Great Wall of China – Special Edition (10D9N)

 

Depart Singapore:

04 September 2015 (Friday)

 

Depart Beijing:

13 September 2015 (Sunday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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The Great Wall of China was built over 2,000 years ago, by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China during the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C – 206 B.C.).

After subjugating and uniting China from seven Warring States, the emperor connected and extended four old fortification walls along the north of China that originated about 700 B.C. (over 2500 years ago). Armies were stationed along the wall as a first line of defense against invaders from the North.

The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 13,170 miles (21,196 km) from east to west of China.

With a history of more than 2,000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

If you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten track experience of the Great Wall of China, look no further. We bring you on an unforgettable 7-day hike on some incredibly beautiful parts of the wall. On this tour we will stay in small villages and get guided tours of the surrounding countryside and mountains by locals. To bring you to a higher level, you will get to sleep on the wall. Nothing beats that!

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (04 Sep): Arrive in Beijing

  • Beijing International AirportPickup from Beijing International Airport, meet up with your guide and transfer to your hotel beside the airport.
  • Check into hotel and freshen up before you will get a briefing of your upcoming Great Wall trek at the hotel.
  • Free and easy thereafter and get ready for the trek tomorrow.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: 3 or 4-star hotel (China standard), Beijing

 

Day 2 (05 Sep): Beijing – Qian’an (乾安) – Baiyangyu (白羊峪)

  • Baiyangyu Great Wall (白羊峪)After breakfast in hotel, drive around 3hrs to Qian’an (乾安).
  • Check-in to your homestay and have lunch there.
  • After lunch, we will go to the west of Baiyangyu Great Wall (白羊峪). It will take around 2hrs to go up and return the same way.
  • Baiyangyu Great Wall was originally built in Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and reinforced in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) by the builders and army led by Qi Juguang.
  • “Baiyangyu” literally means “White Sheep Valley”. A river called Baiyang River passes the valley from north to south. There used to be a grand water pass of the Great Wall bridging the valley which now still divides the Baiyangyu Great Wall into two sections – East and West. The two sections of Bauyangyu Great wall are a 4552m-long fairly well preserved wall with 21 guide-towers.
  • You can take a walk around in the village in the evening.
  • Dinner at homestay.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Baiyangyu homestay (白羊峪农家)

 

Day 3 (06 Sep): Baiyangyu – Dalongmiao Village (大龙庙村)

  • From Baiyangyu (白羊峪) to Dalongmiao (大龙庙)After breakfast, start at the section of the wall where we begin the journey to Dalongmiao village (大龙庙村), a journey of approximately 5hrs.
  • Along the way, pass various sections of the wall that are incredibly steep but the breathtaking view of the steppes of eastern China will more than make up for the strenuous activity.
  • Break for lunch.
  • When we arrive at the village, be greeted by a local villager who will take us to his home where our cook will prepare a light meal with ingredients sourced straight from the fields.
  • Thereafter, you’re welcome to explore the village.
  • Dinner will be prepared in a local home by our cook.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Dalongmiao Village (大龙庙村农家)

 

Day 4 (07 Sep): Dalongmiao Village – Lengkou (冷口) – Hongshankou (洪山口)

  • Lengkou (冷口)After breakfast, begin the day’s trek to the Lengkou (冷口) pass of the Great Wall. The trip will take about 6-7hrs.
  • Lengkou, also known as Qingjing in ancient times, was an important pass, along with Lanjing and Xifengkou, on the Ming Great Wall. Because of its strategic importance, Lengkou Pass was always heavily fortified and garrisoned.
  • Some sections of the wall are broken and there are loose rocks. Exercise caution when hiking.
  • You will stop for lunch and enjoy your packed lunch.
  • When you reach Lengkou, the bus will be waiting to take you to Hongshankou village (洪山口村). The town has a supermarket where you can stock up on some basic necessities if you need to.
  • Drive to Hongshankou village for the evening and in time for dinner which your cook will have prepared for you.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hongshankou Village (洪山口村农家) or similar

 

Day 5 (08 Sep): Hongshankou – Eastern Qing Tombs (清东陵) – Huangyaguan (黄崖关)

  • Hongshankou (洪山口)After breakfast, hike on the section of the wall just behind Hongshankou village. This part of the wall can be quite steep with loose rocks and uneven surfaces.
  • After about 2hrs, head back to the village to pack your things and depart Hongshankou village.
  • Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
  • After lunch, visit the Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qing Dynasty (清东陵) (1644-1911), the largest and best preserved extant tomb complexes for royal families in China, and also the most important tombs for emperors and their women in the last dynasty. Devoted to 5 emperors, 14 empresses and 136 imperial concubines of the Qing Dynasty and designated as a historic site under state protection. Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qing Dynasty (清东陵)The 5 tombs for emperors separately are Xiaoling for the Shunzhi emperor, Jingling for the Kangxi emperor, Yuling for the Qianlong emperor, Dingling for the Xianfeng emperor and Huiling for the Tongzhi emperor. The other imperial women were buried in 4 tombs for empresses, such as the East Empress (Ci’an) and the West Empress (Cixi), 5 tombs for imperial concubines, and 1 tomb for a princess.
  • Dinner will be enjoyed at the local restaurant.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Guesthouse (黄崖关农家院)

 

Day 6 (09 Sep): Huangyaguan Great Wall (黄崖关) – Gubeikou (古北口)

  • Huangyaguan Great Wall (黄崖关)After breakfast, start your walk to the Huangyaguan Great Wall (黄崖关). Head up the steep renovated steps towards what appears to be a sheer cliff face.
  • 1.5 hrs later, arrived at ‘Heaven’s Ladder’, a steep climb of over 300 steps leading us up the cliff face.
  • There are fabulous views from the top, and once we have caught our breath the path continues gradually on steep tracks through forest, up to the top of the ridge.
  • Have lunch by the hill.
  • Follow the contours of the mountain until you clamber down into the valley below to the farmer’s house and to the main road.
  • Your bus will take you to Gubeikou village (古北口), about 2.5 hrs’ drive away.
  • In the evening, have dinner in the local farmer’s house.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: : Gubeikou village farmer’s house (古北口农家院)

 

Day 7 (10 Sep): Gubeikou (古北口)

  • Gubeikou (古北口)Check-out of farmer’s house before setting off on the 5 hrs trek from Gubeikou (古北口) to the Jinshanling (金山岭) section of the wall with a small detour to avoid a military post (restricted area).
  • Some steep ascents, with wonderful views from the ridge tops, mobs of watch towers and beacon towers.
  • The main part of the Gubeikou Wall was first built in the Ming Dynasty 1368 A.D., while the other part was built in the Beiqi Dynasty 550 A.D. This section is the most intact and well preserved original section of all the sections in Beijing. You can feel the vicissitude of history here, more than that, those bullet holes and damages will take you back to the past when flames of war raging everywhere.
  • Camp on the Great WallPacked lunch by the 24 Hole Guard Tower, the highest place of this section of Great Wall.
  • Walk down to the valley (military restricted zone ahead) after lunch, go through the corn field and small village and get on bus on the main road. You will take around 1.5 hrs of walking.
  • Return to Gubeikou village for dinner.
  • After dinner, bring the things that you need at night, such as torch, clothing, aerosol for mosquito and insect etc. and walk half an hour back to the watch tower where you will overnight on the Great Wall.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp on the Great Wall

 

Day 8 (11 Sep): Gubeikou – Jinshanling (金山岭) – Simatai West (司马台) – Beijing

  • Sunrise at GubeikouWatch sunrise rising above Gubeikou.
  • Return to the farmer’s house and have breakfast.
  • After breakfast, your coach will drive you to Jinshanling (金山岭) section, about 20 minutes driving.
  • The Jinshanling Great Wall is a complicated and well preserved fortification system and possesses the largest number of watchtowers, each built in a different architectural style. It is an exemplary section of the Great Wall and hence comes the saying that the Jinshanling section is the most essential part of the 10,000 miles Great Wall. When you stand on the Jinshanling Great Wall, you will appreciate how majestic and splendid it is.
  • West of Simatai Great Wall (司马台)Hike towards the west of Simatai Great Wall (司马台). About 4 hrs of hike, you will reach the East 5-hole Guard Tower.
  • The eastern portion of Simatai is closed due to government maintenance and repairs but the western section of the Simatai Great Wall is still open. The Simatai Great Wall is separated into eastern and western halves by a valley, with a rainbow-like chain bridge over the valley. The hills in the west are sloping gently, with 20 watchtowers remaining in good shape. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall.
  • Walk down to the car park where your coach is waiting to drive you to Beijing.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: 3 or 4-star hotel (China standard), Beijing

 

Day 9 (12 Sep): Beijing Exploration Day (Optional)

  • Tiananmen SquareAfter breakfast, set off on a full day of Beijing exploration.
  • Start off by visiting Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world.
  • We’ll then continue to the The Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years. The Forbidden CityBuilt in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
  • End the day’s excursion to the Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven, and a complex of religious buildings. Constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, the complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century. Temple of HeavenThe complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.
  • Back to hotel in the evening.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: 3 or 4-star hotel (China standard), Beijing

 

Day 10 (13 Sep): Departure

  • Free time till transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD1999.00

Single Pax

SGD2339.00

(Price is for minimum 6 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group sizes, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Marathon hike along one of the greatest architecture in the world
  • Interact with locals when staying with them
  • A chance to sleep on the Great Wall
  • Watch sunrise and sunset from the Great Wall

Package Inclusions

  • 3 nights’ accommodation based on double/twin sharing room in 3 or 4-star hotels (China standard) on day 1, 8 and 9
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in homestay or guesthouse during trek
  • 1 night accommodation in tent on the Great Wall
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Transportation according to the programme with car, coach or bus with fully licensed driver depending on group size
  • Experienced trekking guide during trek on the Great Wall
  • Bottled drinking water during the trek
  • Tours and entrance fees for all of the sites which the group attends together, as listed in above itinerary
  • Day 9 activities – including transport, entrance fee to The Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, lunch
  • Camping equipment (sleeping bag, tent, mattress)

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Beijing – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Chinese visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses such as cable car (Jinshanling), slide rail etc.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Drinks, laundry, shopping and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 05 May 2015. Subject to availability and change.

 

04 September 2015

Singapore to Beijing:

Air China (CA 976) 0930hrs – 1615hrs

 

13 September 2015

Beijing to Singapore:

Air China (CA 975) 0005hrs – 0625hrs / Air China (CA 969) 1535hrs – 2140hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 23kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD440.70

 

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