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TOUR 12A: Devel Deep into the History for 12 Days

The Elite and Exciting Great Wall Experience for A Lifetime

The Great Wall of China, one of the world’s modern wonders, and one of the greatest technological achievements in all of mankind, has long held the imagination of writers, scientists, soldiers, and now of   course, travelers and adventurers. Within its countless bricks and watchtowers lies the boundless spirit of   Chinese civilization. When you walk on its sacred ground you will feel this spirit all around you. The fun and   excitement you get from exploring this marvel will stay with you for the rest of your life. That's why set out on a nearly two-week odyssey that will take you from the Great Wall's eastern most point, making our way slowly east back   towards Beijing. 

What You Will Get From This Experience

The longest Great Wall and the most comprehensive Great Wall tour that we offer.

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We've got you covered from the moment you arrive in Beijing, as pick-up and drop-off from the airport is included. Then, we'll set out on a nearly two-week odyssey that will take you from the Great Wall's eastern most point, making our way slowly east back towards Beijing. 

You'll also be able to take in numerous villages in the Chinese countryside, giving you an authentic look into Chinese society.

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Besides the Great  Wall you'll be taken to the East Qing Tombs, the final resting place for many emperors of China's last ruling dynasty, the Qing.

Day-by-day Great Wall Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Airport Transfer

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Upon your arriving at Beijing International Airport, your driver will hold a sign of Great Wall Adventure Club to meet you at the Starbucks as soon as you walk out of the Baggage Claim on the Arrival Level. He'll treat you a cup of coffee to welcome you to Beijing! After that, he will take you to the hotel we have booked for you.


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express or similar

Day 2: Beijing to Old Dragon's Head

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We will make the 4 hour drive to the Old Dragon's Head and Shanhaiguan Pass, the First Pass Under the Heaven. We will start our hike at Old Dragon’s Head, also known as Laolongtou. We will enter the Shanhaiguan Great Wall Museum, where we will learn about the history and military strategy of this section of wall, as well as displaying military relics. After dinner, you will tour the Old Town of Shanhaiguan. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Shanghaiguan Hotel or similar

Day 3: Jiaoshan Great Wall

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The Jiaoshan Peak is two miles away from Shanghaiguan. Though relatively diminutive in size, this is the first actual mountain the Great Wall passes heading west, and so is known as “the first mountain of the Great Wall.” Jiaoshan ancient wall provides you a sense of historical vicissitude. The wall appears more and more crumbled and deformed as you forge ahead. We will drive to Dongjiakou Great Wall and overnight there. 

 

Walk: 9 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Shanghaiguan Hotel or similar

Day 4: Dongjiakou Village

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Our goal is to complete Dongjiakou section of the Great Wall today. Dongjiakou is an important fortress that guards Shanhaiguan Pass. The Wall here 8.9 kms with the complete wall stretching for over 3 kms, a broken section of over 1.8 kma and the other sections being natural steep mountains without wall.   Apart from the castles, about 60% of constructions of Dongjiakou Great Wall including defense towers and beacon towers are still intact. 


Toward evening, we will drive to Huangyaguan for a sleep. Our hotel is located at the foot of the Great Wall called Huangyaguan Hotel.  


Walk: 10 kms

Hours: 4.5

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel or similar

Day 5: East Qing Tombs to Huangyaguan

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We will make the short trip to the East Qing Tombs.  which is among the finest, best-preserved and largest of the extant tomb complexes in China. Five emperors, four empresses, five imperial concubines, and one princess are arrayed based on the traditional concept of placing the most senior and most distinguished in the center.


We will also walk the Huangyaguan Great Wall and the fortress where there is a Bagua pattern, a specially designed labyrinth designed to confuse and entrap the enemy.  


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel or similar

Day 6: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

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Today we'll start with Peace Fort (Taipingzhai) that starts from Banlagang Mountain in the east and arriving at Guafu Tower (Widow Tower) in the west. There are six watch towers, one battlement, and one shortcut leading to the wall. 


Waking westward, we will get to the steepest segment of this section, the Huangya Sky Ladder. Stretching to the top of the ridge, this long stairway seemingly leads to the sky. Climbing over the ladder, we will reach the primitive Great Wall built in the Northern Qi Dynasty, marking the end of the  Huangyaguan section. 


We will drive to Jinshanling to sleep tonight. 


Walk: 8.5 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel or similar

Day 7: West Simatai-Jinshanling

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Our hike will start from Simatai, and we will make our way west along the wall into Jinshanling. This is the classic Great Wall that hikers are very thrilled about.  wall enthusiasts have done. The Wall runs from deteriorated wild state to the restored in the end to allow hikers to compare the differences between the two wall status. 


Tonight, we will camp on the Great Wall in an ancient watchtower. 

 

Walk: 8 kms

Hours: 3.5

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Camping on the Wall

Day 8: Jinshanling to Gubeikou

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Gubeikou is mostly Wild Wall. It was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty  (1368-1644). Stretching for about 25 miles (40 kilometers), there are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, 3 water passes, 3 barbarians, and 6 fortresses along it. 


In 1933, Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops at Gubeikou.  In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died.  You can see that Gubeikou is not merely a relic but it remained as a battlefield in modern world.  


We will transfer to Jiankou to sleep tonight. 

 

Walk: 10 kms

Hours: 4.5

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Miss-U-Much Hostel 

Day 9: Jiankou

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Jiankou is the part where the shape  of the mountain looks like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge   opening as its arrow nock. It 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 is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall   scenery.


Once we descend from the Great Wall we  will spend the night at a farmer’s inn. 

 

Walk: 9 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Laohe's Inn

Day 10: Jiankou to Mutianyu

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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. 


We will transfer to Huanghucheng to sleep. 

 

Walk: 11 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn



Day 11: Huanghuacheng Lakeside

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Huanghuacheng is the only section that sits besidethe lakes, so it is called Lakeside Great Wall. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you. The Hanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. The highest point of the wall is a   broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic  view of the whole valley. From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley. 


We will drive back to Beijing in late afternoon. 


Walk: 11 kms

Hours: 5

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L

Accommodation:  Holiday Inn Express or similar 

Day 12: The Forbidden City and Cultural Ride

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You may choose one of our exciting city tours to any of Beijing’s great sights and attractions. If you like you can visit the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace,   the three attractions that you shouldn't miss. Or, you can take a cultural tour of old Beijing's Hutong. It's your choice. This will give you an overview of Beijing folk culture and daily life. 


You'll sleep in Beijing for one more night. The next day, we will transfer you to the airport or train station for your next trip. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L 

Accommodation:  Holiday Inn Express or similar 


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Price Structure

1 person private: US$4279

2 persons: US$2579 pp

3 persons: US$2379 pp

4 persons: US$2099 pp

5 persons: US$1999 pp

6-9 persons: US$1899 pp

10+ persons: US$1679 pp


Early-bird discount (booking 6 months in advance): 10% off

Holiday discounts, seasonal discounts, and other special discounts available

 

CASH BACK

Write us your story of this 12-day trek by detailing your activities day by day. Send to us for a review. We will reward you up to US$200 cash. 

Included

* Free personal transfers from and to hotel/airport/train station and drop-offs
* Entry fees to the Great Wall sections
* Daily meals (when hiking on the Great Wall)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All other accommodation along the Great Wall
* Three nights of Beijing hotel
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of US$100 toward your next China national tour with us. 

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