Friday, September 16, 2016

Seven-day Epic "Wild Wall" Odyssey

These epic seven-day journeys are composed for the ultimate Great Wall enthusiast. These seven day adventures are optimally designed to give you the ultimate Great Wall experience. These hikes require you to be in good physical condition, so please be aware of how much you can handle. While these hikes are tough physically, you will gain a greater understanding of the Great Wall and its original strategic purpose, as well as a wonderful tour of rural Chinese culture and nature. These seven day programs take you to the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall sections, and also to some of the lesser known ones, like Shixiaguan, Sandaoguan, and Badaling (unrestored), and some even take you out to the wall’s eastern-most point where the Great Wall meets the Yellow Sea. All these hikes contain the beautiful and majestic ruins of a Great Wall unrestored, along with glimpses of a restored Great Wall with grand watchtowers and spectacular brickwork. While daytime on the Great Wall is a great experience, you’ll have the rare opportunity to camp overnight on the Great Wall as well (in one of Jinshnaling’s watchtowers). This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is sure to be one of your most cherished moments during your China trip. Just imagine how great it will be to witness the sunset and sunrise over the Great Wall. For all you amateur photographers, this is a treat you won’t want to miss. Like all of your Great Wall programs, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and your own driver, making sure that your Great Wall experience is safe as well as fun.

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.

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