Hiking the Great Wall and Beijing (4 nights)

SHA 506-201
Highlights
  • Hiking Great Wall (2 days)
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
  • Home-cooked meal
  • Temple of Heaven
  • UNESCO Heritage Site: Summer Palace
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 02/01/2017 0900
Return: 02/05/2017 1700
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Strenuous
Capacity: Min 35 / Max 100
Program Fee
$1258 (early booking: $1186)

Field Work Conflicts
  • NRRT 320 International Issues in Recreation and Tourism
  • HIST 466 U.S.-China Relations Since 1800
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Context
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 1)

The Chinese name for the Great Wall is Wan Li Chang Cheng, or “the Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li.” The first sections were built as early as the fifth century B.C. but it was not until B.C. 221 that the various sections of the Wall were linked up. It is said that more than 300,000 men worked for ten years to complete it. You will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the history and beauty of this towering wonder of the world.

Hike from the Gubeikou to Jinshanling, passing 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic passes, three citadels and many other military constructions along the way. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower, General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower.

Finally, explore the majestic historical landmarks of downtown Beijing Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), one of the best-preserved sites of Classical Chinese architecture. On your last day enjoy the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in the sites of the beautiful gardens and Kunming Lake before flying back to Shanghai.

“I learned through firsthand experience just how marvelous of a feat it must’ve been to build the Great Wall. I also learned about Chinese customs/traditions.”
– Sp’15 Voyager

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Fly from Shanghai to Beijing and meet guide
  • Transfer from airport to Miyun
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • (Approx. 2.5 hours driving from Beijing airport to first day’s hotel)

Day 2

  • 4-5 hour (8km) hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Section
  • Picnic lunch on Great Wall
  • Dinner at Chinese restaurant

Day 3

  • Hiking from Jinshanling toward Simatai Section
  • Picnic lunch en-route
  • Explore Beijing’s hutongs via rickshaw
  • Dumpling (Jiaozi) dinner with local family
  • (Approx. 2.5 hours driving from Jinshanling Great Wall back to town on 3rd day)

Day 4

  • In the morning, explore the Temple of Heaven
  • After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Dinner at Roast Duck Restaurant

Day 5

  • Spend the morning at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • After lunch, fly back to Shanghai, and return to the ship

Meals Included

4B/4L/4D

Special Note

THIS IS A STRENUOUS HIKE! THIS TOUR IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY/ENDURANCE. Please bring a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. IT WILL BE VERY COLD WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW. DRESS IN LAYERS WITH WARM FOOTWEAR. (Warming stations will be arranged during the hike.)