Four-day Trekking on the Great Wall
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE
transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall and East Qing Tombs
* Four lunches, three dinners and three
* Accommodations for three nights.
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB150 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 $5 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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Four-day Great Wall Trekking & Hiking around Beijing
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle from
Beijing, then this is the tour for you. You’ll be spending much of
your time here out in the serene and peaceful Chinese countryside.
The program starts with a visit to the East Qing Tombs, which serves
as the final resting place for many emperors of China’s last ruling
dynasty, the Qing. Then we’ll start our Great Wall hiking on
Huangyaguan, a section that serves as a great lesson on Great Wall
architecture as this section is designed to be a miniature
representation of the entire Great Wall. After hiking some
unrestored Great Wall section (which offer some pretty breathtaking
views), we’ll conclude this program with a hike from
Jinshanling, which combines natural unrestored Great Wall and
tastefully restored Great Wall. For those amateur photographers
looking for some epic Great Wall shots, then this is right up your
1. Exploring the best of the Beijing portion of the
2. Seeing amazing panoramas and vistas that can only be seen by hiking
3. Seeing a section of the wall which exemplifies the entire wall in
architecture, scenery, ruggedness, and military importance.
4. All meals are included!
Our Great 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 reasons
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.
Day-by-day Hiking Itinerary
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Day 1: Beijing-East Qing Tombs-Huangyaguan (B+L+D, 1.5 hours of hiking)
Your English-speaking guide will come to pick you up from your hotel at about 7:30am. From there we will make the short trip to the East Qing Tombs. The Eastern Qing Tombs is among the finest, best preserved and largest of the extant tomb complexes in China. Along the south side of Changrui Mountain, the tombs of five emperors, four empresses, five imperial concubines, and one princess are arrayed based on the traditional concept of placing the most senior and most distinguished in the center.
Of all the tombs, Xiaoling is the biggest and most elaborate, standing as the focal point of the entire structure. The grandeur of this tomb may be attributed to its having been the first sepulcher constructed for a member of the royal family of the Qing Dynasty, so the builders hoped to set the tone for a prosperous future. Crossing through the Great Red Gate, you can see buildings of different sizes, all with roofs of yellow glazed tile, connected by the brick paths or 'sacred ways' that converge in the area of Xiaoling.
An example of the most exquisite architecture of the Eastern Qing Tombs is Dingdongling, the tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi. Although she handled affairs of state for more than 45 years, she never ascended the throne. (The only female ruler in Chinese history was Empress Wu Zetian in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Elaborate and highly refined decorations and carvings inside Dingdongling make it unique among the tombs of the Qing Dynasty. The main material used in the tomb, which took six years to build, was gold, the symbol of the imperial family.
Shortly after lunch we will drive to a small village, where we will start our afternoon hike on the Great Wall on Huangyaguan. It is designed as a miniature of the entire Great Wall of China, thereby allowing you get an understanding of the entire wall in a fraction of the time. The entire section is built on an abrupt mountain ridge. Being endowed with both natural beauty and cultural interest, it has become famous as a natural beauty spot and summer resort.
After about an hour’s walk we will reach a peak overlooking the valley below. From the peak we can also see the Huangyaguan Fortress, which was restored in 1984. From this vantage point, we will be able to see its Baguan pattern, a specially designed labyrinth designed to confuse and entrap the enemy. We will then walk down to the fortress for a fascinating and informative visit inside.
For that evening we will stay in a local hotel called the Huangyaguan Great Wall Hotel.
Please make sure that you wear long-sleeves tomorrow.
2: Huangyaguan- Qianganjian #2 Village (B+L+D, about 4-5 hours hiking)
Huangyaguan is situated in a beautiful valley in the heart of the Yanshan Mountains. We start our walk heading up the steep renovated steps towards what appears to be a sheer cliff face. This is where we encounter "Heavens Ladder", a steep climb of over 200 steps leading us up to the cliff face. Once we have caught our breaths, the path continues gradually up to the top of the ridge and once again to the old Wall, which follows the contours of the mountain.
We’ll drop down into the nearby valley and clamber along the Wall as it gradually descends to the valley below. Afterwards we’ll meet our waiting bus and drive to Qianganjian village. We’ll spend the evening in the village. We’ll spend the
evening in the village.
Qianganjian – Sanjiebei – Jinshanling (B+L+D, 3-4 hours of hiking)
After breakfast, we will make our way west along the wall into Jinshanling. This is the classic Great Wall hike that most Great Wall enthusiasts have done. Unlike most hikers, we will take this popular route in the opposite direction. At first we will encounter deteriorated “Wild Wall” and the hiking will be a little steep. But as we make our way west the wall will gradually turn into a more restored state, and the hiking will get progressively easier. The hike today allows you to compare the differences between the two wall types, and this is both highly enjoyable and informative.
After reaching Jinshanling we will drive to the
a farmer's hostel at the foot of the wall, where we will stay the night. We will have dinner around 7 either at the hotel or a local restaurant.
Day 4: Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Beijing (B+L+D, 4-5 hours of hiking)
After an early morning breakfast we
will be driven to the Gubeikou
Great Wall. At Gubeikou, we’ll get started on our
trek. The Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a strategically important
location, which is difficult to access. Situated between Shanhaiguan
Pass and Juyongguan Pass, and about 62 miles to Beijing, it is the
bastion protecting the northern gateway to the capital.
There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16
strategic pass, three citadels and many other military
constructions. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the
Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower,
General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower. We’ll hike until we
reach the landmark of the General Tower. We will have lunch on the
wall, and the countryside in front of us will provide the perfect
backdrop. In the afternoon we will cross over into
The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the
best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original
features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater
and Lesser Jinshan (‘Gold Mountain’) Ranges. The Jinshanling
Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming
Dynasty (1368-1644), and in 1567 and 1570 rebuilding of the Wall
was mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang (1528-1588). Poems and
tablet writings can be found on the Jinshanling Great Wall left
from the time when Qi Jiguang directed the rebuilding of this
section of the Great Wall. There are more than 100 watch towers
along the Jinshanling Great Wall. ‘Watching Beijing Tower’ is on
the highest point, from which you can see Beijing. The
Jinshanling Great Wall is second only to the Badaling Great Wall
in its completeness.
We'll finish our 3-day adventure here and
drive back to Beijing. Congratulations!