Beijing and Great Wall of China walking tour

“Enjoy an 8 day tailor made trekking experience over lesser-trodden sections of the Great Wall of China with hotel accommodation and daily transfers to trek points included.”


Yanqing County | Huailai County | Hebei | Badaling | Gubei Watertown | Simatai | Gubeikou | Jinshanling | Xizaizhi village | Ying Fei Dao Yang observation tower | Huanghuacheng | Xishuiyu village | Beijing sightseeing |

Description of Beijing and Great Wall of China walking tour

This tailor made Beijing and Great Wall of China walking tour takes place over the course of a week to present an authentic side to the capital that allows you to delve deeper behind the scenes of one of the world's most enigmatic stages.

As you'd expect from a well-craftedChina walking tour you'll get to experience many of the highlights rarely glimpsed on a whistle-stop ne or two day alternative.

From wilder, lesser-visited, sections of the Great Wall to some of the traditional villages encamped around its based, this trip provides a deeper cultural experience of local life and what it means to live within the shadow of one of the world's greatest man-made structures.

Starting at the Great Wall's Yangbiancheng and Shixiaguan sections, travellers will be able to step back in time, without the tourist crowds, to enjoy authentic images en-route to Gubei Water Town where organic local encounters and sunsets from Simatai Great Wall await.

Next are some of the most untouched, wild, sections of the Great Wall where watchtowers and crumbling brickwork form the backdrop towards Jinshanling.

A transfer to Jiankou Great Wall provides an incredible experience for photographers with mountain peaks, ruined stone work and verdant valley slopes offering all manner of composition prior to hiking to the restored section of the Great Wall in Huanghuacheng.

Last, but not least, on your walking tour is the city of Beijing herself where a sightseeing tour allows you to see life in contemporary times as well as the world-famous historic sites to complete an all-encompassing, tailor made, experience that's extremely hard to beat.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Walking poles can come in handy on more remote stretches of the Great Wall. Also make sure to bring sensible walking shoes, suntan cream, sunglasses, and a neckerchief as there's not much in the way of shade.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Active. 2 - 3hr hikes on the great Wall and city sightseeing.
4-star Beijing hotel and locally-owned village guesthouses.
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.
Accomm, local transfers, entrance fees, English speaking guides and cultural shows.
About this holiday company:
This company specialise in tailor made active holidays across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travellers and local people alike.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We fully understand and appreciate the importance of developing tours that are sustainable and reduce the impacts of tourism on the environment wherever possible. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the natural surroundings in which we visit and travel. This itinerary is acutely aware of the need to protect the Great Wall both for current and future generations to fully experience.

Due to its age and popularity, the Great Wall remains constantly under pressure from tourism development and growth. Our itinerary takes you to one of the quieter (and more beautiful) sections of the wall to help ensure that the impacts of your visit to this stunning and spectacular location are minimised. As we will spend large parts of the tour on foot, this will help us reduce our carbon footprints by using transport only when necessary. The bonus of our sustainable approach to experiencing the Great Wall is that you will also get to encounter this amazing spectacle at a more relaxing pace and you will improve your health and fitness at the same time too!

In order to help preserve what remains of both China’s wonderful cultural and natural heritage, we ask that all of our travel participants help protect the environments they visit by being respectfully aware of the unique locations we take them to. The importance of sustainable travel, particularly in sensitive natural environments and ecosystems, is something we also value highly. As a bonus of our unique approach, you will also discover that our tour groups are small in size so that are impacts are minimised, and of course, so that we can afford you the attention you deserve!

The Impacts of this Trip

Our itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the local communities of the regions we visit. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market. An added bonus of using locally-owned services and people is that they will often be highly enthusiastic, generous and proud to welcome you into the places where many have be born and raised.

We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local ‘green’ tourism services and businesses to ensure that the natural and social environments that host tourism are protected and well-managed. This includes the use of locally-sourced produce such as food and crafts, for example. However, perhaps one of the greatest reasons for using locally-owned accommodation is that you will see the ‘real’ China in its various guises. You will sample traditional villages, entertainment shows, cuisines and ways of life that can be significantly different to anything you may have experienced before. We will also take you to incredible places away from the tourist crowds to ensure that your experiences are genuinely unique. We fully believe that this is a wonderful way to learn about this spectacular country and have no doubt that you will agree!


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