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Walk the Great Wall of China

  • 10Day(s)
  • Trip Code: GAACGA

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Centuries after its construction, China's Great Wall remains one of humankind's engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won't tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you'll 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 China's most captivating attractions. The Wall's been standing for centuries. Isn't it about time you turned up?

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Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Beijing (1B)

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. Included Activities Forbidden City Tiananmen Square Guided Tour Tea Art Lesson

Day 3 Beijing/Huairou (1B, 1D)

Transfer to Mutianyu. Trek along the Great Wall to Xizazi village for the night. Enjoy an included dumpling cooking class.

Included Activities Great Wall Trek Dumpling Cooking Class Transport Private Vehicle

Day 4 Huairou/Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek along the Great Wall to Jiankou. This is one of the toughest days of hiking, as parts of the Wall are broken up and loose and there are several ascents and descents. Transfer to Gubeikou for the night.

Included Activities Great Wall Trek Transport Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, stop for a tai chi lesson to stretch your legs before the hike. Trek around Gubeikou and take in two sections of the Wall before heading to a farmer's village for the night.

Included Activities Tai Chi Lesson Great Wall Trek: Gubeikou

Day 6 Gubeikou/Jinshanling (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue along the Great Wall to Jinshanling, where the restoration of the Wall can be seen along the hike. Sleep in a guesthouse at the foot of the Wall itself.

Hiking along the wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. The Wall starts to get more well maintained here, and walking becomes easier along the way. Walk through this rolling landscape and see the watchtowers that disappear over the horizon. Transport Gubeikou to Jinshanling Approximate hiking distance: 12.5km/7.7 mi Highest altitude - 670m/2,198 ft Hiking (6.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Jinshanling/Simatai Changcheng (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy another morning tai chi lesson and get ready for the hike. Continue along the Wall towards Beijing. The Wall is better restored here, but the trek is no less spectacular. Spend the night in a guesthouse.

Included Activities Tai Chi Lesson Great Wall Trek: Jinshanling to Simatai Transport Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)

Day 8 Simatai Changcheng/Beijing (1B)

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

Included Activities Great Wall Trek Qing Tombs Exploration Transport Local bus

Day 9 Beijing (1B)

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.

Day 10 Beijing (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities Departure Day

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  • TRIP NAME: WALK THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
  • DURATION: 10 DAYS
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  • TRIP CODE: GAACGA
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Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.

What's included?

  • Great Wall entrances and trek (6 days). Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square guided tour. Tai chi classes. Tea ceremony. Chinese cooking class. Luggage transfer on every hiking day.
  • Max 16, avg 10
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.
  • Local bus, walking.
  • Hotels (4 nts), simple guesthouses (5 nts)
  • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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