Great Wall One-day Hike
from Jiankou to Mutianyu (With Lunch)
TOUR 1B: Jiankou to Mutianyu forruggedness
and wild beauty to breathtaking views
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*This is a great hiking trip that is fun for the whole family!
It includes both unrestored and rugged “Wild Wall” along with
tastefully restored wall, making it a perfect hike for comparison
and understanding more about the true Great Wall.
This tour is an amateur photographer’s dream. Maybe you can sell the
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Here is Jiankou!
*You'll have a unique opportunity to visit a
local farmer's house at the foot of Great Wall. You'll be shocked to
how those farmers are still living in poverty despite China's
economic growth. These farmers are the lost children of China's
after the hike is provided with traditional
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
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.
"Jiankou-Mutianyu guide was very
polite and a very good person, he was always attentive to our needs
and was always paying attention to everything so that we didn′t have
any complaint, very remarkable service." –James Mellor, Canada For more
testimonials, please clickhere
Great Wall Sunset
Hike G5 -
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Jiankou-Mutianyu One-day Trip
Overview (10 kms /7 miles
on mountain, 3 - 4 hours
While this hike will be a bit
long, it will easily be the highlight of your time in China. For those
of you who feel the need to stretch their legs after being cooped up in
an office in Beijing (or wherever you may be from), this is the perfect
opportunity to get some exercise and adventure, while also having loads
Because everyone one of us have
different abilities and limits when it comes to hiking, our
well-trained tour guides will make sure you get the
most out of your Great Wall experienceby
accompanying you throughout the journey.
Please note while this hike is
not overly difficult, there are some points where the hike gets a little
challenging. The challenges mostly include narrow and small steps, along
with at times some very steep climbing. For those of you who have
knee or lower leg problems, you might want to consider the leisurely and
first-time hiker level. If you are under the age of 8 or over the age of
70, you should also strongly consider the leisurely and first-time hiker
British Airways 2011 Charity Excursion at
Jiankou and Mutianyu
DetailedJiankou-Mutianyu Hiking Itinerary
day usually begins at 8:30 AM. Your guide and driver will pick you
up at your hotel. We will drive by a private van to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall and start hiking to
The Great Wall at Jiankou is located in the
district of Huairou, about 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing.
Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in Ming
Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is
regarded as one of the most dangerous sections of the Ming’s wall.
For your safety, we are taking the path that is not dangerous but
Before climbing the mountain, we'll first take
a brief visit to a local village called Xizaizhi at the bottom
of Jiankou Great Wall. We'll have the unique opportunity
to see this typical village where Chinese farmers
have been living for hundreds of years, using the same farming
methods and inhabiting the same traditions and folk customs that
have been passed down for generations upon generations. They still
keep what they've been using for farming and living. You can visit
their house and yards and you can chat and take photos with them. As
you know, 80% of the Chinese living in this land are from the
countryside and a large percentage of the population is still living
in poverty. "EUROPEAN cities with an African countryside" is how a
report published in China this month describes the gap between
booming Beijing and the nearby "belt of poverty" in Hebei Province
around them - Most Great Wall sections are located in Hebei
saying "Good-bye!" to the village grandma, we'll
start our hike just from the entry path opposite to the village. In order to hike on
Jiankou, first we have to
climb up this path for about 40-60 minutes to reach it. Our hike
today will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles. 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.
We'll start from Zhengbeilou (see photo above)
where is the best place to take photos. This part of the wall is
often empty, so you will have some peace and serenity on your hike
today. Another highlight of Jiankou is the
enemy observation tower known as, "Ying Fei Dao Yang", so named
because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the area,
and eagles and hawks often perch on it. Although the majestic wall
is slowly being conquered by small trees and brambles, but the view
from the top is still stunning! However, it is pretty far from
Zhengbeilou to see "Ying Fei Dao Yang" clearly.
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 and UK Prime Minister John Major visited Mutianyu on one of
their 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. We will then drive back to Beijing and drop you off at
your hotel. This trip can be taken at any point in the year. Even in
winter the snow-covered wall makes for perfect scenery.
It takes about 2 hours to drive back to Beijing
from Mutianyu. Before that, we'll stop by a Chinese restaurant to
treat you a lunch with traditional stir fries and rice. If you are
vegetarian, there is no problem. We'll order special dishes for you.
Finally, your guide will you send you back to your hotel by 5
pm or earlier depending on the traffic.
Mutianyu Toboggan (German technology)
Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu
(extra for just RMB50 or $9, same as cable
You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan down
from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill. You can
ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it is also a
driving test. One person to a toboggan, you have a little
handle with which you press down to go faster and pull up to
stop. But if you are not intentionally pushing it, it will
slow down anyway. "It is funny when we Westerners are on
there, because we like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese
(read a lot quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of
locals shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious.
Go on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge
People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully. Can
Stuff to bring on your hike:
* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen, flashlight, hat and sunglasses
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before
* Extra cash for drive/guide tips along with money for either cable car or
* Don’t forget your camera!
Cost of A Private Tour Includes:
The price includes entrance fees to all the
three parts of the Wall, the car and the guide fee.
It does not include water, snacks, personal items, tourist Insurance
(RMB30/pax) , cable car (gondola) or other extra cost for unforeseen event.
We use our best vehicle for such a private excursion.