Welcome to Shanhaiguan

The area holds real interest for Wall enthusiasts: in addition to its claim as the eastern end of the Ming Wall (in fact, the Hǔshān Great Wall, beside the North Korean border, is 380km further east), there's an excellent museum and plenty of opportunity to explore large stretches of wild, unrestored Wall, climbing up and over the rugged, scrubland hills.

Bear in mind, however, that the town itself feels a bit soulless. With few residents remaining and no economy in the old town apart from tourism, what's left is something that feels mostly like a theme park, but without the rides.

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$198 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-day Small group Iconic Great Wall Hiking at Gubeikou&Jinshanling led by farmer

Day 1 Beijing to GubeikouMeet you up by our driver at 8am and then drive to Gubeikou. You will start the hiking around 10:30 am, and it will take about 3 hours/5km to complete the hiking at Coiling Dragon Hill. A late lunch at Great Wall Inn’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking. You're free to explore the village in the afternoon. A light dinner is arranged at night.Gubeikou, along with the passes at Shanhaiguan in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was a key strategic target in military campaigns since ancient times. Protecting these three passes was considered vital for keeping Beijing safe from the Mongolian nomads. There was also a fierce battle between Chinese and Japanese in the 2nd World War. The vistas of the sinuous Wall snaking its way over the ridges of the Yanshan Mountain are breathtaking.The main Wall here has decayed (we will walk through 8 intact watchtowers ) and only the foundation is left. It is relatively flat trail instead of many stairs on the Wall. The unrestored wall, the watch towers, the beacon towers snake on the mountain from east to west. It is one of the best places for keen photographers along the wall. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking.  Meals: lunch/dinnerAccommodation: Great Wall Inn GubeikouDay 2 Simatai West & Jinshanling to BeijingWe will drive to Jinshanling in 20 minutes after breakfast at 08:00, and start the hike at 08:30. It’s the right time to produce amazing photographs. At this time there are usually no other tourists on the wall, you have the wall to yourself. It will take about 3 hours/7km hiking on the wall. There are many steps and ups & downs. We will get off the wall near Kylin Tower and then a lunch is organised at local restaurant.This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watchtowers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here.Our farmer host will say goodbye to us after lunch. The driver will bring you back to the city afterward.

$72 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Layover tour of Forbidden city and Mutianyu Great wall

This tour will cover the ‘’must 'see places ,Tiananmen Square ,Forbidden city and Great Wall at Mutianyu . Stopping Beijing with layover time about 14 hours , so please come out to jion the tour .Tiananmen Square is the largest city center square in the world , Located at the center of Beijing City , where you can visit Tiananmen Rostrum, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony .Then walk right into the Forbidden city, skipping the long tickets ans entrance lines . Forbidden city was a palace of 24 emperors residence for 560 years . You will get the explantion about Ming and Qing Dynasties and bring Chinese history and culture to lifeWe will stop for authentic local Chinese lunch( it will depend on you flights time )Then we will drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu ,Great Wall at Mutianyu was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Restoration took place under the supervision of Xu Da, one of the founding generals of the Ming Dynasty, who was responsible for building a wall from Shanhaiguan in the east to as far as Mutianyu. slightly less crowed than the more famous Badaling. There are aboudant natural springs which feed a great variety of plants and trees. Over 96% of Mutianyu is covered by trees and orchards, keeping the aire fragrant with chestnut blossoms in the spring and fresh all year round. After the tour ,you will be dropped  off at the airpot ( or hotel in the center of Beijing)