10:00 am. We will meet you at your hotel. You will arrive at the 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 somewhat 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 about what the original Great Wall was formed and designed to keep out hostile armies and why it is strategically crucial to Beijing's defense. Even in modern wars, the Great Wall was effectively used. Gubeikou was the battlefield in 1933 when the Chinese army fought against the 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. The history of the Great Wall here will impress you. The moderate gradients, flatter terrain, and less steep climb up and down make it an excellent 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 watchtower. 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.