This entry-level overnight program catches the most precious views of the oldest parts around Beijing - Gubeikou and Jinshanling. Rather than getting yourself sweaty, you have plenty of time to watch and take away the breath-taking panoramic views. You will be amazed at how the Great Wall snakes and winds its way across the countryside here. The highlight of this trip is the night tenting in a famous original watchtower on the Great Wall. Tonight you will be a warrior that guards Beijing. The walk is not very demanding during this hike. The program was designed to suit all including children and seniors.
Can you imagine this beacon you're camping at is the command post of the generals who fought countless battles that year? It was on this wild Great Wall that the guards encamped, camped in the beacon, and did not sleep a day in peace. Today, we have camping tents and sleeping bags for you to be a warrior guarding Beijing. Your camping is legal and safe. We have everything ready for you. Please look forward to the enchanting sunrise tomorrow morning.
We'll leave Beijing at 10 am. Drive 2 hours to Gubekou where you will first enjoy a delicious lunch at the foot of the Great Wall. Gubeikou is the battlefield in 1933 when Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion. You will visit the General's Tower ich was the Chinese army's headquarters in the battles. The Wall here is now a relic with 100% untouched. Camping on the Great Wall will be the highlight of the day!
The typical sunrise time is around 5 am in summer or 7 am in winter. You won't want to miss the moment. After you complete your sunrise watching and good rest, we'll walk from Jinshanling to West Simatai. Those two sections offer a perfect example of the transition of the Great Wall state from the original to the rebuilt. We'll return to Beijing in the afternoon.
PLATINUM PACKAGE from USD $359/person (4-person group)
Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets, camping setup, and meals. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
GOLD PACKAGE from USD $259/person (4-person group)
Private tour with our local Chinese-speaking guide who can use a translation app. with private transfers. You'll have the professional transfer service with our driver. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.
* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of $10 when you reserve the next tour with us
We did not book our trip ahead of time and were only in Beijing for 2 days. This seemed to be the only company that we were able to book the day before. The price was comparable to most all others and reviews seemed good, so we gave it a shot. Our guide made sure that we had water and let us prepare ourselves at our own pace. He offered to take plenty of pictures when needed, but was not intrusive. After we walked around for a while and he explained the history of the Great Wall, he asked if we would like him to show us around the wall more, or if we would like to venture on our own. The Great Wall was absolutely beautiful and we were lucky enough to have clear skies. What an amazing experience!!
- andymar5280 Experienced September 2016.
10:00 am. We will meet you in your hotel. You will arrive at Gubeikou section of the Great Wall in 2.5 hours to start your hike in the afternoon. Upon arriving, you will walk for 2 hours to learn the grandeur of the Great Wall of its original state. With relatively flatter terrain and zero crowds, the route we take for this short hike is relatively less challenging and suitable for seniors and young children and those who are adventure beginners.
Protecting the Gubeikou pass was considered vital for keeping Beijing safe from the Mongolian nomads. The Gubeikou hike is to satisfy your curiosity of what the original Great Wall was formed and designed to keep out hostile armies and why it is strategically important to the defense of Beijing. Even in the modern wars, the Great Wall was effectively used. Gubeikou is the battlefield in 1933 when Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion.
With the entire section being remained a relic of the Great Wall, no part of Gubeikou has been restored. When you seek the original beauty of the Great Wall, Gubeikou is the right place. Not only is the history of the Great Wall here will impress you, the moderate gradients, flatter terrain and less steep climb up and down makes it a great choice for the beginners.
After viewing the sunset, you will climb down and have dinner at a nearby farm inn where you will enjoy delicious Chinese stir-fry with rice for your dinner. Then, before it gets dark, you will go up to the mountain and sleep overnight in a watch tower. We will prepare the necessary camping facilities such as sleeping bags so you don't have to bring anything but yourself. Here it is the sound sleeper's paradise - let the mountain valley and the Great Wall echo your snoring sound.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Accommodations: Camping on Great Wall
If camping is not your choice, you may overnight in a home inn at the foot of the Great Wall.
Waking up at about 5 am in the summer or 6:30 am in the winter, you will meet the magnificent sunrise from the Great Wall. Take a lot of pictures and videos! After having continental breakfast, you will be transferred Jinshanling to start today's hike. It will be about 2.5-3 hours.
Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan (‘Gold Mountain’) Ranges. The Jinshanling Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. As there are relatively few tourists at Jinshanling Great Wall, it is a good place to explore on foot.
This section of the Great Wall is renowned as the “Paradise of Photographers.” The majority of China’s published pictures or paintings are based on the magnificent appearance and exhilarating scenery. Use your cameras to take the beauty home!
You will be treated a gourmet lunch locally before returning to Beijing in the afternoon.
Meals: Lunch in a Great Wall restaurant
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Camp at Huanghuacheng, perfectly back-dropped with a two lakes. Sleep in our newest camping tower on the Great Wall.
Pay a historical tour to the Royal Palace during the day and sleep inside a watchtower where soldiers defended the imperial family.
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