The trip will start with a drive to the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng which is fast becoming popular with hikers, features classically restored brickwork and the way that it glides and bends across the mountainside. Situated along a lake, Huanghuacheng is a picturesque section of wall, so remember to bring your camera. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, a section of the Great Wall, a little known section of Great Wall that is unrestored, meaning that the “wild wall” starts to take hole. As we walk along the ruins of the wall here, you will get to see something truly special, the broken Great Wall running underwater.
8 am: Hotel pickup.
10:00 am: Arriva at Huanghuacheng. Start hiking to Xishuiyu from the lakeside. There is only 1 mile of the Wall that has been rebuilt. Walk four hours on the original Great Wall that 99% is in its original deteriorated status.
2:00 pm: Walk down from the lakeside Great Wall at Xishuiyu. Have a late lunch in a nice restaurant serving organic food.
5:00 pm: Arrive back at your hotel in Bejing.
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SERVICE OPTION 1: PLATINUM PACKAGE
Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets and meal. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
SERVICE OPTION 2: GOLD PACKAGE
Use our top-rated professional private transfer service and tour by yourself. You can pick Volkswagen Passat, Buick Minivan, or luxury Mercedes and BMW. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.
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In the morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel, and will be driven directly to Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower Town). After a short walk around the dam on the Huanghuacheng Reservoir, we will start our hike westward to Xishuiyu (West-water Pass). Going to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, you have four things to do at least.
First, you should take photos. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you. And the Huanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. Second, go to visit the chestnut garden under the Great Wall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The ancient chestnut trees still grow very well. Third, climb up the steepest section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Shibadeng. It is like a dragon, ready to fly into the blue sky. Fourth, look at Yaoziyu Castle. It was built in the Ming Dynasty, still well preserved. In the castle, there is an ancient Chinese scholar tree. It is said that touching it could bring you a blessing.
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. From here we will continue to trek westward, climbing towards the broken wall to our destination, a peak overlooking Xishuiyu Lake. It is here that we will stop for a filling and refreshing lunch that will replenish your energy. From our vantage point, we will see a real treat, the broken wall running underwater! From this point, the wall is in too bad a condition to walk, so we will follow a delightful mountain trail to Xishuiyu village, where we will drive back to Beijing, completing your tour.
Before we drop you off at your hotel, we will stop by the Olympic Park where you can take the pictures of the Birds Nest and the Water Cube.
Bike 2 hours around the Great Wall and 4 hours of hiking on the Wall.
Walk on the towering Great Wall in the evening sunset and look down on the tranquil lake below the mountains where the Great Wall is connected to the water, strolls through this picturesque realm.
Catch the sunrise and sunset on the Great Wall by sleeping in an ancient watchtower.
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