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Walking the Great Wall from Laolongtou to Beijing

Walking the Great Wall from Laolongtou to Beijing
• Tour Code: GCA04
• Starting from: USD1498
• Departure Dates: Upon request at any date
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Trip Duration: 11 Days
• Starts from: Beijing
• Departs from: Beijing
• Destinations: Great Wall of China in Shanhaiguan, Huangyaguan, & Beijing
  • Tour Introduction
    Great Wall of China is regarded as the seventh wonder in the world. The construction of the Great Wall started somewhat 2000 years ago during China’s Warring States period. When China’s Emperor, Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, unified China in 221BC, he ordered to connect the previous walls built by the state of Yan, Zhao and Qin and the Great Wall of China came into being. Later on there were over 20 Chinese dynasties kept building the Great Wall till the end of Ming Dynasty which was overthrown by Qing Dynasty in 1644AD. The total length of Great Wall might be over 90,000 KM. The Great Wall mostly left now is from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) which starts from Shanhaiguan where the Great Wall meets the sea and ends at Jiayuguan located in the Gebi Desert in West China. We will start to hike the Great Wall from Laolongtou (Old Dragon Head) where the Great Wall meets the Bohai ocean and finally we will reach the Great Wall in Beijing. 
    Day 1: Arrival in Beijing, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel
    Meals Included: No meals 
    Our GCT representative will meet you at the airport and assists you to your hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag.
    Day 2: Drive to Sanhaiguan, Great Wall Museum
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at local restaurant
    After breakfast at hotel we start our Great Wall hiking tour by taking bus to Shanhaiguan (186 miles away from Beijing). Shanhaiguan is located to the north of the Bohai gulf. First built in AD583, it had been renovated from time to time in all the different dynasties until it was built into a formidable military stronghold during the Ming dynasty. As the strategic passage between North China and Northeast China (so-called Manchuria in the West), Chinese like to call this pass the No.1 pass of the Great Wall. Visit the Great Wall Museum next to the Pass upon arrival.
    Day 3: Walking the Great Wall from Old Dragon's Head to Jiaoshan Great Wall
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch box & dinner at local restaurant
    After breakfast, put on our hiking gear and start today's trekking at Old Dragon's Head (the beginning of the Great Wall that meets the Bohai sea), to Shanhaiguan for two and half miles, and then continue to Jiaoshan part of the Great Wall for another two and half miles. The old Dragon's Head which extends into Bohai Sea is the starting point of the Great Wall. The Great Wall has always considered being a giant dragon and therefore the starting point is named the Dragon's Head. Jiaoshan is the first mountain peak of the Great Wall from Shanhaiguan. Build in the Ming Dynasty, the Jiaoshan Great Wall were built with mountain stone, and there were also some bricks and long stones. Its height and width are largely decided by the mountain. Usually it is 21 to 30 feet high, and 12 to 15 meters wide.
    Day 4: Walking Taolinkou Part of the Great Wall, Overnight in Zunhua
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch box & dinner at local restaurant
    Take bus to Taolinkou Great Wall, then hiking to Luweishan Great Wall (2.5miles), we will continue our hiking trip to Liujiakou part of the Great Wall for another 2.5 miles. Liujiakou Great Wall contains beautiful Ming-era calligraphy bricks in the Wall. The towers here are very close to each other, thus forming an intensive defense system.  We will then take our bus to Zunhua. 
    Day 5: Eastern Qing Tombs, Walking Huangyaguan Great Wall, Overnight at Huangyaguan
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch box & dinner at local restaurant
    Morning visit to the East Qing Tombs which far surpass in splendor and majesty their more famous predecessors, the Ming Tombs, They form a countryside version of the Forbidden City and are nearly as elaborate. Tastefully restored for the most part, this Imperial city is vast, grand, and less crowded. After lunch, we will start hiking the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, The Great Wall at Huangyaguan was named for the yellow cliffs into which it was built. Huangyaguan was first constructed in 557 A.D. and rebuilt with bricks in the Ming Dynasty. The whole Great Wall lies on a precipitous ridge of mountains. It has an eastern cliff as a screen against invasions and a western precipice as support. It had ancient defensive structures such as fortress, high-wall, water pass, beacon tower and sheer precipice.
    Day 6: Walking the Great Wall from Simatai to Jinshanling, Overnight at Jinshanling
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch box & dinner at local restaurant
    We will depart Huangyaguan by bus to Jinshanling which was named because it was built on the Jinshan Mountains. The Jinshanling Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming Dynasty, and in 1567 or 1570 rebuilding of the Wall was mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang. The Wall is about 21 to 24 feet high and 15 to 18 feet wide, which is made of brick and stone. The Jinshanling Great Wall has an elevation of 2100 feet. This part of your trek is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall, and takes you to Simatai. The distance of around 5miles, covering 32 watchtowers over old brick-made steps, there are sections of renovated and original wall with fantastic viewpoints. Today's hiking enables us to encounter as many as 150 watchtowers, battlements, terraces and turrets of the wall.
    Day 7: Walking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Gubeikou, Overnight at Jinshangling
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch box & dinner at local restaurant
    After breakfast at hotel we will start to climb the Great Wall at Jinshanling and walk towards Gubeikou. The hiking from Jinshanling to Gubeikou is about 10km and it takes us about 6 hours on the way, if the weather is good we may be able to see Miyun Reservoir and the Wangjing Tower in Simatai Section in the distance. There is a military area where hiking on the wall is prohibited, we will have to walk into a nearby village and come back onto the Wall after the military area. 
    Day 8: Walking the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, Overnight at Juyongguan
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch box & dinner at local restaurant
    We will have a full day trekking along the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower Fortress). This part of the Great Wall is probably one of the most difficult sections for hikers. It is completely unreconstructed and runs over a little reservoir. The view as you climb to the top is stunning.  Here the Wall is particularly precipitous so you should expect lots of steps and difficult climbing at some points.
    Day 9: Walking the Great Wall at Juyongguan
    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner at local restaurant
    We will have a half day trekking along the Juyongguan Great Wall. Juyongguan is site of an ancient military town which is replete with military installations, watch towers, official residences, temples, a Confucian school and other structures. The present Pass was initially built in the Ming Dynasty and received much renovation later. It is a very important strategic place connecting the inner land and the area near the northern border of China. The Juyongguan Pass has been known for its strategic importance for more than 2,000 years. Drive back to Beijing in the afternoon.
    Day 10: Beijing, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Chinese Kungfu show with Chinese dinner
    We will start our Beijing city tour from the largest square in the world, the Tian'anmen Square where you can feel the heartbeat of China. Bordered by the Great Hall of the People, Mao’s Mausoleum and the National Museum of China, Tiananmen Square has witnessed many of the historical events happened inChina since 1911. We then walk to the Forbidden City, the complex of imperial palace, which were home to the Emperors for over 500 years. Grand halls and courts gradually give way to more intimate domestic quarters, giving an insight into the pampered isolation of the emperors. After lunch we will visit the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in China. The Summer Palace was first built in the Qing emperor Qianlong's time in 1751 and burned down in 1860 by the French and British army and restored by the Dowager empress Cixi for her own enjoyment. It became a favorite haunt of Cixi, who preferred it to the Forbidden City, and named it Yiheyuan meaning the garden of health and harmony.
    Day 11: Departure from Beijing
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for our homeward flight. 
  • Walking the Great Wall of China from Laolongtou to Beijing Tour Prices
    From Dec 01 to Feb 28, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate, USD1498 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1748pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate, USD1468 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1718pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate, USD1438 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1688pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate, USD1398 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1568pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    From Mar 01 to Nov 30, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate, USD1598 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1848pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate, USD1568 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1818pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate, USD1538 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1788pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate, USD1498 per person; single occupancy rate, USD1668pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of 2 persons are required at the time of booking
    Pricing Policy
    The prices are based on per person, twin sharing basis
    Child (2 - 12 years of age) sharing a bed: 80% of the adult price
    Child (2 - 12 years of age) sharing no bed: 60% of the adult price
    Tour Inclusions
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Meals as specified (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner at local restaurants)
    Private air-conditioned car/van/coach for land transportation
    Experienced English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    Tour Exclusions
    Optional tour & Insurance
    International flights
    Gratuities to service staffs (please refer to Travel Information)
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    For reservation, please send an email to Please inform us: the tour code; the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For details of payment, please read our Terms & Conditions.
  • Walking the Great Wall of China from Laolongtou to Beijing Optional Tours
    Day 10: Chinese Kungfu Show at Red Theater with Chinese Dinner, USD35 per person
    The show of the Legend of Kungfu at Red Theatre Beijing is a high level performance with the wonderful story layout, perfect stage design, professional martial arts actors, and the real Kungfu actions and scenes. You will be strongly impacted both mentally and physically by this show.
  • City Inn Happy Valley Beijing
    Add: Vecchio Shopping Street, North Xiaowuji Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,
    Tel: +86-10-67376688
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing is a chain of fine business hotel brand developed by the OCT IHMC, located in the center of Beijing City that gives traveler the great location for business and financial purposes. The hotel is also easily reachable the city’s major shopping area and famous attractions. The hotel has an excellent location which is 18km to Beijing Railway Station, and 30km to Beijing Capital Airport. The hotel offers 224 rooms that have contemporary interiors and diverse room types. It offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, special events, business trips, and the Internet access helps guests keeping in touch with their friends and family when traveling in Beijing. Free broad video and self-help laundry house are available for guests. Restaurants, Bars, Sauna, Foot Massage, Beauty Salon, Supermarket, Banks, and Hospital are all around the hotel. An attentive and professional staff is always pleased to provide you all the necessary information for your successful Beijing travel.
    Haisheng Garden Hotel
    Add: No. 118 Old Dragon Road, Shanhaiguan, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China
    Tel: +86-335-5168888
    Haisheng Garden Hotel, located at the Laolongtou scenic spot where the Great Wall reaches the sea, is a 4-star luxurious tourism hotel. With modern equipments, gardenly courtyard and thoughtful service, Haisheng Garden Hotel is your wise choice for traveling, business and conference. Haisheng Garden Hotel offers a total of 149 guestrooms including deluxe suites, deluxe twin rooms, standard rooms and business rooms with free internet access. Other facilities of Haisheng Garden Hotel include both Chinese and Western restaurants, ball rooms and meeting rooms.
    Zunhua International Hotel
    Add: No.49 North Second Ring Road, Zunhua 064200, China
    Tel: +86-315-6680088 
    The Zunhua International Hotel is close to the city’s financial and commercial district and within easy reach of all attractions. The hotel offers comfortable bedrooms that are air-conditioned and equipped with modern amenities. In the rooms, you can have a scenic view over the city. The hotel restaurant serves great Chinese and international food. 


    Huangyaguan Villa 
    Add: Within the Great wall scenic area, next to the Huangyaguan Pass.
    Tel: +86-22-22718102
    Renovated in 2008, Huangyaguan Villa Hotel is next to the Huangyaguan Pass and built on the site of Bagua Castle. This government-run hotel are antique courtyard building. There are two different room types: deluxe suite and standard room. It could accommodate 200 person. An affliate restaurant of the hotel could provide local cuisine and western breakfast for the guests.


    Jinshanling Hotel
    Add: Jinshanling Great wall, Luanping Country, Hebei Province(Beijing outskirt)
    Tel: +86-314-8830222
    Jinshanling Hotel is located at the foot of Jinshanling part of the Great Wall of China, about 800 meters walk from the Great Wall. You may enjoy the great view of the Great Wall in the hotel room. This hotel was build in the Ming and Qing dynasty architecure, with three types of buildings: villa type house, courtyard house and independent house. This hotel offers 62 well appointed rooms with internet access and international direct dial. Other facilities inlcude restaurants offering both Chinese and Western cuisine and meeting rooms.


    Juyongguan Hotel 
    Add: Nankouzhen Juyongguan, Changoing District, Beijing, 102202, China
    Tel: +86-10-69778888
    The Juyongguan Hotel is a courtyard style hotel located at the foot of the spectacular Juyongguan Great Wall. It is about 3-minute walk from Juyongguan Great Wall. Built of pure lumber, the hotel with ancient architecture style provides an rather ideal spot for business affairs, Leisure and bodybuilding. The hotel offers 94 deluxe guestrooms with free wifi. Other facilities include seasonal swimming pool, conference hall and restaurant. Diners at this Beijing hotel may enjoy Sichuan and Cantonese dishes at the on-site restaurants. 

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