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One-day Great Wall Hike from Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu
Great Wall by Beautiful Lakes


 

  1-day hiking (15 routes)
           

 0A: Mutianyu
 0B: Jinshanling self-guided
 
1A: Jinshangling-Simatai
 
1AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling
 
1AB: Simatai West to Jinshanling
 1AT: Crouching Tigers Mountain
 
1B: Jiankou-Mutianyu
 
1S1: Jiankou-Mutianyu Sunset
 
1S2: Gubeikou-Jinshanling Sunset

 1S3: Jinshanling to West Simatai Sunset  

 1S4: Imperial Great Wall Sunset
 1S5: Crouching Tigers Sunset
 
1C: East Qing Tomb-Huanyaguan
 
1D: Lakeside Great Wall Hike

 1D1: Lakeside Wall Hike & Bike
 1D2: Lakeside Great Wall Hike &

                Repair the Great Wall
  1E  Lianhuachi-Mutianyu
  1X: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West 
                 Simatai 16KM

 

 

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We Make Everyone's Great Wall Dream Hike Possible!™

 

We treat every customer as a VIP by offering the following comprehensive services: 

 

* Personal transfers from and to your hotel in Beijing (Airport pickup adds RMB100. Train station pickup adds RMB50. Free drop-offs for both.)
* Entry fees to the Great Wall

* Quality vehicle with A/C, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide

* Water - your guide will buy for you
* Chinese lunch in a local farmer's restaurant
* Free membership card
* RMB30 credit for any of your Beijing city sightseeing bus tour

 

 

There are no unscheduled or
mandatory shopping stops.

 

Want to see more of the legendary Great Wall in all its beauty and splendor? Visit our Instagram page  for a preview of what could be in store for you! 

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you currently don’t have travel insurance then you will be required to purchase our PICC (People's Insurance Company of China) travel and accidental insurance.
The fee will be $7.99 per person, and will cover the duration of your hiking/camping/trekking in order to ensure that you are comprehensively protected if injured.
For more information about our travel insurance policy please see our insurance page.

QUALITY VEHICLES




Most Stunning One-Day Lakeside Great Wall Hike
(followed by gourmet lunch)
TOUR 1D: Lakeside Huanghua Cheng to Xishuiyu Featuring Great Wall by Water + Bonus Tour to Olympic Park (Bird's Nest)

 

 

Popularity Ranking:
*Ranked by the quantity of signups of all 1-day hiking routes.

 

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -Helen Keller

 

 

Great Wall Huanghuacheng hike

 

 

Highlights:

 

 

*This hike is near Beijing, and easy to hike, so this tour is welcome to those of all ages and physical abilities. The wall on this hike is made up both of restored and unrestored “Wild Wall”, which allows you to compare and contrast the wall in a way that most people can’t . The “Wild Wall” section is almost devoid of tourists, allowing for a serene and intimate hike. This hike is great for a family day out!

 

*Free Bonus: Late afternoon tour to the Olympic Park on the way back

 

While other companies bus you from section to section, Great Wall Adventure Club lets you personally experience the majesty of the Great Wall by allowing you to physically pass from one section to the next. In contrast to driving across, this lets you see the differences between the restored, maintained, section on one side and the radically different "wild wall" on the other.

 

Departure:

 

Our Great Wall hiking is a private service. What this means is that you can hike on the Great Wall at any time at your convenience. If you would much rather be part of a group for the experience for economic and social reasons, we'll check to see if there are more signups for the same date as your own. We'll keep you updated whenever there are more. If you would like to keep your tour a private one, please let us know and we'll assign you a guide and driver.

 


B&K (Tour 1D1) - This area is ideal for biking around the Great Wall. You can combine 2-hour biking in the morning with half-day hiking into one exciting day. We'll rent mountain bike and hamlet for you. Contact us for more details about this Bike & Hike special arrangement or visit this page on our new site.

 

"I just got home last night and one of the first things that I wanted to do was to write you and thank you for a WONDERFUL China experience!" -- Alma Garret, New York City
For more testimonials, please click here

 

A recent blog by TravelledPath talks about this hike.

 

 

Detailed Hiking Itinerary (Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu, 9 kms/5.5 miles )

 

In the morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel, and will be driven directly to Hunaghuacheng (or Huanghua Great Wall). After a short walk around the dam on the Huanghuacheng Reservoir, we will start our hike westward to Xishuiyu.

 

Going to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, you have four things to do at least. First, you should take photos. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you. And the Huanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. Second, go to visit the chestnut garden under the Great Wall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The ancient chestnut trees still grow very well. Third, climb up the steepest section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Shibadeng. It is like a dragon, ready to fly into the blue sky. Fourth, look at Yaoziyu Castle. It was built in the Ming Dynasty, still well preserved. In the castle, there is an ancient Chinese scholar tree. It is said that touching it could bring you a blessing.


The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley. The Gate is located at the bottom, an opening in the wall, which connects the Zhuangdaokou village on the inside, with the still-well-preserved Yaoziyu Castle, built in the Ming Dynasty, on the outside. Over the top of the passageway is another watchtower where we will rest a short while before continuing on. On the inside of the gate you will notice three large characters carved in the stone, indicating the name of the village – ZhuangDaoKou. On the outside is written the name of the passageway - “ZhenNu Pass” - meaning “Defeat to Invaders”, a warning to potential attackers in ancient times.


From here we will continue to trek westward, climbing towards the broken wall to our destination, a peak overlooking Xishuiyu Lake. From our vantage point, we will see a real treat, the broken wall running underwater! From this point, the wall is in too bad a condition to walk, so we will follow a delightful mountain trail to Xishuiyu village, where we will have a gourmet country-style Chinese lunch in a restaurant called Good Fortune Restaurant and Inn, and have a break.

 

On our drive back to Beijing we'll stop at the Olympic Park, the sight that captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008, and where a majority of the Olympic events took place. The highlights that you will see today include the Bird’s Nest (officially known as the Beijing National stadium) and the Water Cube (the Beijing National Aquatics Center). The stadium gets its nickname from its outward design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implementing steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof, thus giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest". The Bird’s Nest hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Summer Olympics, from 8 August to 24 August 2008.

The site of Michael Phelps’ Olympic triumph, the Water Cube design combines modern technologies with Chinese traditional values. In tradition, Chinese conceptualized a square Earth and a round Heaven, and this formed the design’s central theme. Moreover, the cube shape dominates ancient urban buildings. The National Aquatics Center's design is of traditional style to meet all its functional requirements. The National Aquatics Center looks like a huge blue box, from which it takes its nickname: the Water Cube. The Water Cube is blue in order to reflect sunlight. From the inside of the National Aquatics Center, you may discover that the pneumatic cushions of all sizes are just like sea bubbles.

Most tour companies do not have an organized tour to the Olympic Park, and it is not quite convenient for a tourist to take a taxi there as it is relevantly far from downtown Beijing. Tours of both the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube are included in the price of your tour.

 

While this hike will be a bit long, it will easily be the highlight of your time in China. For those of you who feel the need to stretch their legs after being cooped up in an office in Beijing (or wherever you may be from), this is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and adventure, while also having loads of fun!

 

Please note while this hike is not overly difficult, there are some points where the hike gets a little challenging. The challenges mostly include narrow and small steps, along with at times some very steep climbing. For those of you who have knee or lower leg problems, you might want to consider the leisurely and first-time hiker level.

 

Stuff to bring on your hike

*Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses
*Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
*Extra cash for driver/guide tips
*Don’t forget your camera!

Check testimonials from former hikers and view their photos.

 

More 1-day Great Wall Hiking Tours:

 

Read complete itinerary of Route 1A: Gubeikou-Jinshanling hike
Read complete itinerary of Route 1B:
Jiankou-Mutianyu hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1C: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1D:
Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1X:
Lianhuachi-Mutianyu hike and Olympic Green
(special promo price)

 

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