Sunday, February 28, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking Adventure around Beijing Route 4E: 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.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking Adventure around Beijing Route 4D: 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!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking & Hiking: Route 4C: Beijing-Old Dragon’s Head-Shanhaiguan-Jiaoshan-Sandaoguan-Dongjiakou-Chengzhiyu-Xiaohekou-Baiyangyu Marble Wall

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!

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Monday, February 22, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking & Hiking: Route 4C: 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. 

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking & Hiking around Beijing Route 4B: 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.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Four-day Great Wall Trekking & Hiking around Beijing Route 4A: 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.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Three-day Great Wall Hiking & Double Camping Route 3X2: 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.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Three-day Great Wall Hiking Route 3X1: 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. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Old Dragon’s Head-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou Three-Day Hike Route 3D : 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 ancient fortress. 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

East Qing Tombs-Huangyaguan Pass-Chengde Route 3C : Three-day Great Wall Hiking Tour on Great Wall - A fun romp through China’s imperial and majestic past!

Besides visiting one of the more ingenious parts of the Great Wall, this tour is sandwiched by some of China's other imperial charms. You'll start out by visiting the East Qing Tombs, which is one of China's vastest and most well-preserved burial sites. You'll then be taken to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, which 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 finish your hike the next day. After your hike you'll be driven to the city of Chengde, which served as the summer retreat for emperors of the Qing Dynasty looking to beat the heat of Beijing. Here you will visit the sprawling and magnificent Summer Resort, along with the Small Potala Palace, a grand buddhist temple that is a recreation of the Potala Palace of Tibet.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Three-day Great Wall Hiking Route 3B: Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Featuring Great Wall under Water

In addition to seeing some wonderful natural scenery and “wild” Great Wall, you'll also get to visit one of China's richest historical towns. Your tour beings in the City of Chengde (a few hours outside of Beijing). Chengde was the Qing Dynasty's summer retreat, as emperors made their way hear to escape the heat and scrutiny of Beijing. Once in Chengde you'll visit the vast and marvelous Summer Resort, which served as the residence of the emperor. You'll also see the Little Potala Palace, a grand imitation of the Potala Palace of Tibet. The next day you'll start your hike at the Xifengkou Great Wall, an unrestored section where part of the Great Wall runs underwater! After sleeping in a nearby farmer's house, you'll finish your trek the next day.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Great Wall Hiking and Camping on the Great Wall for Three Days Route 3AC: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jinshanling-West Simatai-Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

You'll get an up close and personal view of the Great Wall on this hike. The first leg of your journey begins with the Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai hike, a classic and popular trek that is suitable for all ages. However, unlike most people, the Great Wall will serve as your personal hotel as you sleep under the stars in a Great Wall watchtower. That's right, you get to camp out on the Great Wall of China! We'll complete your program by hiking from Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, an often overlooked Great Wall trek that features rugged wild wall as well as dramatic vistas and stunning scenery.  

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Three-day Great Wall Hiking Route 3AB: Jiankou-Mutianyu-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

Those wishing to budget their time in the wisest way possible won’t want to miss this tour, as you’ll get to embark on the two most popular Great Wall hikes. We’ll start at Gubeikou, a strategically important of wall that even saw fighting in the 20th century, and we’ll make our way towards Jinshanling, a section of wall long prized for its grace and beauty. You’re in for a treat, as you’ll actually get to camp overnight on the Great Wall in a watchtower! The next day we’ll make our way towards the western end of Simatai, a portion known for its challenging path. We’ll conclude your tour by hiking Jiankou-Mutianyu, which should provide you with a cornucopia of priceless photos and memories. Like Gubeikou-Jinshanling-west Simatai, Jiankou-Mutianyu makes for a fascinating contrast between unrestored “Wild Wall” and the restored Great Wall with which we are all so familiar with.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Three-day Great Wall Hiking & Camping on the Great Wall Route 3AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

This program takes you to the classic Beijing-area Great Wall hikes. We start out at Gubeikou, where we will hike through Jinshanling until we reach the western portion of Simatai. With both unrestored “Wild Wall” and grand brickwork and watchtowers, this will make for a nice study in contrasts. The scene then shifts to Jiankou, which is fast becoming one of the most photographed sections of Great Wall, and once on it it’ll easy to see why. Much like the previous day’s hike Jiankou-Mutianyu makes for an interesting study of contrasts in Great Wall styles. We conclude your tour with a visit to Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, which also features restored and unrestored Great Wall, and which features an exceedingly rare sight-the Great Wall underwater!

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/