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Great Wall Trekking Tour, China

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Archeology/History  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6516 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6516 US Dollar (USD)

Explore one of China’s greatest relics. Often referred to as the Earth Dragon due to its geographic formation sweeping the crests along the Chinese landscape. The Great Wall is the epitome of China’s saturated history and culture. More than just a single structure, the Great Wall in fact consists of many separate sections, from the most tourist parts to sections known as the ‘Wild Great Wall’ that offer un-spoilt vistas and excellent hiking. Take the chance to climb those less visited parts of the Wall and by taking one’s own time to hike and live along its length, what better way to get to grips with this symbol of China?

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, and be met by a local guide and transfer to the hotel. The first full day in China, enjoy the city of Beijing. Walk Tian’anmen Square to the Forbidden City. Next, explore the city’s traditional neighborhoods and the narrow alleys in old Beijing. Get up early the next day and join the locals for morning exercises in the Temple of Heaven Park. That afternoon, drive to Huanghuacheng and start the Great Wall exploration!

During this exciting, week long adventure, pass through local villages to learn about the people and how the wall is famous for its strong military function. Stop by Eastern Qing Tombs, among the finest and largest extant Mausoleum complexes in China. Visit one of the biggest and most elaborate tombs. After a relaxing morning, head back to Beijing city. En route, visit the Summer Palace. It is now open as a public park and is one of the most impressive places to visit in Beijing. The focus of the Summer Palace is a huge lake with a long walkway circling it. Once in Beijing, transfer to the hotel to rest up before the transfer to the airport to catch the flight home.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing with Jingshan Park.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Upon arrival, be met by a local guide and transfer to the hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, choose to pay a visit to Jingshan Park, Jingshan literally means Prospect Hill. The hill inside the park is Coal Hill, which is directly facing the back of Forbidden City. Walk to the top of the Coal Hill for a bird's eye view of the Forbidden City. If this is a cloudless day at sunset, one will definitely be able to snap the best photo.

Day 2: Full Day Private Beijing City Tour.
The day starts from the center of Beijing at Tian'anmen Square, to walk to the Forbidden City; the Chinese Imperial Palace has a history of almost five hundred years, located in the middle of Beijing city. It is said to be the world largest existing palace complex with 999.5 rooms. While walking in the city, retrace the Chinese history from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. After seeing royal life, experience Beijing in a more modest local way with a possible Pedi-cab ride, explore the city's traditional neighborhoods and the narrow alleys in old Beijing.

Day 3: Temple of Heaven with Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
Get up early and join the locals for morning exercises in the Temple of Heaven Park. In the park, one can see various activities i.e. Afterwards, visit the Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven, it is the prayer palace for good weather and bountiful harvests by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the afternoon, drive to Huanghuacheng and start the Great Wall exploration. Huanghuacheng Great Wall, literally means Yellow Flower, which is known as the only Great Wall section that is submerged in water. Hike the west wing of Huanghuacheng, pass several fruit yards and bushes towards Yaoziyu Village. Finish the hike in nearby village and overnight.

Day 4: Jiankou Great Wall.
Hike towards Jiankou Great Wall, translating to "Arrow Nock", recognized as the most challenging section of the Ming Great Wall, passing several key towers i.e. Beijing Knot, General on the pass. Arrive to Xizhazi Village in the afternoon and overnight.

Day 5: Jiankou to Mutianyu Trekk.
Start from foot of Jiankou Great Wall, and climb up a small hill before getting on to the main tower - Zhengbei Tower. Then, hike towards Mutianyu Great Wall, built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty. The trail is a mixture of rock steps and filled with bushes in some section. Upon arrival to Mutianyu Great Wall, notice the difference in this restored and renovated section. The road now primarily consists of steps. Overnight in the Mutianyu village.

Day 6: Gubeikou Great Wall.
Transfer to Gubeikou Great Wall, situated at a strategically important location and famous for its strong military function. Hike towards Jinshanling Great Wall, the best preserved section of Great Wall, stretching about 10 kilometers long with 67 towers, originally built from 1570 during the Ming dynasty. Trekkers first walk on a mountain range before getting on the real wall. After a few kilometers on the wall, pass through a village with corn fields, before returning to the wall.

Day 7: Private Full Day Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall Trek.
Say goodbye to the local family and start the hike along the hill, back to the Wall. Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall are connected with the Jinshanling Wall situated on the Big and Small Jinshanling, hence its name. Based on huge stone bars, the Wall was then made by huge bricks, each of which weighed about 12 kilograms (26 pounds). It has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters (33 feet) high. The Jinshanling Great Wall is the best preserved part of the Great Wall with many original features.

Day 8: Jinshanling - Huangyaguan.
This morning, drive to Taipingzhai. En route to this destination, stop at Eastern Qing Tombs, among the finest and largest extant Mausoleum complexes in China. Visit one of the biggest and most elaborate tombs and continue to Taipingzhai, which means "a village of peace and prosperity".

Day 9: Huangyaguan - Beijing.
Today enjoy a relaxing morning before heading back to Beijing city. En route, visit the Summer Palace, constructed as a place of rest and recreation for the emperors of old. It is now open as a public park and is one of the most impressive places to visit in Beijing. The focus of the Summer Palace is a huge lake with a long walkway circling it. Built on one end is a series of towers, halls and temples climbing the hillside. From the buildings towards the top of the hill one can see the entire lake and its surroundings. The park is accented by many small architectural features such as the beautiful 17 arch bridge, which leads to a small island, and the pagoda on the hill of the far shore. Farewell dinner for the famous peking duck.

Day 10: Private transfer to airport for flight home. Transfer to the airport and take a flight back home. International Flight Home.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-domestic and regional flights within the itinerary
-all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling
-guided tours in English including entrance fees.

Price Excludes:
-International airfare (unless specifically included)
-airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site
-gratuities
-meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals
-visa fees.

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