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Hike and Bike The Untamed Great Wall

Join this hike and bike adventure which commences in Beijing Explore the wonders of Beijing including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Trek along a remote section of the Great Wall and cycle through the old hutongs. Commence your Great Wall experience from what is called "The Dragons Head", where the wall begins on the shore of the Bohei Sea. This adventure will take you out to sections of the wall that have remained untouched and unrestored. You will be awe struck at the sheer determination that was required to build this man made marvel as you trek along the body of the dragon on the mountain ridges. Gain a firsthand perspective of why the wall was built in certain locations and the strategic calculations that were considered to keep the Manchurians at bay, or channelled into valleys to their peril. Along the way, stay overnight within restored "Quans" which were originally military barracks that have since been repurposed as guest houses. Get off the beaten Great Wall track with this one.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Comfortable well located hotel in Beijing
Accommodation on a twin share basis
Private air conditioned vehicles
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
Expert bilingual local guide
Medical kit
Multi speed bicycles
Bicycle support vehicle on cycle days with spare parts and mechanic
Airport transfers on arrival and departure days
Hightlights
Walking through rural villages
Rare insight into rural Chinese life
Exploring original sections of the Great Wall
Visiting Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
Cycling in rural China
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $2,980
Start Location
Beijing, China
End Location
China
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Jan 201923 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
11 Feb 201918 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
07 Apr 201914 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
05 May 201912 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
13 Jun 201920 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
14 Jul 201921 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
18 Aug 201925 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
08 Sep 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
13 Oct 201920 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
04 Nov 201911 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,980
15 Jan 202022 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
10 Feb 202017 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
05 Apr 202012 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
03 May 202010 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
11 Jun 202018 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
12 Jul 202019 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
16 Aug 202023 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
06 Sep 202013 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
11 Oct 202018 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
02 Nov 202009 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,070
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival in Beijing you will be met and transfered to the group hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing in the central city district. Perhaps barter for a bargain in the colorful silk markets or do as the locals do and hire a bike for a spin through the bustling back roads of this vibrant city. This evening we will meet in the hotel lobby at approximately 6.30pm (please check with reception to confirm this time) for a group meeting before we head out to enjoy our first meal together.
Day 2
This morning we depart Beijing and will drive 350kms from Beijing to the Great Wall Shanhaiguan, where the Great Wall reaches the Bohai Sea. Our exploration of the 1200 year old Great Wall begins! We will fit our bikes and have a warm up bike ride of 20 km. This afternoon we visit Shanhaiguan City Gate and Dragon's Head. The Great Wall was built by over 1 million people who largely were soldiers, peasants, prisoners and soldiers. Thousands of them died in the process. Today as we walk along the wall, we can imagine the hard work and structural genius that went into creating what is now a national treasure in modern day China. Cycle distance: 20kms approx. Overnight: Shanhaiguan hotel.
Day 3
This morning we check out of our hotel and begin with a morning cycling 5km to Jiaoshan Great Wall for hiking. Hiking distance 3.6 km, elevation gain: 310 meters (some parts are quite steep and frequent stops to catch your breath is required). 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 the hilltop and beyond is a wild wall. Depending on your pace, you can explore more of that if you feel comfortable with the steep climb. Next we drive to Qianxi. The total distance is 218km. We will pick a most peaceful and quiet rural country road for our bike ride of about 60km Cycle distance: 65kms approx Overnight Quanxi Hotel
Day 4
Today begins with a morning bike ride of 20km to Panjiakou, for our boat ride on Panjiakou Lake to visit two parts of the Great Wall under water. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving 40km to the Eastern Qing Tombs where the tombs of the Qing Dynasty Royal Family are located. We continue on to Huangyaguan and overnight in a peaceful Chinese style courtyard hotel. Cycle distance: 20 kms approx. Hiking distance today 2.43 km to Village Ganjiayu, Elevation gain: 369 meters
Day 5
This morning after breakfast we will hike on the Great Wall Huangyaguan starting from Taiping Zhai (approx 3 hrs). Hiking distance: 3.41km Hiking height gain: 271 meters. After lunch we will spend the afternoon cycling 60-100km to the lovely folk village of Gubeikou. Tonight we will enjoy a comfortable home stay experience in the village of Simatai Gubeikou. You will experience a welcoming interaction with friendly local villagers. Cycle distance: 60-100 kms approx Overnight Simatai
Day 6
Today we have a full day of hiking on the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. There is time on the walk, as elsewhere, to explore and photograph this section of the original and unrestored wall. We will note the wall's intriguing design features that gave the defenders a military advantage against the nomads. Tonight we stay in a Jinshanling hotel. Hike distance approx: 20kms
Day 7
We begin with an early morning hike for 4 hours (approx 15kms) on the Great Wall to Erchu. This afternoon we transfer back to Beijing. We will have time in Beijing to explore some of the most majestic and historically significant sites of this immense city. We start with Tiananmen Square and the "Forbidden City" so called as it was off limits to the general public for over 500 years. Its ancient buildings served as the imperial palace for two dynasties, the Ming and Qing. We will check into our hotel and tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner of roast Peking duck to celebrate a successful trip. Please note: should the Forbidden City be closed for an official visit (which happens often and suddenly) your tour leader will adjust your daily itinerary accordingly to ensure a visitation without losing any listed activities
Day 8
After breakfast our trip concludes in Beijing with a transfer to the airport.