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Great Wall Hiking

1-day Great Wall hiking: from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Tour Code: GW01-02
Duration: 1days
Hiking Distance: about 10km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs
Good time to visit: all year
Departure date: Available daily on request 2016
Effort Nature Culture

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What makes our hikes different from the others ?

  • Our tours are private – no delays picking up other tourists from various hotels around the city. We pick up, then go!
  • Your English-speaking guide stays with you the entire trip (including the hiking).
  • Our guides carry 2-way radios (and a cell phone) in case of emergencies.
  • We use safe, reliable, government-licensed vehicles (e.g. mini-vans), not a dubiously-maintained family car or taxi.
  • We use professional drivers, not a “friend” making some extra money.
  • We save time by taking the direct routes, even if there are charges (rather than navigating back roads trying to avoid tolls).
  • With us, there are NO “forced shopping” stops !
  • There are NO hidden costs ! (e.g. fuel surcharge)
  • We are proud of our Wall. We want YOU to become an ambassador of Great Wall hiking too!
  • We not only want our customers to return – we want them to tell their friends!

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • This is a great day-excursion for a hiking family! 
  • It includes BOTH a section of the Wall which is restored. PLUS a section of the Wild Wall for comparison. (The “wild wall” section is remote, quiet, and almost-secret – you will probably not see any other tourists for the entire morning! And it is great for pictures)

TRIP OVERVIEW:

This is one of our customers’ favourites! The hike transverses what residents call “the Wild Wall” – not only is the hike itself picturesque, but it combines the old with the new! Hikers start on an authentic, unrestored part of the wall in the morning, and hike to the restored section at Mutianyu, with its souvenirs and cold beer. This old section of the Wall is generally not known by tourists, although it is often-frequented by local photographers, seeking to capture “authentic” photos of ChángChéng before restoration. Amateur photographers will love this hike!
 
This trip can be taken any time during the year, even winter, and always makes for a memorable day-trip.

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DETAILED ITINERARY:
(B=breakfast, L=lunch)

The Great Wall at Jiankou is located in the district of Huairou, about 80 kilometres north-east of Beijing. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to a village called Xizhazhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall. The last part of the 2-hour drive is through a picturesque valley, famous for its delicious fish.
We will take a small mountain trail behind one of the villagers’ houses straight up to the wall. This part takes about one hour, and it is not that easy, but it allows one can imagine how the invaders felt, creeping upwards in the fog, the huge wall emerging directly above them, the guards on duty still-unaware, having their tea. When we get to the top, you will find the effort worth it - there is a deserted watch-tower right where we emerge onto the Wall, from which you will have a panoramic view of the whole valley, of the Xizhazhi village below, and of the wall itself, snaking and disappearing over the mountain crest. This is a great place to catch your breath and take pictures.

The hike along the wall will take about 4 hours, and it is unlikely you will meet any other tourists along the way. Although the Wall follows the mountain crest, it is gently undulating and, although there are areas of disrepair to be navigated with care, it is fairly-easy hiking. One highlight is the enemy observation tower known as, "Ying Fei Dao Yang", so named because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the area, and eagles and hawks often perch on it. Although the majestic wall is slowly being conquered by small trees and brambles, the view from the top is still stunning!

What a change, emerging from the peaceful, authentic section of the Wall, so full of history, onto the restored portion of the Wall at Mutianyu , full of tourists! Your driver will meet you there, and will take you back to Beijing.    

Tour Cost:    Currency Converter
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Tour CostCNY1800/P
$286/P
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$170/P
CNY930/P
$148/P
CNY850/P
$135/P
CNY690/P
$110/P
($1=6.3CNY)
(The cost for the child of 2-12 year old is based on 15 % discount of the adult's tour cost.Any baby less than 2 year old is free of any charges. If it turns out there is cost involved, we reserved to collect the cost.)

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  • Please reserve at least ONE day before the departure time.
  • We are ready to extend your tour in Beijing if you want. Please click Tours in Beijing for reference or contact our expert!
  • As the exchange rate of CNY to USD is floating, we reserve  the right to adjust the quote in USD according to the exchange rate on the date you pay the tour.

The tour cost includes:  

  • Transportation in a modern, safe car, mini-van, or bus.
  • Experienced English-speaking tour leader.
  • All first-entrance tickets to any tourist spots mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Table or simple picnic lunch while hiking on the Wall.

The tour cost does not include:

  • Personal gear required: hiking boots or sneakers; rain-coat; cap; camera; sun-cream; sun-glasses; pocket knife; day-pack, etc.
  • Tips to tour guide and driver.
  • Tourist accident insurance.
  • Supplementary trips, entrance fees, and services not mentioned, and any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances

What makes our hikes different from the others ?

  • Our tours are private – no delays picking up other tourists from various hotels around the city. We pick up, then go!
  • Your English-speaking guide stays with you the entire trip (including the hiking).
  • Our guides carry 2-way radios (and a cell phone) in case of emergencies.
  • We use safe, reliable, government-licensed vehicles (e.g. mini-vans), not a dubiously-maintained family car or taxi.
  • We use professional drivers, not a “friend” making some extra money.
  • We save time by taking the direct routes, even if there are charges (rather than navigating back roads trying to avoid tolls).
  • With us, there are NO “forced shopping” stops !
  • There are NO hidden costs ! (e.g. fuel surcharge)
  • We are proud of our Wall. We want YOU to become an ambassador of Great Wall hiking too!
  • We not only want our customers to return – we want them to tell their friends!

 
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Really enjoy the trip!

Really good English guide.

Hiking was quite tough though. 

 
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