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.
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.
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 request the price and discounts through 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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