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Three-day Great Wall Hiking, Trekking and Camping Tours

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A truly fulfilling and invigorating Great Wall experience

If you want to take and extended break from the hustle and bustle of Beijing and explore the natural and cultural beauties of northern China, than these 3-day Great Wall programs are sure to have what you're looking for. For these 3-day routes, you will get an extended and up-close-and-personal view of the Great Wall. Here you will get the classic Great Wall hikes, like Jinshanling-Simatai and Jiankou-Mutianyu. But here you will go beyond the standard hiking route and into some of the more unknown areas of the Great Wall. In addition to being able to sleep on the Great Wall itself (major camping equipment supplied by us), you can experience the unrestored ruins of the Great Wall at Panlongshan, the eastern-most tip of the Great Wall at Old Dragon's Head, or some of the more obscure section like Jiaoshan and Xifengkou. In addition to the Great Wall, you also have the opportunity to visit some other national treasures that the Middle Kingdom has to offer, You can visit the summer-time playground of the Qing Emperors in Chengde, which features the magnificent Summer Resort and magnificent Little Potala Palace (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites). You can also pay your respects to China's last ruling dynasty at the Eastern Qing Tombs, one of China's best preserved burial sites. In addition to the manmade, our 3-day programs also let you enjoy China's natural beauty, such as the Panjiakou Reservoir and the magnificent and colorful blooming flowers of Huangyaguan.

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Route 3A: Jiankou-Mutianyu-Jinshangling-Gubeikou-Second Valley     

For the person who loves outdoor physical activity, this program combines two of the most well-known Great Wall hikes along with one of the least known sections of Great Wall. Your trek begins with the hike from  Jiankou Great Wall, which features dramatic peaks and ruins that are a photographer's dream. 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 have the classic Gubeikou-Jinshanling hike, which allows you to see both restored and “wild” Great Wall, giving you a more nuanced look at the Great Wall. After sleeping in one of Jinshanling's larger watchtowers, you'll continue your hike to Second Valley, a strategic point on the Great Wall that is a bit of a challenge due to its steepness and condition. [TOP]



Conquer the most challenging parts of the Great Wall in a row
Route 3AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu-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! [TOP]



Conquer the most challenging parts of the Great Wall in a row
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. [TOP]



Conquer the most challenging parts of the Great Wall in a row
Route 3AC: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West Simatai-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.  [TOP]


Get a complete set of views from those famous sections of the Great Wall

Route 3B: Chengde-Panjiakou Reservoir-Xifengkou                                         

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. [TOP]



Blend leisure with Great Wall hiking together. Great for families.

Route 3C: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan-Chengde                                            

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. [TOP]



Historical discovery through Great Wall trekking

Route 3D: Old Dragon's Head to Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou                                     

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 anceint fortress. [TOP]




See the very eastern most of the Great Wall in sea and hike the toughest parts of the Wall
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. [TOP]



See the very eastern most of the Great Wall in sea and hike the toughest parts of the Wall
Route 3X2: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West Simatai-Shixiaguan-Badaling 

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. [TOP]



See the very eastern most of the Great Wall in sea and hike the toughest parts of the Wall
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