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Qinhuangdao Tour Package
Beijing-Beidaihe Bird-watching Tour

Highlights:

* Travel to Qinhuangdao, a beautiful seaport a hour away east of Beijing with China's fastest bullet train ride.
* You will visit sections of the Great Wall that are often missed by western tourists, so you will see why they are one of China’s best kept secrets!
* Hike Jiaoshan Great Wall, the Great Wall's first peak, and ascend Shanhaiguan, the "First Pass Under Heaven", one of the best-preserved passes of the Great Wall. Explore the Great Wall from its eastern-most point at Laolongtou (Old Dragon’s Head)
* Enjoy first-class bird watching in their natural habitat at 4 unique locations
Take some time to play and unwind at the beach-side resort town of Beidaihe, which is home to northern China’s most picturesque and splendid beach and coastline. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!

Itinerary

 (B=breakfast, L=lunch)

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 Beijing-Qinhuangdao (L)

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by your English speaking travel guide. Form your hotel we will drive to Beijing Train Station, where you will take the bullet train D1 (7:20am-9:19am) to Qinhuangdao. Qinhuangdao is an aged city with a long and rich history. It has a story in its name. In 215 BC, the first emperor of China, Emperor Qin went eastward. When he got here, he sent someone to go to the sea and search for immortals. Then the city got its name "Qinhuangdao", in which "huang" means emperor and "dao" refers to island. And thus it became the only city named after the title of an emperor.

It has abundant tourist resources including a section of the Great Wall, as well as beaches. The most important costal attractions are distributed along the sea. Among them, there are the ideal summer resort-Beidaihe and Shanhaiguan Pass, which is regarded as the "first pass of the world".

Upon arrival at the train station you’ll be met by your guide, and you will then be given a chance to freshen up. Afterwards, we’ll head to the to the Great Wall at Jiaoshan, which is to the east of the Great Wall at Shanhaiguan. It is named after Jiaoshan Mountain, which is the highest peak to the north of Shanhaiguan Pass and also the first mountain the Great Wall climbs up after Shanhaiguan Pass. Therefore Jiaoshan Mountain is noted as "The first mountain of the Great Wall". This section of the Great Wall was built during the reign of Emperor Hongwu (1328-1398) of the Ming Dynasty, and it extends about 1500 meters. You will have the ticket to take the chairlift to the top, after which you will then hike down the Great Wall.

In addition to the hike down, you will also have time to view some birds, as this is the first of 4 prime bird watching spots on the tour. If you are lucky, you may see some migrating birds. You are also encouraged to look for some mountains species here including Pere David's Laughingthrush, Chinese Hill Warbler, Yellow-streaked Warbler and more.

After your hike we’ll take a respite for a Chinese lunch, and then we’ll make our way to the Great Wall at Laolongtou (Old Dragon’s Head), which is the easternmost end of the Great Wall. Laolongtou extends 23 meters into the sea, much like a dragon drinking water, hence its name. This part of the Great Wall was first constructed in the 7th year of Wanli’s reign in the Ming dynasty (1579) and was largely repaired in the 7th year of Kangxi’s reign in the Qing dynasty (1668).

Following your time at Laolongtou, you will be taken to your beachside hotel at Beidaihe, which is probably northern China’s best beach. The long coastlines with soft sands and clear seawater have made it a perfect destination for sunbathing and swimming. Besides that, Beidaihe is also popular for its seafood cuisine and local snacks. You will have the rest of the day to explore the beach and its surroundings.

After your hike we’ll take a respite for a Chinese lunch, and then we’ll make our way to the Great Wall at Laolongtou (Old Dragon’s Head), which is the easternmost end of the Great Wall. Laolongtou extends 23 meters into the sea, much like a dragon drinking water, hence its name. This part of the Great Wall was first constructed in the 7th year of Wanli reign in the Ming dynasty (1579) and was largely repaired in the 7th year of Kangxi’s reign in the Qing dynasty (1668).

Following your time at Laolongtou, you will be taken to your beachside hotel at Beidaihe, which is probably northern China’s best beach. The long coastlines with soft sands and clear seawater have made it a perfect destination for sunbathing and swimming. Besides that, Beidaihe is also popular for its seafood cuisine and local snacks. You will have the rest of the day to explore the beach and its surroundings.

Day 2 Qinhuangdao-Beijing (B, L)

Following breakfast we’ll head for Dachaoping at Dove nest Park for bird watching. We’ll bird watch on the salty wetlands here for most of the morning or the day. You will see hungry migrants coming in off the sea as well ducks, waders, gulls and terns may be seen.

After lunch, we’ll head to the Lian Feng Peaks - another good bird watching spot. The Lianfeng Hill has two peaks covered by abundant green pines and cypresses. We’ll spend most of the afternoon at the hill for bird watching. You may see Green Sandpipers, Oriental Pratincoles, White-cheeked Starlings, Chinese Bulbuls, Forest Wagtail, Japanese Quails, and Black-faced Buntings.

You will have the rest of the day to further explore the beaches of Beidaihe and its surroundings. If you like you can go swimming, fly kites, rent a sand-buggy, it’s up to your discretion.

Day 3 Qinhuangdao-Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast and an early checkout from your hotel, we’ll head to the mouth of the Yang River (a fresh water wetland) for our final piece of bird watching. You may find Red-crowned Crane Spot-billed Ducks, Falcated Ducks, Oriental Turtle Doves, Common Crane, and Reed Parrotbills.

Following our visit we’ll have a Chinese lunch, and following lunch you’ll be taken to the local train station. You will take the D28 train (3:10pm-5:10pm) back to Beijing. You will be met at the Beijing Train Station by your guide and taken back to your hotel in the city, ending your tour.
 

 

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