Friday, July 31, 2015

Seven-day Epic "Wild Wall" Odyssey

We kick off your adventure in a fitting way by hiking the unrestored section of Badaling, which is often passed over by Chinese tourists. This hiking here is steep and tough, but the experience will be invigorating. We’ll cross over into Shixiaguan, a dramatic and preserved piece of wall situated among mountains and rolling hills. The next day the scene will shift to Hunaghuacheng, and from here we will hike to Xishuiyu. The hiking here is a challenge, but you’ll be rewarded by an amazing sight when we reach Xishuiyu-the Great Wall underwater! The next day we will trek at Jiankou, a gorgeous section dotted with epic ruins and set up in the mountains. We will soon move into Mutianyu, one of the most photographed sections of the Great Wall and which features a toboggan ride on the way down! The following day we will begin at Gubeikou, a strategically important part of the wall that even saw action during the Japanese invasion of the 1930s. We will pass over into Jinshanling, where in one of its watchtowers is where we will camp overnight. The next day we will move into west Simatai (the rest of Simatai is closed for the time being), where the unrestored “Wid Wall” and steep steps will give you quite the workout. We’ll then drive to Huangyaguan, a section of that is a composite of the entire Great Wall, and which is set in a gorgeous valley. We’ll conclude your odyssey by visiting the Baiyangu Marble Wall, an often overlooked unrestored section that features a 1.5k long marble wall.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/7B.htm

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

7-day-long trekking to explore on the ancient wall from Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head), where the wall meets the Ocean

A bit out of the ordinary, we begin our hike at Old Dragon Head, the eastern-most point of the Great Wall where the wall touches the Yellow Sea. We’ll start hiking west through Shanhaiguan and Jiaoshan, stopping through some local villages on the way. For the next day we will hike to Sandaoguan, an exquisite piece of wall that features both unrestored “Wild Wall” and restored wall. Afterwards, we’ll really rough it by hiking from Dongjiakou to Xiaohekou, rugged unrestored sections that will be a challenge to climb, but the experience will be extraordinary. The following day we’ll take a brief respite from the Great Wall to visit the East Qing tombs, the resting place for much of China’s final ruling dynasty. We’ll then resume our hike by trekking Huangyaguan, which represents a miniature composition of the entire Great Wall. We’ll then end your adventure by going on the most popular Great Wall hike, starting from the western end of Simatai (the rest is closed for the time being), we’ll pass through Jinshanling before ending in Gubeikou, a strategically important part of wall that last saw action when the Japanese invaded in the 1930s. The wall here is highly photogenic, and its steepness and partly-dilapidated state is sure to give you a good work out.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/hike-great-wall-7-days.htm

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shixiaguan-Badaling-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West Simatai Great Wall Expedition

We have been helping our customers explore the Great Wall for more than 10 years. Whether you're an experienced hiker looking for adventure, or a family with small children looking for a memorable experience, then this would be a great way to spend your time in China. This program combines the four most popular Great Wall hiking routes into an action packed 6 day journey that shows you all aspects of the Great Wall. From rugged unrestored “Wild Wall” to restored brickwork and watchtowers, to even underwater Great Wall, if you’ve been dreaming about experiencing the Great Wall than this program will give you the most bang for the buck.

In addition to featuring the 4 most popular Great Wall hikes, you’ll also get to camp overnight on the Great Wall itself! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can’t afford to be missed, and is sure to be one of the best memories you take away from your China vacation. This program also comes with your own English-speaking guide and driver, and all meals are provided.
 
To learn more about this Great Wall hike please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Great-Wall-trekking-6-day-tours.htm

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Shixiaguan-Badaling-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West Simatai Great Wall Expedition

This five-day program is the perfect way to explore the wilder side of the Great Wall. We start at Badaling, but this isn’t the touristy Badaling that’s always packed with tourists; this other Badaling has been left in its natural state and is largely avoided by visitors. The hiking here is a challenge, but it eases a bit when we reach Shixiaguan, a largely intact portion of the Great Wall set against a lovely backdrop of mountains and rolling hills. The scene then shifts to Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, a hike featuring both restored and unrestored Great Wall, and which features a Great Wall bonus, a portion of the wall underwater! We’ll then set off for Jiankou, which has become one of the premier Great Wall hiking spots due to its breathtaking ruins and mountain setting. We’ll soon cross into Mutianyu, one of the Great Wall’s most photographed spots and which has played host to countless world leaders and dignitaries. The toboggan ride on the way down should not be missed! Our final leg brings us to Gubeikou, a strategically vital part of the Great Wall which even saw action in the 1930s against the Japanese invasion. This will lead us to Jinshanling, a section famed for its watchtowers and grand brickwork. It is here, in one of Jinshanling’s watchtowers where we will camp overnight. We finish at the western portion of Simatai (the rest is closed for the time being), a steep portion where the hiking is tougher than usual.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/5-day-Badaling-Shixiaguan-Jiankou-Simatai-Jinshanling.htm

Thursday, July 23, 2015

East Qing Tombs-Huangyaguan-Panlongshan-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu Great Wall Sections

This tour starts with a visit to the East Qing Tombs, the burial site for most of China's last ruling dynasty. You'll then be taken to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, which features classic brickwork, imposing watchtowers, and immense natural beauty. In fact, Huangyaguan 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 hike at Huangyaguan for two days before embarking for the classic Jinshanling hike, a restored piece of wall that will gradually deteriorate into its natural state as we cross west onto the Gubeikou section of Great Wall. Our next hike will be at Huanghuacheng, which features classically restored brickwork and some stunning scenery. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, a little known section of Great Wall that is unrestored, meaning that the “wild wall” starts to take hold. The next day you'll be driven to the 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.

For more information about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/5-day-East-Qing-Tomb-Mutianyu.htm

Monday, July 20, 2015

Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West Simatai-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu Great Wall Sections

The hike will start at Gubeikou, a relatively unvisited part of the Great Wall that is in its natural and unrestored state. After a few hours of hiking we'll pass over into Jinshanling, where restored brickwork, and large watchtowers dot the land. The next day we'll continue the hike at Panlongshan, a strategic point on the Great Wall that is a bit of a challenge due to its steepness and condition. Our next hike will be at Xiangshuihu, which is set against a backdrop of lush forestry. We'll soon cross over onto the Jiankou Great Wall, which features dramatic peaks and ruins. The next day we'll resume the hike on Jiankou, and after a few hours we'll come to 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 hike at Huanghuacheng, which is fast becoming popular with hikers. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, and as we walk along the ruins of the wall here, you will get to see something truly special, the broken Great Wall running underwater. 

For more information about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/5-day-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Xishuiyu.htm

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beijing-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Simatai West-Huangyaguan in Tianjin


This brand new program takes you to the best hiking routes the Great Wall has, including popular standbys like Jiankou-Mutianyu, and Jinshanling-Siamtai. However, what this tour offers that others don't is an opportunity to sleep over on the Great Wall itself! In addition, you'll get to discover Taipaingzhai, an unrestored and beautiful example of Great Wall architecture that is relatively unknown to both domestic and foreign tourists alike. Like all of our tours you'll get your own English-speaking guide and driver, which will give you the opportunity to travel worry-free and enjoy all that the Great Wall has to offer.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/4X-Great-Wall-Beijing-Huangyaguan.htm

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beijing-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Simatai West-Crounching Tiger Mountain-Jiankou-Mutianyu

   
This action-packed program gets started at Gubeikou, a portion of wall long valued for its defensive importance. We’ll trek into Jinshanling, which features rolling hills and watchtowers that dot the horizon. The hiking is relatively easy here, but the challenge will pick up the next day as we scale the western end of Simatai, which is renowned for its steepness and challenging path. We’ll cross into Jinshanling from the way opposite we came yesterday, and we’ll spend the night camped out in a watchtower, a unique experience to be sure! The scene then shifts to Wohushan and Crouching Tiger Mountain, a route long overlooked by foreign visitors. The path here is dotted by watchtowers, and the rolling land makes for a pleasant walk. We’ll conclude your Great Wall adventure by hiking the Jiankou-Mutianyu trail, which feature stunningly beautiful ruins alongside restored wall that has been photographed in many different publications. Up high in the mountains, the setting here couldn’t be more perfect, and you’re certain to get some amazing photographs that are National Geogrpahic-worthy.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/4E-day-GreatWallTrekking.htm 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beijing-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Simatai West-Jiankou-Jiankou-Mutianyu (with camping inside the watchtower)

We start out with a visit to Gubeikou, a strategically important portion of the Great Wall that even saw fighting in the 20th century against the Japanese. We will advance into Jinshanling, which is one the most photographed parts of the Great Wall, and which features watchtowers as far as the eye can see. For the second day, we’ll start from the western end of Simatai, an unrestored section known for its challenging path. We’ll enter Jinshanling from the opposite end that we came yesterday, and for the night we’ll camp out in a Great Wall watchtower, which is sure to be one of your most cherished memories during your time in China. On the third day we’ll make our way to Jiankou, a ruggedly beautiful portion of wall that features stunningly dramatic ruins and steep climbing. Set above in the mountains, the scenery is sure to take your breath away. On the fourth and final day we’ll cross over into Mutianyu, a tastefully restored section that has played host to visiting dignitaries and heads of state and which features an incredibly fun toboggan ride on the way down!

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/4D-day-GreatWallTrekking.htm

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Beijing-Old Dragon’s Head-Shanhaiguan-Jiaoshan-Sandaoguan-Dongjiakou-Chengzhiyu-Xiaohekou-Baiyangyu Marble Wall


We'll first 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. The next day we'll 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. We'll eventually cross over onto the Sandaoguan Great Wall, where some of the wall was built on cliffs at an angle of 90 degrees! Our next hike will start at 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. Your last day will conclude with the classic walk at Baiyangyu featuring Great Wall built with marble.


To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/4C-day-GreatWallTrekking.htm

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Beijing-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Simatai West-Huanghuacheng- Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu (with camping inside the watchtower)

The hike will start at Gubeikou, a relatively unvisited part of the Great Wall that is in its natural and unrestored state. After a few hours of hiking we'll pass over into Jinshanling, which will feature some of the most stunning scenery you will see in China. The next day we'll continue the hike at Panlongshan, a strategic point on the Great Wall that is a bit of a challenge due to its steepness and condition. You'll then be driven to the Jiankou Great Wall, which features dramatic peaks and ruins. 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 hike at Huanghuacheng. Huanghuacheng, which is fast becoming popular with hikers, features classically restored brickwork and the way that it glides and bends across the mountainside. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, and as we walk along the ruins of the wall here, you will get to see something truly special, the broken Great Wall running underwater.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/4B-day-GreatWallTrekking.htm

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beijing-East Qing Tombs-Huangyaguan-Qianganjian- Sanjiebei–Jinshanling-Gubeikou

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, which features classic brickwork, imposing watchtowers, and immense natural beauty. In fact, Huangyaguan 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 hike at Huangyaguan for two days before embarking for the classic Jinshanling hike, a restored piece of wall that will gradually deteriorate into its natural state as we cross west onto the Gubeikou section of Great Wall. You'll also be able to explore some traditional farming villages along the way.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/4A-day-GreatWallTrekking.htm

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shixiaguan-Badaling-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu + Sleeping on the Great Wall for Two Consecutive Nights in Two Different Watchtowers

Our program begins at Gubeikou, a strategically vital section of the Great Wall that even played a large part in the defense of Beijing against the Japanese in the 1930s. Largely unrestored, the hiking here is a great source of exercise. We’ll soon make our way to Jinshanling, a picture-perfect setting with grand brickwork and watchtowers as far as the eye can see. For the night, we’ll camp in a Jinshanling watchtower, an experience you are sure to cherish. The next day we’ll make our way to the western portion of Simatai (the rest of the section is closed for the time being), which, like Gubeikou, has been left in its natural state. The climbing here is steep, so the trekking here will be a bit tougher than what you’re used to. We’ll close out your Great Wall adventure by visiting Badaling, but don’t worry; this isn’t the touristy Badaling that is always packed to the gills. This Badaling is unrestored “Wild Wall” that is much more interesting to hike than its other namesake. We’ll finish at Shixiaguan, an almost unbroken piece of Great Wall that is set in a lovely patch of hill and mountains.

To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3x2.htm

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jiankou-Mutianyu-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Shixiaguan-Badaling


Experience the rougher side of the Great Wall with this challenging hike. We start out at Jiankou, an increasingly popular section that is famed for its breathtaking ruins and picturesque mountain setting. We’ll cross over into Mutinayu, one of the most photographed portions of the Great Wall. Mutianyu, largely restored is set in a valley with watchtowers that dot the horizon. The next day we’ll hike the Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu trail, and here you will get to discover an incredible sight, the Great Wall underwater! This program concludes with a visit to Badaling, but it’s not the Badaling that you often hear about. This Badaling is unrestored and in its natural state, and makes for an invigorating hike. We’ll end at Shixiaguan, which is one of the most intact portions of Great Wall still remaining and which is situated in a dreamy setting of mountain and rolling hills.


To learn more about this Great Wall program please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/3x1.htm

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Take a trip through the eastern-most reaches of the Great Wall, the ocean!

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. You'll have the rest of the day to wander around the beach nearby. The next day we'll 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. We'll eventually cross over onto the Sandaoguan Great Wall, where some of the wall was built on cliffs at an angle of 90 degrees! Your last day will start with a trek on the Jiumenkou Great Wall, and from there will descend to Huangtuying village to see the ruins of an anceint fortress.

To learn more about this Great Wall hike please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Old-Dragons-Head-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou-3-day.htm