Walk the Great Wall of China

Active, Beijing to Beijing

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this 10-day trip, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture, and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?

What’s included

  • Carte Blanche: Beijing
  • Great Wall entrances and trek (6 days)
  • Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square guided tour
  • Qing Tombs exploration
  • Luggage transfer on every hiking day

Highlights

  • Explore beijing's forbidden city and tiananmen square
  • Trek along the great wall
  • Sleep in rural villages
  • Enjoy a tai chi lesson

Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Beijing (1B) Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Opt to take a tea art lesson with a traditional tea ceremony. Included Activities: Forbidden City Tour Tiananmen Square
Day 3 Beijing/Jiankou (1B, 1D) Transfer to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Enjoy a hike along the Great Wall followed by a drive to Jiankou Village in the afternoon. Spend the night in Jiankou Village. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Jiankou/Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D) Hike Jiankou village and visit the Great Wall in the morning. In the afternoon, transfer to Gubeikou and explore the village before getting settled at the guesthouse. Once settled, find some inner peace with a Tai Chi lesson before dinner. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek Tai Chi Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy scenes of vast landscapes and wild greenery as the Crouching Tiger portion of the Great Wall is known for containing unrestored portions of the original wall. Crowned with a two-storey watch tower, jump back in time and get a glimpse of ancient China. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek: Crouching Tiger
Day 6 Gubeikou/Huangyaguan (1B, 1L, 1D) Hike the wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Maintenance of the Wall starts improving here and walking becomes easier along the way. Walk through this rolling landscape and see the watchtowers that disappear over the horizon. Additional Notes: Due to the closure of Jinshanling Great Wall, the hike along the wall will end where Gubeikou meets Jinshanling. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek: Jinshanling Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 7 Huangyaguan (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the last day trekking along the Wall at Huangyaguan, named for the bright yellow flowers that appear in this region. Spend the night in a guesthouse. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek: Huangyuguan to Jixian
Day 8 Huangyaguan/Beijing (1B) Explore Qing Tombs on the way back to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing around noon and enjoy half day free time. Included Activities: Qing Tombs Exploration Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 9 Beijing (1B) Today is free to explore Beijing. Take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's Old City. Other options include the Summer Palace or a visit to a Tibetan monastery.
Day 10 Beijing (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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