Walk the Great Wall of China
Centuries after its construction, China's Great Wall remains one of humankind's engineering marvels. At over 21,000 km (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 trip, 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?
Local bus, walking.
Hotels (4 nts), simple guesthouses (5 nts)
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
Great Wall entrances and trek (6 days). Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square guided tour. Tai chi lesson. Tea ceremony. Chinese cooking class. Luggage transfer on every hiking day.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
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.
Day 3 Beijing/Jiankou (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 4 Jiankou/Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 5 Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D)
Transfer to the starting point of the "Crouching Tiger" portion of the Great Wall and enjoy a three hour hike along the wall.
Day 6 Gubeikou/Huangyaguan (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 7 Huangyaguan (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 8 Huangyaguan/Beijing (1B)
Explore Qing Tombs on the way back to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing around noon and enjoy half day free time.
Day 9 Beijing (1B)
Enjoy a free day to relax in Beijing or to explore more of the sights of the city.
Day 10 Beijing (1B)
Depart at any time.