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3 Days Chengde Highlights Tour including Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking

World Heritage Sites & Great Wall Hiking

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Chengde is a hidden gem that is usually ignored by travelers. If you do some research, you will definitely get “wowed” by what Chengde has to offer. It has been a low-key place mostly because it used to be the private gardens of emperors and royal families of Qing Empire (1636~1692). In its fertile land sits magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site – Chengde Mountain Resort and the most beautiful section of Great Wall of China – Jinshanling Great Wall (without crowds too), and many unique sites of authentic Chinese culture. If you are searching for some unique experience in China, or you have 2 spare days during your trip to Beijing, Tianjin, Datong or other places in the region, you should take a side trip to Chengde, to this amazing hidden land to hike the Great Wall and explore heritage sites. Our 2 Days Chengde Private Tour is ready for you, with the best itinerary and top standard packaged services.

Highlights of this tour

  • Rare opportunity to visit Jinshanling Great Wall which is one of the most attractive sections of the Great Wall as well as a great place for photography and hiking;
  • Escape the torpid summer heat like the emperors of the Qing dynasty once did, or marvel at spring warm, autumn colors and winter snow in Chengde Mountain Resort;
  • Explore remarkable ancient temples and experience mysterious Tibetan Buddhism with your private tour guide in Chengde;
  • Worry-free tour package including private transfer, hotels, meals, pick up and drop off, etc.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengde / Jinshanling Great Wall / Beijing
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CDT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengde Arrival

Welcome to Chengde, a city in northeastern Beijing most known for the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site - Mountain Sort & its Outlying Temples. Upon arrival, your tour guide and drive will meet you at the airport or train station in Chengde, and then escort you to Chengde. Check in to your hotel. The rest time is free for you to relax.

Day 2 Chengde Highlights Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, you will be taken to visit Chengde Mountain Resort, a famous royal summer resort of Qing Dynasty that has been evaluated as one of China’s Four Famous Gardens, one of Three Greatest Ancient Architectures and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. It is a huge complex built by Kangxi and Qianlong Emperors between 1703 to 1792 for summer retreat and temporary stay during autumn hunting, consisting of scenic areas of palaces, administrative and ceremonial buildings, gardens and different natural landscapes. Many emperors even spent nearly half a year staying here, processing government affairs and enjoying summer holidays. You will take your time to visit Chengde Mountain Resort Museum (former Zheng Palace), Songhezhai and Wanhesongfeng Hall to trace back to previous royal offices and living quarters. Next, walk to enjoy peaceful green lakes embraced by many shoreside lush trees and ancient buildings, also have a leisure stroll along the lakes and visit Yanyu Tower to view elegant Jiangnan-style architectures with handwriting of Qianlong Emperor, and walk through vast grassland and dense forests in Wanshu Garden to see the Mongolian yurts and Liuhe Pagoda, which will refresh your eyes and mind and offer you a pleasant summer retreat like ancient emperors.

In this afternoon, you will go to explore Chengde's sacred Buddhist temple. Begin from Putuo Zhongcheng Temple which is component of World Cultural Heritage with Chengde Mountain Resort. The temple was built to celebrate Qianlong Emperor’s 60th birthday and his mother Empress Dowager Chongqing’s 80 birthday. Modeled after the Potala Palace in Tibet, this Tibetan Buddhist temple cluster is also known as “Little Potala Palace”. You will path through the red-walled Tablet Pavilion, Five Pagoda Gate and Glazed Archway, then hike further to the flat-roofed white oblong towers spreading on the hillside and finally get to the majestic Great Red Palace, the main body and most eye-catching building of Putuo Zhongcheng Temple. Go upstairs to visit Wanfaguiyi Hall and enjoy unique Chinese and Tibetan style architectures, and catch a panoramic view of the “Little Potala Palace” and Mountain Resort and Qingchui Peak (Hammer Rock) nearby from Cihangpudu Pavilion.

Later, move to Puning Temple (Temple of Universal Peace), an over 250-year old Buddhist temple found by Qianlong Emperor to commemorate two victories of the ethnic rebellions. This magnificent temple simulated from the Samye Monastery, a sacred temple of Tibet. It is a fusion of both Chinese and Tibetan featured architectures. The highlight is the 27.21-meter and 110-ton gold lacquered wooden statue of Thousand Armed and Eyed Bodhisattva enshrined in the Dachengzhige Pavilion.

Your last stop is Pule Temple (Temple of Universal Happiness) in the Qingchui Peak National Forest Park. It was built in 1766 during the Qianlong Emperor period for showing respect of minorities’ religion and reinforcing central authority’s rule. Admire the traditional Chinese architectural techniques and make pilgrimage to the statue of Cakrasamvara Tantra worshiped in the central Mandala.

Lastly, transfer back to your hotel.

Putuo Zongcheng Temple - the little Potala Palace Qing Dynasty Glazed Archway behind the Five Pagodas Gate Giant Wooden Statue of Thousand Armed and Eyed Bodhisattva Pule Temple Modeled after Temple of Heaven of Beijing
Day 3 Chengde - Jinshanling Great Wall - Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will take you to Jinshanling Great Wall which is about 85km away (1 h and 15 mins' drive) from Chengde city. Firstly established in 1368 and extended in 1567, Jinshanling Great Wall is the essence of Great Wall of Ming Dynasty (1368~1644). It stretches 10.5km long, linking Simatai Great Wall in the east and Gubeikou Great Wall in the west. Till now, it has been partially restored only, so you can enjoy features of both restored and original Great Walls. There are 67 watchtowers, 5 passes and 3 beacon towers. Most of the towers are built in different shapes, which make Jinshanling Great Wall a wonderful place to explore the architectural art of Great Wall. Plus the scenic surrounding natural scenery, the view of Jinshanling Great Wall is just breathtaking.

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 hike starts at Zhuanduo Tower, walk eastward with the up walls snaking on the hills to the eastern edge. On route, you have a rare chance to see some featured towers, such as General Tower, Large Jinshan Tower, Flower Tower, Corner Tower, etc. Your hike 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.

Keep driving about 165km (3hrs' drive) to your hotel in Beijing. You can be dropped off at Beijing airport or train station if you want. Tour ends.

Jinshanling Great Wall Magnificent Jinshanling Great Wall landscape in the morning

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