Monday, August 22, 2016

Three-day Great Wall Hiking & Double Camping

If you want to take and extended break from the hustle and bustle of Beijing and explore the natural and cultural beauties of northern China, than these 3-day Great Wall programs are sure to have what you're looking for. For these 3-day routes, you will get an extended and up-close-and-personal view of the Great Wall. Here you will get the classic Great Wall hikes, like Jinshanling-Simatai and Jiankou-Mutianyu. But here you will go beyond the standard hiking route and into some of the more unknown areas of the Great Wall. In addition to being able to sleep on the Great Wall itself (major camping equipment supplied by us), you can experience the unrestored ruins of the Great Wall at Panlongshan, the eastern-most tip of the Great Wall at Old Dragon's Head, or some of the more obscure section like Jiaoshan and Xifengkou. In addition to the Great Wall, you also have the opportunity to visit some other national treasures that the Middle Kingdom has to offer, You can visit the summer-time playground of the Qing Emperors in Chengde, which features the magnificent Summer Resort and magnificent Little Potala Palace (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites). You can also pay your respects to China's last ruling dynasty at the Eastern Qing Tombs, one of China's best preserved burial sites. In addition to the manmade, our 3-day programs also let you enjoy China's natural beauty, such as the Panjiakou Reservoir and the magnificent and colorful blooming flowers of Huangyaguan.

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.

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