Friday, July 29, 2016

Old Dragon's Head-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan Two-Day Hike

For those that have a little more time to spend in Beijing, and whose interest in the Great Wall runs a little deeper than the average tourist, our 2-day Great Wall programs are a perfect way to sate your Great Wall appetite! With these two day programs, you'll be able to spend more time on the Great Wall, see more of China's natural beauty, explore relatively unknown sections, and even sleep on the wall itself! (for more information about sleeping on the Great Wall see Routes 2X, 2AA and 2AB) As with all of our other programs, you will receive nothing but the best service and guidance.

In accordance with our 1-day programs, you will be picked up in the morning by your travel guide and driver. Your travel guide, who has gone through the strictest safety criteria in the country, will be with you at all times during your Great Wall hike, ensuring your safety while also imparting you with his/her vast knowledge of the Great Wall. In addition, all heavy camping materials and provisions will be provided (such as tents when sleeping on the Great Wall). The parts of the Great Wall we will encounter are often empty, allowing you to have some quality one-on-one time with one of the world's great wonders. For those hearty outdoor types who live a challenge and trying something new, this is the perfect way to explore the Great Wall of China!

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.

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