Great Wall Trek Shanhaiguan to Beijing

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Day 1 Arrive Beijing

Arrive at any time. Start your trip with a welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Stroll around Tiananmen Square, venture to the Forbidden City to absorb the powerful majesty of the complex. Explore Beijing Hutong, and enjoy a Tea Art Lesson in an antique tea house.

Day 3   Beijing-Great Wall Shanhaiguan. (B.L.D)

Transfer to Shanhaiguan for a sightseeing tour visiting a spectacular city gate and where the Great Wall reaches the ocean. Overnight in comfortable hotel.

Day 4  Great Wall Shanhaiguan-Great Wall Panjiakou (B.L.D)

Morning hike on on Jiaoshan Great Wall. Afternoon transfer to Panjiakou. Overnight in hotel.

Day 5  Great Wall Panjiakou-Zunhua (B.L.D)

Morning boat ride and visit the Great Wall under water. Overnight in city hotel.

Day 6  Eastern Qing Tomb-Great Wall Luowenyu-Jinshanling (B.L.D.)

Morning hike on the wild Great Wall Luowenyu where few people would come visiting. 

Afternoon visit of East Qing Tombs. Transfer to Jinshanling and overnight in local guest house.

Day 7   Jinshanling – Beijing  (B.L.D)

Morning hiking 4 hours on the Great Wall to Erchu. Afternoon return back to Beijing. Check in Dong Fang Hotel. Dinner of roast Peking duck. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8   Beijing/dept (B)

After buffet breakfast, you can depart any time.

Day 1  Arrv Beijing (D)
Own transfer to Dong Fang Hotel (4* central location). 18:30 rendezvous at hotel lobby. Group meeting followed by group dinner in city restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
 Included Activities:
• Group meeting
Meals Included:
• Dinner at local restaurant

Day 2 Beijing (B.L.D)
Day tour visiting Tian An Men Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park (to gain a bird’s eye view of Forbidden City from north side), walking tour of Hutong. Overnight in hotel. 

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Included Activities:
• Visits of Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and Hutong.
Meals Included:
• Buffet breakfast in hotel
• Lunch and dinner in local restaurant

Day 3   Beijing-Great Wall Shanhaiguan. (B.L.D)
Leave hotel at 08:00am and we will drive 300km from Beijing to Great Wall Shanhaiguan, where the Great Wall reaches the Bohai Sea. Afternoon visit to Shanhaiguan City Gate nicknamed as Number 1 Gate under the heaven and Dragon’s Head where the Great Wall reaches the ocean. Overnight in Shanhai Hotel.

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Visits of City Gate and Dragon’s Head.
Meals Included:
• Buffet breakfast in hotel
• Lunch and dinner in local restaurant

Day 4  Great Wall Shanhaiguan-Great Wall Panjiakou (B.L.D)
Morning hiking on the Jiaoshan Great Wall. Jiaoshan Great Wall is 5km away. 08:30am check out hotel and we will ride in our vehicle for 10 minutes to get there.

Hiking distance: 3.6km
Elevation gain: 310 meters (some part is quite steep and frequent stop for breath is recommended).  Highest point is 361 meters above sea level (we are only 1-2km away from the ocean.)
There is a gondola here in service. One trip is US$3.00, round trip US$5.00.
The first half of the wall is well repaired, but the part on hilltop and further away is all wild wall.
After lunch in local restaurant, we will ride in our van and transfer to Panjiakou Water Reservoir.  The total distance is 180km and it is going to take 4 hours. The hotel to use is Panxu Hotel located right at the reservoir area which is very peaceful and quiet with only a few households nearby.

Accommodation:
• 3*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Visits of Jiaoshan Great Wall.
Meals Included:
• Breakfast in hotel
• Lunch and dinner in local restaurant

Day 5   Great Wall Panjiakou-Zunhua (B.L.D)
Morning boat ride on the lake. We will use a fast small boat of 6 passengers propelled by Mercury engine. The water reservoir covers a very large area and the boat ride will take 15-20 minutes to get to the scenic spot. The local people make use of the water to farm fish and the whole lake becomes a big  fish pond. We will visit 2 very interesting sites of the Great Wall.

(1)  Great Wall Panjiakou
The boat ride takes about 15-20 minutes. We will come here first. On the boat ride all passengers are required to wear a life vest (supplied by the boat). When we get to Great Wall Panjiakou, we will get off boat and walk onshore. We will have a short hike from here.

Hiking distance: 1300 meters round trip
Returning back to our boat and we will ride for 15 minutes to Great Wall Xifengkou.

Hiking distance: 1200 meters round trip
12:30noon Return back to boat and ride back to pier and get onshore for lunch. Afternoon bus transfer for 53km to Zunhua town. At 4:30pm arrival in Zunhua. Exploring downtown area.

Overnight in Zunhua International Hotel (comfort class).

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Visits of City Gate and Dragon’s Head. 7
Meals Included:
• Buffet breakfast in hotel
• Lunch and dinner in local restaurant

Day 6  Eastern Qing Tomb-Great Wall Luowenyu-Jinshanling (B.L.D.)
Morning transfer 13km to wild Great Wall Luowenyu.
Hiking 2.43km to Village Ganjiayu.

Elevation gain: 369 meters
Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon transfer 48km to Eastern Qing Tombs. These are the tombs of Qing Dynasty Royal Family. Altogether there are 15 tombs, but we will visit Qian Long tomb only due to time limit.  

Drive 2 hours to Jinshanling after visit. Overnight in Jinshanling guest house.

Accommodation:
• Local farmer's guest house  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at the guest house
• Picnic lunch at the wall
• Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 7   Jinshanling – Beijing  (B.L.D)
Morning hiking 4 hours on the Great Wall to Erchu. Afternoon return back to Beijing. Check in Dong Fang  Hotel. Rest of afternoon for own exploration, doing shopping. Dinner of roast Peking duck. Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Visits of Great Wall to Erchu.
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at guest house
• Lunch in local restaurant
• Dinner of roast Peking duck at local restaurant

Day 8   Beijing/dept (B)
After buffet breakfast, you can depart any time.

Remarks:  B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner



Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

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8 Days