12 day Great Wall of China hiking tour
Description of 12 day Great Wall of China hiking tour
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We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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PlanetWe 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 (as well as the other highly important cultural sites we visit) 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.
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 Great Wall of China, which dates back to the 8th century BC, was built to stand as a guardian against invaders. But here in the 21st century, the Wall is under siege by a new onslaught of countless tourists and the environment. To help us protect and preserve what remains of China’s wonderful natural heritage, we remind all of our travelers to care for the environments they visit by being respectfully aware of the unique of the places we take them to. 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 this tour you may find the brickwork at the Wall are fairly fragile or loose due to centuries of battering by harsh weather, such as the Huanghuacheng great wall, which is the only one section in Beijing that was built through a lake. Parts of the wall on this tour like Gubeikou and Jinshanling are either just partially restored or entirely original. We are extremely keen not to leave behind anything, but your footprints and the echoes of laughter. Our tour guide will talk about this point in the briefings on arrival your day.
It is certain that the water is very important during a trekking tour. We suggest to bring your own travel mug to fill in the boiled water before every morning instead of drinking the bottled mineral water continually. Even though the tap water is not drinkable in China, all of the hotels and restaurants we use will have a kettle which can be used to boil. Such measure could really reduce the amount of rubbish we produce.
PeopleOur 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 been born and raised. Indeed, very few people will ever get the chance to stay with a Chinese farmer!
We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local 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!
Accommodation and Meals:
You will spend 5 nights in city hotel, and 5 nights in local guest house of different sections of the wild Great Wall, and camping one night in this tour. Using smaller businesses as opposed to luxurious hotel boosts the local economy. We try to use hotels or hostel/guest house that minimize negative effects on the environment. Most of time, we will have meals in rural villages, away from the standard tourist trail, so we can ensure our commerce also make contribute to local people.