At about 8 am, your English-speaking tour guide, and driver will pick you up from your hotel, and from there, we will drive to Beijing’s premier attraction, the Forbidden City. Known in Chinese as Gu Gong, the Forbidden City is the largest surviving palace complex and the former home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City is one of the most fantastic attractions in the world.
After our tour, we will walk across the street to China’s political nexus, Tiananmen Square. The largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square, is seen as China’s political center.
We’ll then have lunch before driving over to the Olympic Park, the center of the event that captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008 and is where most of the Olympic events took place. The highlights that you will see today include the Bird’s Nest (officially known as the Beijing National stadium) and the Water Cube (the Beijing National Aquatics Center). The place will be used again in February 2022 Winter Olympics,
At about 2:00 pm, we’ll begin our drive to the Great Wall at Gubeikou, and we should arrive there at about 4 pm. You will witness how the wall twists and winds along with the steep mountain range from the Wall here. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. You will also have the opportunity to watch the sunset fall over the Great Wall, a thrilling sight indeed!
At about 6 pm, we’ll climb down from the wall to have dinner at a local farmer’s house. The meal will be as almost as authentic a Chinese dinner as you can have. Then we’ll climb back on the Great Wall, where you will get to spend the night inside one of Great Wall's ruined watchtowers or by the Wall. We’ll provide you with the sleeping bags, tents, and other camping material will be provided.
Meals: Lunch in Beijing & Dinner at Gubeikou
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Accommodations: Camping at Gubeikou Great Wall
If camping is not your choice, you may overnight in a home inn at the foot of the Great Wall.