China Great Wall Trek + Community Project

China Great Wall Trek + Community Project

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring original sections of the Great Wall
  • Visiting Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
  • Exploring the markets and shopping in Beijing
  • Meeting authentic villagers while on trek for a rare glimpse into rural life
  • Visiting a local school to help with classes and play sport
  • Working with local authorities to help improve signage along the Wall

Trip Summary

This fantastic itinerary has been designed with the younger traveller in mind. You’ll walk along remote sections of one of the world’s most amazing icons – the Great Wall of China – as well as visit a local school near the Wall, where you will help with classes and play sport, as well as assist local authorities with practical work along the wall, such as assist with creating English signage. Your trek will take in a remote section of the Great Wall outside Beijing in the Hebei Province. Staying at basic yet comfortable guesthouses while on trek, you will trek between villages be awestruck by the vast and diverse scenery as we walk our way through tall swaying corn cropped field to distant green river valleys with one of the great wonders of the world as our backdrop. The local families you’ll encounter will provide you with true rural hospitality in the 'real China' and allow us rare interaction, including visits to family homes. In Beijing take in the capitals must see sites such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the lakeside Summer Palace. We also indulge in the culinary delight that Chinese cuisine is so famous for, including a special Peking duck dinner!

Suitability

The theme behind most of our trips is action holidays and the fitter you are, the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. On a trekking trip such as this you need to be in general good health and moderately fit. The grading overall would be moderate, with little "strenuous" activity. Before departure aerobic-type exercise, which increases your breathing, is an obvious advantage. We recommend that for about two to three months prior to departure you try to exercise most days for 30 - 45 minutes or aerobic type activity.

Itinerary

There is one group transfer provided for the day, so please liaise with World Youth Adventures to check the nominated group flight. On arrival (if on group transfer) you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If you arrive outside the group flight you will need to make your own way to the group hotel. The afternoon is free time for sightseeing in the central city district. Perhaps barter for a bargain in the colorful silk markets or do as the locals do and hire a bike for a spin through the bustling back roads of this vibrant city. This evening we will meet in the hotel lobby at approximately 6.00pm (please check with reception to confirm this time) for a group meeting before we head out to enjoy our first meal together.

Meals:  D

This morning we depart Beijing and travel by bus to Gubeikou at the border of Hebei Province to begin our days walk. The Great Wall is one of mankind’s most extensive structures and in total length, including early walls, it totals over 5000km from the Bohai Gulf in eastern China to Gansu Province. After lunch at Gubeikou we explore a section of the Wall on a high ridge above the township where several prominent towers afford great views of the terrain. We will walk at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop and take photos of this majestic structure. Following our 3-4 hour walk we will head to our guesthouse.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we set off early to trek through cornfields and farm land for a true taste of rural China, before exploring this classic section of the Wall. Here we are well off the beaten track, experiencing every day village life as we pass along the way. The Chinese are known for their poetic way of observing the world so it is only natural that this section of the wall is known affectionately as, ‘dragon standing on the beautiful golden mountain’. With broad sweeping views, it is easy to see how the wall resembles a dragon’s back weaving its way across this beautiful golden land. Approx 7-8 hours walking.

Meals:  B,L,D

There are many Community Projects that can be undertaken. Near Jinshanling there is a primary school where we will help teach the students with basic English language skills and also distribute some stationary. Our group will be split into small groups so that there is closer interaction between the local students and our group members. Following class we will engage in sport such as basketball or even table tennis. We will also work with the Jinshanling Great Wall authorities with some signage work along the wall. Many signs have poor English and the group will work with the authorities to re-write the signs such as "Great Wall entrance 200 meters ahead" or like "NO wild toileting this area". You can even have input for ideas on other useful signs to help keep the area clean and beautiful. Please note that projects could vary due to factors beyond our control

Meals:  B

We'll aim to walk to Lao Dong Po before returning to our guesthouse in Jinshaling.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is an awesome day on the Wall and one that few ever have the pleasure to experience. You'll ead off for an exhilarating half-day climb below the summit of Mt Simatai, in a circuit that takes in two villages. There are stunning vistas of the hinterland. The Great Wall was built by over 1 million people who largely were soldiers, peasants, prisoners and soldiers. Thousands of them died in the process. Today as we trek this ancient section of crumbling wall, we can imagine the hard work and structural genius that went into creating what is now a national treasure in modern day China. Unlike other sections of the Wall that have been reconstructed, this section has seen little restorative attention. This historic section of the wall has been included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites and labeled as ‘Primitive Great Wall’. We will descend back into Miyun county and return by bus to Beijing. Approx 4-5 hours walking.

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next 2 days you will visit the absolute must see sights of Beijing. Today, its the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we visit Tianamen Square before heading to the beautiful Forbidden City, which is a masterpiece of 5000 years of Chinese civilisation and still vividly displays the power and prestige of the former dynasties. Sprawling over acres, the City is a magnificent group of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and deep terracotta walls. Ornately furnished palace rooms, priceless artworks and treasures are all now open to the public after 500 years of seclusion. Back in Beijing we've included

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast our trip concludes in Beijing.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners including a Peking duck dinner
  • Comfortable well located hotel in Beijing
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during trek
  • Private air conditioned vehicles
  • Back up vehicle while trekking
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Expert bilingual local guide
  • Medical kit
  • Donation towards stationary supplies for local school

What's Not Included

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Sleeping bag - available for hire in China (to be paid locally)
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and alcohol
  • Tips and gratuities

AT A GLANCE

Duration:10 Days
Countries:China
Starting Point:Beijing
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:WYC