Walking the Great Wall Itinerary

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.

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      USD $1,465
      CAD $1,485
      AUD $1,540
      EUR €1,070
      GBP £920
      NZD $1,825
      ZAR R14,020
      CHF FR1,320
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Days 1-2 Beijing

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.
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Day 3 Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan

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.
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Day 4 Jinshanling Great Wall

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!
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Day 5 Jinshanling to Gubeikou

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.
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Day 6 Mutianyu Great Wall

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.
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Days 7-8 Beijing

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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