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Discover the Great Wall on a small group adventure. Visit the Mutianyu, Huangyaguan and Gubeikou sections of the Great Wall and learn about the history behind this momentous achievement.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Travel to China and take a trek along the incredible Great Wall
Experience the Great Wall of China in all its glory by taking a stroll along this ancient highway. Dating back 2,000 years, the Great Wall was originally made of compacted earth and was envisaged as a way to keep out marauding nomads from the north. While this structure is beginning to show its incredible age, it is still remarkable to see these ancient ruins twisting their way across the breathtakingly beautiful countryside. Visit several reinforced and restored sections of the wall, learn about Chinese history from a well-versed local guide and dine on traditional regional delicacies. Complemented with time in Beijing, this Great Wall adventure is a wonderful way to experience one of the world’s most iconic sites and to see imperial China at its grandest.
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Sprawling and space-age at one turn, ancient and timeworn the next, Beijing is about as mega as metropolises get. Discover China's heaving heart while wandering through the city's hutongs (laneways) before meeting the group and heading out for an optional welcome dinner. Then get a glimpse of bygone dynastic grandeur on a guided tour through the Forbidden City, an imperial enclave only opened up to foreigners relatively recently.
Visit the tombs of Qing royalty in Hebei Province before arriving at the world's most monumental wall. Trek out to Huangyaguan, named after the yellowish hills and rocks of the surrounding landscape, and bed down in a small guesthouse located at its base.
Walk the scenic route from Jinshanling to Erchu. More than 500 years old, largely unrestored and surrounded by some splendid scenery, the best thing about this section of the wall could well be having it all to yourself!
Continue on to Gubeikou, where some of Chinese history's most epic battles were played out. Set against the verdant Coiling Dragon and Crouching Tiger mountains, the numerous temples and watchtowers adorning the wall make for some exceptional photo opportunities.
Travel to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, a part that was built in the early Ming dynasty, and take in the imposing terraced fortress of Zheng Bei Tai. The neighbouring section of Jiankou was built with large white rocks and is perched atop dramatic mountain passes with sheer cliffs on either side. Some parts of the path are in such disrepair that it can be a difficult climb, but this is what keeps it relatively crowd-free.
Choose whether to hike the precarious Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Then, return to Beijing for a final night in this intriguing city. Perhaps head out to catch a Beijing Opera recital or gather the group for a final chow down on China's world-famous culinary delights.
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