In-depth Wild Great Wall Hiking
Fully discover the world-famous Great Wall! While hiking along the Great Wall, you will be immersed in the spectacular views of the stunning countryside and be awed at the great intelligence of ancient humanbeings. Before the great wall hiking, you will spend several days visiting most classic attractions in Beijing - Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen, Hutong, etc. (Jinshanling Great Wall will be closed for road and other tourist facilities construction from June 1, 2017. The reopening date has not been released yet. Travelers are not allowed to visit.)
Highlights of this tour
Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China!
You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.
Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.
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After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square which is now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern square was the site where the Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s 5 most important palaces – Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties used to live in. Pass through various doorways to admire the magnificent and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow glazed tile roof, white marble base and splendid colorful paintings.
Leave Forbidden City, and drive about 6km to next imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.
Optional activity: Option 1: In the Evening, you can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30. Option 2: You could enjoy the well-known Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater to appreciate the classic Chinese art performance, 19:30-21:00.
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Today, your first stop is the charming Beihai Park, then take a lifetime rickshaw tour the ancient alleyways of Hutongs that are still keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. You’ll stop by a Siheyuan local family and experience what their life is like. Lunch will be arranged at your local family, and you can learn to cook some Chinese dumplings if you like.
After lunch, you will move on to the majestic Lama Temple. It is the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing. Then, walk ahead 10 minutes get to the Confucius Temple - where emperors of the past worshiped Confucius, as well as the Imperial College at Guozijian - an ancient imperial colleague for high-ranking scholars in history.
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After breakfast, your tour guide and drive will take to Jinshanling Great Wall which is about 130km away (2 h 15 mins) from Beijing city. After checking in your hotel, start to your hiking on the Jinshanling Great Wall. After entering the check-in office, you will walk about 20 minutes to the western section of Jinshanling Great Wall, near to Gubeikou Great Wall. Your hiking starts at Zhuanduo Tower, walk eastward with the up walls snaking on the hills to the eastern edge. On route, you have chance to see some featured towers, such as General Tower, Large Jinshan Tower, Flower Tower, Corner Tower, etc. You’re hiking takes about 4~5 hours, and stops at East Tower with Five Holes where you will get off the wall, and get back to the tourist center..
Get down from Jinshanling Great Wall back to your hotel.
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Get up early, and drive for about 2 hours and 15 mins (125 km) to the foot of Simatai Great Wall. Simatai Great Wall is a great section of great walls in Beijing to explore the wild features of Great Wall. It is divided into two sections by Yuanyang Lake. The western section is regular. Hikes are much more fascinated by the eastern section which is more challenging to climb but splendid to see the magnificent walls meandering up and down the mountain ridges that seem to have been sliced on both sides by a huge axe. The Wangjing Tower is the highest summit of the Simatai Great Wall which is 986 meters above sea level. To get to this summit tower, you have to walk over some unrestored paths.
Leave Simatai Great Wall, then drive back to Beijing.
After breakfast, you are going to visit the famous imperial site - Summer Palace (driving for 20 km and about 40 mins), the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. It used to be the private garden for Royal families of Qing Dynasty to decamp during the hot summer days. The palace has assembled almost the best design, skill and classic features of traditional gardening architecture of ancient China.Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors. Feast your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colored paintings in Long Corridor.
Drive back to the city center. The rest day is free for you until your tour guide escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination. Our service ends.
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Xian, as the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties, is filled with amazing historic and cultural wonders.
With only 2 days, you can travel the best highlights of ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace. The Day 1 is a full day visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Local Snack Street - Muslim Quarter. In the Day 2, you have a half day for visiting to the symbol of Xian - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and having an educational learning in Shanxi History Museum. The rest time is free for departure.
Shanghai, regarded as the Oriental Paris, is the best place to see East-meet-West Culture, find hidden tradition within modernity.
Generally speaking, you can spend Day 1 exploring the popular landmarks of Shanghai, such as the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, the Bund, and Shanghai World Financial Center Tower. The Day 2 is for you to explore deep into the city of Shanghai (such as Old French Concession, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center or Jade Buddha Temple) and departure.
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room, 3-star hotel in lower seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season. Usually higher price in peak seasons, and lower in off seasons.
3. This price is only valid to December 31, 2017.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.80. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. By in-depth discovery and explanation, they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and style.
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Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.
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The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.
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The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.
There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.
All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!
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