This Great Wall hike is similar to Route 1B. Rather than starting in the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel toward noon, 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, an exceptional 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.
Summer: 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fall and Spring: 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Winter: 10 am.
The Great Wall at Jiankou is about 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to a village called Xizaizhi at Jiankou Great Wall's bottom. 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 essential section of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Without 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 breathtaking. Because of the time of day, the weather should not be overly hot (in fact, quite comfortable), so this hike shouldn't be too taxing on you.
Our hike will today 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 from Jiankou.
We'll start from Zhengbeilou, which is the best place to take photos. This part of the wall is often empty so that you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today. Because we are here late in the afternoon, there probably won't be anyone else out there.
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. There are low wall crenels on both sides of the top of the wall, which can resist the enemy on both sides, and there are also horse-blocking pits excavated on the outside to make the defense function more perfect. This is a major feature.
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 to China. We hope you have your cameras ready!
Before we drive back to Beijing, we'll stop by a Chinese restaurant to treat you with a dinner with traditional stir-fries and rice. If you are vegetarian, there is no problem. We'll order unique dishes for you. We'll drop you at your hotel for the night.
While this hike will be a bit long, it will easily be the highlight of your time in China. It is also a perfect activity to have loads of fun while stretching their legs for those who work in Beijing.
Private or Semi-private English Tour includes private transfers, tickets and meal. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pick up 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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