Thursday, March 31, 2016

West Lake

These are the words composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127) when he compared the West Lake to Xi Zi, the most beautiful woman in ancient China. These poetic sentiments leave one in no doubt of the glory of the scenery that inspired them.

Originally a shallow sea inlet, due to the laying down of silt this 5.68 square kilometers (about 1,404 acres) of water became the famous West Lake. With an average depth of just five feet the lake comprises five distinct sections. The largest part is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake. Held in the embrace of hilly peaks on three sides, this water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favorite imperial retreat. The lake and its environs have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden but on a grand scale. The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features. Whatever the season, the panorama is pleasing to the eye and the nuances of light shade together with the moods of the weather present an ever-changing picture that justifiably has been described as 'intoxicating'.

A number of specific features can be singled out as worthy of particular note. To the south of centre of the Outer Lake is a man made island known as the Island of Little Oceans, that encloses four small lakes. From here one can view the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon when at night candles are lit in stone lanterns jutting out of the water thus creating the impression of the reflections of three moons. The scene is truly magical on the night of the Autumn Moon Festival. Solitary Hill Island lies between the Outer Lake and the north Inner Lake and is an ideal spot from which to admire the vista. The nearby Two Peaks Embracing the Sky is another impressive sight, especially when crossing the lake by boat.

Near to the lake can be found the Ling Yin Temple in its woodland setting near to Fei Lai Feng (Peak Flown From Afar). Legend has it that this limestone peak flew from India where it had formed part of a holy mountain. These are of particular interest to Buddhists and those who have a love of sculpture and art. The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei is a monument to the patriot who was murdered in 1141 at the behest of his archrival Qin Hui, the Song prime minister. These buildings like others in the vicinity of the lake such as the slender Six Harmonies Pagoda add to the calm and beauty of their surroundings.

No visitor to the West Lake and Hangzhou can fail to learn something of this city's most famous products, namely silk and Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea. Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907) silk products from Hangzhou have found their way all over the world. The National Silk Museum is the first Chinese national museum to be dedicated to silk culture and is the largest of its kind in the world. A similar museum is dedicated as homage to tea. Located at the West Lake Dragon Well Tea Plantation, the National Tea Museum provides a fascinating insight into the history and production of Chinese tea. Often referred to as the 'wonders of West Lake' Longjing (Dragon Well) tea and Hupao (Running Tiger) Fountain is each worthy of the attention of the visitor.

Another natural spectacle to be found here is the tidal bore of the Qiantang River that has enthralled people for centuries. Overlooking the river estuary stands the 13 storey high Six Harmonies Pagoda. Dating from 970 and built on the site of an earlier pagoda that served as a lighthouse, the name refers to the six codes of Buddhism i.e. harmony of the body, speech and thought and the renunciation of personal pleasure, opinions and wealth. A climb to the top of the pagoda carries the reward of an impressive view over the river.

Crossing the river is the Qiantang River Bridge. This is the first two-tier bridge to have been designed and built by Chinese engineers in modern times. The other great feat of much earlier engineering is the Grand Canal. Linking Hangzhou in the south with Beijing in the north, this is the longest man-made waterway in China and surpasses both the Suez and Panama canals.

We hope that this introduction to the delights of the area surrounding the West Lake will tempt you to visit them for yourself. You can be assured that the splendid and diverse landscape will remain long in your memory as you call to mind tour sites to be found south of the Yangtze River.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shanghai Nanjing Road

China's premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today Nanjing Road is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.

After the Opium War (1839-1842), Shanghai became a treaty port. Nanjing Road was first the British Concession, then the International Settlement. Importing large quantities of foreign goods, it became the earliest shopping street in Shanghai.

Over time, Nanjing Road has been restructured, undergoing significant change. For shopping convenience, its eastern end has an all-weather pedestrian arcade. Big traditional stores no longer The sightseeing bus on the Nanjing Roadominate the market since modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theatres, and international hotels have mushroomed on both sides of the street.

Today over 600 businesses on Nanjing road offer countless famous brands, superior quality, and new fashions. Upscale stores include Tiffany, Mont Blanc, and Dunhill. In addition, approximately a hundred traditional stores and specialty shops still provide choice silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks.

Open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians enhance evening strolls. A trackless sightseeing train provides a comfortable tour of the night-transformed pedestrian street. Flashing neon signs illuminate the magnificent buildings and spangle the night skyline of this lively city.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

Yuyuan Garden is believed to have been built during the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai.

Yuyuan literally translated means Happy Garden. It is located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund. It has a total area of about two hectares (five acres) and more than 40 attractions The inner and outer gardens were both built in the Ming Dynasty classical style, with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions.

The garden covers a significant space and includes a few halls and other buildings of interest. Its cultural relics include: century-old furniture, calligraphy and paintings of famous artists, clay sculptures and brick carvings, some inscriptions and couplets.

One of the highlights of the garden is the Exquisite Jade Rock. It is a 5-ton, porous, beautifully-shaped, grotesque rock, which is said to have been carried from Taihu (Tai Lake) in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. The rock is characterized by its wrinkled appearance, slender shape, translucent nature and numerous holes eroded by water. An interesting legend goes that the rock was found some 1000 years ago, and it was originally one of Song Emperor Huizong's private collection before it found its way into Yu Garden.

The surrounding bazaar area provides good shopping opportunities, where traditional Chinese products and gold and jewels are on sale.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Yonghe Lama Temple

Yonghegong Lama Temple, located in the northeast of Beijing's city center, is also known as the "Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple.'' Construction of the Temple began in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. Originally, it served as the official residence for court eunuchs but it was converted into the court of Prince Yong (Yin Zhen), after Yongzheng's ascension as Emperor. After Yong Zheng's ascension to the Imperial throne, half of the complex was converted into a Tibetan monastery. The Qianlong Emperor, Yongzheng's successor, granted the temple the status of and imperial palace by having its turquoise tiles replaced with yellow tiles (yellow tiles were traditionally reserved for emperors). In 1744, it became a residence for Tibetan Buddhist monks from Mongolia and Tibet, becoming the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist Temple in China outside of Tibet.

The main building is the Hall of Harmony and Peace (Mahavira Hall or DaXiongBaoDian). It houses three bronze statues of the Mahavira Buddha sculptures of the Three Ages. A statue of Gautama Buddha (Buddha of the Present, also called Sakyamuni) is in the middle. Kasyapa Matanga statue (Buddha of the Past) and Maitreya Buddha statue (Buddha of the Future) stand on the right and left side respectively. Along the sides of the hall, 18 Arhat statues are placed. The 18 Arhats are the disciples of Samkyamuni. On the western wall is a mural showing the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Hall of the Wheel of the Law (FalunDian), with 5 gilded pagodas, functions as a place for reading sutras and conducting religious ceremonies. It houses a 6m tall bronze statue of Tsong Khapa, founder of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) School of Buddhism. The hall also houses a carving made of red sandalwood with 500 arhat statues made from five different metals - gold, silver, copper, iron and tin.
Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness displays a gigantic (18m) statue of the Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of White Sandalwood. This statue is one of three artworks in the temple that were included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1993.

Today, there are still at least 130 lamas living in the temple. 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square (or the Gate of Heavenly Peace) is the geographical center of Beijing and the largest city square in the world. It occupies 440,000 sqm and can accommodate 1 million people at one time. The square is known for the ritualistic flag raising ceremony-performed every day at dawn and dusk. Located at the center of Beijing City is Tiananmen Square, where you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. Thousands of people come to the Square every day. It is the must place to visit in Beijing City.
Tiananmen was originally built during the Ming Dynasty, but renovated during the Qing Dynasty. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the area was full of offices for imperial ministers. In the final days of the Qing Dynasty, many of the buildings were destroyed and the area was cleared out. The square was enlarged in 1949 and is now surrounded by The Forbidden City, Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Great Hall of the People and National Museum of China. However, it is best known for the towering Monument to the People's Heroes, located in the center of the square. 

The Monument to the People's Heroes commemorates the revolutionary martyrs. The towering monument is 37.94m high, weighs approximately 10,000 metric tons and is made out of 17,000 pieces of marble and granite. Engraved is an epigraph written by Mao Zedong. Eight reliefs depict the critical events of modern China.

South of the Square is the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, which pays tribute to the first chairman of the People's Republic of China. The hall was built in 1977 after Mao's passing. Mao Zedong's remains are laid in a crystal coffin in the main hall for viewing. To show respect, visitors are advised to observe a moment of silence when viewing the body of Mao.
The Great Hall of the People was built in 1959 and lies west of the Square. The hall is characterized for its white marble columns and crystal lights. In the back is a huge hall that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. A banqueting hall to the north can accommodate 5,000 people at one time. The Hall is also the National People's Congress and serves as the offices of the National People's Congress Standing Committee. 

Flag-Raising Ceremony
Five Star Red Flag-the Chinese national flag, flies high in the sky above the Square. To see the guard of honor raise the Flag is a must for the tourist visiting Beijing City. You have to get up very early and arrive at the Square before sunrise. Only by doing so can you see the ceremony clearly as there are crowds of people attending the ceremony every day.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace)

The Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace or Gugong), more correctly known today as the Palace Museum, is the most magnificent imperial palace complex in China and is located in the heart of the city across from Tian'anmen Square. The Palace complex lay at the heart of the original Ming Dynasty plan for Beijing devised by the Yong Le emperor in the fifteenth century, and is still regarded as the central point of the modern capital. In 1987, the Forbidden City was added to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. 
The Palace was constructed during the Ming Dynasty  construction spanned over 14 years from 1406 to 1420. Historical records show that it took at least one million workers and 10,000 artisans to build it, using building materials from many parts of China. Heavy items that had to be transported over long distances usually meant creative ways of transportation were invented. For example, wells were dug to pour water on the roads to coat them with ice in the wintertime, making it easier to transport stones.

The Palace served as the residence of 24 Ming and Qing dynasty  emperors, and was the political center of gravity of the entire Chinese empire, housing a vast and privileged retinue of officials, advisors, generals, concubines and eunuchs. The Palace attracted vast riches over the centuries in the form of tribute, and its artistic collections were swelled by thousands of items made in the Palace workshops themselves or purchased for use by the imperial household. In 1912, the imperial era came to an end when the emperor Pu Yi abdicated, but he was permitted to continue living in the northern part of the Forbidden City complex. It was not until 1924 that he was finally expelled from the home of his ancestors. The next year, the Forbidden City was established as the Palace Museum. 

The Forbidden City is divided into two parts, the southern section of the Outer Court, which was where the emperor exercised his power, and the northern section or the Inner Court, which served as the residence for him and the imperial family. Both courts account for an area of 163,000sqm. These areas were designed according to the architectural hierarchical code to reflect the status and power of the emperor. The court was limited to royal members and the emperor; common people would be prohibited from entering or coming within close proximity of the area. Today, some of the halls have been converted into galleries that exhibit ancient paintings, calligraphy, clocks, bronze wares, pottery and other valuable treasures used by the court. It is estimated that at least 1.5 million articles are protected by the museum.
Visitors going to the Forbidden City go to see how royalty lived during the empire, but also go to experience four of its major attractions:  the Meridian Gate (Wu Men,), Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihe Dian), Hall of Heavenly Purity (Qingqing Gong,) and Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian,).

Entering the Forbidden City was a ritual of its own. The rules stated that the central arch was exclusively reserved for the emperor. Empresses were granted a one-march ticket; usually, her wedding day. Other days, she had to abide by a strict code of conduct. Other marchers would include the three finalists of the national examination, which was presided over by the emperor. They would be allowed to march through the archway following interviews with the emperor. Ministers used the smaller arch to the east while the royal family used the arch to the west. Officials and eunuchs used the remaining arches. 

It is believed that the emperor is a reincarnation of the dragon and thus, the hall's interior is symbolically paved with golden bricks and the color yellow dominates the thrones, columns, windows and ceilings. The throne sits on a platform in the north of the hall, with an elegant wall screen behind, and three gilded columns on each side. There are mythical beasts, cranes, and incense burners laid in front of the throne. The ceiling is adorned with a dragon with a pearl in its mouth. 

The Forbidden City is a huge complex, and a visit can be an exhausting experience. If you are in Beijing for a while, consider making several visits rather than seeing everything in a single day. Remember too that it is a Museum, with a lively program of standing and temporary exhibitions; it is worth checking the Palace Museum website for information on displays before visiting.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Famous Great Wall Trekking for Nine Days and Twelve Days on the Great Wall ALL YOU CAN HIKE: 9-day, 12-day-hiking are all available year-round.

This is the longest and most comprehensive Great Wall tour that we offer, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better constructed one at any other travel agency. We've got you covered from the moment you arrive in Beijing, as pick-up and drop-off from the airport is included. Then, we'll set out on a nearly two-week odyssey that will take you from the Great Wall's eastern most point, making our way slowly east back towards Beijing.

In addition to the sections of the Great Wall you'll explore, you'll also be able to take in numerous villages in the Chinese countryside, giving you an authentic look into Chinese society. Besides the Great Wall you'll be taken to the East Qing Tombs, the final resting place for many emperors of China's last ruling dynasty, the Qing. You'll get to trek on the two most popular Great Wall hikes (Jinshanling-Simatai and Jiankou-Mutianyu), and when you get back to Beijing you'll get to pick any kind of city tour you like (Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, etc.)

Please be advised that this program should be taken by those in good physical condition, as there will be a great deal of physical activity required.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Famous Great Wall Trekking for Nine Days and Twelve Days on the Great Wall ALL YOU CAN HIKE: 9-day, 12-day-hiking are all available year-round.

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, March 15, 2016

The EXTREME Seven Day Beijing Great Wall Odyssey TOUR 7X: 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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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Seven-day Epic "Wild Wall" Odyssey TOUR 7B: Shixiaguan-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Huangyaguan-Baiyangyu

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 Baiyangyu Marble Wall, an often overlooked unrestored section that features a 1.5k long marble wall.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Off-the-beaten Great Wall Long Trek TOUR 7A: 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.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Six-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping TOUR 6A: 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.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Five-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping TOUR 5X: 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.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Five-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping: ROUTE 5B: 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.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Five-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping TOUR 5A: 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. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking from Beijing to Tianjin Route 4X: 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-Simatai. 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.

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