TOUR 2X1 SUMMARY
2 IN 1. 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 and again to host the 2022 Winter 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.
Beginning hundreds of years ago, the guards guarded the Great Wall, guarding the royalty in the Forbidden City, and the people in Beijing. They camped in this beacon, sleeping on the Wall under difficult conditions, alerting the enemy in the dark to any sudden attack. Today, we have camping tents and sleeping bags for you to experience what they felt like back in the day. Your camping is legal and safe. We have everything ready for you. Please look forward to the enchanting sunrise tomorrow morning.
We'll pick you up at 8 am. We'll visit Beijing’s premier attraction, the Forbidden City. After lunch, we'll continue to the Olympic Park, the center of the event that captivated the world in August of 2008 and where the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will start from. We'll transfer to Gubeikou where you'll have an unforgettable camping inside a famous ancient watchtower.
We will get your day started at 5:30 am so you can watch the gorgeous sunrise over the Great Wall. From 8 to 11:30, we’ll hike from Jinshanling to West Simatai and pass about 15 watchtowers. As you proceed westward, you will notice that the wall gradually deteriorates into its natural state, which is an interesting contrast from the restored wall you initially experienced. We'll return to your hotel by 5 pm.
PLATINUM PACKAGE from USD $339/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 $239/person (4-person group)
You will join a larger group tour to the Forbidden City, Winter Palace, and Hutong (enjoying a inclusive rickshaw ride). In the afternoon after lunch, you will be transferred to Gubeikou to watch the sunset. After dinner, camp out on the Wall. Wake up for the sunrise, go to Jinshanling to hike for three hours. Return to your hotel in Beijing at noon.
* 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
This was a truly amazing experience and it was made even better that out tour was very personal and private. Our train arrived a bit late but our guide, Luis, was very patient with us. Luis consistently gave us information about the different parts of Beijing during our drives and tours. He also took amazing pictures for us and made sure we were constantly hydrated. We were provided with more water than we expected and the food provided was always delicious. We were driven everywhere, leaving our energy for pure sightseeing which was perfect. Our favorite part was exploring the Great Wall and we were extremely happy we got to actually camp on it. The gear provided was used (of course), but everything was in good shape. We had an AMAZING time and we honestly are so happy we went with the Great Wall Adventure Club instead of planning every single thing ourselves. It was worth the investment.
-Anna G., July 2018
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 Park, 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). This place will be used again in Feburary 2022 Winter Olympics,
At about 2:00 pm we’ll begin our drive to the Great Wall at Gubeikou, and we should arrive at there at about 4 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. You will also have the opportunity to watch the sunset fall over the Great Wall, a thrilling site indeed!
At about 6 pm 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.
We will get your day started at 5:30 am so you can watch the gorgeous sunrise over the Great Wall.
From 8 to 11:30, we’ll hike from Jinshanling to West Simatai and pass about 15 watchtowers. As you proceed westward, you will notice that the wall gradually deteriorates into its natural state, which is an interesting contrast from the restored wall you initially experienced.
The Jinshanling Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while 1/4 of it is restored, is not nearly as crowded as Badaling or Mutianyu, allowing you to have a more intimate experience with the wall. It 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 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. According to one hiker this is what you should expect to find at Jinshanling:
“Meticulous detail is evident in the construction of the wall. Everywhere consideration has been given to deterring and defeating invading armies. The uneven steps meant to slow down advancing armies should they make it onto the wall. The narrowing curves and paths that would bottleneck and slow them down, limiting the invaders to moving single file, making them vulnerable to the defending army. Far down the mountain each brick was crafted by thousands of workers and carried up the mountain on the backs of mules. The architecture and engineering a feat that would challenge us even today.”
At noon, we will rest for a Chinese lunch before we go back to Beijing. At about 4 pm you will be dropped off back at your hotel, ending your tour with us.
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Meals: Breakfast & Lunch in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
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