This two-day hiking provides you with wild Great Wall at Gubeikou and partially restored Great Wall at Jinshanling, and you will escape from crowds and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with us on the Great Wall!
Meet you up by our driver at 8am and then drive to Gubeikou. You will start the hiking around 10:30 am, and it will take about 3 hours/5km to complete the hiking at Coiling Dragon Hill. A late lunch at Great Wall Inn’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking. You're free to explore the village in the afternoon. A light dinner is arranged at night.
Gubeikou, along with the passes at Shanhaiguan in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was a key strategic target in military campaigns since ancient times. Protecting these three passes was considered vital for keeping Beijing safe from the Mongolian nomads. There was also a fierce battle between Chinese and Japanese in the 2nd World War. The vistas of the sinuous Wall snaking its way over the ridges of the Yanshan Mountain are breathtaking.
The main Wall here has decayed (we will walk through 8 intact watchtowers ) and only the foundation is left. It is relatively flat trail instead of many stairs on the Wall. The unrestored wall, the watch towers, the beacon towers snake on the mountain from east to west. It is one of the best places for keen photographers along the wall. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking.
Accommodation: Great Wall Inn Gubeiko
We will drive to Jinshanling in 20 minutes after breakfast at 08:00, and start the hike at 08:30. It’s the right time to produce amazing photographs. At this time there are usually no other tourists on the wall, you have the wall to yourself. It will take about 3 hours/7km hiking on the wall. There are many steps and ups & downs. We will get off the wall near Kylin Tower and then a lunch is organised at local restaurant.
This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watchtowers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here.
Our farmer host will say goodbye to us after lunch. The driver will bring you back to the city afterward.
Pricing & Accommodation
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*USD 198 per adult
*Guaranteed departure: Tue/Fri from 15 March to 15 November
*The price is only for your reference and it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested.
We accept credit card payment via Paypal which is safe and fast. Deposit is required via Paypal at the time of booking. If you want to pay the outstanding balance upon arrival, then only cash payment (either USD or CNY) is accepted. Please note that Paypal may not work when you are already in China due to safety concerns.
Days before departure - Charge applicable
Not less than 14 days – Loss of deposit
Between 7and 13 days – Loss of 50% of the total booking cost or loss of deposit;
whichever is the greater
6 days or less – Loss of total booking cost
Inclusions / Exclusions
1. return air-con & comfortable bus from Beijing to Gubeikou
2. entrance tickets of the Great Wall at Gubekou & Jinshanling
3. twin-shared comfortable accommodation at Great Wall Inn Gubeikou
4. group local farmer guide on site, basic English-speaking
5. 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
1. travel insurance
What to take:
comfortable shoes or boots, water, snacks, sunscreen, sun-glasses, pocket knife, first aid kit, lip balm, cap
Meeting time: 08:00 am; the traffic in Beijing is very busy in morning rush hours, please make your own way at least 15 minutes earlier; it’s difficult to wait for your late arrival as a group tour
Meeting point: Exit C, Dongzhimen Station, Subway Line 2. 地铁2号线东直门站C出口
Meeting directions: Our driver will hold a blue Great Wall Inn logo at Exit C.
Finishing time: 17:00-18:00 depending on the traffic on Day 2
Finishing point: Exit C, Dongzhimen Station, Subway Line 2. 地铁2号线东直门站C出口
Hiking duration: 3 hours on Day 1, 3 hours on Day 2
Hiking distance: 5 km on Day 1, 7 km on Day 2
Physical rating: ★★★☆☆ Moderate