to the Heaven and pray for harvest. This temple was built in the 18th year during the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle in 1420. Then transferred to visit the famous Forbidden City, the symbol of China, also called Gu Gong. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

After lunch, take you to visit Summer Palace. Summer Palace located in a northwestern suburb of Beijing, it is an immense park containing some Chinese traditional architecture and arts. It was built and served as a royal garden during the Qing Dynasty. It exhibits the quintessence of the Chinese classical landscape gardening. The halls, the pavilions, the corridors, the pagodas, the bridges and the water were elaborately arranged. The long Corridor is one of the most exquisite structures in the garden. It is over 700 meters long and decorated with thousands of Chinese traditional paintings.  


Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visited:
Beijing
Accommodation
Floral Hotel Michael's House (Beijing)

Day 3: Wild wall hiking

After breakfast, check out the hotel and take 2-2.5hrs to the entrance of the wild wall on the border of the Yanqing County of Beijing and Huailai County of the Hebei and the beginning of our trek. Today we can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this idyllic spot in the absence of other tourists. This section of the wall was built up in the year of 1520 during the Ming Dynasty.

We have time to take in the intriguing rock formations of the wall before trekking to view a huge dilapidated water gate. We stop for some lunch before continuing in the afternoon trekking through canyons and across fields, gradually climbing until we have the wall on one side and the ancient village of Dayingpan on the other. Here we have a chance to meet some of the local villagers and take in traditional life before trekking back to our awaiting coach. Then take 50mins drive to tonight’s lodging place. 

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Visited:
Beijing
Accommodation
Shiguang Great Wall Boutique Hostel (Beijing)

Day 4: Badaling Great Wall

This morning, we will take a short drive to the start point of today’s trek – ruined Badaling Great Wall. As its name hints, this section of the Great Wall is partially restored and more adventurous, while not being easy to climb. After about 2-3 hours of hiking, we’ll cross over into Shixiaguan (Stone Gorge) Pass, 5km southwest of the Badaling section of the Great Wall. It is one of the most intact parts of the whole Great Wall.

In spite of serious damage, the winding wall set in the lofty mountains reveals its grandeur. However, a castle in Shixiaguan was pulled down during the Great Leap Forward. Nevertheless, the wall remains relatively intact because of its strategic location. Shixiaguan Pass was originally built in the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli (about 1600 AD), which was then a key pass guarded by a large number of soldiers. There are sites such as official residences, the ancient castle, clay walls and brick walls in the village. After another 2-3 hours of hiking, we’ll walk down the Great Wall and have a late lunch. Then we'll drive back to the hotel. 

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  

Visited:
Beijing, Hebei
Accommodation
Shiguang Great Wall Boutique Hostel (Beijing)

Day 5: Camping on the wall

This morning, after check out the hotel, a scenic drive of about 2 hours takes you to Wohushan section of the Great Wall for 2 hours hiking. Wohushan (otherwise called Crouching Tiger Mountain) Great Wall snakes its way over the ridges of the rocky mountains of Wohushan, so named because two distinct peaks resemble a pair of tigers, one looks up and the other bends down. The Wall winds through Wohu Shan for 13.6 kilometer; along the way, 20 towers decked its spine. Our hike will cover part of them. This is the Wall which is not seen by tourists! After a late lunch, take a short drive to Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, trek 3hrs to tonight’s camping site. The hike will take us to a military area along the Wall, which we must bypass. We will take a pleasant diversion to a friendly village where will be our tonight’s camping site.  

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  

Accommodation: camping on the Great Wall.

Visited:
Beijing, Gubeikou,

Day 6: Short drive to Gubei Water Town

We will be up before sunrise to catch the sun throwing soft morning light onto the Wall itself, great for pictures! Simple breakfast will be followed, then we will continue to hike from our camping site eastward to Jinshanling section of Great Wall. The panoramic view is wonderful – partway along the hike. After a 2.5 hours hike, we will arrive at Shayukou Tower, you could down to the bottom of Jinshanling Great Wall through a mountain path. From here, for the participants with good physical strength, they could continue to hike 2.5hrs eastward to Erchu ( Wuyan tower), where we could enjoy a good view of Simatai Great Wall and overlook the surrounding. Then we will down to meet the driver in the parking lot at the bottom of Jinshanling.

Take a short drive to Gubei Water Town, check in the guest house and have a rest.  


Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visited:
Beijing, Jinshanling,
Accommodation
Night in Hotel Gubei WaterTown (Gubeikou)

Day 7: The Gubeikou Great Wall

Today is left free for us either to climb to the top of Simatai Great Wall for the panoramic view of the whole area, or to explore the Watertown and take part in some culture activities(e.g. learining tie-dye, kite painting, need to be booked ahead of time).

The Gubeikou Great Wall was built along the precipitous mountain ranges, rising and falling at various sections. Simatai, built on a cliff, is extremely steep. A famous Great Wall specialist said: "The Great Wall is the best of Chinese architecture, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall."

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visited:
Beijing, Gubeikou
Accommodation
Night in Hotel Gubei WaterTown (Gubeikou)

Day 8: The Jiankou section of the Wall

This morning, after check out the hotel, our guide and drive will transfer you to Jiankou section of the Great Wall. We will spend the day on the Jiankou section of the Wall, recognized as one of most beautiful parts of the “Wild Wall” near Beijing, and much-loved by photographers. Not visited often by “typical” tourists, this section is really rough and broken.

One highlight is the enemy observation tower known as, "Ying Fei Dao Yang", so named because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the area, and eagles and hawks often perch on it. Although the majestic wall is slowly being conquered by small trees and brambles, the view from the top is still stunning! Taking the chairlift down to the bottom of Mutianyu Great Wall. Drive to tonight’s accommodation place, check in and have a rest.  

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Accommodation: Escape Split House.

Visited:
Beijing, Jiankou, Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 9: Farewell Peking duck dinner

After breakfast, take a short drive to the start point of the hike.

Enjoy a late lunch and drive back to Beijing downtown, check in the hotel and have a short rest. This evening will be more exciting. First of all, we will have a farewell Peking duck dinner - the capital's most famous dish. Once imperial cuisine, now the legendary duck dish is served at restaurants around the world.

Then we will go to Beijing Temple Theatre to watch a Chinese opera performance. Highlight: before the start of the show, We can go to the backstage to look actor makeup process. The Beijing Temple Theatre which we will watch the opera is the living fossil of China's ancient opera towers. 


Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Visited:
Beijing, Jiankou, Mutianyu Great Wall, Huairou
Accommodation
Floral Hotel Michael's House (Beijing)

Day 10: Departure day

Free in the morning, then we will transfer to Beijing International Airport for our return international flights.

(According to your departure time, our agency is happy and ready to prepare activities just for you

Or extend your trip because you wish to continue the adventure!) 


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Beijing

Beijing Hebei Gubeikou Jinshanling Jiankou Mutianyu Great Wall Huairou

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
November 2019 to February 2020 $2,500
March 2020 to April 2020 $2,580
May 2020 to October 2020 $2,690

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip  creation with an expert local agent

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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