This Great Wall hike is similar to Route 1B, but rather than starting in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel at 2pm, arriving at the Jiankou Great Wall later in the afternoon. Jiankou is renowned for its dramatic ruins and is a prime example of the unrestored “wild wall”. Midway through your hike you'll cross over into the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a prime piece of restored Great Wall which bends and twists over the countryside. From Mutianyu, you will have the chance to witness the gorgeous sunset that will drape itself over the wall, so make sure you have your cameras ready! As this hike starts later in the day you'll be able to escape the heat, making this trip suitable for all ages.
The day begins at 11:00 PM.
The Great Wall at Jiankouis about 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to a village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall. In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it. The Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one of the most dangerous sections of the Ming’s wall. For your safety, we are taking the path that is not dangerous but still breath-taking. Because of the time of day, the weather should be not overly hot (in fact, quite comfortable), so this hike shouldn't be too taxing on you.
Our hike will today will take about 3-3.5 hours and will cover 10km/6 miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it is from Jiankou.
We'll start from Zhengbeilou, which is the best place to take photos. This part of the wall is often empty, so you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today. Because we are here late in the afternoon, there probably won't be any one else out here.
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. It is from Mutianyu that we'll wait to see the sunset drape over the Great Wall, and this will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip in China. We hope you have your cameras ready!
Before we drive back to Beijing, we'll stop by a Chinese restaurant to treat you a dinner with traditional stir fries and rice. If you are vegetarian, there is no problem. We'll order special dishes for you. We'll drop you at your hotel for the night.
Summer: 11:30 am to 12:00 pm Fall and Spring: 10:00 am to 10:30 am Winter: 10 am.
While this hike will be a bit long, it will easily be the highlight of your time in China. For those of you who feel the need to stretch their legs after being cooped up in an office in Beijing (or wherever you may be from), this is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and adventure, while also having loads of fun!
Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets and meal. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
If you are a solo travelers or are on budget, check this group hiking with sunset tour program for only $129.
Walk through 27 watchtower on old brick-made steps, drinking in the history of these 500 years old Great Wall, enjoying the beauty of the sunset!
The steep, crumbling staircases and watchtowers provide a fitting introduction to the enormity of he challenge ahead. And, see them during the sunset!
Walk on the towering Great Wall in the evening sunset and look down on the tranquil lake below the mountains where the Great Wall is connected to the water, strolls through this picturesque realm.
Spend the morning with Beijing's iconic attractions of the Forbidden City and Bird Nest. Catch the sunset at Jinshanling, Great Wall.
Leaving Beijing between noon and 2 pm, you will meet with the sunset on the Great Wall at Mutianyu and take the stunning views home with your camera,
Hike 3 hours at Jinshanling and move to Gubeikou to catch the sunset at low cost for such a fantastic experience. Open from March 10 to October 10.
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