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Walk the Great Wall of China
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Centuries after its construction, Chinas Great Wall remains one of humankinds engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You wont tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trip, but youll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture, and history that make this one of Chinas most captivating attractions. The Walls been standing for centuries. Isnt it about time you turned up?

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACGA/141593
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
You will Visit
  • Beijing

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Beijing

Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Partake in an included tea art lesson with a traditional tea ceremony.
Discover the history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tea art lesson, where you learn about the benefits of drinking tea and how best to taste it.

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Day 3: Beijing/Jiankou

Transfer to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Enjoy a hike along the Great Wall followed by a drive to Jiankou Village in the afternoon. Spend the night in Jiankou Village.

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Day 4: Jiankou/Gubeikou

Hike Jiankou village and visit the Great Wall in the morning. In the afternoon, transfer to Gubeikou and explore the village before getting settled at the guesthouse. Once settled, find some inner peace with a Tai Chi lesson before dinner.

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Day 5: Gubeikou

Transfer to the starting point of the "Crouching Tiger" portion of the Great Wall and enjoy a three hour hike along the wall.
Enjoy scenes of vast landscapes and wild greenery as the Crouching Tiger portion of the Great Wall is known for containing unrestored portions of the original wall. Crowned with a two-storey watch tower, jump back in time and get a glimpse of ancient China.

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Day 6: Gubeikou/Huangyaguan

Continue hiking along from Gubeikou to the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. Finish hiking in the afternoon and transfer to the Huangyaguan portion in Tianjin.
Hike the wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Maintenance of the Wall starts improving here and walking becomes easier along the way. Walk through this rolling landscape and see the watchtowers that disappear over the horizon.

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Day 7: Huangyaguan

Enjoy the last day trekking along the Wall at Huangyaguan, named for the bright yellow flowers that appear in this region. Spend the night in a guesthouse.

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Day 8: Huangyaguan/Beijing

Explore Qing Tombs on the way back to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing around noon and enjoy half day free time.

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Day 9: Beijing

Enjoy a free day to relax in Beijing or to explore more of the sights of the city.
Today is free to explore Beijing. Take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's Old City. Other options include the Summer Palace or a visit to a Tibetan monastery.

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Day 10: Beijing

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Tea Art Lesson, Beijing
    • Great Wall entrances and trek (6 days)
    • Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square guided tour
    • Qing Tombs Exploration
    • Luggage transfer on every hiking day
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), simple guesthouses (5 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Trek along the Great Wall
  • Sleep in rural villages
  • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and a tai chi lesson