3 days

Great Wall Escape

Great Wall Escape

Walk on remote sections of the Great Wall

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  • Escape the hustle and bustle of China's capital with this relaxed countryside break at the Great Wall. Spend two nights in a local village and walk a beautiful, infrequently visited section of the wall between Gubeikou and Jinshanling.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Drive to Great Wall at Gubeikou

    Your tour starts in Beijing at 9 am at our joining hotel, where you will be met by your Peregrine tour leader. We then embark on a three-hour drive to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. On arrival, we begin our encounter with the Great Wall by exploring the immediate area.Gubeikou is located 146 kilometres 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. As such it occupies a strategically important location between Shanhaiguan Pass and Juyongguan Pass, which is difficult to access. The Chaohe River runs across the foot of the wall from north to south. In 1378 (the 11th year of Emperor Hongwu's reign in the Ming Dynasty), General Xu Da ordered this section of the Great Wall rebuilt. Gubeikou has probably seen more battles than any other part of the Great Wall, including some of the most famous in Chinese history. On the southern slope of Gubeikou stands a temple dedicated to Yang Ye, a famous Great Wall garrison general of the Song Dynasty. There are quite a few temples in China dedicted to this general, but this one is perhaps the oldest. The Gubeikou section of the Great Wall stretches for more than 40 kilometres and consists of 14 beacon towers, 143 watch towers, 16 strategic pass, three citadels and many other military constructions. Many of them are famous historical relics such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower, the Fairy Tower, the General Tower and the dominant Wangjing Tower. Tonight we stay in a basic, but charming homestay as a guest of some very hospitable local folks.

    Gubeikou Guesthouse (Ye Shu Fang Homestay) or similar

    Day 2 - Trek from Gubeikou to Jinshanling

    Today we trek to Jinshanling (5–6 hrs). 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. Jinshanling is the name given to an eleven kilometre section of the wall situated on the Jinshan Mountains. The earliest bit of this structure was built in the 6th century AD, but most of what you see now dates from the Ming Dynasty. This section of the wall has 67 watchtowers, each built in a different style of architecture. The walkway along the top is paved with square bricks providing a level surface wide enough to construct or erect batteries. Poems and tablet writings can be found on the Jinshanling Great Wall left from the time General Qi Jiguang directed building of this section of the Great Wall. Some of the towers were storerooms for food, hay and weapons. 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 simple guesthouse at Jinshanling.

    Jinshanling Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Beijing

    Today we return to Beijing where your tour extension ends on arrival. A transfer to the airport is not included, however, your tour leader will be on hand to advise you as to the options available.

    Breakfast
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    • Local guide, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.

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    • International flights, international and domestic departure taxes, departure transfer, visas, insurance, other meals, any optional tours and activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.

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Trip Code PCGE
Group size 2 - 15
Start City: Beijing
End City: Beijing

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