See both the Wall built 2,000 and 400 years ago with 10kms /6 miles on the mountain, 4.5 hours of walking in the winding wooded countryside and rugged terrain.
Rated as the top-seller Great Wall hiking of the past five years, this program still offers all that you would expect from a premium Great Wall experience. You get the classically restored and graceful peaks of the Jinshanling, and the unrestored “wild wall” of Gubeikou (which takes the place of Simatai). This makes for a wonderful lesson on the uses and purpose of the Great Wall, as the sections here were placed at a highly strategic point to keep out northern invaders. Not being nearly as crowded as other Great Wall section, this Great Wall hike is an excellent way for a family to spend a day at the Great Wall!
Your tour guide and will pick you up anywhere in Beijing, probably between the times 7:30 - 8:30 am. We will drive directly to the Gubeikou Great Wall. The drive should take a little over 2.5 hours.
Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a strategically important location, which is difficult to access. Situated between Shanhaiguan Pass and Juyongguan Pass, and about 62 miles to Beijing, it is the bastion protecting the northern gateway to the capital. There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic pass, three citadels and many other military constructions. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower, General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower.
Today we will hike for around 10 km/6 miles. Gubeikou is completely unrestored, covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the shimmering blue lake of the Miyun Reservoir.
Much of the hiking that we will do on Jinshanling (right photo) today is relatively easier than Gubeikou, as the wall here is partially restored and the surface is smoother. Jinshanling has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters (33 feet) high. Featuring various structures and having various functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered. Among them, the most celebrated are the Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers. The Wangjinglou Tower, the General Tower, the Black Tower and the Taochun Tower are also must-sees on the Jinshanling Great Wall. Each tower has its legend. Legend has it that the stone bars used to build the Wangjinglou Tower were carried to the mountaintop by Er Lang Shen, the nephew of the Jade Emperor. The general tower was named to commemorate Wu Guihua, a heroine who sacrificed herself to resist northern invader's invasion in the Ming Dynasty. The Black Tower and the Taochun Tower were christened to commemorate two girls, Heigu and Taochun, who made great contributions to the construction of the Great Wall.
At the end, we will l stop by a local farmer's restaurant nearby with a late lunch before we return to Beijing. You will be dropped off back at your hotel in the early evening.
PRICES & DISCOUNTS
The prices are determined according to your needs and preference. Private tour and group tour are both possible. Seniors, children, veterans and students will receive additional discounts. Other seasonal and holiday discounts are also available. Please contact us for pricing request the price and discounts via the form below or visit our Facebook page.
The red-shade is the area is where this tour covers. We will drive about 2 hours on a highway from Beijing to the Great Wall. Typically we will leave at 8 am from your hotel.
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