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  • Huangyaguan Great Wall
  • Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Shanhai Pass / Shanhai Guan
  • Simatai Great Wall of Beijing
  • The Old Dragon Head (Laolongtou) Scenic Spot

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11 Days Great Wall Hiking Tour

Tour Code: CHTT01
Tour Duration: 11 Days
Destination: Beijing
Tour overview: Great Wall, which winds for around 8852 kilometers in North China, has been being known throughout the world as one of the Eight World Wonders and attracting millions of visitors from home and abroad. Hike in different section of it and you can feel its great splendor! 

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11 Days Great Wall Hiking Tour 11 Days Great Wall Hiking Tour 11 Days Great Wall Hiking Tour 11 Days Great Wall Hiking Tour

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
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Day 2 Beijing/Old Dragon's Head/Shanhaiguan Pass After an early breakfast we will have 4 hours drive from Beijing to The Old Dragon Head (Laolongtou) Scenic Spot .
After lunch, we will hike 3 kms from Chenghailou Tower to Shanhai Pass / Shanhai Guan . We tour around the tower of Shanhaiguan.Overnight in Haisheng Garden Hotel. Details...
B,L,D
Day 3 Jiaoshan/Sandaoguan This morning, we drive to the foot of Jiaoshan and start our hiking with ascending to the peak.
In late afternoon, we get to a village by Sandaoguan which is the trail end of hour hiking today.
Then, we drive back Shanhai Pass / Shanhai Guan . Overnight in Haisheng Garden Hotel. Details...
B,L,D
Day 4 Dongjiakou/Great Wall Village We drive about 40 kms to Dongjiakou after breakfast.
The trek from Dongjiakou starts with the various construction with embossment on some of the arches which are very rare to see. About 2.5 hours later, we descend down the wall to a local family for lunch. Hike another 3-4 hours along the Great Wall to another direction near the Village.Overnigh Home stay in Great Wall Village. Details...
B,L,D
Day 5 Luweishan/Liujiakou/Zunhua After breakfast, we drive 2 hours about 130kms to Luweishan(Deer Tail Hill). It is about 4-5 kms and the trekking will take us about 5 hours till we get to Liujiakou village. Then we drive to Zunhua town for hotel check in.Overnight in Zunhua International Hotel. Details... B,L,D
Day 6 Zunhua/Huangyaguan Hike about 3 hours in another section of the Great Wall near Zunhua.
After lunch, drive to Huangyaguan Great Wall . If you like, you can climb a small section of Huangyaguan on the western section. Overnight in Huangya Shanzhuang. Details...
B,L,D
Day 7 Huangyaguan/Simatai This morning, we drive about 20 minutes up to This morning, we drive about 20 minutes up to Taipingzhai village, where we start our 3-4 kms hiking from Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan Great Wall .
After lunch, we drive to Simatai. After check into the hotel, if time permits, we come to hike the eastern section of Simatai Great Wall of Beijing . Overnight in Changcheng Shanzhuang. Details...
B,L,D
Day 8 Simatai/Jinshanling Great Wall We start to 12 kms hike westwards to Jinshanling Great Wall , around 12km. Overnight in Jinshanling Hotel. Details... B,L,D
Day 9 Jinshanling Great Wall/Jiankou This morning, we will hike along the Great Wall from Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou, it's 12 km and need about 4 hours hike.
In the afternoon, we get to Gubeikou town and drive about 1 hour to Huairou town. Then keep on driving to Xizhazi village by Jiankou Great Wall and so convenient to explore different section of the Wall. Overnight Home stay in Xizhazi Village. Details...
B,L,D
Day 10 Jiankou/Beijing This morning, we will have a hike on the other section of Jiankou Great Wall.
Then we drive to Huairou town for lunch, followed with a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall , In Mutianyu, we hike up to the peak of the mountain.
In late afternoon, we drive 2.5 hours back to downtown of Beijing. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B,L
Day 11 Beijing Free at leisure until be met and transferred to airport for your flight home. Details... B
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will give you a briefing of the schedule of the next few days, and will answer your questions. Rest of the day will be your free time; you can explore the city by yourself or just relax.

Day 2 Beijing to Old Dragon's Head to Shanhaiguan (B,L,D)

Beijing to Old Dragon's Head to Shanhaiguan (B,L,D)

After an eraly breakfast we will have 4 hours drive from Beijing to Old Dragon's Head (Laolongtou).

After lunch, we will hike 3 kms from Chenghailou Tower to Shanhaiguan Pass which is appraised as the First Pass Under Heaven. Shanhaiguan had played an incomparable strategic important role in China's history. Then, we tour around the tower of Shanhaiguan

Overnight in Haisheng Garden Hotel.

Day 3 Jiaoshan to Sandaoguan (B,L,D)

Jiaoshan to Sandaoguan (B,L,D)

This morning, we will drive to the foot of Jiaoshan and start our hiking with ascending to the peak. After Jiaoshan, we keep on hiking downhill and uphill for a couple of times, you will enjoy the amazing scenery. We will have lunch box.

In late afternoon, we get to a village by Sandaoguan which is the trail end of hour hiking today. Then, we drive back Shanhaiguan.

Overnight in Haisheng Garden Hotel.

Day 4 Dongjiakou to Great Wall Village (B, L, D)

Dongjiakou to Great Wall Village (B, L, D)

This morning, we will drive about 40 kms to Dongjiakou after breakfast.

The trek from Dongjiakou starts with the various construction with embossment on some of the arches which are very rare to see. About 2.5 hours later, we descend down the wall to a local family for lunch.

Hike another 3-4 hours along the Great Wall to another direction near the Village.

Overnight Home stay in Great Wall Village.

Day 5 Luweishan to Liujiakou (B, L, D)

Luweishan to Liujiakou (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will drive 2 hours about 130kms to Luweishan, which means the hill of Deer Tail for its formation. The Great Wall on this section is also wild and renowned as Great Wall in the Water.

It is about 4-5 kms and the trekking will take us about 5 hours till we get to Liujiakou village.

Then we drive to Zunhua town for hotel check in.

Overnight in Zunhua International Hotel.

Day 6 Zunhua to Huangyaguan (B,L,D)

Zunhua to Huangyaguan (B,L,D)

This morning we will hike about 3 hours in another section of the Great Wall near Zunhua.

After lunch, we drive to Huangyaguan Great Wall. Huangya, (yellow cliff), named after the yellowish hills and rocks nearby. It was originally built in Tianbao 7th of Beiqi (557 A D), the Huangyaguan was mainly repaired for the first time in Ming Dynasty with bricks under the leadership of General Qi Jiguang.

If weather permits, we could admire the sunset over the Yellow cliff from our hotel. Also if you like, you can climb a small section of Huangyaguan on the western sectioin.

Overnight in Huangya Shanzhuang.

Day 7 Huangyaguan to Simatai (B,L,D)

Huangyaguan to Simatai (B,L,D)

This morning, we drive about 20 minutes up to Taipingzhai village, then we will start our 3-4 kms hiking from there to Huangyaguan.

After lunch, we drive to Simatai Great Wall, which is well known for its ruggedness. The construction of Simatai Great Wall started under the supervision of General Qi Jiguang in the early Hongwu years (1368-1398) of the Ming Dynasty. It is 5 km long with all together 35 watchtowers.

After check into the hotel, if time permits, we come to hike the eastern section of Simatai Great Wall.

Overnight in Changcheng Shanzhuang.

Day 8 Hike from Simatai to Jinshanling (B,L,D)

Hike from Simatai to Jinshanling (B,L,D)

Today, we will hike from Simatai westwards to Jinshanling, it's around 12 kms.

The Jinshanling Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389, also mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang. The 700 meters elevated Great Wall is about seven to eight meters high and five to six meters wide, which is made of brick and stone and its Watching Beijing Tower is on the highest position, where people say they could see Beijing right from here.

Overnight in Jinshanling Hotel.

Day 9 Jinshanling to Jiankou (B,L,D)

Jinshanling to Jiankou (B,L,D)

In the morning, we start 12 km about 4 hours hike along the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Gubeikou.

In the afternoon, we get to Gubeikou town and drive about 1 hour to Huairou town. Then keep on driving to Xizhazi village by Jiankou Great Wall and so convenient to explore different section of the Wall.

Jiankou has a large range of the Great Wall and worth to explore around for a couple of days.

Overnight Home Stay in Xizhazi Village.

Day 10 Jiankou to Beijing (B,L)

Jiankou to Beijing (B,L)

This morning, after a hike on the other section of Jiankou Great Wall, we drive to Huairou town for lunch, followed with a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall. In Mutianyu, we hike up to the peak of the mountain and come back the same way.

Afternoon, we drive 2.5 hours back to downtown of Beijing.

Day 11 Beijing Departure (B)

Transfer via: International flight on your own arrangement

Free at leisure until your guide meet you in your hotel lobby and then transfer you to airport for your flight home.

Comment on our service from Chew Huay Huay, Singapore
Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well. We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Dear Molly,

Hope you have been well.

We will be returning to Singapore in a couple of hours.

Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well.

We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Regards,

Mrs Wee

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Comment on our service from Jayne Ellen Wilgus, USA
You put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Van and I thought you put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. Even though we missed a day in Beijing due to bad weather, our guide was very accommodating and helped us see as much as possible in the two remaining days.  

We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Thank you for all of your help in putting together this trip.

Best,

Jayne


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Comment on our service from Arnold Demeyere, Belgium

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

Dear friends of visitourchina,


We went to visit Nanning between April 28th and May 3rd 2019 with my wife and my daughter.

For us, it would be the first visit to China and we needed some support to organise this as I wanted to organise it all by myself (hotel, plane, visa, …). But as I was organising everything I felt the need of some extra support and help from people of China (for instance English talking guide, English talking organiser in China to take us around in a personal tour).

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. And they “give” us Molly Mo as contact person. It was a winning number from the lottery !

Molly took care of us like “a real mother” ! No question I’ve asked her, she answered them immediately with her advice and experience. Always in a very friendly and positive way, adding a human sense so we were even more longing to visit Nanning and it’s people. Molly organised our guide in Nanning, Wendy, who was TOP for us. Wendy took care of us, from early morning till evening with a very professional view on guiding adding a good human sense to her work. We were so good prepared we had one day on our own and we could fill in without problems.

It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

So, we came back from Nanning after a too short stay with very positive feelings, hoping once more to visit China again.

We’re very grateful to Molly in the first place. She is the ideal person to represent Visitourchina. She take care of my many, many questions with a great heart, she had many patience with us and she never disappointed us, her answers give us the extra love for China and it’s people. Visitourchina must be happy with her.

It's a pity we couldn’t see her to transform our personal gratitude to her. Many, many, many thanks !


I hope this is not my least mail to you, I would miss our contacts,


Arnold en Rattana Demeyere




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Comment on our service from Brandon Michael Driggs,USA

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes. We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Hi Molly,

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes.

We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Best wishes,

Brandon


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Comment on our service from Serene Zhou,Philippines

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter. The trip was fun and informative.

Hi Stella,

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter (Hope i didn't get his name wrong) .

The trip was fun and informative. Peter is extremely caring and helpful to all the guests who participated in this group trip to Mutianyu great wall & Ming Tombs tour. He made sure nobody was left out of left behind. He is very polite and attentive to our needs.

Peter also made sure we are safe, he was concerned about the distance if the guests could find their hotel or find their way back to their hotel. I must thank Peter for insisting to drop us near our hotel where we CAN see our hotel building at least.

I hope you can let Peter know that he's an awesome guide and the Americans and the rest of us had so much fun.

Best Regards,

Serene Zhou & Ernest


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Comment on our service from Qiao Wenshu, Australia

This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too.



This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. I booked a 1 person private tour with these people for 4 days trip in Harbin for the Winter festival and I think it was really worth it.

I booked a 4 day tour in Harbin with them at the last minute and the person I contacted was Molly, who did all the arrangements for me. They pulled it off at the last minute, and around Chinese new year too! I contacted them just before Chinese New year and they responded really quick (yes, China time is 3 hours behind Sydney, so my responses came after 12pm local time each day). She even told me they will be on public holiday from Chinese New Year until Monday the 11th of Feb and then on Monday the 11th of Feb, I got a message from her back with a quote from the local partners first thing, so I was able to make other arrangements quickly, like getting my plane tickets, and visa.

Molly provided me with an itinerary and a quote and I was happy with it, costed $1560 AUD including single non-shared accommodation (I chose 3 star accommodation because I am not fussy about the hotel), breakfast, private transport, pick up and drop off from airport, driver, and an English speaking guide all for myself, so I had 2 people helping me out during my time there, plus entry tickets to all the attractions, for 4 days. I saw a local Australian tour company that had a 5 day Harbin group tour for $1525 AUD with a maximum of 12 people, but it’s really a 3 day tour because that tour lets people arrive in Beijing, then everyone catches the train overnight to Harbin, and days 2-4 are spent sightseeing before catching the train back to Beijing on the 5th day, plus there was another tour company that offered private tours that quoted over $2000 AUD for a similar itinerary, so I believe it was money well spent. My itinerary included the Ice and Snow world, Snow Sculptures and skiing.

Molly gave me the name and contact details of my guide (Allison) as soon as one was allocated to me, and I contacted her on Wechat (a Chinese messenger phone app). Allison is pleasant and speaks English well. The driver helped put my luggage in the car. Allison was knowledgeable and I was impressed that she was flexible and had the sense to check with the local contacts immediately upon picking me up from the airport and getting into the car, to see if the attractions I wanted to see were still open.

Allison took photos for me, and was pretty good at it, and told me lots of relevant history and behind the scenes stories, for example, how the ice blocks are harvested from the river with people standing on the frozen river, drilling holes along the perimeter of the block as deep as it is thick, and connecting them with a saw and lifting them out with a crane; how the Dao in Laodaowai refers to the railway the Russians built when they came to Harbin, and forced the locals out of the railway/developed area, hence the name Lao “Old” Dao “Railway” Wai “outside” refers to outside the railway area.

As a local, she also helped me haggle a better price for the candied fruit sticks (Bing Tang Hu Lu) and I learnt that the Modern (Ma Die Er) Ice cream block is so named because it used to be sold from the Modern Hotel/shop and they were never individually packaged, rather, sold in tubs, so technically it’s only authentic if you buy it from the Modern shop on Central Street. (There is a shop with an oval red neon sign with 1906 on it.), and the original flavours are Original and Coffee (maybe something else, I forgot), the fruit flavours are new, so I recommend the original one. I saw reviews saying it's not that good - last time I was there in the summer I had one and didn't think it lived up to it's reputation because I ate a different branded one, so go for the authentic one at ¥10 each for the original flavour. (same price as the shop in the domestic airport in Harbin). They come on a stick, I haven't see the scoop ones.

Allison also took great care of me as a friend, and helped me walk around on slippery snow/ice and gave me some bandaids and heat packs when I got some grazes from the snow shoe walking around, and warned me not to go onto the frozen lake.

The car I used was a private car, in China, cars are allowed on road according to the numbers on the license plate, to limit the maximum number of cars on the road each day. Thankfully my itinerary was relaxed so there was some space to move around to get everything done, while still being within the permitted days for the car (if it’s outside, you can still have the car on the roads I was told, but just further from the attraction than if it was on a permitted day, which means a little more walking. I got door to door service every day!). It was clean and comfortable inside. Larger groups get coaches.

If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too. The driver was very professional and like another reviewer said, did not talk all the time, and didn't ask random personal info like local taxi drivers might. Wasn't too much 'awkward silence' either cause I talked with the guide in the back seat.

I got dropped off at the airport and Allison took me directly to the check in counter and they knew exactly which counter and flight I was taking (gave them the info before arriving, was surprised they kept it) so the driver drove me right up to the correct entry. Best service!

Best wishes,

Qiao Wenshu  


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