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Great Wall of China

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Trek one of the Great Wonders of the World!

 

Journey with Aurora Adventures to remote sections of the Great Wall as we hike along this magnificent ancient fortification. This famous ‘icon’ stretches over 3,000 kilometers, from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the eastern coast, to the Jiayuguan Pass in the Gobi Desert.

We travel through the lush mountainous areas to the northeast and east of Beijing. A fascinating journey on the back roads allows you to observe closely the everyday life of villagers and offers perfect opportunities to interact with the locals. We visit the Eastern Qing Tombs, and explore the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Some of the best moments of this trek are spent hiking in remote areas and being away from the crowds.

 

Our Itinerary

Day 1 - On arrival in Beijing you are transferred to your hotel. In the evening we meet our local ground leader for an in country pre trek briefing followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant - Peking Duck is often a popular choice!

Day 2 - Beijing offers endless opportunities for exploration. The enormous Forbidden City, built more than 500 years ago, and off-limits to commoners for almost all that time, is a truly amazing place. This incredibly large structure is fascinating because every square meter is interesting, from the intricately carved walkways to the colourful painted ceilings. The Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are two other fine examples of extraordinary workmanship. Our hotel is centrally located, and a short walk in any direction will unveil all sorts of wonderful surprises such as fascinating small lane ways, known as hutongs. We have a chance to enjoy the Beijing Opera or the spectacular acrobat show in the evening.

Day 3 - An early departure as we drive to Taipingzhai, a 3-4 hour journey. Along the way we stop at Eastern Qing Tombs, the largest and most complete of their kind in China. These tombs, located in Hebei province 125 kilometers from Beijing, are the final resting-places for five Qing emperors, their empresses, concubines and daughters.  Time permitting, we may stop at a trout farm for lunch before hiking for 3-4 hours on the Great Wall from Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan.  There are not many tourists in this area, as it is a remote and seldom visited location. The most unique feature here is the Street of the Eight Diagrams, an architectural wonder of the Ming Dynasty lying just below the pass. A labyrinth set up to confuse and entrap invading armies. We will spend our night at the Huangyaguan Hotel located at the base of the wall.

Day 4 - We drive for two hours to our next section of the wall, Gubeikou, from where we trek to Jingshanling (5 – 6 hrs). Gubeikou is located 146 kilometers north of Beijing. It has the Panlong (Coiling Dragon) and Wohu (Crouching Tiger) mountains in the background and is linked to the Qingfeng (Green Wind) and Dicui (Piled Verdure) peaks. The Chaohe River runs across the foot of the wall from north to south.   Our walk takes us eastward along the old city

wall, passing numerous watchtowers and other parts of the wall that have not yet been restored. Towards the end of our walk we descend from the wall and walk along a path for one kilometer, in order to bypass a military area. We spend our night in a guesthouse at Jinshanling.

Day 5 - Jinshanling to Simatai is a moderate to difficult trek of approximately 10 kilometres (4-5 hours) along a largely unrestored section of the wall. Simatai has earned the reputation as being one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. 500 years old, it was built during the Ming Dynasty and towers over the nearby villages and farmland, as it winds its way like the spiny back of a dragon over the sharply clipped peaks of the mountains. After the trek we drive to a very small village and are guests of a local family. Tonight you can relax and maybe even take up the chance of learning how to make delicious jiaozis (dumplings). The owner's house is the highest in the village, offering a view that overlooks the valley below. The guesthouse has a handful of rooms available, including a common room with a traditional 'kang' bed - a heated bed used by many northern Chinese village homes as a source of heat as well as common gathering spot.

Day 6 & 7 - We say goodbye to our village hosts and drive to Mutianyu Great Wall where we spend some time trekking around this wall and the Jiankou Great Wall. Situated in the northern part of Huairou County some 70 kilometres northeast of Beijing, the restored 2250 meter-long Mutianyu section of the wall has 22 watchtowers. They are built at regular intervals, which vary from being complex structures of more than one storey to simple beacons. The most famous is Zheng Bei Tai, a castle complex that consists of three inner-connected watchtowers.  After spending a night in a local farmers inn, we enjoy our final bit of walking before meeting our minibus and heading back to Beijing.

Day 8 – Following breakfast the day is yours prior to your transfer to the airport and your homeward journey.

 

Price

$3490 (land) pp or $4950* with international flights (min 10 pax departure) Contact us for more information.

 

Inclusions:

Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 8 weeks and 3 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 12 week Remote Preparation Program with weekend supervised sessions for Sydney and Melbourne trekkers

Hotel accommodation in Beijing at the beginning and end of the adventure on a twin share basis*.

Personal travel insurance.

Return international airfare to Beijing (if flight inc price*)

All transfers and transport during the trek

Accommodation and food during the trek

 

 

Exclusions:

Personal expenses such as phone call costs and alcoholic beverages and at the hotel in Beijing

Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing

 

*Trekkers also have the option of upgrading flights or staying in single accommodation at the hotel. We can advise the extra costs associated with these options at the time of booking.

 

 

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