16-day China Great Wall Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Jiayuguan, Zhongwei, Yinchuan, Taiyuan, Datong

Tour code: TCG-L-008       

Suitable for hiking fans! This is the most challenging of all our China Hiking Tours, led by experienced travel guides, it provides the opportunity to explore the most famous sections of the Great Wall and the less-visited wild Great Wall of China.

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  • Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

    Transfer via: TBA – your arrangement

    Activities for today: Airport to hotel transfer

    Touch down in Beijing, China’s capital with over 3,000 years of history. After retrieving your luggage and clearing customs you will check into your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Day 2 Beijing

    Activities for today: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

    After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and start today's city tour from the Tiananmen Square which is the largest city square in the world, followed by the Forbidden City. It is the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.

    In the afternoon, transfer to visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.

  • Day 3 Beijing/Jiayuguan

    Transfer via: TBA – our arrangement

    Activities for today: Airport transfer (Beijing, Jiayuguan)

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Jiayuguan, the west end of the Great Wall. Upon arrival, you will be met after arrival and transferred to the hotel.

  • Day 4 Jiayuguan

    Activities for today: Jiayuguan Pass, Hanging Great Wall, Great Wall Museum

    Visit the Jiayuguan Pass, the western terminus of the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty, then proceed to visit the Hanging Great Wall, and Great Wall Museum.

  • Day 5 Jiayuguan/Zhongwei

    Transfer via: train - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: railway station transfer (Jiayuguan, Zhongwei)

    Transfer to the railway station for the train to Zhongwei (9hr 40mins, departing every other day), and arrive at 20:49. Be met and transferred to the hotel.

  • Day 6 Zhongwei

    Activities for today: Great Wall of Han Dynasty, Tengger Desert

    Transfer to visit the Great Wall of Han Dynasty at Sifangdun, then proceed to Shapotou Tourism Area, a desert amusement park by the most beautiful desert in China – Tengger Desert.

  • Day 7 Zhognwei - Yinchuan

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Bao’an Temple, Pagodas, Nanguan Mosque

    Visit Gaomiao Bao’an Temple, then drive to Yinchuan, and visit 108 Pagodas near Qingtong Gorge on the way. Visit Nanguan Mosque after arrival. Overnight at Yinchuan.

  • Day 8 Yinchuan

    Activities for today: Sanguankou Great Wall of Ming Dynasty, Western Xia Imperial Tombs, Haibao Pagoda

    Transfer to visit the Sanguankou Great Wall of Ming Dynasty, located at the south of Helan Mountain (40 km west of Yinchuan), then visit Western Xia Imperial Tombs, where includes nice tombs of Western Xia Kings and 250-plus companion tombs buried with the remains of the major imperial family members and aristocrats. After that, transfer to visit Haibao Pagoda at the city downtown.

  • Day 9 Yinchuan/Taiyuan/Datong

    Transfer via: TBA – our arrangement, express bus - our arrangement

    Activities for today: Hotel to airport transfer (Yinchuan), bus station transfer (Taiyuan, Datong)

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Taiyuan. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to take an express bus to Datong. Overnight at Datong.

  • Day 10 Datong

    Activities for today: Yanmenguan Pass Great Wall

    Drive to explore Yanmenguan Pass Great Wall. The pass is one of three important passes through the inner line of the Great Wall in the Shanxi section. It was regarded as the principal one of the nine passes under heaven in ancient times. Many famous historical battles have been fought in the area.

  • Day 11 Datong

    Activities for today: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery

    Morning meet the guide and drive to explore Yungang Grottoes. It is one of the three major cave clusters in China and a relic of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534). Absorbing Indian Gandhara Buddhist art, Yungang sculptures developed traditional Chinese art melded with social features of the time.

    In the afternoon, visit the Huayan Monastery. The temple is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China. It was built according to the Huayan Sutra Sect of the Huayan School and is unique in that it faces east instead of south.

  • Day 12 Datong - Beijing

    Transfer via: train - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: Beijing Hutongs

    Transfer to the railway station and take a morning train to Beijing.

    Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. After a short rest, take a 3-wheel rickshaw to Hutong and have a visit to the local family. Hutong is the unique street design in Beijing - some crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses built on each side. It can be regarded as a window into Beijing folk life.

  • Day 13 Beijing

    Activities for today: Jinshanling Great Wall

    Drive to visit the famous wild great wall - Jinshanling Great Wall. This section of the Great Wall is the best preserved part of the Great Wall with many original features. It starts from the Wangjinglou Tower in the east and ends at Longyukou in the west and stretches about 10 kilometers (six miles). Through the ruined sections, you may touch the history.

  • Day 14 Beijing/Shanhaiguan

    Transfer via: train - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: Old Dragon’s Head, Shanhaiguan, Great Wall Museum

    Take a morning train to Shanhaiguan (2hrs 30mins), after lunch, visit the Old Dragon’s Head, east-end of the Great Wall, then proceed to visit Shanhai Pass, and the Great Wall Museum. Overnight at Shanhai Pass.

  • Day 15 Shanhaiguan Pass/Beijing

    Transfer via: train - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: railway station transfer (Shanhaiguan, Beijing)

    Take train back to Beijing, free time at the rest of day.

  • Day 16 Beijing Exit

    Transfer via: TBA – your arrangement

    Activities for today: Hotel to airport transfer

    After breakfast, you are escorted to the airport for your homebound flight.

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