TOUR 3B: Discovering the Great Wall Under Water

Route 3B: Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Featuring Great Wall under the Water


This three day program crams a lifetime of Great Wall memories in just 72 hours! You’ll be taken on two of the trendiest Great Wall hikes as well as experiencing Badaling, which is perhaps the most popular and most-photographed section of the Great Wall.

Jiankou-Mutianyu is fast becoming the most popular Great Wall hike, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Dramatic ruins, unrestored Great Wall, amazing views, sweeping peaks and valleys, tastefully restored brickwork and watchtowers-Jiankou-Mutianyu has everything you could ever want in a Great Wall hike. With Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, you’ll get to witness the rarest of sights-the Great Wall underwater!

This hike concludes with a visit to Shixiaguan-Badaling. Badaling, which has played host to countless world leaders during their official China visit, is probably the most famous section of Great Wall, and was the first to be open to the public. However, we will get to hike on the unrestored portion of Badaling, which will make for a much more interesting and memorable experience.

 [Read the day-by-day full itinerary below]


Prices and Inclusions


1 solo trip: $869

2 people: $579 each

3 people: $569 each

4 people: $549 each

5 people: $539 each

6 people: $519 each

7 people: $499 each

8 or more: $459 each


* Personal transfers from and to hotel in Beijing
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watchtower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of $15 when you reserve the next tour with us 

Day 1

Beijing to Chengde

Accommodation: Farmer's Inn

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Water: Unlimited bottles

 Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM. You will then head to Chengde by private van. Once in Chengde you will visit the Mountain Resort (known as the Bishushangzhuang in Chinese), a vast imperial garden once used as the summer Retreat of the Qing Dyanasty, and a UNESCO World heritage Site. The resort is famous for 72 scenic posts, how many will you be able to find.

After lunch you will visit the Small Potala Palace (Putouzongsheng in Chinese), which was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet. It makes up one of the “Eight Outer Temples of Chengde”. At the palace you can enjoy the fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architecture, and marvel at the Buddhist sculptures and orange yellow-tiled roofs.

After visiting the palace you will be transported to your hotel where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening walk around the city of the former summer retreat of the Qing emperors. 


Day 2

Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Farmer's Inn 

Water: Unlimited bottles

You will meet your guide at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM and drive directly to the Xifengkou Natural Resort, which is located 60km/37 miles northwest of Qinxi County, Hebei province. Upon arrival, you will take a boat to the Panjiakou reservoir. Where you can enjoy a picturesque picnic lunch by the lake and the wall.

After lunch you will start your afternoon hiking on Xifengkou Great Wall. For about 5km/1.5 miles. At the Xifengkou section you will witness the unique spectacle of “the Great Wall under the water”. The view of the flickering ancient Great Wall between mountains and blue waves, the straight isolated watchtowers and beacon towers on the peaks, and the green ranges of hills all will give you a feeling of wonder and amazement.

That night you will rest up and recharge by staying in a local farmer’s house. The farmer and family will prepare you a splendid dinner, and it will also be a memorable experience to dine with a local family. Be sure to get a good sleep, because you will have a lot to see tomorrow!


Day 3

Xifengkou to Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and lunch 

Water: Unlimited bottles

After waking up at 7:00AM and having breakfast in the hotel, you start climbing Xifengkou. There you will have the pleasure of exploring some of the natural wonders of Beijing. The attractions here rarely get crowded, and if there are tourists its mostly Chinese ones, so this will feel truly more authentic than visiting most of the sites in Beijing or more of the well-known sections of Great Wall.

Due to the construction of the Panjiakou Reservoir, the main part of the wall has been submerged by the rising water but it is still dimly visible, which makes it a unique sight along the Great Wall. Look down at the Xifengkou Great Wall from the top of the mountain and you will see that it looks like a giant dragon zigzagging through the water. We'll take a walk along the Xifengkou Great Wall for two hours. Afterwards we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at your hotel at around 7:00 PM.


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