The hike will start at Gubeikou, a relatively unvisited part of the Great Wall that is in its natural and unrestored state. After a few hours of hiking we'll pass over into Jinshanling, where restored brickwork, and large watchtowers dot the land.
The next day we'll continue the hike at Panlongshan, a strategic point on the Great Wall that is a bit of a challenge due to its steepness and condition.
Our next hike will be at Xiangshuihu, which is set against a backdrop of lush forestry. We'll soon cross over onto the Jiankou Great Wall, which features dramatic peaks and ruins.
The next day we'll resume the hike on Jiankou, and after a few hours we'll come to Mutianyu, one of the most famous and popular sections of Great Wall, but one which has escaped the tackiness of other popular Great Wall spots.
The next day, we'll hike at Huanghuacheng, which is fast becoming popular with hikers. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, and as we walk along the ruins of the wall here, you will get to see something truly special, the broken Great Wall running underwater.
Shixiaguan (Stone Gorge) Pass, 5km southwest of the Badaling section of the Great Wall. It is one of the most intact parts of the whole Great Wall. In spite of serious damage, the winding wall set in the lofty mountains reveals its grandeur. However, a castle in Shixiaguan was pulled down during the Great Leap Forward. Nevertheless, the wall remain srelatively intact because of its strategic location. Shixiaguan Pass was originally built in the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli(about 1600 AD), which was then a key pass guarded by a largen umber of soldiers.
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn or camping on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Huanghuacheng is the only section that sits beside the lakes, so it is called Lakeside Great Wall. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you.
The Hanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley.
Accommodation: Laohe's Inn at Jiankou
From Jiankou we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the Wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao.” Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn
Our hike will start from Simatai, and we will make our way west along the wall into Jinshanling. This is the classic Great Wall that hikers are very thrilled about. wall enthusiasts have done. The Wall runs from deteriorated wild state to the restored in the end to allow hikers to compare the differences between the two wall status.
Tonight, we will camp on the Great Wall in an ancient watchtower.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Camping on the Wall
Gubeikou is mostly Wild Wall. It was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Stretching for about 25 miles (40 kilometers), there are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, 3 water passes, 3 barbarians, and 6 fortresses along it.
In 1933, Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops at Gubeikou. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died. You can see that Gubeikou is not merely a relic but it remained as a battlefield in modern world.
We will return to Beijing in late afternoon.
Meals: B, L
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1 person: US$1609
2 persons: US$1059 pp
3 persons: US$969 pp
4-5 persons: US$919 pp
6-9 persons: US$869 pp
10+ persons: US$779 pp
Early-bird discount (booking 6 months in advance): 10% off
Holiday discounts, seasonal discounts, and other special discounts available
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* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* One night camping in a watchtower
* Accommodation of 3 nights in local hostels or farmer's courtyards
* 5 lunches, 4 dinners and 4 breakfasts
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of US$50 when you reserve the next tour with us
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