Great Wall of China Trekking Expedition
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Begin your eco adventures at the Great Wall of China by flying into the city of Beijing. After finding your hotel and getting settled in, explore the city for a bit. Stretch out your legs while visiting the local markets and then visit the Red Theater and watch a Shaolin kung fu performance. End the night by finding a local restaurant and excite your taste buds by tasting the Chinese cuisine.
To start your trekking on the Great Wall of China, meet with your guide and take a short drive through valleys and countrysides. Stop at a farmhouse for a delicious and fresh lunch before hiking up hills towards the wall. Once you have reached the wall, you will get to see spectacular views while placing your feet on unrenovated stone. Ascend the famous staircase, pass guard towers, and stop for pictures before making it to your camping destination. Set up your tent on the wall and enjoy a dinner cooked over a campfire while watching the sunset.
After a good night’s rest and breakfast in your belly, pack up your camping gear and start hiking through a forest trail. Hiking down into the valley will give you plenty of time to enjoy the shade and greenery around you. You will then reach the Ming Dynasty Wall, which is in ruins, before hiking to the top of the Great Wall and the highest watchtower. At the top, the views will give you goosebumps with the mountains in the distance and the valleys below. End the day at a farmhouse in a village where thousands of soldiers died in World War 2.
Today will be a long hike but well worth it. To start, you will begin ascending the wall before coming to its highest point. You will get to see mountain ridges, fields filled with wildflowers, and the watchtower you crossed yesterday during your hike. After hiking for six hours, you will reach the Yangbien Great Wall which was built by General Xu. Here you will stop to set up your tent for the night. Relax with some cold beers and a slow-cooked meal over the fire before turning in for the night.
Wake up to the sun shining and the birds chirping. Pack up your tent and start heading back down to the lowest part of the Yangbien Great Wall. Here you will have to say your goodbyes to the massive wall before hiking down a trail filled with orchards. A driver will be waiting to pick you up to take you back to Beijing. Once you’ve gotten back in the city, settle in and relax your legs from the last couple days of amazing hiking on the Great Wall of China. Find a local restaurant in the area and enjoy the nightlife of the city.
Today, spend the day in the city and visit some of the best tourist spots. Meet with your tour guide at the Forbidden City where you will get to explore the 15th-century palace that was home to 24 emperors. See the imperial throne, the gardens, and temples of the massive complex. Learn about Chinese history and the intricate traditional feng shui architecture. Afterward, grab some lunch before visiting the largest religious building in China, the Temple of Heaven. Once you have stepped inside you will experience calm gardens and colorful art. Grab an early dinner before making your way to Chaoyang Theatre and enjoy an acrobatic show full of bright colors, fun music, and dramatic lighting.
Make sure you are all packed and ready to make your way back to the airport for a flight home.
Getting to trek through the Great Wall of China will leave you with amazing memories and photos. Enjoy camping under the stars and experience eco adventures that most people don’t get the opportunity to do. See the surrounding mountain ranges of the area, travel through forest trails, and set foot on something that has been a part of history for centuries all while breathing in fresh air and learning about Chinese history.
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