Day 1: Beijing - Jiankou – Mutianyu-Gubeikou
Meet your guide in central Beijing and travel to Jiankou in private vehicle. The drive to Jiankou will take about 2 hours and a half. You'll begin your moderate 6-mile (10-km) hike along first sections of the Great Wall. As you hike uphill for the first hour, admire sweeping vistas and notice the elaborate stonework and roofs of structures and statues. You’ll also meander through dense jungles and bushes.
Throughout your hike, we will provide you with water and snacks. At midday, enjoy a picnic lunch that is provided by your guide. Reach the restored Mutianyu section, where you’ll then drive to Gubeikou for an overnight stay at a local farmer's guesthouse. Walk around the village with your guide and learn how it played an essential role in defending the capital during the Ming Dynasty. Then, discover the quaint rural lifestyle of local farmers as you relax and mingle with the farmers over an authentic, home-cooked Chinese meal including dumplings. Overnight in local farmer's guesthouse in Gubeikou. The Great Wall at Jiankou located in the district of Huairou, about 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing. Jiankou Great Wall was an essential section of the wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Jiankou Great Wallis one of the most dangerous and wild Great Wall sections. It is also the most photographed section due to its precipitous mountains, unique construction style, and attractive scenery; many of the Great Wall photos published recently taken here. “Jiankou” means “arrow nock,” because the shape of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock. Built from the local material, dolomite, the large pieces of white rock make it striking to the eye at a distance. It zigzags 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Ox Horn Edge Wall to the Nine-Eye Tower via the Beijing Knot, joining Mutianyu in the east and Huanghuacheng in the west.
• Local farmer's guest house (1 night)
• Entrance to the Great Wall Jiankou and Mutianyu
• Picnic at the wall
• dinner at local farmer's house
Gubeikou - Wangjinglou – Beijing (B, L)
After a typical farmer’s breakfast, drive 30 minutes to Wangjinglou Tower (Watching Beijing Tower) and climb to the top for bird’s-eye views of the surrounding mountains and, on a clear day, the city of Beijing. You’ll hike 4 miles (6 km) and ascend 1,768 feet (539 meters) for a total of almost 2 hours. Break for 1.5 hours to soak in views. After that, relax on the ride back to Beijing. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at Wangfujing shopping district.
• Entrance to Wangjinglou
• Breakfast and lunch