on the Great Wall of China
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE
transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Four lunches, three dinners and three breakfasts (delivered to
your watchtower at no charge)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to
the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour
* Free membership card
* A credit of $20 when you reserve the next tour with us
There are no unscheduled or
mandatory shopping stops.
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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.
For more information about our travel insurance policy please
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Four-day Great Wall Trekking from Beijing to Tianjin
West-Huangyaguan in Tianjin
•You’ll have the option of sleeping overnight
in one of the watchtowers of the Great Wall, which is sure to be an
unforgettable experience! Watch the sunrise and sunset from the best
seat in the house!
•If you are looking for breathtaking views with
a relatively peaceful walk, then the Jinshanling-West Simatai Great
Wall hike is perfect for you. You’ll also get breathtaking views of
the sunset from the vantage point of the Great Wall. This will
without a doubt be one of the highlights of your entire China trip!
•Your private guide will be with you every step
of the way, ensuring that your tour is both safe and informative.
•Discover Taipingzhai, an often overlooked
section of Great Wall that is overlooked by most visitors, foreign
and domestic alike.
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-Jiankou-Mutianyu (L+D, 3.5 hours of hiking)
At about 8am you will be picked up from your hotel by your
English-speaking guide and driver. From there we will make the
approximate two-hour drive to the Great Wall at Jiankou.
In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path
for about 60 minutes to reach it. 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 scenery.
This part of the wall is often empty, so you will have some
peace and serenity on your hike today. 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. After our Great Wall hike we will drive to the
Great Wall at Jishanling where we will stay at a nearby inn for
Day 2: West
Simatai to Jinshanling (B+L+D, 3 hours of hiking)
Much of the hiking that we will do on
Jinshanling today is relatively easy, as the wall here is
partially restored and the surface is
smoother. Jinshanling has five main passes and 67 watchtowers.
Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is an enemy tower each of
which is about ten meters (33 feet) high. Featuring various
structures and having various functions, those watchtowers are
either one tiered or two-tiered. Among them, the most celebrated
are the Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers. The Wangjinglou
Tower, the General Tower, the Black Tower and the Taochun Tower
are also must-sees on the Jinshanling Great Wall.
Following lunch, we’ll cross over
into west Simatai. While the eastern portion of Simatai is
closed due to government maintenance and repairs, the western
section of the Simatai Great Wall is still open to hikers. The
Simatai Great Wall is separated into eastern and western halves
by a valley, with a rainbow-like chain bridge over the valley.
The hills in the west are sloping gently, with 20 watchtowers
remaining in good shape. The Simatai section of the Great Wall
is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of
the Great Wall. Incorporating a variety of characteristics of
other sections of the Great Wall, Simatai also displays some
unique features of its own. It is often described with the
following five words: perilous, dense, diverse, artful, and
Tonight you’re in for a real treat,
as we’ll be camping overnight on the Jinshanling Great Wall
itself! Our campsite will be located in one of Jinshanling’s
watchtowers, and you’ll have the perfect view from which to
watch the sunset over the Great Wall!
(B+L+D, 5 hours of hiking)
After we watch the sunrise over the
Great Wall, we’ll climb down the wall and drive to Gubeikou,
which connects to Jinshanling in the east. 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.
Gubeikou is completely unrestored,
covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and
design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the
wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is
as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. If the
weather is clear, you will be able to see the shimmering blue
lake of the Miyun Reservoir. There is a section on the wall that
is part of a military base, so you will be able to walk and
explore a quaint nearby local village while taking a detour and
re-enter the wall.
After a few hours on Gubeikou we’ll
pass into Jinshanling, where we will explore parts of the wall
here that we didn’t get to see yesterday. Following our time on
Jinshanling we’ll drive to an inn near the Huangyaguan Great
Wall, which will be the starting point for our final hike
Day 4: Taipingzhai-Huangyaguan-Beijing (B+L, 3 hours of hiking)
Our hike today will begin at
Taipingzhai, which is actually considered a part of the
Huangyaguan Great Wall. It is also called
Taipinganzhai, meaning "a village of peace and prosperity".
Starting from the Banlagang Mountain in the east and arriving at
Guafu Tower (Widow Tower) in the west, it winds through the
precipitous mountains for about 955 yards. The Taipingzhai
Great Wall is an important component of the Huangya(guan) Pass
of Great Wall. There are six watch towers, one battlement, and
one shortcut leading to the wall. The architectural styles of
the military towers vary considerably. There are square, round,
solid and hollow towers, with some inside and others outside the
wall. Beside the shortcut, there is a
small citadel where an 8.5-meter statue of Qi Jiguang, the chief
commanding officer of Ji Garrison (one of the eleven garrisons
in the Ming Dynasty) is located. The local people built this
statue in order to commemorate his great contribution to
frontier peace and stability in that period. To the west of the
citadel, a section of the wall extends 33 yards out to where a
sentry post was situated.
At the western end of the Taipingzhai
Great Wall is a square stone tower called Guafu Tower, "Widow
Tower" in English, built by twelve wives whose husbands died
during the construction of the wall in the Ming Dynasty. The
widows erected this tower to commemorate their husbands' notable
exploits. The tower has two levels and measures 13-meters
(14-yards) high. Arched arrow windows are on the four sides of
the tower. Besides these cultural points of interest,
Taipingzhai Great Wall is also famous for its amazingly
impressive scenery. Zigzagging along the mountain ridge for over
984 yards, the wall looks very much like a giant dragon flying
In the late morning we will
eventually make our way to Huangyaguan proper. The Huangyaguan
Great Wall 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. After about an hour’s walk we
will reach a peak overlooking the valley below. Form 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.
At about 2pm we will have completed
our trek on Huangyaguan, and we will begin the two-hour drive
back to Beijing. You will be dropped off at your hotel in the
later afternoon, thereby ending your tour with us.