Monday, June 29, 2015

East Qing Tombs-Huangyaguan Pass-Chengde

Besides visiting one of the more ingenious parts of the Great Wall, this tour is sandwiched by some of China's other imperial charms. You'll start out by visiting the East Qing Tombs, which is one of China's vastest and most well-preserved burial sites. You'll then be taken to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, which is designed to be a miniature representation of the entire Great Wall, allowing you to get a keen insight on the structure in a much shorter time than it would take to walk the entire wall! You'll finish your hike the next day. After your hike you'll be driven to the city of Chengde, which served as the summer retreat for emperors of the Qing Dynasty looking to beat the heat of Beijing. Here you will visit the sprawling and magnificent Summer Resort, along with the Small Potala Palace, a grand buddhist temple that is a recreation of the Potala Palace of Tibet. 

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/East-Qing-Tombs-Hunagyaguan-Pass-Chengde-3-day.htm
 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Featuring Great Wall under Water

In addition to seeing some wonderful natural scenery and “wild” Great Wall, you'll also get to visit one of China's richest historical towns. Your tour beings in the City of Chengde (a few hours outside of Beijing). Chengde was the Qing Dynasty's summer retreat, as emperors made their way hear to escape the heat and scrutiny of Beijing. Once in Chengde you'll visit the vast and marvelous Summer Resort, which served as the residence of the emperor. You'll also see the Little Potala Palace, a grand imitation of the Potala Palace of Tibet. The next day you'll start your hike at the Xifengkou Great Wall, an unrestored section where part of the Great Wall runs underwater! After sleeping in a nearby farmer's house, you'll finish your trek the next day.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3-day-Chengde-Panjiakou-Xifengkou.htm 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Great Wall Hiking and Camping on the Great Wall for Three Days

You'll get an up close and personal view of the Great Wall on this hike. The first leg of your journey begins with the Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai hike, a classic and popular trek that is suitable for all ages. However, unlike most people, the Great Wall will serve as your personal hotel as you sleep under the stars in a Great Wall watchtower. That's right, you get to camp out on the Great Wall of China! We'll complete your program by hiking from Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, an often overlooked Great Wall trek that features rugged wild wall as well as dramatic vistas and stunning scenery.  

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3ac.htm

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Three-day Great Wall Hiking

You'll get an up close and personal view of the Great Wall on this hike. The first leg of your journey begins with the Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai hike, a classic and popular trek that is suitable for all ages. However, unlike most people, the Great Wall will serve as your personal hotel as you sleep under the stars in a Great Wall watchtower. That's right, you get to camp out on the Great Wall of China! We'll complete your program by hiking from Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, an often overlooked Great Wall trek that features rugged wild wall as well as dramatic vistas and stunning scenery.

To learn more about this Great Wall hike please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3ab.htm

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Three-day Great Wall Hiking & Camping on the Great Wall

Those wishing to budget their time in the wisest way possible won’t want to miss this tour, as you’ll get to embark on the two most popular Great Wall hikes. We’ll start at Gubeikou, a strategically important of wall that even saw fighting in the 20th century, and we’ll make our way towards Jinshanling, a section of wall long prized for its grace and beauty. You’re in for a treat, as you’ll actually get to camp overnight on the Great Wall in a watchtower! The next day we’ll make our way towards the western end of Simatai, a portion known for its challenging path. We’ll conclude your tour by hiking Jiankou-Mutianyu, which should provide you with a cornucopia of priceless photos and memories. Like Gubeikou-Jinshanling-west Simatai, Jiankou-Mutianyu makes for a fascinating contrast between unrestored “Wild Wall” and the restored Great Wall with which we are all so familiar with.

To learn more about this Great Wall hike please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3aa.htm

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai West (Second Valley)-Jiankou-Mutianyu


For the person who loves outdoor physical activity, this program combines two of the most well-known Great Wall hikes along with one of the least known sections of Great Wall. Your trek begins with the hike from  Jiankou Great Wall, which features dramatic peaks and ruins that are a photographer's dream. You'll soon hike over into Mutianyu, one of the most famous and popular sections of Great Wall, but one which has escaped the tackiness of other popular Great Wall spots. The next day we'll have the classic Gubeikou-Jinshanling hike, which allows you to see both restored and “wild” Great Wall, giving you a more nuanced look at the Great Wall. After sleeping in one of Jinshanling's larger watchtowers, you'll continue your hike to Second Valley, a strategic point on the Great Wall that is a bit of a challenge due to its steepness and condition.


For more information about this Great Wall hike please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3-day-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai-Jiankou-Mutianyu.htm

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Great Wall Hiking: Beijing-Old Dragon's Head and the First Pass - Discovery Tour with China's Bullet Train

With beaches, Great Wall, and hiking, this program has something for everyone! Via bullet train, we will set out to Qinhuangdao, a pleasant beach area, where you will get to explore Shanhaiguan, which is known as the “First Pass of the World”. During your hike you will pass over into Old Dragon's Head, which is the eastern-most point of the Great Wall, lying just off the Bohai Sea. After walking on Old Dragon's Head you'll get to meander around the beach area nearby. The next day you'll be driven to the Jiaoshan Great Wall, which is the highest peak to the north of Shanhaiguan Pass. It is one of the oldest sections of surviving Great Wall, as it was first built during the 14th century.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Old-Dragon-Head-First-Pass.htm

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Great Wall Hiking: Beijing-Old Dragon's Head and the First Pass - Discovery Tour with China's Bullet Train

This program will give you a nice overview of some of the more obscure Great Wall sections that visitors often miss. You'll start at Old Dragon's Head, the eastern-most point of the Great Wall, which is just off the Bohai Sea. You'll then hike to the “First Pass Under Heaven”, an immense watchtower where you'll learn about the history and military strategy of this section. We'll the proceed to the Great Wall at Jiaoshan, which is divided into restored and unrestored sections, and you'll experience both on your walk, allowing you to compare and contrast the two styles. You'll spend the night at a nearby hotel and the next day you'll continue hiking on Jiaoshan. After our hike there you'll be driven to your last stop, Dongjiakou, a section of wall more than 600 years old and which features the Cihou Tower- a solid command post with no roof, giving the defenders a 360-degree-view of the whole area. This structure can not be found anywhere else.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou-Huangtuying-hike.htm

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two-day Great Wall Hiking Tour on Great Wall from the Pacific Ocean

This program will give you a nice overview of some of the more obscure Great Wall sections that visitors often miss. You'll start at Old Dragon's Head, the eastern-most point of the Great Wall, which is just off the Bohai Sea. You'll then hike to the “First Pass Under Heaven”, an immense watchtower where you'll learn about the history and military strategy of this section. We'll the proceed to the Great Wall at Jiaoshan, which is divided into restored and unrestored sections, and you'll experience both on your walk, allowing you to compare and contrast the two styles. You'll spend the night at a nearby hotel and the next day you'll continue hiking on Jiaoshan. After our hike there you'll be driven to your last stop, Dongjiakou, a section of wall more than 600 years old and which features the Cihou Tower- a solid command post with no roof, giving the defenders a 360-degree-view of the whole area. This structure can not be found anywhere else.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou-Huangtuying-hike.htm

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

East Qing Tombs and Huangyaguan Two-Day Hike

In addition to an outstanding Great Wall experience you'll also get to visit one of imperial China's great treasures. This tour starts with a visit to the East Qing Tombs, the burial site for most of China's last ruling dynasty, the Qing. One of the largest and most well-preserved burial sites in China, you'll find five emperors, four empresses and even the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi, China's power behind the throne in the late 19th Century. You'll then be taken to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan. The great thing about Huangyaguan was that it was designed as a miniature version of the entire Great Wall, giving you an understanding of the Great Wall's functions and features without having to walk the whole thing! From there we'll drive to the Eastern Qing tombs, a sprawling tomb complex that many feel is much more exciting than the Ming Tombs. Here is the final resting place of five emperors, four empresses, five imperial concubines, and one princess of China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing. 

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/East-Qing-Tombs-Huangyaguan-two-days.htm

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Panjiakou Reservoir to Xifengkou Great Wall Two-Day Hike

This hike is relatively simple and easy, so it's a perfect way for the whole family to get out and enjoy the Great Wall together! This program starts at the picturesque Panjiakou Reservoir, where we'll enjoy a little picnic lunch before your Great Wall trek. You'll then start hiking at the Xifengkou Great Wall, a section that is its unrestored state and which nature has taken its course. Here you will see a rare thing, a section of the Great Wall running underwater! This along with the grand old watchtowers and peaks will make for ad ay to remember. After sleeping In a nearby farmer's village, we'll continue our walk on Xifengkou. As it is rarely visited by hikers, you will get to have a more in-depth Great Wall experience than you would at some of the more touristy areas.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Panjiakou-Reservoir-Xifengkou-hike.htm

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Imperial Tour to Chengde and Hike at Great Wall by Water

This program starts at Huanghuacheng, a section of Great Wall, which in the spring and summer features lush flowers blooming, beacon towers, and even a section of the wall that runs underwater! From there we'll drive to Jiankou, where you will embark on what is perhaps the best Great Wall hike. Jiankou, located in small farming village, is completely unrestored, meaning this is about as authentic an experience as you can get. You'll see some amazing ruins of watchtowers set against the surrounding hillside, making for an unforgettable hike. After a few hours you'll cross into Mutianyu, a largely restored portion of the Great Wall that is very popular but not as touristy as other sections. One of the most photographed sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu has played host to world leaders and has been the scene of numerous movies (like the recent remake of the Karate Kid) and TV shows.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Chengde-Panjakou-Reservoir-Xifengkou-two-day-hike.htm

Thursday, June 4, 2015

From Forbidden City to Jiankou and Mutianyu with Camping on the Great Wall of China

Experience the beauty and majesty of the Great Wall from the best seat in the house! On this program you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep over on the Jiankou Great Wall, a fantastically rugged piece of Great Wall often featured in National Geographic and the like. Think of it, facing the stars from a Great Wall watchtower, and seeing the sunrise over the mountains-all of this can and will happen on this tour. This tour also features additional hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall, as well as your choice of visiting either the Forbidden City or the Summer Palace. As always, you'll have your own English-speaking guide and driver with you on this tour. 

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Jiankou-Camping-Forbidden-City.htm

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Imperial Treasures, Classic Great Wall Overnight Camping and Hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling at Affordable Prices

In addition to sleeping on the Great Wall, this tour quite nicely introduces you to China both modern and ancient, and for a two day trip, pretty much shows you the best of Beijing, using your time in the best way possible. The tour starts with a visit to the Forbidden City, which for over 400 years was China's home to the Emperor and his imperial retinue. After our visit, we'll cross over to China's modern political center, Tiananmen Square. Then it is off to the Olympic Green, the area where China hosted the 2008 Olympics. We'll then set out for the meat of the trip by going to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, famed for its brick work, watchtowers, and sweeping vistas. Tonight, in one of Jinshanling's larger watchtowers, you'll get to sleep under the stars on the Great Wall! The next day you'll hike to Gubeikou, an unrestored piece of “wild” Great Wall, before being driven back to your hotel.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Sleep-in-WatchTower-on-Great-Wall.htm