Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great Wall Charity Marathon

Great Wall Cares is excited to announce the development of our own Great Wall Charity Marathon! This new marathon will serve as the main event to our calendar of charitable activities. Spanning over 6,000km and long admired as one of the most amazing achievements in the history of mankind, the Great Wall will now serve as one of the most unique locations for a marathon.  The Great Wall Charity Marathon is a tough, beautiful and definitely extraordinary experience. The rugged steps of the Great Wall will put your body to the test, and the breath-taking surroundings will compete with your tired muscles for attention. The Great Wall Charity Marathon is the ideal way to combine exploring one of the world’s most astonishing sights as well as giving back to the people and communities of rural China.

No runner should enter The Great Wall Charity Marathon believing that this is an easy course. However, no one should think that this is an impossible challenge reserved exclusively for the running elite. Don't be scared; just make sure to come prepared. For those traveling to China with Great Wall Adventure Club or just by themselves, a spot in the Great Wall Charity Marathon can easily be bundled with a China package tour. That way you can combine one of the most challenging marathons of a lifetime with an unforgettable holiday in the “middle Kingdom”.
The Great Wall Charity Marathon was established in order to promote five key principles:

Environment: Promote contact with nature and raise awareness on the matter of global sustainability

Health: Encourage participation in sports quality of life

Citizenship: Promote global community spirit and social mobilization

Tenacity: Motivate the human being to overcome a challenge

Natural Beauty: Awaken society to the importance of preserving places with outstanding universal values and share it without harming

While the Great Wall Charity Marathon is just in the planning stage, more news regarding this amazing opportunity will be coming shortly. Please regularly check this page for updates on the date, time, location, registration info, and other logistical information on the Great Wall Charity Marathon. For more information please go to

Friday, August 28, 2015

China Travel Assistance

We offer additional school expedition services in addition to our Great Wall hikes. Beijing is the most popular Chinese city in terms of tourism and international travel, and its sights can’t be missed. From the mightiest palace to the most secluded hutong, we can organize and lead Beijing city tours, whether before or after your Great Wall trek. In addition to the sights, we can also arrange cultural exhibitions, which will add to the educational aspect of your trip. You can take in a performance of Peking Opera or Chinese acrobatics. You can also dine at the finest restaurants, enjoying local specialties like Peking Duck or Imperial cuisine. Head to our Beijing tours page for more information. Of course, you can also totally customize what you want to see, ensuring that everyone in your travel party is satisfied.

When staying in Beijing we can also provide you with phenomenal deals on a multitude of hotels, made possible through our contacts and relationships with hotel companies in Beijing (and throughout China for that matter). This last summer our two large groups of British students stayed at the Guangxi Hotel (a 4-star hotel adjacent to the Central Business District), and when they returned from their trek they lodged at the New Dragon Hostel, which is located in the heart of Beijing’s old hutong district.

Our services don’t just stop at sightseeing and lodging. We can provide logistical support that covers any aspect of your China trip. We have a close working relationship with eLONG, China’s leading discounter of airfare. As long as you book well enough in advance, we can secure great large group rates to and from China, and to any city within. We’re happy to provide this deal to you even if you don’t use our service for further tours (we also can obtain outstanding group rates for train tickets within China).

If you plan on moving on to other spots in China, we can help you out as well. Whether in Hong Kong or Lhasa, we can provide sightseeing and adventure tours to any part of China. You can sail down the idyllic Li River, hike the world’s deepest canyon at Tiger Leaping Gorge, review the majesty of the Terracotta Warriors, or stroll along the Bund in Shanghai. Wherever you go in the Middle Kingdom, we can provide the most stimulating tours along with hotel and transportation assistance. Discover the cultural treasures of China with Great Wall Adventure Club, the only agency with the answer to all your school expedition needs!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Great Wall Charity Trek from Beijing, China

In addition to providing student and university groups with an unbelievable Great Wall experience, we also believe in improving our global community, which we are proud to contribute to with our Great Wall charity treks. Our Great Wall charity trekking programs operate similarly to our school expeditions. Instead of colleges and universities however, we partner with a number of voluntary organizations, companies, community groups, and non-profits for fundraising events.

Just think, what could inspire your association more than a thrilling and exhilarating adventure on the Great Wall? Not only is it a chance to visit one of the world's most impressive historical sites, the Great Wall, but also it offers a rare opportunity to trek and camp in a remote part of rural China and to experience local life in its most unspoilt state. As with our school expeditions, we can take care of your entire trip needs, be it airfare, lodging, further sightseeing, and hiking and camping materials. And of course, our rigorous safety standards still apply. Please note that for our Great Wall charity treks we do not accept individual applications, and we will direct all individuals interested to charitable organizations near their locations.

If you are a voluntary/charitable organization, please contact us today if you are interested in working with us on a Great Wall charity trek. As a leader in responsible travel, we understand the hard work and dedication it takes to making a difference in the world. Please let us reward your effort with a journey that you’ll never forget.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Why You Need a Professional Guide from Great Wall Adventure Club?

Some of you have recently asked us why you can’t walk hike on the Great Wall by yourself without a guide. While we certainly appreciate your enthusiasm there are a couple of issues that you should consider:

The unrestored part of the Great Wall, known as “Wild Wall”, is dangerous in many parts. Hikers can get lost, injured, or even lose their lives if they try to climb some parts of the wall they are not familiar with. They can also be apprehended by local administrators if they violate rules they are not aware of. This is especially true when it comes to Gubeikou, as part of it lies within a restricted military base.

Some trekkers think they won’t be able to freely explore with a guide. In fact, our guides lead you to parts of the “wild” Great Wall where only a small number of western visitors have ever been before.

A few hikers believe they can save some money if they hike alone. In actuality, the guide fee makes up a minimal portion of your overall cost. The majority of your tour price comes from vehicle rental, fuel price, and the ridiculously expensive highway tolls that are not seen in the countries such as US and Canada.

The peril of hiking alone can best be illustrated when in early November of 2012 heavy snow fell in Badaling (the unrestored part of it). Three Japanese hiked in that part with a Chinese guide. When the group of hikers encountered extreme danger from the heavy snow, their guide was able to find a way to run down and get a rescue team to save the Japanese hikers. Unfortunately, two of the hikers lost their life.  Although only one of the Japanese hikers was saved, it proved the importance of having a guide to lead a Great Wall hike. In an emergency, their guide was the only hope that they could count on. The Japanese hikers didn't count on the snow being a big problem, as there were few signs that it would snow that day. But, they made the right decision to hire a professional guide who knew the way and was able to seek help.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Beijing and Northern China

The capital of China, Beijing, is the country’s cultural and political center. Many sections of the Great Wall (as well as the Ming Tombs) are within the vicinity of Beijing, and the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square mark the city center. The Olympics held in Beijing in 2008 marked the arrival of China as a world superpower, and some consider it to mark the arrival of the “Chinese century”. For any first –time visitor to China, a Beijing tour is a must. Many of our China package tours include a stop in Beijing, and you will not regret visiting.

Just about 200km outside the city is Chengde, the summer retreat for China’s Emperors and entourage. Northern China was once called Manchuria, and the ethnic group here (known as Manchus) made up the last ruling dynasty, the Qing. Through our China City Package tours you can visit Chengde. Some of the highlights of Chengde include the Chengde Summer Palace, and the Eight Outer Temples, which was built in close imitation to the Potala Palce in Tibet.

When Emperor Qin Shihuang united China for the first time in 221 BC, he chose Xian as the capital of his empire. When he died, he buried with him the Terracotta Army, and the discovery of this army marks Xian’s greatest and most famed attraction. The capital of Shaanxi province, Xian marks the end of the famed Silk Road, and in Xian you can see classic Chinese meshed with Muslim markets and bazaars. Xian is also the only major city in China to have its ancient city walls still intact, and through one of our China city tours or China package tours you can guard its watchtowers as they did hundreds of years ago.

Also in the northern region of China is the province of Inner Mongolia, and it capital city of Hohot. While a part of China it shares many similar characteristics with its larger and independent brother to the north. Here there are grasslands as far as the eye can see, and in the western areas there are vast stretches of the Gobi desert. On your China package tour to Inner Mongolia you can participate in many traditional Mongolian nomadic activities, like horse back riding, archery, Mongolian wrestling, and you can even stay in an authentic Mongolia yurt hut!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The World-famous Great Wall Hiking, Trekking and Camping Programs

A two-day hike along a remote stretch of China? Great Wall affords endless views without the distraction of crowds.

The Great Wall of China, one of the world’s modern wonders, and one of the greatest technological achievements in all of mankind, has long held the imagination of writers, scientists, soldiers, and now of course, travelers and adventurers. Within its countless bricks and watchtowers lies the boundless spirit of Chinese civilization. When you walk on its sacred ground you will feel this spirit all around you. The fun and excitement you get from exploring this marvel will stay with you for the rest of your life. We believe that everyone should experience this feeling at least once in their lives, and we at the Great Wall Adventure Club want to help you acquire this feeling.

Introduced and recommended by Fodor's China Guidebook (right), The Great Wall Adventure Club has received high marks and praise from all comers, from international tourists and hikers to the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, CNN and NBC, which documented one of our hikes. If you are looking for some excitement and adventure, along with some fun, then don’t just be another brick in the wall, come along and see what all the fuss is about!

The Great Wall Adventure Club is committed to environmental sustainability and historical education.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

China School Expeditions & Charity Treks

Great Wall Adventure Club has specialized in Great Wall trekking and camping for the past two decades, with a particular emphasis on handling large groups and parties. We have vast amounts of experience in this, as we lead and guide Great Wall treks on almost every day of the year. Our commitment to quality and service has paid off, as our trips have been recommend by such esteemed sources such as the Wall Street Journal and most recently in Fodor’s 2010 China guide. The Beijing Olympics of 2008 was our time to shine, as we lead many Olympic groups upon their Great Wall trips. Some of the teams we lead were the USA Softball Team and the UK Men’s Rowing team, along with other Olympic teams from Russia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. During their coverage NBC even broadcasted one of our Great Wall hikes. Just this past summer we led two groups of UK students, aged between 19-23, on their 12-day Great Wall trek, teaming with one of the premier school expedition services in the world. Both groups (30 and 28 students respectively), embarked on our 12-day Great Wall route sleeping on the wall and in local family’s houses along the way. The feedback we got back form the participants was tremendous. They raved about our guides, the hiking route, and our service. The experience was so positive that for the year of 2011 we plan on hosting about 400 UK students on their Great Wall school expedition.

Excellent Value for School Expedition Organizations

We pride ourselves on being the most knowledgeable and dependent of all China travel groups, as our field guides go through rigorous training and preparation, much more so than any other organization. Our team has an impeccable safety record, ensuring your expedition is a safe and secure one. For planning and leading your Great Wall expedition we are your one-stop place for all your needs. You don’t have to look around for a bunch of different organizations that meet your needs. We can take care of all your logistical and planning requirements during your time in China, from your accommodation to your trek supplies. As you yourself are a provider of school expeditions that are largely financed through hard work and fundraising, you know what it means to make the most of your resources, and we do too. Last but not least, our prices are extremely competitive, as you won’t find a better price for large group Great Wall travel.

Great Educational Opportunities

In addition to the experiences you can gain from our informative Great Wall hikes, we also offer other valuable educational opportunities. We are well connected with various educational and cultural organizations in Beijing, allowing us to develop for you tailor-made study-abroad and summer camps on all aspects of China’s rich cultural heritage. These can range from traditional Chinese martial arts, medicine, performance arts, and cooking.

For Individual Students and Parents

You’re probably thinking to yourself, why should I sign up for a school expedition? Well, if you want to explore the world, meet new people, create friendships that will last a lifetime, while also gaining skills that will help you into adulthood, than a school expedition is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Major companies and employers in the USA and UK state that embarking on a school expedition as one of the most important accomplishments you can achieve while at school, making for perfect resume detail. Parents will also feel results as well. In addition to having the child out of the house for a bit, you’ll see your son/daughter returned both confident and ready to succeed in their further studies and pursuits. If you feel that a school expedition is right for you and your school, meet with a trusted teacher or professor, and ask him/her to get in contact with our partner expedition agents. See you on the wall!

Other Large Groups

Other large groups and parties are still welcome to hike with us on the Great Wall. In addition to school expeditions, we also cater to organizing special Great Wall events for company outings, non-profit organizations, and other large groups with special needs. For that extra special touch we can even organize banquets and feasts atop the Great Wall itself!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

2015 China Package Travel and Vacation Tours

Due to China’s rising importance in the economic and cultural sphere (widely announced by the 2008 Olympics), the 21st Century is quickly becoming known as the “Chinese century”. Get a head start and find out why China is the place to be with our China Package travel and Vacation tours! These tours allow you to see a host of different attractions, from the classic and well-known places of Beijing and Shanghai to the more distant and exotic Tibet and southwestern ethnic discovery tours. Because of our close contacts with Chinese travel and hotel agencies, we are able to offer rates that are much better than what any western travel company can offer. If you wish to create and customize your own China travel tour, then scroll down to the bottom of the page to get started in creating your own memorable journey.

In addition to the great locations, you also get the Great Wall Adventure Club standard of service. With the China package tour, we will take care of all the tedious and grunt work, while you can worry about having the most fun and enjoyment possible during your stay in China. We will take care of your China domestic airplane and train tickets, along with your accommodation. Of course we will do everything according to your travel wishes and wants, and we aim to please. Our professional travel consultants have years of experience, and can provide you with the tour that suits your requirements, be it a deluxe group vacation or a tailor-made private tour on a budget. Great Wall Adventure Club has received recognition from all over the world, and during the Olympics we even provided numerous tours to the international Olympic teams and their friends and families. Also, on each stop of your tour, you will have a local English-speaking guide with you, so you will have in-depth knowledge and expertise at the sites on-hand. If you request, we also have Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian-speaking tour guides as well. Read on to find out about the different types of China travel and vacation tours that we offer.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Xian Tours To Terra-Cotta Warriors Army & Horses, and More Sightseeing in Xi'an

Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, is located in the heart of the Guanzhong Basin, with the Weihe River running along the northern border of the city. It is the largest metropolis in northwestern China. Known as Chang'an in ancient China, Xi'an is a world-renowned ancient capital.

For 1,062 years beginning in the 11th century B.C., Xi'an was the capital of 13 dynasties including the Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Eastern Han, Sui, and Tang. The continuous dynastic occupation kept the city beautiful and magnificent. More than two hundred and seventy palaces and temples were built during its heyday, such as the "Three Han Palaces" in the Han dynasty, namely Changle, Weiyang, Jianzhang Palaces, and numerous other palaces and watch towers. The most well known among these is the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang, with the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Xi'an is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Xi’an, cradle of Chinese civilization, is home to the ancient capital of 13 dynasties. Many splendid ancient civilizations fostered here have left with the city enormous cultural heritages. Substantial cultural relics like stone tablets, classical books, paintings, music, museum and drama have provided ample information and resource for the shaping of unique cultural produces of Xi’an.
The three ancient city parks in Qujiang District are perfect for tourists who want to enjoy outdoor experience. One-thousand-year-old Qujiang garden is most representative of Chinese ancient landscape garden. Built in Qin and Han dynasties, it flourished in Sui and Tang dynasties. Qujiang pool, Tang City Wall and Tang Ci’en Temple are the three park remains that reveal the splendor of Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties. Lawns, bridges and lakes display the natural beauty under the heaven. It is acclaimed to be an exemplary park for the combination of classical and modem elements and the co-existence between human and nature.

Experiencing the Prosperity of the Ancient Capital

Large-scale Motorcade Parade of the Thirteen Dynasties of the Ancient Capital shown in Tang Paradise is a great event. Capitalizing on the rich cultural heritage of Xi’an and the modern technology, it tried to recreate in perfection the prosperity of the thirteen dynasties whose capitals were in Xi’an. With the modern technology and beauty theory, it demonstrates for the audience the historical changes in Zhou, Qin, Han, Tang dynasties and the splendid culture of Chinese nation.

“Return Back to Tang Dynasty in the Dream”- A Poetic Tang dynasty Show

“Return Back to Tang Dynasty in the Dream” staged in Tang Paradise is a magnificent, enchanting and cheerful theme show which marks the highest-level of Tang singing and dancing.

Xian's Tang City Wall Park is 3.6kilometers long and 100 meters wide with a total investment of 500 million Yuan. To the east is Qujiang Pool and to the north is Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The park introduces the famous poets and rich connotation of Tang poems by means of calligraphies, sculptures, paintings and handicrafts. It is a cultural corridor that integrates poems, philosophy, aesthetics, and ecology.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yunnan Adventure Tours and Travel

Yunnan is the southernmost, centrally situated (east to west) province of China, bordering Tibet to the northwest, Myanmar to the west, Laos to the south, Vietnam to the southeast, and Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the east. Throughout the province are scattered the 26 ethnic minorities, so almost every major city in the represents the "capital" of one or more ethnic group, each with its separate, distinctive folk customs and colorful pageantry.

The most prominent ethnic groups are the Yi (their most distinctive celebration is the Torch Festival) and the Bai (the March Fair being their main celebration) ethnic groups, but there are numerous other colorful ethnic groups in the province, including the Dai (the Water Splashing Festival, aka the Spring Festival, being their main celebration), and the Naxi, with their unique Dongba culture that has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. But perhaps the most priceless "tourist attraction" of Yunnan Province is inarguably its stunningly beautiful and richly varied natural landscapes that will leave the beholder in speechless awe.

The mountains of the northeast are snow-capped year round, with glaciers at higher altitudes while virgin forests, interspersed with lakes and hot springs, predominate at lower altitudes. One of China's major ski resorts, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Ski Resort, is located here, while only about 600 km (370 mi) farther south, near Yunnan's, and China's, border with Myanmar and Laos, and thus bordering on the Tropic of Cancer, lies the tropical rainforest, Xishuangbanna, home to China's last remaining herds of wild Asian elephants, the endangered (and protected) Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkey, and home to numerous rare and beautiful plants, some endangered (and thus protected by the state).

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Monday, August 10, 2015

China Adventure Tour Packages

When planning a visit to China, most foreign travelers picture China as just Beijing and Shanghai, with little else worth seeing. That could not be further than the truth. In many ways China is similar to the United States, as both are roughly the same size. And, as there is so more to see in the U.S. than New York and Los Angeles, there is also so much to experience and explore in China! With the Great Wall Adventure Club China Adventure Tour Packages, we want to bring you the China that is often unseen by the foreign traveler. This is the China of jungles, cascading rivers, high mountaintops, Muslim markets and bazaars, and ethnic minority villages where life is relatively untouched by the outside world. All this is waiting for you in one of our exciting China Adventure Tour packages!

Our China Adventure Tours cover the entire range of China. These include the most remote, wild and exotic places in the “middle kingdom” that are not otherwise easily accessible. We aim to show you the rugged outdoors of China that western adventurers often miss. Our adventure tours range from a personal jeep tour of the western wilds of Tibet and the famed Silk Road, exploring the Muslim markets of the Chinese far west, horse-riding in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, hiking through the world’s deepest gorge at Tiger Leaping Gorge, exploring the tropical jungles and rice terraces of Yunnan, and biking to the remote minority villages in Guizhou and Fujian. If you want an up-close look at Mt. Everest, we can provide that too. By signing on with our China Adventure Tours, not only will you have an experience of a lifetime, but you will also learn more about the world’s greatest rising power, and begin to understand its complexity and diversity. With our China Adventure Tours, Great Wall Adventure club guarantees the same high standard of quality and service that apply to our other tours and excursions.

On your China Adventure Tour you will have a local English-speaking guide with you, so you will get the best possible value for your tour. As usual with Great Wall Adventure Club, we will take care of arranging the transportation and accommodation you want for your trip.

We also have more conventional China Adventure tours to the former imperial resort of Chengde, famed for its splendid resorts and Tibetan temples, and to Pingyao, a city in central China where being there is like walking back in time to the golden age of the Qing dynasty.

International travel agencies are welcome to collaborate with us to give your guests their own customized tours.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Experience the Greatness and Wonder of China on Foot

Great Wall Adventure Club travel and hotel reservation services are handled by our American and Chinese travel specialists. This way you get a personalized and expert touch when it comes to your travel arrangements, and we guarantee that no stone will be unturned. With our standard of excellence and service we proudly welcome you to China!

Officially established in 2003 in Beijing, China, for 10 years Great Wall Adventure Club (GWAC) has been bringing the wonder, mystery, and excitement of “the middle kingdom” to visitors and daring explorers from all over the world. Our satisfied clients have included over 12,500 people from 59 countries. Initially established as solely a Great Wall trekking organization for backpackers, our success and drive has lead to us expanding operation to include all angles of China exploration, from cruises on the Yangtze, hiking in Tibet, exploring the tropics of Yunnan, and all the other great pursuits to be had.

    Great Wall Adventure Club has been proud to lead numerous illustrious groups on their own Great Wall trek. US Softball, Google, IBM, and the Embassy of the United States of America are just some of the parties we have been fortunate enough to serve. Just recently, the world renowned Cirque du Soleil, in China to perform their enormously popular "Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour" show elected to go on their very own Great Wall Adventure with us! Cirque du Soleil, which has performed on six out of seven continents, has provided a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment to millions of people for almost 30 years.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Old Dragon's Head- Shanhaiguan, East Qing Tombs-Huangyaguan, Simatai-Jinshanling-Gubeikou, and Jiankou-Mutianyu

The twelve-day Route we have here is designed to give you the maximum experience out of your Great Wall hiking and your time in China. On this hike we will start from Old Dragon’s Head, the easternmost point of the Great Wall, and will start to make our way westward. You will see most of the eastern Great Wall that is open to the public, all the way from the Yellow Sea to Beijing.

In addition to wild ruins, dramatic peaks and valleys, and stately fortresses, we will also take some enjoyable excursions to the East Qing Tombs and local villages, giving you a more well-rounded introduction to Chinese culture in addition to the Great Wall.

Once you have made it back to good old Beijing, you will be welcomed back with a nice Chinese dinner. Consider the dinner payback for a job well done. Being in Beijing, you will have the choice to go with us on our tours to the sights that Beijing has. You can go to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs, or one of our custom-made rickshaw tours of Beijing hutongs.

This tour includes both free pick-up and drop-off at the airport and your hotel, which will be centrally located and top of the line (at least 4 stars).

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nine-day Trekking & Camping Tour

This option is the complete package. We will pick you up at the airport, and bring you to a 4 star hotel centrally located in Beijing. Then your epic hike will begin. In addition to the Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai tour, which has the best of both Great Wall worlds, this tour also combines the natural wonder of Black Dragon Pool (the best waterfall in northern China), mountains, as well as the ability to explore local villages and townships. The Jiankou to Mutianyu hike is a joy to hike with its dramatic ruins, and is good for some excellent photographs.

This tour will add to your knowledge of the Great Wall, as you will gain a greater understanding of the wall’s architecture, military purpose, and structure. This hike is of course a long and sometimes challenging one (at 80km/50 miles for the 10 day total), so you should be in good physical condition.

At the end of your tour you will have the option of going with us to some of the best sights in Beijing and all of China. If you’d like you have the option of going to the Forbidden City, Temple of heaven, the Summer Palace, the Lhama Temple, or if the hike has worn you out, you can go on a breezy and relaxing rickshaw tour of Beijing hutongs.

At the end of your stay, your hard work on your hike will pay off as you will get to enjoy a nice Chinese dinner. Please join us for a hike that will show you the best of the Great Wall from Beijing all the way to the Yellow Sea!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Unrestored Badaling-Stone Gorge Pass-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Huangyaguan-Qianganjian

Not for the regular tourist, this hike is designed for the well-conditioned hiker with experience. Featuring 5-7 hours of hiking per day, this hike is only for those serious about exploring the Great Wall. We begin at Badaling, not the tourist one, but a quiet unrestored section noted for its challenging terrain. We’ll move into Shixiaguan a largely intact portion set among the mountains and hills. The scene then shifts to Hunaghuacheng, where we will trek until we reach Xishuiyu, which is famed for its underwater portion of the Great Wall. Next, we’ll tackle Jiankou, a largely dilapidated section that features awe-inspiring ruins set against some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. We’ll get a break when we cross over into Mutianyu, a largely restored section where the hiking is relatively tame. The following day we’ll be at Gubeikou, a vitally important section that saw some fighting during the Japanese invasion of the 1930s. From here we’ll hike into Jinshanling, where that night we will camp out in one of its countless watchtowers. The next day we’ll encounter west Simatai (the rest is closed for the time being), which features some of the steepest hiking you’ll find. Our final trek will be at Hunaghuacheng, and while the wall here is restored its setting upon rolling hills makes for some hard trekking.
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