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DAY 1 Beijing-Jinshanling Great Wall-Gubei Water Town
Activities: Hiking on Jinshanling Great Wall (around 3.5 hours), evening walking on Simatai Great Wall.
Meals: Snacks for lunch.
Beijing WTOWN Hot Spring Holiday Hotel
As the longest and earliest man-made wall in the world, the Great Wall is the precious heritage of all the human being and considered to the one the TOP 7 Wonders in the ancient time in the world. The Great Wall was the important military defense project in ancient China which consists of a wall, watchtowers, pavilion, etc. Its history dates back to the West Zhou Dynasty, over 2000 years. In the Qin Dynasty, Emperor Qinshihuang unified the country, connected and repaired the walls which were built by other 6 kingdoms as a whole wall. Hence it was named as “The Great Wall”. During the Qin, Han, and Ming dynasties, all extended the wall over 5000 km. If we add all the ancient walls which were built in the past 2000 years, it’s believed that the total length is more than 50,000 km. In the 2-day tour, you will visit the sections of the Ming Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, and Simatai Great Wall, experience the unique panoramic views of the Simatai Great Wall, as well as enjoying the relaxing time at Gubei Water Town.
This morning, you will be picked up transfer(around 2.5 hours by car) to visit the world famous Great Wall which is listed among the 8 wonders in the world as well as the World Cultural Heritage. We specially selected Jinshanling which provide you with the chance to explore the beauty of Great Wall and enjoy the fun of hiking there. It takes around 3.5 hours to finish the hiking there.
Jinshanling Great Wall is the name given to the wall situated on the Jinshan Mountains. Its earliest section was built in the 6th Century but most of what you see now also dates from the Ming Dynasty. The walkway along the top is paved with square bricks providing a level surface wide enough to construct batteries. Poems and tablet writings can be found here, left from the time General Qi Jiguang directed building of this section of the Great Wall. Barrier walls were built leading to the enemy to protect the towers. Some of the towers were storerooms for food, hay and weapons.In 1378 (the 11th year of Emperor Hongwu’s reign in the Ming Dynasty), General Xu Da ordered this section of the Great Wall rebuilt. Lunch will be served with snacks, fruit, water as there is no restaurant available during the hiking.
Afterward, drive around 30 minutes to the beautiful Gubei Water Town which is a newly developed town for vacation and relaxing. It is located at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. We arrange a lovely stay at the Gubei Water Town William Edgar Hotel, where you can enjoy the hot spring. The hotel is the local boutique hotel which is designed based on the 5-star standard. After check-in and a short break, you will take a cable car up to Simatai Water Town and enjoy the stunning night views of the Simatai Great Wall and the water town. Afterward, take the cable car down the Great Wall and walk to your hotel. The hotel also includes a swimming pool. Also, you can enjoy the hot spring in the scenic area. Relax at your hotel tonight.
DAY 2 Gubei Water Town-Beijing
Activities: Learn to make traditional shadow figures.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.
After breakfast, you will start the half-day tour to explore the water town. You will walk around the town and take some photos of the town, visit the traditional wine workshop and Indigo fabric workshop. Then you will attend the interesting activity of making traditional shadow figures. It takes around 40-60 minutes to finish the shadow figure. The craftsman was born in the birthplace of the shadow puppet show, Lingyuan. He is both an expert in the singing of shadow play and figure cravings. You can take the shadow figures after the lesson.
Lunch will be served as a delicious local Chinese meal in the town.
After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel in downtown Beijing. Therefore, the end of your memorable 2-day tour.
Ancient Town, culture, great wall hiking, Historic, Outdoor Activity, UNESCO, Walking Tour, World Heritage Site
Attractions: Indigo fabric workshop, Jinshanling Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall, traditional wine workshop
Cities visited: Beijing
Provinces visited: Beijing
Ideal seasons: Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn
Ideal audiences: Seniors, Singles, Couples, Dating, Family
Religions: Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, Bahá'í
Type of transportation: Private Car