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$30 Outdoor Activities

Self-Guided Private Tour: Jiankou Great Wall from Beijing

Departing from your hotel in Beijing in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to the Great Wall at Jiankou section. Choose your preferred start time from the options when make booking, but this can be flexible. The journey from Beijing to Jiankou Great Wall will take about 2 hours. Upon your arrival, spend some quality time on the Great Wall of Jiankou, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore around on your own. Of course, you can add-on a friendly guide service upon booking, if you need someone to take photos or assist you to watch your kids for you along the way.  If you look carefully at the recent published Great Wall photographic arts, you will quickly figure out that most of the pictures are taken from Jiankou Great Wall section. Due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery, Jiankou Great Wall has become a hot travel destination and also a photographic hot spot these days. Jiankou is a "wild" (unrepaired) section of the Great Wall. It was built on ridges with steep cliffs on each side, which makes it one of the most dangerous sections. It's only recommended for experienced and sure-footed mountain hikers. Jiankou is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Beijing. It connects the Great Wall at Mutianyu to the east with Huanghuacheng Jiankou Great Wall was built in 1368 during the period of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Jiankou's section was built along a mountain ridge with particularly steep cliffs, and looks like an elongated 'W' from above, which is similar to the shape of a bow. After your hike at Jiankou Great Wall, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.

$268.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Beijing to Great Wall 2-Day Hiking Tour with Jiankou, Mutianyu

Day 1: Beijing -- Jiankou – Mutianyu -- Gubeikou (L, D)Meet your guide in central Beijing and hop in an air-conditioned vehicle for a 2.5-hour drive to Jiankou, where you'll begin your moderate 6-mile (10-km) hike along original sections of the Great Wall. As you hike up hill for the first hour, admire sweeping vistas and notice the elaborate stonework and roofs of structures and statues. You’ll also meander through dense jungles and bushes. Throughout your hike, you’ll be provided with water and snacks. At midday, take a rest break to enjoy a picnic lunch, which your guide will provide for you.Reach the restored Mutianyu section, where you’ll then drive to Gubeikou for an overnight stay at a local farmer's guesthouse. Walk around the village with your guide and learn how it played an important role in defending the capital during the Ming Dynasty. Then, discover the quaint rural lifestyle of local farmers as you relax and mingle with the farmers over an authentic, home-cooked Chinese meal including dumplings.Day 2: Gubeikou – Jinshanling -- Simatai West – Beijing (B, L)After a typical farmer’s breakfast, drive 20 minutes to Jinshanling to begin your 3-mile (5-km) hike at 8am. At this time, few other tourists are at the wall, so you can take postcard-worthy photographs. Hike for three hours with your guide, making a detour at Kylin Tower to head to Simatai West, an extremely photogenic, untamed section of the wall that offers some of the best hiking around. Its numerous towers and steep gradients offer constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. After your hike, relax on the ride back to Beijing. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at Wangfujing shopping district.

$96.64 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Wild Great Wall Hiking Day Tour:10km hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu

Features:Jiankou Great Wall: completely wild and untouched, almost untouristic at all. Mutianyu Great Wall: renovated but not crowded, beautiful as well. Itinerary:1. Pick-up from the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Beijing at designated pick-up time. 2. It takes around 2 hours to get to Jiankou Great Wall (foot of the mountain, Xizhazi village) in a private and air conditioned car. 3. The driver drops you off at Xizhazi village and will meet you again at the other end at Mutianyu. 4. Start with your private hiking guide from a small path in the mountain at Xizhazi village, where you can see both the wild mountain and part of a village with farmer's houses and crops. 5. Hike in the mountain for about 50 minutes before you get to the first tower - Zheng Bei Lou. This part is a little strenuous, but mostly moderate. You'll see the Great Wall in the mountain when you look up. 6. Get on the top of Zheng Bei Lou, where you can have the best and most magnificent view of Jiankou. And you can also fly a drone here. 7. Walk along the wall with your private guide to the east of Zheng Bei Lou, heading for Mutianyu. You'll reach the most difficult part Ox Horn. But you can choose either to hike the Ox Horn, or to take the shortcut. 8. When you get to Mutianyu, the Great Wall looks a little different from that at Jiankou. Mutianyu is more renovated while Jiankou is completely wild and isolated. Fortunately, Mutianyu is not so crowded as Badaling Great Wall. 9. You'll walk to the 10th tower at Mutianyu and get down the Great Wall. 10. Finish the hiking, and take the shuttle bus to get down the mountain (your tour guide will arrange everything and you just need to follow), and get on the car again. 11. You'll be driven to a traditional Chinese restaurant to have lunch ( 20 minutes' driving from the entrance of Mutianyu to the restaurant). It is typical Chinese food with different dishes and rice as the main food. 12. After lunch, you will be transferred back to downtown Beijing and dropped off at your hotel. It takes around 1.5 hour to drive back to your centrally located hotel in Beijing. Note: 1. The whole hiking and walking distance is around 10km (6.2 miles), about 3 or 4 hours; lunch is usually 1 or 1.5 hour. Otherwise, as this is a private tour, everything could be more flexible. 2. Your private English speaking hiking guide will be with you all the time from the beginning to the end. 3. There are snacks and water provided in this tour and you don't need to carry water and snacks. 4. It's the best way to hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu, because almost all the way are downward as long as you conquer the mountain in the beginning.

$46 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Beijing Transfer Service to Gubeikou Great Wall

Departing from your hotel in Beijing in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to the Great Wall at Gubeikou Section. Choose your start time between 6am to 12:00,but this can be flexible as well. The journey from Beijing to Gubeikou Great Wall will take about 2 hours. Upon your arrival, your driver will show you where to purchase the tickets and where he will waiting for you, then you can start to spend some quality time on the Great Wall of Gueikou, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore around on your own. When you are ready, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Beijing safely. Of course, you can add-on a friendly guide service upon booking, your guide will hike the Great Wall with you, tell the histories and stories along the way, take photos for you during the day. Centuries ago, Gubeikou was a strategic pass which provided much needed access to Inner Mongolia and northeast China. Wars were common to gain control of this point and continued until the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Remnants of past battles can be seen on some of the broken bricks and stones.The Gubeikou Great Wall has never been reconstructed.This section stretching for about 25 miles (40 kilometers), there are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, 3 water passes, 3 barbicans, and 6 fortresses along it. Please note:1: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) 2: This is a self-guided tour. If you need an English speaking tour guide with the additional cost,please add it on "Special requirement" field when make booking. 3: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 local operator if need during the ride.

$32 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Hike from Beijing: Go Beyond The Jiankou and Mutianyu Great Wall

Your private tour guide/driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in the morning, and take you to Jiankou Great wall by private transfer (1.5 hours). Xizhazi Village (altitude 587m/1,926ft) is the start point of this hiking route towards Zhengbeilou, one of the ruined towers on the Wall (altitude 830m/2,723ft). On the half way to Zhengbeilou, you will have a short walk to a broken tower where you can capture the best scenery of Jiankou. You will take a break here and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. After a short break, keep going to Zhengbeilou. You will be able to see the spectacular panorama of Jiankou and its basin terrain. Then, you continue hike towards to Mutianyu, and there are a few vertical climbs and scrambles along the way. Due to the overgrown bushes, you will have to walk along the Wall edge. After passing through many towers along the way, you’ll reach a precipitous section - Ox Horn Edge (altitude 1,011m / 3,317ft). Take a forest detour from this point for another 10 minutes, you will go back to Jiankou again. After a short walk, you will reach the Mutianyu section. Here are the 3 choices of going down from Great Wall: • Take cable car (own pay) down at Tower 14 to the exit . • Continue walking to Tower 10 where you can get off Mutianyu then walk down the hill trail to reach the exit, (1.5 hours) • Continue walking to Tower 6 then go down by slideway/liftchair (own pay). Since the track is very easy to follow, your guide / driver will meet you at the exit of slideway/liftchair. You can enjoy the additional hike on your own. After hiking, you will enjoy a tasty lunch (optional) in a local restaurant nearby, then head back to Beijing.

$90 Outdoor Activities

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Private Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, BeijingWe will stop at village (bottom of Jiankou Great Wall ) The village we call it “XiZhaZi.” You have to climb 40-50 minutes mountain , then you couldreach on Jiankou Great Wall .  The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. When you reach on Jiankou Great Wall , you will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning the view is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists. So you may alone on the wall in the early morning.You will start your hiking from “Zhengbeilou” where is best location for taking pictures. Another highlight of Jiankou is the enemy observation tower known as, ‘eagle flies facing upward’( "Ying Fei Dao Yang"), so named because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the area, and eagles and hawks often perch on it. So don’t hike to that direction. It is too dangerous for hiking.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Mutianyu Great Wall, BeijingIt will take 2.5-3 hours from “Zhengbeilou” to Mutianyu part Tower #14.  You could take cable car down from here ,if you don’t want to more hiking .It will take around 1 hour from Tower #14 to Tower #6 where is toboggan down station. It lots fine. Highly recommended.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Leo's Beijing Tour Guide & Driver, BeijingYour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby.

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