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China is one of the most surprising travel destinations with an ancient history and a hugely promising future. Everything about China is authentic, unique and enticing. There has never been a better time to visit this incredible country. The Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China. It is one of the greatest sights in the world — the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery.
Discover our 9-day itinerary and hike the fabulous monument. The Great Wall of China is very long and crosses nine provinces. The most recommended sections are all around Beijing. During your trip you will explore Huangyaguan, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Simatai, Huanghuacheng , Jiankou and Mutianyu. You will also discover the capital city of Beijing and the East Qing tombs
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Beijing, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Beijing has served as the capital of China for over 800 years and is the second largest city by population. Home to the sprawling Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, as well as the most popular spot to visit the world famous Great Wall.
Beijing has many great restaurants and bars. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Today you'll visit historic Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Followed by a visit to the sprawling Forbidden City that dominates central Beijing, as it has done since it was it was completed in 1420 AD. This amazing complex is divided into political, living and entertainment areas, and is a highlight of any trip to China.
In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, with its lush gardens and lakes it is easy to understand why it was a favoured place for emperors to relax.
This morning visit China’s largest temple and altar complex as well as the city’s symbol, the Temple of Heaven, built in the Ming Dynasty and surrounded by purpose designed parklands.
In the afternoon explore Beijing's hutongs, or old residential laneways, that are slowly disappearing to redevelopment. Visit a family's hutong residence to see how Beijing locals have lived for centuries. Visit Prince Gong’s Palace, followed by the Bell or Drum Tower, which once formed a section of Beijing's city walls, and were used to announce the time of day to residents. End the day with a visit the Lama temple which is one of the most influential temples of its kind outside of Tibet.
This morning, after breakfast you will drive to the spectacular East Qing tombs. The East Qing Tombs make up an imperial mausoleum complex from the last feudal empire (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911) in China, which far-surpass their more famous predecessors, the Ming Tombs, both in splendor and in majesty. These tombs form a countryside version of the Forbidden City and are nearly as elaborate. Tastefully restored for the most part, this Imperial City is vast, grand, and less crowded.
After lunch, travel to Taipingzhai Village near Huangyaguan Great Wall. Huangyaguan is considered to be a miniature of the Great Wall of China. In this section, you can find the stone base built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 557) and the brick battlements laid in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). From here, you will hike for about one hour and a half, westward, to Huangyaguan Pass. Because the cliff rocks to the east of the pass are mostly yellow and they look gilded at the sunset, the pass got its name Huangya (Yellow Cliff) Pass. Walking westward for 550 yards (503 meters) from the Huangya Pass, you will get to the steepest segment of this section, the Huangya Sky Ladder. Stairs there are not very smooth. Some of them even crack in the middle. Stretching to the top of the ridge, this long stairway seemingly leads to the sky. Climbing over the ladder(over 200 steps), you will reach the primitive Great Wall built in the Northern Qi Dynasty.
After breakfast, you will transfer directly by van to Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. Upon arrival, hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall and enjoy the breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful hike. At the end of the hike, a short drive will take you to the Watertown at the bottom of Simatai Great Wall. Check-in the comfortable traditional style room in the Watertown. This watertown is a rare combo of Great Wall, mountains, lakes and old villages. With a massive backdrop of the world famous Simatai Great Wall, stroll around and experience at the same time the beauty of the water town as well as the grand Great Wall.
Note: Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike would be a little bit more difficult than the Jinshanling to Gubeikou hike, because the west terrain of Gubeikou is lower than the east part of Jinshanling, and travelers need to walk up from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Both of this two trekking lines are stimulation and refreshing.
This morning enjoy some free time. You can climb to the top of Simatai Great Wall for the sun-rising panoramic view of the whole area, or explore the Watertown and experience unique local customs and participate in native.
Simatai, built on a cliff, is extremely steep. A famous Great Wall specialist said: "The Great Wall is the best of Chinese architecture, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall." The Simatai Great Wall is not only recognised as the World Culture Heritage Sites by UNESCO, but also the No. 1 site on the list of the "must-see-in-your-life-time" by The Times. This section was constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It stretches 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers), and is separated into eastern part and western part by Mandarin Duck Lake. At the end of the hike, transfer to Xishuiyu Village.
Today you will spend the day on the Jiankou and Mutianyu section of the Wall. Jiankou section of the Wall, recognized as one of most beautiful parts of the "Wild Wall" near Beijing, and much-loved by photographers. Not visited often, this section is really rough and broken. The opportunity for pictures in this section is unequalled!
You will climb 40-50mins up to the wall through a mountain trail. Maybe this part will be a challenge for some of you. When you get on the wall, you will continue to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. On the way, you will stop at the highest point to enjoy an amazing of Jiankou Great Wall.
This morning travel with your guide to Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall. The whole section is defined in three segments by water. When summer arrives in full bloom, the entire village below is awashed in a sea of yellow wild flowers ('yellow flower' is 'huanghua' in Chinese). Hence the village name Huanghuacheng (Huanghua City in English), and by turn the Great Wall section acquires its name. This section of the wall is unrestored and still remains its plain character since its construction commenced in 1404, two years before the Ming Dynasty moved its capital to Beijing, and continued for 188 years. First, there is a good trail alongside the Wall, after about half an hour you will get to a watchtower on the cliff. Then, after another half-an-hour hiking, you will reach the highest point in this area, on the pinnacle of which there is a broken watchtower. From this vantage point you will have a nice sunny panoramic view of the whole wide valley, stretching even further toward the west. From the top point, the wall dives steeply downwards into the valley.
After picnic lunch at the Great Wall tower, you'll continue to the lake and take a short boat tour around the lake, viewing distinguished parts of the wall underwater. Seen from the reservoir dam of Huanghuacheng, built on the former site of Xishuiyuguan Pass in 1974, the stately sunken wall is still visible under the water's smooth surface.
After breakfast at the hotel enjoy some free time before being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
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|Deluxe:||from AU $3,828|
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Hotels or Guest Houses each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
• Return transfers with English speaking local guide and private vehicle
• Hotel Accommodation or Guest House during the hiking trip;
• Daily breakfast at hotel or guest house and some Chinese lunch or dinner en route at local restaurant.
• Beijing Duck Dinner at local restaurant.
"China was incredible. Thanks so much for looking after us. Our guide (Grace) was amazing, and we had lots to do each day. The best bit was the wall walking. The children loved it too. I suffered a bit with a height (the children weren't bothered at all) but wouldn't swap it for anything. The views were incredible - an unforgettable experience overall. " — English family, Brisbane, December 2018