After your international transit, 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 brie ng followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant – Peking Duck is often a popular choice! The following morning Beijing o ers endless opportunities for exploration. The enormous Forbidden City, built more than 500 years ago, and o -limits to commoners for almost all that time, is a truly amazing place. This incredibly large structure is fascinating because every square metre is interesting, from the intricately carved walkways to the colourful painted ceilings. The Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are two other ne examples of extraordinary workmanship. Our hotel is centrally located, and a short walk in any direction will unveil all sorts of wonderful surprises. We have a chance to enjoy the Beijing Opera or the spectacular acrobat show in the evening.
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 kilometres from Beijing, are the nal resting-places for ve 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. 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.
We drive for two hours to our next section of the wall, Gubeikou, from where we trek to Jingshanling (5-6 hrs). 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 kilometre, in order to bypass a military area. We spend our night in a guesthouse at Jinshanling.
Wake to the tranquility of Jinshanling and after breakfast enjoy the dramatic landscape. We will start our walk from east ve eye tower and continue up to the ruined towers. Along the way we will pass several famous towers and from these towers we will capture the true nature of the Simatai. We will travel over about 10 kilometres (3-5 hours) through the wild beauty of Jinshanling and Gubeikou.
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 metre-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 nal bit of walking before meeting our minibus and heading back to Beijing.
Following breakfast the day is yours prior to your transfer to the airport and your homeward journey.