Three-Day Hiking and
on the Great Wall
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE
transfers from and to your hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts.
* Two nights of accommodation in local hostels
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB100 when you reserve the next tour with us
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If you currently don’t have travel insurance then
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
Route 3X1: Jiankou-Mutianyu-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Shixiaguan-Badaling
This three day
program crams a lifetime of Great Wall memories
in just 72 hours! You’ll be taken on two of the
trendiest Great Wall hikes as well as
experiencing Badaling, which is perhaps the most
popular and most-photographed section of the
Jiankou-Mutianyu is fast becoming the most popular
Great Wall hike, and it’s pretty easy to see why.
Dramatic ruins, unrestored Great Wall, amazing
views, sweeping peaks and valleys, tastefully
restored brickwork and watchtowers-Jiankou-Mutianyu
has everything you could ever want in a Great Wall
hike. With Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, you’ll get to
witness the rarest of sights-the Great Wall
This hike concludes with a visit to
Shixiaguan-Badaling. Badaling, which has played host
to countless world leaders during their official
China visit, is probably the most famous section of
Great Wall, and was the first to be open to the
public. However, we will get to hike on the
unrestored portion of Badaling, which will make for
a much more interesting and memorable experience.
In just three days experience all the different
aspects of the Great Wall: unrestored “Wild Wall”,
restored brickwork and watchtowers, and even the
Great Wall underwater!
Hike the unrestored section of Badaling, a fun and
challenging section of Great Wall that is often
overlooked by Chinese visitors
You’ll have your very own guide and driver,
ensuring that your hike is both safe and fun
All meals included!
Wall hiking is a private service. What this means is
that you can hike on the Great Wall at any time at
your convenience. If you would
much rather be part of a
group for the experience for economic and social
we'll check to see if there are more signups for the
same date as your own. We'll keep you updated
whenever there are more. If you would like to keep
your tour a private one, please let us know and
we'll assign you a guide and driver.
(The following day-by-day
schedule may swap with the concern of weather or availability of
accommodation in the Great Wall villages on certain dates)
Day 1: Beijing- Jiankou-Mutianyu (B+L appx. 10km/6miles 3-4 hours)
In the late morning you will be picked up
from your hotel and will be driven to the Great Wall at
In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path
for about 60 minutes to reach it. Our hike will
today will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles.
Jiankou is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, for the shape
of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge
opening as its arrow nock. The Jiankou
section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you
will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we
reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a
panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning the
view is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall
is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of
the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it
is from Jiankou. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall
From Jiankou we will cross over onto
Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored.
Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of
tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking
views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your
right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the
mountain encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman
Mao”. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign
leaders and celebrities (former U.S. President Clinton visited
Mutianyu on one of his trips to China).
You can hike down to the parking lot, take
a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and
lots of fun!) down to meet our driver, who will drive us to our
inn for the night. Tonight, we'll overnight in a village called
Huanghuacheng Village. We'll stay in a “farmotel” called "Good
Fortune Restaurants & Lodge" which has been approved by Great
Wall Adventure Club and which is located at the foot of the
Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
Mutianyu Toboggan (German
|Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu
You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan
down from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill.
You can ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it
is also a driving test. One person to a toboggan, you
have a little handle with which you press down to go
faster and pull up to stop. But if you are not
intentionally pushing it, it will slow down anyway. "It
is funny when we Westerners are on there, because we
like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese (read a lot
quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of locals
shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious. Go
on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge
People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully.
Day 2: Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu (B+L,
We will wake up at 7:30AM with breakfast at
the hotel. We will then continue our trek, this time from
Xishuiyu. Huanghuacheng, like Jiankou, is fast
becoming popular with hikers and tourists who are looking for
something a little different in their Great Wall experience. The
wall here is a combination of both restored and unrestored
areas, giving your hike a little more variety and adventure.
When you reach the middle of the wall you will be able to see
that the countryside is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild
flowers come into bloom. We will then cross over onto the
Today’s hike is quite special-part of the
wall is under water! In 1974 China built the Xishuiyu Reservoir,
and when the water level rose, some low-lying sections of the
wall were submerged under water. Seen from the dam of the
reservoir, this stately sunken wall is still visible under the
water’s smooth and glimmering surface.
Following our hike today our driver will
take us back to a hostel near Badaling area to prepare for
Day 3: Ruined Badaling-Shixiaguan-Beijing (B+L,
After an early morning breakfast we
will be driven to the Badaling Great Wall. The ruined
Badaling Great Wall (now officially named “Ancient Badaling
Great Wall”) is 10km southwest of the restored Badaling
Great Wall. So, as its name hints, this section of the Great
Wall is partially restored and more adventurous, while not
being easy to climb. Its hikers are mainly foreign travelers
instead of domestic travelers, who prefer hiking at the
restored Badaling Great Wall.
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 to drive back into Beijing at
about 5 -6 pm. You will be dropped off at your hotel, ending