Tour Itinerary (Beijing - the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs - the Yangbianling section of the Great Wall):
This morning, go on a short excursion to the Ming Tombs, a UNESCO world heritage site. We'll have a pleasant walk through the stone statues alongside the Sacred Way, learning about some historic background of the Ming. For lunch, have a good home-cooked meal in a farmer's guest house near the Juyongguan fortress. (optional: if interested, get some hands-on experience of baking pancake or something.)
Leaving for the Great Wall. Travel along the Jingzang Motorway through the northwestern hilly regions into Hebei Province. Follow the signs for Guan-ting reservoir, then turn off when we see the sculpture of a watch tower. The country road leads through many vineyards and orchards of apples up to the last village, called Miao-jiang. Out of the village, we'll be dropped off at the fork.
Go straight ahead and follow the rough track until you get to the gap of a small valley, then pick up the trail leading up to the Great Wall on the hills. This section of the wall was built up in the early years of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and basically constructed of stone.
Walk down the trail through the thrubs and you'll find yourself at the old water gate. This is a large opening in the old stone wall through which occasional flood torrents caused by heavy rain are carried away. Back on the wall, continue walking for a while before taking a lunch break. Halfway up the hill, we'll be impressed by the beautiful curves of a stretch of the wall. Towards the end of the afternoon we'll get back to the fork where our car is waiting. Heading back for Beijing.
50-60 dollars a day for a personal guide service and additional charges "at cost".
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