Walking the Great Wall of China

China, Discovery, 9 days - from $1,420 (land only)

 Walking the Great Wall of China Walking the Great Wall of China

  • A discovery adventure to the north of Beijing
  • Three days of hiking on the Great Wall
  • Dramatic landscape at Jiankou
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Comfortable hotel and guest houses

Built in stages over a period of more than 2000 years, the Great Wall of China extends 4000 kilometres west to east, from the Gobi Desert to the Yellow Sea. Originally intended to keep out the Mongol hordes, the wall remains one of the most marvellous of man-made constructions. Accessed through Beijing, this discovery holiday takes us to some of the most interesting and spectacular sections of the wall and provides a brilliant insight into rural China. After a visit to Chengde Summer Palace, seasonal refuge of the Qing Dynasty's emperors, we have 3 days of walking on and beside the wall at Jinshanling and Gubeikou and even have a pre-dawn start to make the most of the photographic opportunities amongst the mountain ridges at Jiankou. We also see the amazing Qing Dynasty tomb complex near Zunhua, before returning to Beijing. Here, we conclude this authentic adventure with a tour of the old town, as well as major sites like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday is part of our range of ‘discovery' tours. Although these are active holidays there is no element of trekking or strenuous hiking. This holiday is a mix of sightseeing and easy walking along China's Great Wall. There are three days on the trip where we will be walking for 3 to 5 hours but this will be at a very relaxed pace with lots of stops to take photographs and to learn about the exciting history of the places we visit.

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