Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Imperial Great Wall Sunset Hike

If you're short on time and want to experience the absolute best of Beijing and the Great Wall, then this tour is a perfect fit. After a morning pick-up we'll start our day with a tour of the Forbidden City, which is probably the most famed attraction in Beijing (and possibly all of China). After a few hours touring we'll drive out to the Great Wall at Jinshanling where we'll begin our hike. On this hike you'll see watchtowers, stately brickwork, dramatic ruins, and awe-inspiring views. To top it all off you'll get to be on the Great Wall during the sunset, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime moment that can only be had on the Great Wall.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Great Wall Sunset Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling

Jinshanling has long been the representative of the Great Wall in both paintings and photographs, such as when the Great Wall is showcased in important places, such as the National Congress Hall of China. Watching the sunset over Jinshanling is a unique chance to catch the natural beauty and grandeur of the Great Wall. By taking our Sunset tour from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, you will be amazed by the views you have only seen on TV and travel magazines. Seeing the Great Wall at sunset will give you both the impetus and passion to shoot like a professional photographer rather than just a Great Wall hiker.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Great Wall One-day Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu

This Great Wall hike, which is relatively easy, makes for a great family day out at the Great Wall. Like the hike from Jinshanling to Simatai, this program is a exceptional for those who only have a little time in Beijing and want to get the most out of their Great Wall experience. This hike starts at the Great Wall of Jiankou, which features some amazing ruins and scenes of rustic beauty. The wall here is in its unrestored state, and is quickly becoming popular for photographers and Great Wall enthusiasts alike. Midway through the hike you'll pass over into the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which might be the most famous section of the Great Wall. With grand watchtowers and lovely brickwork, it is striking contrast to Jiankou, allowing you to compare and contrast these two sections of the Great Wall.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Great Wall One-day Hike from Simatai West (Second Valley) to Jinshanling (followed by gourmet lunch)

While the eastern portion of Simatai is currently closed for repairs, the western half of is still open to hikers. Through this new one-day program, you can still participate in what is possible the most popular Great Wall hike today: Jinshanling-Simatai. In order to ensure that more foreign travelers can see this beautiful portion of the Great Wall, we have priced at an incredibly affordable rate that is lower than other travel agencies. The wall from Jinshanling to Simatai has never been restored and its original appearance of more than 400 years old has been best preserved. Because it is full of challenge and with splendid and charming scenery, this section of the Great Wall has been the favorite destination of hiking lovers from all over the world.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Great Wall One-day Hike from the Battlefield Gubeikou to Jinshanling (followed by gourmet lunch)

Rated as the top-seller Great Wall hiking of the past three years, this program still offers all that you would expect from a premium Great Wall experience. You get the classically restored and graceful peaks of the Jinshanling and the unrestored “wild wall” of Gubeikou (which takes the place of Simatai). This makes for a wonderful lesson on the uses and purpose of the Great Wall, as the sections here were placed at a highly strategic point to keep out northern invaders. Not being nearly as crowded as other Great Wall section, this Great Wall hike is an excellent way for a family to spend a day at the Great Wall!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015


With this relaxing half-day tour, you can take in what is perhaps the most photographed portion of the Great Wall in a comfort and worry-free way. After being picked up at 8am (or 1pm if you wish) we'll make the drive to Mutianyu, which features some beautifully restored wall. Mutianyu is known for its watchtowers, the way it slopes and glides across the hills, and for its sweeping vistas. Mutianyu (which was featured in the Karate Kid remake) which has played host to world leaders on their China state visit, is a very easy walk, and can be experienced by young and old alike. For the kid in you, there is a thrilling toboggan ride down from the wall which can be done at the end of your walk. 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


Shanhaiguan (Shanhai Pass) became known as the "First Pass under Heaven" since ancient times. It is a major pass of the Great Wall, with strategic importance at its eastern beginning.

Shanhaiguan had other names in ancient time that share the same pronunciation of “Yuguan”. Today’s pass city was built under the direction of Xu Da in 1381. Since it is close to a mountain and the Bohai Sea, it was named Shanhaiguan (the pass of mountains and the sea). It was a most famous pass of the Ming Great Wall, lying 15km to the east of Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province. To the north there is the Yan Mountain, and to the south there is the Bohai Sea. Its unique seat between the mountain and the sea enabled it to be a majestic and strategic stronghold. In ancient time it was an economic and cultural channel of communications for people dwelling inside and outside in the peacetime; in the wartime, it would become a place of contention.

The perimeter of Shanhaiguan is 4km. Its moat is 16m wide and 8m deep. The rampart is 12m high. On each side of the city there is a city gate. The eastern city gate faces the direction outside the Great Wall; call Zhendongmen (the east-guard gate). The western gate faces the inner pass, called Ying’enmen (the kindness-receiving gate). The southern gate faces the sea, called Wangyangmen (the sea-facing gate). The northern gate faces the wandering Great Wall, called Weiyuanmen (the majestic Great Wall-facing gate). Zhendongmen is the best kept one, on its huge platform there was built a battlement, i.e., the famous city tower entitled “the First Pass in the world”.

The battlement is 13.7m high, 10.1m wide from east to west, 20m long from south to north. The lower floor is 5.7m high, and the wall is .3m thick. The upper floor is 8m high, and the wall is 0.9m thick. The total building area is 198 square meters. It has the double layered saddle roof, the two eaves on the top ridge are symmetrical, under which there is brick-timber construction. On the cornices at the four angles there were decorated various attractive ridge animals. The eave purlins and the central portion of the beams inside and outside the building were painted with colorful drawings in the Ming style, charming and magnificent.

Outside the eastern and western gates were net cities. Outside the southern and northern gates there were wing cities. Still in the periphery of Shanhaiguan there dotted with wei, sui castles, cities and beacon towers that made up the complete defense system of Shanhaiguan.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


Lying five km south of Shanhaiguan Pass in Qinhuangdao City in Hebei Province, Laolongtou Great Wall (Old Dragon's Head) is the eastern starting point of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Great Wall

Laolongtou of the Ming Great Wall is an estuary of the Bohai Sea, and 4km to the south of Shanhaiguan. When Xu Da, a famous general and one of the founders of the Ming Dynasty began construction of the Great Wall, he chose the place as the starting point in the east. Since the Great Wall is like a crouching dragon climbing voer the mountains and finally extending its head into the sea, it has been called “the Old Dragon Head”. In 1579 at Laolongtou Qi Jiguang directed the construction of a 23 meter-long stone city extending into the sea, called “Ninghai City”. In Ninghai City the first pass of the Hebei Great Wall “Nanhaikouguan” and the first watch tower “Jinglutai” were built, and later the lofty building “Chenghailou” was constructed on the rampart.

The strategic topography of Laolongtou and an amphibious defensive network of mountains, sea passes and cities together formed an important strategic pass that could clutch the gorge of Ji Town and Liaodong Town. Laolongtou is composed of the stone city, Jinglutai, Nanhaikouguan, Changhailou, Ninghai City, the Seaside Great Wall, etc. Chenghailou was the tallest building of Laolongtou. It was a battlement in its initial construction. When the Qing Regime had unified the Central Plains, it gradually became a famous resort for literati to watch the sea and express emotions. Many emperors of the Qing Dynasty had their rounds there, ascending them Kang Xi, Yong Zheng, Qian Long, Jia Qing, and Dan Guang left their writings and paintings there.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Jiumenkou Great Wall

With a total length of 1,700 meters, the wall winds north along the ridge to the south bank of Jiujiang River. This river is about 100 meters wide, over which this section of the wall was built, as a bridge with nine arches. The scene is spectacular, with the water flowing east to the Bohai Sea directly.

The Jiumenkou Great Wall was a most important pass in Ji Town of the Ming Great Wall. It is located in the boundary of Funing County in Hebei Province and Suzhong County in Liaoning Province, 15km to the south of Shanhaiguan. In the Jiujiang valley where the Great Wall passes through, there were built the Jiumen city bridge over the Jiujiang River, besieged cities and ramparts, which altogether formed the unique strategic passes. Jiumenkou, also called “the stone pavement”, named after the granited paved riverbed of more than 7,000 square meters under the Jiumen city bridge. In the slabs paved along the riverbed there were chiseled dovetail grooves that were mortised with east iron ingots in order to closely clutch all the slabs.

The city bridge over the JIujiang River was the main project of Jiumenkou, both ends of which were connected with a small rectangle besieged city on the bank. The small city is 16m long from east to west, and was 12.2m wide. It protrudes from the city bridge, serving the bridge tower and the advance guard blockage pass of the Jiujiang River. The eastern wall of it is connected with the city bridge, and is a border platform of the bridge pier on which a pavilion was built. The city is hollow and could hold more than ten defenders.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015


The Hushan Great Wall, lying on the Yalu River, 20 km from Dandong City, Liaoning Province, and facing North Korea across the river, was built to strengthen the frontier defense in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and was the eastern starting point of the Great Wall.

The Hushan Great Wall was built in 1469. It is located near the Yalu River in Dandong, Liaoning Province, about 7.5km northeast of Dadong, which was a place of great strategic importance. It is the starting point of the Ming Great Wall in the east. The Great Wall was a defense system composed of ramparts, troop stationing castles, beacon towers, horse blocking walls, etc. 

For quite a long time there was a misunderstanding that the Great Wall is from Shanhaiguan to Jiayuguan. Shanhaiguan was mistaken for the eastern end of the Great Wall, because the starting point in the east was first fixed in Shanhaiguan when Xu Da began construction in 1381, and the construction of the Liaodong Town Great Wall began in the Cheng Hua Period; most Liaodong GreT Wall were removed before and after the Manchu troops entered Shanhaiguan, during their wars against the Ming troops and their later construction of Liutiaobian, whereas, the other sections to the west of Shanhaiguan was strongly built and well kept; majestic Shanhaiguan and Jiayuguan form into a nice symmetry.

Today the Hushan Great Wall is scarcely left. From 1992 to 1994, Kuandian County government directed the restoration of the rampart of 670m long. From 2000 to 2002, Administrative Bureau of the Yalu River Scenic Spot directed the restoration of the chief rampart of more than 1,2000m. During the two constructions, bridge galleries, hollow watch towers, horse faces, beacon towers and other parts of the Great Wall were also restored.

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