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Discovery Tour to Great Wall' Old Dragon's Head and the First Pass 

 

 
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

 

* Personal transfers between Beijing and Qinhuandao City
* Entry fees to the First Pass, Old Dragon's Head and Jiaoshan Great Wall section
* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast
* Professional drivers and English-speaking tour guide
* Overnight hotel accommodation by the First Pass
* Free membership card
* A credit of USD10 when you reserve the next tour with us

 

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Great Wall Discovery Adventure: Beijing-Old Dragon's Head and the First Pass
TOUR 2G: Discover the Eastern-Most Great Wall by the Ocean and Hike the First Pass and Unrestored Jiaoshan Section

 

 

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Highlights:


* Travel to Qinhuangdao, a beautiful seaport a hour away east of Beijing.
* 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)
* Take some time to play and unwind at the beach-side resort town of Beidaihe (right photo), which is home to northern China’s most picturesque and splendid beach and coastline
*Experience China's fastest high-speed bullet train at 300km/hr and witness China's economic growth.

 

 

Day-by-day Hiking Itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

 

Day 1 Beijing-Qinhuangdao (L, D)

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by your English speaking tour guide and driver with a private car. They'll take you to Qinhuangdao. The driving hours are around 4 hours.

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 arriving in Qinghuangdao , we'll have a gourmet Chinese lunch featuring local specialties. Afterwards, we’ll head to the to the Great Wall at Shanhaiguan. Known as the “First pass under heaven”, Shanhaiguan is considered the most important pass of the Great Wall. Built during the Ming Dynasty around 700 years ago, the pass city used to be an important defense against intrusions by the nomadic people from the north. The city was sandwiched by the Yanshan Mountains in the north and the Bohai Sea in the south, hence the name of Shanhaiguan meaning "Pass between Mountains and Sea' in Chinese. To the south of the ancient city is Laolongtou or Old Dragon's Head, and to the north is the Jiaoshan Great Wall.

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 Jiaoshan Great Wall Hike - Beijing (B, L)

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to the Jiaoshan Great Wall to the east of 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.

Unlike the newly restored wall, the Jiaoshan ancient wall provides you a sense of historical vicissitude. Walking on the dilapidated wall is a great challenge. The wall appears more and more crumbled and deformed as you forge ahead. In some sections, the wall is only built on one side, with the other side being the deep cliffs. In some sections, the mountain ridge is functioned as the wall, which is called by experts "mountain-supported wall". Watch your steps when you enter this zone. After a one-hour's difficult climb, you will arrive at Dapingding Peak, the main peak of Jiaoshan Mountain. You will get a panoramic view of the Changshou (Longevity) Mountain Scenic Area. To the south, you can see the full shot of Jiaoshan Great Wall and Shanhaiguan City, if weather permits, Laolongtou Great Wall and Bohai Sea can also be vividly recognized afar.

After your visit we’ll have a Chinese lunch. Following lunch you’ll take the highway to return to your hotel in the city, ending your discovery tour.
Stuff to bring on your trip:

* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses, and water
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
* Extra cash for drive/guide tips along with money for either cable car or toboggan ride
* Don’t forget your camera!

We have up to 13 different routes for overnight hiking and camping on the Great Wall!

Read complete itinerary of Route 2X: Forbidden City + Sleep in the Watchtower (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2AB: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Second Valley Hike & Camp (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2B: Huanghuacheng-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike 
Read complete itinerary of Route 2C: Chengde-Panjakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2D: Panjiakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2E: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2F:
Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou-Huangtuying hike

 

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