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Four-day Great Wall Hiking and Camping Tours

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See a different side of China

With our 4-day Great Wall hiking programs and tours, you are sure to get the Great Wall experience of a lifetime! These hikes bring you to all different sorts of Great Wall structures and styles, giving you the full range on one of mankind's most incredible achievements. You can see the classically restored Great Wall with its watchtowers and brick (such as at Jinshanling, Mutianyu, and Shanhaiguan), and you can also explore the rugged ruins of the “wild” wall at Jiankou, Simatai, Gubeikou, and Panlongshan. You can visit the eastern-most point of the Great Wall, or you can see the Great Wall submerged underwater. With the 4-day hikes, each program gives you a different and unique Great Wall encounter. In addition to the Great Wall, these programs also being you some of China's other wonderful cultural imperial heritage. You can visit the East Qing Tombs, a vast complex which is one of China's best burial sites, and which serves as the final resting place for much of the Qing Dynasty. Our trips will also show you a neglected side of China, one that isn’t widely reported in all the stories about China’s economic boom. You’ll have the chance to explore and stay in tiny villages and farmer’s communities that are in the countryside, trying the local delicacies and learning about their long yet fascinating lives during your time there. As with our other Great Wall multi-day hikes, heavy trekking camping equipment will be provided (such as tents when sleeping on the Great Wall), and your safety will be ensured by our travel guides, who will accompany you on your hikes and who have a 100% safety record in our 15 years of service.

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Route 4A: 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.  [TOP]


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Knowing China's past from trekking along the way that our ancestors took
Route 4B: Beijing-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Panlongshan-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu                                                                                                          
   

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.  [TOP]


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Cover all the best sections around Beijing

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Route 4C: Beijing-Old Dragon's Head-Shanhaiguan-Jiaoshan-Sandaoguan-Dongjiakou-Chengzhiyu-Xiaohekou-Bayangyu                                                                 
   

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. [TOP]


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Route 4D: Beijing-Jinshanling-Gubeikou-Simatai West-Jiankou-Jiankou-Mutianyu
 

 

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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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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Route 4X: Beijing-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Jinshanling-West Simatai-Huangyaguan                                                                                                                                     
   

This brand new program takes you to the best hiking routes the Great Wall has, including popular standbys like Jiankou-Mutianyu, and Jinshanling-Siamtai. However, what this tour offers that others don't is an opportunity to sleep over on the Great Wall itself! In addition, you'll get to discover Taipaingzhai, an unrestored and beautiful example of Great Wall architecture that is relatively unknown to both domestic and foreign tourists alike. Like all of our tours you'll get your own English-speaking guide and driver, which will give you the opportunity to travel worry-free and enjoy all that the Great Wall has to offer.



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