This 15-km hiking adventure will induce an appreciation of the majesty of the Great Wall section from Jinshanling to Gubeikou. Camp at the foot of the Great Wall, and marvel at the night sky strewn with shimmering stars as well as most exquisite sunrise or sunset. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of both the man-made monument and nature’s bounty. It is time to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Day 01: The Jinshangling Great Wall to the Gubeikou Great Wall (D)
You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel at noon. It takes about 2 hours to drive to the Jinshanling Scenic Area. Stretch your body and ready yourself for a good hike. You will hike on the magnificent Wall for about 5km to reach the Restricted Military Area. Then you will continue to trek for another 5km on the way to the Twenty Four House, and finally you will arrive at the General Tower. When night falls, put up your tent and watch the enchanting glow of sunset and then the myriad of stars twinkling in the sky.
Jinshanling Great Wall: this section is situated in Chengde City of Hebei Province; it is about 130km northeast of Beijing. The unspoiled sight earns the reputation of “the photographers’ paradise”. Its intense towers, exquisite architecture and the complete defense system have been preserved in original condition.
The Twenty-Four Eye House: the building is a square-based fortress in a unique style. Its name is derived from the six windows on each side of the house, totally twenty-four windows. With the passage of time, only the southwest part remains.
General Tower: This tower is a two-storied building, 10 meters in width and length. There are three arrow windows on each of the east and west sides, and four arrow windows on the north and south sides. The tower is still solid despite suffering from the fierce attacks in the Anti-Japanese War. However, the battlements of the roof have been destroyed.
Day 02: The Gubeikou Great Wall to Beijing (B)
Enjoy your breakfast and then go down the hill. Brimming with historical charm, the Gubeikou Great Wall will capture your imagination of ancient times. There are few tourists in this section. It is a boon for intrepid visitors to enjoy the magnificent view without the hordes of other tourists.
As the morning wears on, return to the gathering place. Finish this two-day hiking trip.
The Gubeikou Great Wall: it holds an important location between Shanhai Pass and Juyongguan Pass, and controls the key passage from Beijing to the northern plateaus. This section has been maintained with the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty.