Guaranteed camping inside the watchtower!
A few agents claim they can do so but that's not true. What they usually mean is that they may take you to the foot of the Great Wall to camp on the ground or to sleep at a guesthouse. Not us. For each participant (even children), we must pay a hefty relic preserving fee to the Great Wall administration office. This fee allows for you to camp on the Great Wall, hence why the price for this program is higher than most. Great Wall Adventure Club (GWAC) is the only company approved by the Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping for international guests. This is what sets us apart from other operators.
This concise package that combines a relatively easy hiking with a memorable camping on the Great Wall suits the needs of the visitors who are restricted by time or budget. No rush to wake up in early morning to start the tour after a late arrival in Beijing, you won't lose the opportunity to taste the walking on the original and unrestored Great Wall. You will be amazed at how the Great Wall snakes and winds its way across the countryside here. Even better, 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. Then the next morning, you are able to catch a morning flight away or take care of your business in Beijing.
Day 1: Catching the Sunset with Hiking in the Afternoon and Camping in the Watchtower or Beacon Tower like Warriors
10:30 am: We will meet you in your hotel lobby. Driving for 2.5 hours, you will arrive at Gubeikou section of the Great Wall 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. If you are physically strong, you can request for a 4.5-hour hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling for extra $49/person.
Gubeikou was a strategic fort to protect the capital in ancient times. Gubeikou, along with the passes at Shanhaiguan and Juyongguan, was a key strategic target in military campaigns since ancient times. Protecting these three passes 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. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died.
Serving as an important defense in the capital's protection, this section of the wall was built under rigorous supervision, and with strictly selected building materials. Therefore, it is undoubtedly the most magnificent, precipitous, and indestructible section of the Great Wall.
The vistas of the sinuous Wall snaking its way over the ridges of the Yanshan are breathtaking. This section of the wall meanders through the countryside and mountains, and you will be rewarded by the scenery this section, particularly with the fantastic sunset views. This experience will be a nature lover’s delight, and is also a great opportunity for photos.
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. For those of you curious about Great Wall camping conditions, please be advised that camping on the Great Wall is very rugged and adventurous, and you should expect a relatively low comfort level from what you're normally used to.
Day 2 Watching the Beautiful Sunrise
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 a continental breakfast, you will return to Beijing or go to the airport or train station to catch your next trip. The inbound traffic to Beijing in the morning is relatively smooth, you will get back to your hotel around 9 am.
* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast (delivered to your watchtower)
* 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
1 solo trip: $499
2 people: $289 each
3 people: $269 each
4 people: $249 each
5 people: $229 each
6 people: $219 each
7 people: $219 each
8 or more: $199 each
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 10:30 am from your hotel.
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