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One-day Hike from Lianhuachi
to Mutianyu Great Wall


>> 1 DAY HIKES (20)
0A Mutianyu Private Tour
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1D Lakeside Great Wall Hike
1D1 Lakeside Bike and Hike
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1E Lianhuachi to Mutianyu (closed)
1X Extreme Day Hike (16 kms)


Lianhuachi-Mutianyu Hike on Google Earth
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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 and drop-off adds RMB100. Train station pickup adds RMB50, free drop-off)
* 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
* Gourmet dinner in a local restaurant by the Wall
* Free membership card
* RMB50 credit for any of your Beijing city sightseeing bus tour

There are no unscheduled or  mandatory shopping stops at all.

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One-Day Great Wall Private Hike (followed by gourmet lunch)
TOUR 1E: Lianhuachi Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall, and Side Tour to the Olympic Green



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    • This is a challenging walk, but it’s fun for the whole family! The Lianhuachi Great Wall is a completely unrestored and wild part of the Great Wall that is not well known to most visitors.
    • The Mutianyu Great Wall is restored, but not nearly as touristy as Badaling, making for a pleasant stroll.
    • The 2008 Summer Olympics brought Beijing (and all of China) to the forefront of the world, and cemented the country as one of the world’s new superpowers. This tour will show you the monumental sights of new Beijing’s crowning achievement, such as the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the spectacular Water Cube.
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.


Trip Overview:


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. If you are under the age of 8 or over the age of 70, you should also strongly consider the leisurely and first-time hiker level.


Detailed Hiking Itinerary


You will be picked up at your Beijing hotel by your English-speaking guide and driver between 7:30-8am. From there we will make the drive to the Lianhuachi Great Wall. The Lianhuachi Great Wall is located south of Lianhuachi (Lotus Pond) Village in Yanqi Town. The ancient Wall here zigzags into mountains that are now decorated with trees turning green and wild flowers that have just blossomed. Locals also call this pass Queliang-"lacking grain". Some say Qilian comes from the name of a leader who built the wall here, while "Queliang" came about due to the difficulties of building the wall, when soldiers often lacked grain and worked while hungry.

According to ancient records, the Lianhuachi Great Wall was built during Emperor Yongle’s reign during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Pass was connected with the Mutianyu Great Wall on one side and Shentangyu Great Wall on the other. The walls to the north of the Lotus Pool were mostly built with stones. In some steep parts, only hollow watchtowers were constructed. The section from the Lotus Pool to the Mutianyu Great Wall in the southwest was built with both bricks and rocks.

Qilian Pass once had a gate, with two large cannons guarding it from the outside. The gate was demolished and the cannons were taken away in the 1970s to make way for a road. A bridge was also built over the pool. However, two beacon towers remain on each side of the pass. The Lotus Pond section features beautiful mountain landscape. In April, trees have turned green and wide flowers are blossoming. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for climbing the wall. In September and October, the mountains around Qilianguan Great Wall begin to turn like the color of changing leaves.

After a few hours of hiking the Lianhuachi Great Wall we will cross over into the Great Wall of Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao”. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities (former U.S. President Clinton and UK Prime Minister John Major visited Mutianyu on one of their trips to China). From Mutianyu you will have the opportunity to see the sunset from the Great Wall, an event that is sure to be one of the major highlights on your China trip.


You can hike down to the parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down. From there we will drive back to Beijing. Many hikers wanted us to stop by the Olympic Green on the way back to Beijing to take pictures of the famous Bird's Nest and the Olympic Green, the center of the event that captivated the world for two weeks in August of 2008, and is 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. Since the Olympics' end, the Bird’s Nest has been used to host events ranging from opera to a ski park.

At about 5 pm, we'll send you back to your hotel or drop you to a location for your own dinner. If you want us to recommend you a nice Chinese restaurant, please ask your guide.


Mutianyu Toboggan (German technology)
Toboggan Run at Mutianyu (extra for RMB50)

You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan down from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill. You can ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it is also a driving test. One person to a toboggan, you have a little handle with which you press down to go faster and pull up to stop. But if you are not intentionally pushing it, it will slow down anyway. "It is funny when we Westerners are on there, because we like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese (read a lot quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of locals shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious. Go on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge on LonelyPlanet

People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully. Can you?


Stuff to bring on your hike

* Tough athletic shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
* Extra cash for driver/guide tips, and cable car
* 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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