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This was the summer playground of the emperors of the Qing dynasty; beginning with Emperor Kangxi, the Qing Court would flee here to escape the torpid summer heat of the Forbidden City (and occasionally the threat of foreign armies), as well as to be closer to the hunting grounds of their northern homelands.

The Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng (Fleeing-the-Heat Mountain Villa) is a grand imperial palace and the walled enclosure it lies within houses China’s largest regal gardens. Beyond the grounds is a remarkable collection of politically chosen temples, built to host dignitaries such as the sixth Panchen Lama. The Imperial Villa, the gardens and the eight temples are all, quite rightly, Unesco-protected.


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Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

Jinshanling Great Wall is located in Luanping County, Chengde, Hebei Province, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Beijing. It used to be a sound defensive system including barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls, and branch cities. It is now renowned as the "Paradise of Photographers" and a popular tourist destination because of its magnificent appearance and intoxicating scenery. Jinshanling Great Wall is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall which may shows its charms to the hiking fans at all times. With a distance about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Beijing city, Jinshanling Section connects to the Simatai Section of the wall in the east and Gubeikou section in the west. It is the most representative part of the Chinese brick-made dragon. In the morning, your hiking tour guide and driver with car will come to meet you at your hotel lobby. Then, you will be transferred to drive to the Great Wall (about 2 hours without traffic jam, and closer to 2.5-3 if runs into a jam). You will first arrive Great Wall at Simatai West (the east gate entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall). Simatai Great Wall is located along the ridges, and it takes about 15 minutes to go up there. You will see an amazing view from one of the highest points on the way, and have some snacks and drinks during your break time. After 3 hours hiking, we will walk down some local restaurant to enjoy some tasty lunch with local flavor. The end of tour, you will meet our driver in the parking lot, do some final post-hike stretches, and jump in the car for a nap or reflections on the day’s hike at the Great Wall. Depending on traffic heading into the city, and the distance from the expressway to your hotel, the drive home may range from 2-3 hours.

$258 Multi-day & Extended Tours

All Inclusive 2-Day sunset at the Jinshanling and Mountain Resort in Chengde

Day 1 (D)The Jinshanling Great Wall is acomplicated and well preserved fortification systems and possesses the largest number of watchtowers. These watchtowers were made by huge bricks, 5-8 meters high, each one built in a different architectural style and every other one is about 50-100 meters away. Some of them are half-timbered, some are stone, some with one eave, some with two-eave. The roofs of the towers are many and varied, flat,arched, quadrangular or octagonal. It is an exemplary section of the Great Wall and hence comes the saying that the Jinshanling section is the most essential part of the 10,000-li Great Wall. Jinshanlin Great Wall has a strong military defence system. It includes barrier walls, crib walls, blockhouses,emplacements, watch-towers, stone-shooting windows, arrow-shooting holes,cavalry defense walls and so on, which making iteasier to defend. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel between 12:00 and 13:00 base on the season,after about 2.5 hours driving we arrive at Jinshanling Great Wall. We walk for 40 minutes, to East 5-hole Guard Tower,. Keep walking towards west, after 3 to 4 hours hiking, reach the West 5-hole Guard Tower, you will be there to wait for sunset.You are going to the farmer's house where you stay and have meal.Day 2: (B, L)It takes one hour drive  to Chengde after your breakfast to visit Mountain Resort and small Potala Palace.The Mountain Resort was built from 1703 AD to 1792 AD.It took three generations of Emperors--Kangxi,Yongzhneg and Qianlong with a total 89 years to finish it.The Mountain Resort takes a total area of 5,640,000 square meters.The Mountain Resort takes a natural style design,without too much artificial decoration,more than 120 groups of building have been properly placed in the mountain,water,grass and trees.It constitute a scene of Southern delicate and Northern magnificent of China,setting the country's glorious attractions in the one park landscape.We will drive to Small Potala Palace after here,It was built in 1767. It is one of the Eight Outer Temples outside the Summer Resort. It is similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The buildings are a blend of Han and Tibetan styles. It used to be a location for important religion ceremonies, now, it has become an important monument in Chengde. We have lunch in the local restaurant after visit,and then drive back to Beijing

$66 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Transfer Service: Chengde City Sightseeing from Beijing

With this convenient private transportation, you can enjoy the flexibility to create your own sightseeing schedule and stop at interesting places on the way to Chengde,all at your own pace in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.Your friendly driver will meet you in your hotels lobby, then drive 2.5 to 3 hours to Chengde. On the way you will enjoy beautiful mountain and nature scenery as well as Jinshanling Great Wall,you can tell the driver to stop for photos at a service center.A brief information about the Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort: It's located in Hebei Province, was built between 1703 and 1792. It is a vast complex of palaces and administrative and ceremonial buildings. Temples of various architectural styles and imperial gardens blend harmoniously into a landscape of lakes, pastureland and forests. In addition to its aesthetic interest, the Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort is a rare historic vestige of the final development of feudal society in China.Chengde is a classic masterpiece of Chinese palace architecture, gardening art and religious architecture.The landscape of the Mountain Resort is designed following the topography of natural hills and water. As an outstanding example of Chinese natural landscape gardens and palaces, it inherits and carries forward China’s imperial gardening tradition. By integrating elements of Han, Mongolian and Tibetan architectural art and culture the Outlying Temples crystallize the achievements of cultural exchanges and integration among different ethnic groups in the course of development of Chinese architecture.During the tour you will visit the Chengde Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort, visit one or two temples at your choice. If you want to stop for lunch, please feel free to discuss with your driver, he will help you to choose the local restaurant with local price (own expense).After three hours of independent sightseeing around Mountain resort area, your private driver will drop you off back at your hotel.

$58 Transfers & Ground Transport

Beijing Transfer Service: Jinshanling Great Wall and Chengde Summer Resort

Around 7:30am in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel by your driver and private vehicle.Heading to Jinshanling Great Wall and Chengde Summer Resort.it will take about 2 hours to arrive Jinshanling section of the wall.On the way, you can take a nap in air conditioning comfortable car, or enjoy the scenery along the way.The Great Wall of China which is the longest defensive project in the world.Jinshanling is a fascinating hiking destination for adventurous travelers.It is the best preserved part of the Great Wall with many original features.It's not as crowded as sections like Badaling, therefore, you can take your time and get more peaceful hiking experience. The Jinshanling Great Wall was first constructed built in the Ming Dynasty. The famous general, Xu Da, of the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall. Later, Qi Jiguang led a number of defense works while guarding the north area in 1567.It starts from the Wangjinglou Tower in the east and ends at Longyukou in the west and stretches about 10 kilometers (6 miles).You will spend about 1.5 hours on the Wall.then heading to Chengde Summer Resort (approx 90 minuties.)If you want to have sample lunch on the way to tell your driver who will stop at a local restaurant.After arrive at Chengde,you will have your own time to explore this beautiful palace.The Chengde Summer Resort was the largest imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. Surrounded by lakes, forest and mountains, it is China's largest existing imperial garden and the former summer capital of the Qing dynasty, covering an area of 5.64 million square meters.It is twice as big as the Summer Palace in Beijing. In 1994, the Imperial Summer Villa became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Between 3-4 pm you will heading back to Beijing,your driver will transfer you back to your hotel in Beijing City.You will travel in either an air-conditioned sedan (for 1 to 3 people) or an air-conditioned minivan (for 4 to 9 people) or an air-conditioned minibus(10-15 people)We cannot guarantee an English-speaking driver. Due to their availability, you may have a Chinese speaking driver, but they know exactly where to pick you up and where to drop you off. Guest can use their phone to call our translator if need during the ride.

$45 Transfers & Ground Transport

Two Days Private transfer To Jinshanling and Chengde Imperial Summer Resort

First DayYour private English speaking driver would meet you in hotel lobby at assigned time. Heading to Jinshanling Great Wall .it will take about 2 hours to arrive Jinshanling section of the wall.The Great Wall of China which is the longest defensive project in the world.Jinshanling is a fascinating hiking destination for adventurous travelers.It is the best preserved part of the Great Wall with many original features.It's not as crowded as sections like Badaling, even better than Mutianyu Great Wall.  Therefore, you can take your time and get more peaceful hiking experience.  You could spend 3-4 hours on the Great wall as you like. Then heading to Chengde Summer Resort (approx 90 minuties.)If you want to have sample lunch on the way to tell your driver who will stop at a local restaurant. After arrive at Chengde, you would check hotel first, which on your side.  Then you could have your own time for your night in Chengde.  Driver would find a hotel nearby Which on driver side.  Second DayYour driver would meet you hotel lobby at assigned time. Recommend the excursion day itinerary :Summer Resort, Little Potala Palace and one more temple as you like. The Chengde Summer Resort was the largest imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. Surrounded by lakes, forest and mountains, it is China's largest existing imperial garden and the former summer capital of the Qing dynasty, covering an area of 5.64 million square meters.It is twice as big as the Summer Palace in Beijing. In 1994, the Imperial Summer Villa became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Little Potala Palace,This temple was first built in the thirty-second year of the Emperor Qianlong’s reign for the purpose of celebrating his 60th birthday and his mother's 80th birthday. It is the largest temple of the Eight Temples, and was nicknamed the "Little Potala Palace." Many travelers choose the Puotuocheng Temple as the alternate to the Polata Palace in Tibet, given the exact resemblance between the two. Even its name, an awkward four syllable word, is the sinicized version of its counterpart in TibetYou may choose one more temple as you like to visit, and lunch in a local restaurant , then we would heading to back to Beijing

$128 Tours & Sightseeing

Private One Full Day Tour to Chengde Imperial Summer Resort from Beijing

Chengde city is located at 250 km away from Beijing, in the morning your friendly guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel in Beijing then take around 3 hours to get there. Firstly, you can explore the one of the famous summer resort in China, that is much bigger than Forbidden City. Constructed between 1703 and 1792 during the Qing Dynasty, the Mountain Resort was the exclusive place where the emperors and royal members spent summer. It is regarded as one of China's four famous gardens, and the other three are Summer Palace in Beijing, Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden in Suzhou. The western and northern parts of the Summer Resort are the mountain area which commands a beautiful view of layer upon layer of green hills. You can enjoy the natural scenery with fresh airAfter lunch, you will visit Puning Temple that is the famous Eight Outer Temples in Chengde.  There is a large wooden Buddhist statue with thousands of hands and eyes in the main hall that is one of the famous large-scale wood-carved Buddha statues in China. So it’s worth to take a look Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing to finish the entire trip.