One-Day Great Wall at Gubeikou Hiking Tour

Gubeikou is a wild Great Wall section. It retains its original bricks and stones from two separate dynasties, well-preserved and unrepaired. This moderately challenge, 3-hour hike to complete a distance of 8km, snaking along the ridge of the mountains, taking you through crumbling, ancient watch towers along the way. This section is built along the Yan Mountains and the Chao River, where the town of Gubeikou is, divides it into two distinct parts. It was a key pass between ancient China and Mongol territory. It protected ancient China from Mongol/Manchu invasion from the north. The Gubeikou's scenery is not as spectacular as at Jinshanling or Simatai. But this section is perhaps more interesting historically.

Tour Highlights

Challenge the totally wild and unrepaired section of Great Wall on the ridge of the mountains.

Walk through ancient watchtowers of various styles and see the mechanisms of defense used on the wall.

Spend your day with a professional guide who will discuss Chinese history and culture with you along the way.

A tasty lunch at a local farmer's house.

 

Guide, Driver, Vehicle, and Customer Service Support

Guide: a bilingual expert guide who is friendly, professional and knowledgable.

Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience.

Vehicle: air-conditioned business car (max: 7 seats) with GPS facilities, big windows and ample space.

China Highlights Beijing Office: 24/7 customer service, providing backup support.

Gubeikou Great Wall Hiking Map

Gubeikou Tourism Map

Gubeikou Great Wall Hiking Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

7:00 AM (hotel pick-up) - 9:30 AM (arrive at the Great Wall)
Hotel pick-up drive to the Great Wall at Gubeikou (The Entrance of Coiling Dragon Mountain Scenic Area)

Meet your guide at an appointed time at your hotel lobby, around 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM, and ride about 2 hours to the Great Wall at Gubeikou in our comfortable vehicle. The Gubeikou Great Wall section is in and around Gubeikou District Town, 50km northeast of Miyun County, and about 130km northeast of downtown Beijing. This section is between the Baimaguan and Jinshanling sections. Hiking east, you will first reach Jinshanling, then Simatai. The whole hiking trip takes about 3-4 hours to complete. It is a medium-level hiking for all ages.

The Gubeikou of the Great Wall is composed of two parts – Panlongsha Great Wall (蟠龙山 Pánlóngshān /'Coiling Dragon Mountain') and Wohushan Great Wall (卧虎山 Wòhǔshān /wor-hoo-shan/ 'Reclining Tiger Mountain'). As the Wohushan Great Wall is now still completely untouched, usually the hiking route is also named for the Panlongshan part of Gubeikou's Great Wall, which is about 5km long, east of Gubeikou Town. Panlongshan was once said to include Jinshanling and Simatai West. General Tower and 24-Eye Tower are the highlights of the Panlongshan Wall.

Good to know:

  • The day before your tour date, you are advised to find more details about your tour guide, driver and pick up time via this site: https://www.trippest.com/track-your-trip.html. All information will be updated only 24 hours ahead of your tour date. If you failed in getting the information, please try to contact your trip advisor.
  • Gubeikou, along with the passes at Shanhaiguan in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was a key strategic target in military campaigns since ancient times. Protecting these three passes was considered vital for keeping Beijing safe from the Mongolian nomads. There was also a fierce battle between Chinese and Japanese in the 2nd World War. The vistas of the sinuous Wall snaking its way over the ridges of the Yanshan Mountain are breathtaking.

Panlongshan Great Wall

Panlongshan Great Wall

Warm-up

A brief stop to warm-up before hiking

Walk on the trail to reach the wall

Walk on the trail to reach the wall.

9:30 AM – 13:30 PM
Hike the Great Wall at Gubeikou (Panlongshan Section)

You will follow your guide and start your hiking experience from the entrance of Coiling Dragon Mountain Scenic Area. It takes about 30 minutes walking on trail to reach the Wall and then another 1 hour to break at 24-eye-tower, the highest point and the picturesque spot where you could have a panoramic view of both Coiling Dragon & Tiger Mountains. 24-Eye Tower had 24 observation windows, six on each side, which was rarely seen at other sections. But only the west and south walls remain.

We will not continue to walk east as it's a part of non-tourist area within the military zone. Then we take a return way and pass by the starting point and keep going to the west. If you feel that the hike is a little more difficult than you expected, we can certainly make more rest stops along the way, especially during hot summer weather. We will pass through several towers that offer shade; some even have a small temple on the top that you can check out if you have energy.

Hike along the wall

Hike along the wall

Watchtower

Unrestored Watchtower

Have a rest in the watchtower

A short break at the Watchtower

Ultimately arriving at the Ancient Royal Road (古御道), end at the Gubeikou Town. It is a very narrow passageway at the east side of Yanglinggong Temple. In history, the way the emperor often walks or paved the way for the emperor, called the Royal Road. Also, the Ancient Royal Road was the only way for the north-south contacts.

Hiking with a small group

You'll be a part of a small group with maximum 6 people

Dance on the Great Wall

A girl dancing on the Great Wall

13:30 PM – 14:30 PM
Lunch at a local farmer's house

We will have the lunch at a local famer's house in Gubeikou Town. We'll enjoy Northern Chinese favorites including fried tomato with egg; roasted eggplant with potatoes and peppers; stir-fried bok choy, among other dishes. They are all traditional and tasty dishes made with fresh vegetables and meat.

Lunch

A tasty lunch at a local farmer's house

14:30 PM – 18:00 PM
Return to your hotel in Beijing

Return to Beijing after lunch. Depending on traffic heading into the city, and the distance from the expressway to your hotel, the driving may range from 2-3 hours.

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Tour Price

Season Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2-11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder season $119 USD $109 USD free
Peak season $129 USD $109 USD free

Important Notes:

  • The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 - 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.
  • This tour is available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. You'll be a part of a mini group with maximum 6 people.
  • This tour will be not available during Nov. 17. 2017 - Feb. 25. 2018.

 

Price Includes:

  • Entrance fees to the Great Wall at Gubeikou.
  • Transport between Beijing hotel and the Great Wall
  • Chinese lunch at a local farmer's house
  • English-speaking professional tour guide service

Price Excludes:

  • China visa
  • Hotel
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 60 - 100 per person per day for each of them, please tip them separately.). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

China Highlights Cancellation Policy for Beijing Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

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Hotel pick-up and drop-off area

The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the fourth ring road of Beijing. For further distance there might be an extra cost for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.

Service area

 

Introduction to Some of China Highlights Professional Bilingual Guides

Will

Will “Dynamic”

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A traveler originally from the southeastern United States, Will has trekked and explored all over the world, but he’ll be the first to tell you that there are more places to go! Personable, energetic and full of tales, he has been living in Asia for over 7 years and has two years of experience specifically with the Great Wall. A China scholar for many years, he is always excited to answer questions. Will knows that a solid tour is more than just the destination and is adamant about making your trip a unique and refreshing one!

Colin

Mr. Colin

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Born and raised in Canada, Colin now calls China home after living for more than a decade in the country, including 8 years in Beijing. Fluent in Mandarin, Colin also holds an MA in Chinese history and is deeply fascinated by the history of the Great Wall. He is also an avid hiker, mountain lover and outdoor enthusiast, so guiding on the Great Wall is a natural choice!

Colin

Andy "Love"

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7 years tourism learning experience, Master of history and culture educational background, 3 years experience of Great wall guide and more than 100 days per year of the Great Wall hiking, So long, just because he is deeply in love with this job. With Andy , with “the human wonder” , you will have an unforgettable fragrant memories!

What Makes Us Different

We are experienced and professional on Great Wall hiking!

  • We have been touring the Great Wall hiking trails for 8 years, and all the relevant services we provide are reliable and optimized.
  • You don't need to prepare trekking poles, water, hip bag, GPS, first aid kit, or walkie-talkie, because we will provide them FREE OF CHARGE (please let us known if you need them).

We are experienced and professinal!

We use real western standard service!

  • Professional mountain guide from your own world: some of our guides are well-trained westerners, the sensibility from the same world would be the best guarantee to the REAL WESTERN STANDARD service.
  • All our guides are professionally trained in mountain trekking. Your tour guide will be with you to take care of your needs during the trip.

Real Western Standard Service

We are local based. We are more flexible and are able to serve you better.

  • Have lunch right after the hike at the foot of the Great Wall in a small local restaurant that serves up delicious Chinese home style cooking.
  • No Shopping: we don’t take people to commission-based shopping stops. You will get decent service, worth what you pay. And our rate is clearly listed on the website, there will be no hidden cost.
  • We have our own local office in Beijing. We aim to deliver a high-value tour to every one of our customers. We have more than 50 local staff in Beijing to solve your problems on the spot.
    Emergency contact: +86-13910694045 (24/7 customer service)
    Beijing address: Room 204, Building 8, Beijingxiangsu, Wuliqiao Erjie, Chaoyang District

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$119 USD P/P

Depart on every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
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