In addition to sleeping on the Great Wall, this tour quite nicely introduces you to China both modern and ancient, and for a two day trip, pretty much shows you the best of Beijing, using your time in the best way possible. The tour starts with a visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Then it is off to the Olympic Green, the area where China hosted the 2008 Olympics. We'll then set out for the meat of the trip by going to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, famed for its brick work, watchtowers, and sweeping vistas. Tonight, at The General's Watchtower, you'll get to sleep under the stars on the Great Wall! The next day you'll hike to Gubeikou, an unrestored piece of “wild” Great Wall, before being driven back to your hotel.
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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.
At about 8am 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 greatest 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 a lunch before driving over to the Olympic Green, the center of the event that captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008, and is where a majority 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).
At about 1:30-2:00 pm we’ll begin our drive to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, and we should arrive at there at about 3 pm. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. Much of the hiking that we will do on Jinshanling today is relatively easy, as much of the wall here is restored and the surface smooth. You will also have the opportunity to watch the sunset fall over the Great Wall, a thrilling site indeed!
At about 7:30 we’ll climb down from the wall to have dinner at a local farmer’s house. This will be as about 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. Sleeping bags, tents, and other camping material will be provided. Safe and very peaceful!
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.
9:30 am: We will pick you up from your hotel, and drive directly to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, where we will begin our two-day hike on the wall. It is 2.5 hours of driving.
Today we will hike for around 10 km/6 miles. Gubeikou is covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find.
The Jinshanling Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while 1/4 of it is restored, is allowing you to have a more intimate experience with the wall. This afternoon, you'll watch the sunset while walking along the Wall.
Then we'll take you to have a gorgeous Chinese countryside style dinner served by a local housewife. Before it gets dark, we'll go up to the mountain and sleep overnight in a watch tower. We'll prepare the necessary camping facilities including tents and 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!
We will return to Beijing around 5 pm. We will drop you off at your hotel.
*End of tour*
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
PRICES (in USD)
1 solo trip: $639
2 people: $389 each
3 people: $369 each
4 people: $339 each
5 people: $339 each
6 people: $309 each
7 people: $309 each
8 or more: $289 each
* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall and Forbidden City
* 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
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. We will leave from your hotel at 9 am to visit the Forbidden City first.
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