Stepping out across the peaceful semi-ruin of a section of the Great Wall is like walking in the footsteps of the past. Far from the madding tourist crowds we are able to get a great sense of the scale and the majesty of this remarkable piece of engineering without rushing through in a big group.
Trek along various contrasting sections of the wall, both dilapidated and rebuilt stretches; the old sections have a romantic feel, but the new ones may look odd to people who are used to seeing their ancient monuments in a poor state, but since the wall was constructed over a 2000 year period, the new sections are just a continuation of that process.
The Eastern Qing Tombs are an imperial mausoleum complex of the Qing Dynasty located in Zunhua, 125 kilometers northeast of Beijing. They are the largest, most complete, and best preserved extant mausoleum complex in China
Jinshanling, a section of the Great Wall of China located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, 125 km northeast of Beijing. This section of the wall is connected with the Simatai section to the east.
Jiankou is a section of the Great Wall of China. This section is a photographic hotspot due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery.
Transfer to Mutian Yu and trek past watchtowers on the Great Wall before transfering to Jiankou.
Morning trek around Jiankou with its steep mountains and beautiful scenery; transfer to Gubeikou.
Walk along the wall near Gubeikou
Hike past villages to Jinshanling.
Walk over mountain ridges from Jinshanling towards Simatai, past ruined and restored watchtowers.
Drive to Taipingzhai and trek to Huangyaguan; visit East Qing Tombs.
Transfer to Beijing; free afternoon.