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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE
* Personal transfers from and
to hotel/airport/train station
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts
* Accommodation for two nights
* Entry fees to Great Wall and Chengde Resort
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB100 when you reserve the next tour with us
There are no unscheduled or
mandatory shopping stops.
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you will be required to purchase our PICC (People's Insurance
Company of China) travel and accidental insurance.
The fee will be $7.99 per person, and will cover the duration of
your hiking/camping/trekking in order to ensure that you are
comprehensively protected if injured.
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Three-day Great Wall Hiking
Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou
Featuring Great Wall under Water
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of some of the Great Wall’s
busier sections, this tour lets you stretch out your feet and relax
while also experiencing some of the Great Wall’s most serene and
least touristy sections. This tour starts at Chengde, which served
as the summertime resort for many emperors of the Qing dynasty.
After touring the splendid Summer Resort and its surrounding
temples, we’ll start our hike from the Panjiakou to the Xifengkou
Great Wall. Set against the backdrop of a peaceful lake, this
virtually empty and unrestored section allows you a much more
intimate Great Wall experience than at most other sections. While
hiking Xifengkou you will get to witness a most extraordinary
thing-the Great Wall submerged under water!
1. To visit Chengde city (an imperial summer resort, of the Qing
dynasty), one of the historical and cultural highlights of China.
2. To see an under water section of the Great Wall.
Day-by-day Hiking Itinerary
Day 1: Beijing to Chengde:
Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM. You
will then head to
Chengde by private van. Once in Chengde you will
visit the Mountain Resort (known as the Bishushangzhuang in
Chinese), a vast imperial garden once used as the summer Retreat of
the Qing Dyanasty, and a UNESCO World heritage Site. The resort is
famous for 72 scenic posts, how many will you be able to find.
After lunch you will visit the Small Potala Palace (Putouzongsheng
in Chinese), which was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet. It
makes up one of the “Eight Outer Temples of Chengde”. At the palace
you can enjoy the fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architecture, and
marvel at the Buddhist sculptures and orange yellow-tiled roofs.
After visiting the palace you will be transported to your hotel where
you can enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening walk around the city
of the former summer retreat of the Qing emperors.
Day 2: Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall
will meet your guide at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM and drive
directly to the
Xifengkou Natural Resort, which is located 60km/37
miles northwest of Qinxi County, Hebei province. Upon arrival, you
will take a boat to the
Panjiakou reservoir. Where you can enjoy a
picturesque picnic lunch by the lake and the wall.
After lunch you will start your afternoon hiking on Xifengkou Great
Wall. For about 5km/1.5 miles. At the Xifengkou section you will
witness the unique spectacle of “the Great Wall under the water”.
The view of the flickering ancient Great Wall between mountains and
blue waves, the straight isolated watchtowers and beacon towers on
the peaks, and the green ranges of hills all will give you a feeling
of wonder and amazement.
That night you will rest up and recharge by staying in a local
farmer’s house. The farmer and family will prepare you a splendid
dinner, and it will also be a memorable experience to dine with a
local family. Be sure to get a good sleep, because you will have a
lot to see tomorrow!
Day 3: Xifengkou-Beijing (B+L)
After waking up at 7:00AM and having breakfast in the hotel, you
start climbing Xifengkou. There you will have the pleasure
of exploring some of the natural wonders of Beijing. The attractions
here rarely get crowded, and if there are tourists its mostly
Chinese ones, so this will feel truly more authentic than visiting
most of the sites in Beijing or more of the well-known sections of
Due to the construction of the
Panjiakou Reservoir, the main part of
the wall has been submerged by the rising water but it is still
dimly visible, which makes it a unique sight along the Great Wall.
Look down at the Xifengkou Great Wall from the top of the mountain
and you will see that it looks like a giant dragon zigzagging
through the water. We'll take a walk along the Xifengkou Great Wall
for two hours.
Afterwards we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at your hotel at
around 7:00 PM.