The Imperial Great Wall Sunset Hike (with
lunch and dinner)
1S4: From Forbidden City (or Summer Palace) to Simatai and Jinshanling, Great
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*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!
*On this hike
you will get the best of both Great Wall worlds, both majestically
restored wall, as well as wild and dramatic unrestored Wild Wall,
making the hike much more interesting than others.
tour the Forbidden City, which is perhaps China’s greatest single
attraction, and is the largest palace complex in the world. If
you've been to the Forbidden City, you can choose to go to the Royal
dinner are included.
While other companies bus you from section to section, Great Wall
Adventure Club lets you personally experience the majesty of the
Great Wall by allowing you to physically pass from one section to
the next. In contrast to driving across, this lets you see the
differences between the restored, maintained, section on one side
and the radically different "wild wall" on the other.
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.
Detailed Hiking Itinerary: (6 kms /4 miles
on the Great Wall)
guide will meet you at your hotel at around 8 am, and by
private minivan we will head to the Forbidden City. The
Forbidden City (known in Chinese as Gu Gong) is the
largest surviving palace complex and the former home of
the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden
City is one of the greatest attractions in the world.
Built by the third Ming emperor between 1406-1422, the
Forbidden City served as the official residence to the
Emperor of China until the last emperor, Puyi, was
forced to evacuate in 1924. The Forbidden City is
divided into two parts. The southern section, or the
Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme
power over the nation. The northern section, or the
Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family.
Consisting of 980 buildings and with 8,707 bays of
rooms, the Forbidden City is the best example of
classical Chinese architecture in the world, and is a
wonder to behold.
If you'd like to change your morning tour to Summer
Palace, we'll be more than happy to substitute with it.
After lunch at a nearby restaurant we will then drive
outside Beijing towards the Jinshanling Great Wall,
which will serve as the setting for our hike today.
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. After about 1.5-2 hours of hiking, we
will 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 peculiar.
After about 1-1.5 hours of hiking in west Simatai, you
will descend down the Great Wall. However, before we
climb down, we'll stay in order to view the sunset over
the Great Wall. This experience will be a nature lover's
delight, and is also a great opportunity for photos.
After climbing down the wall we'll have dinner at a
nearby guesthouse. We'll then drive back to Beijing, and
you will be dropped off back at your hotel in the
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Note: Please remember to bring your own snacks,
drinks, and lunch, as a lunch will not be provided on this hike.
Stuff you should bring with you:
* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to
have before lunch*
* Extra cash for driver/guide tips
* Don’t forget your camera!