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While this hike will be a bit long, it will easily be the highlight of your time in China. For those of you who feel the need to stretch their legs after being cooped up in an office in Beijing (or wherever you may be from), this is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and adventure, while also having loads of fun!

First, you have to climb a small village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall. Then, you find the mountain ridges upon which the wall is built are steep in all directions. It will take you 4 to 5 hours hike all the way from Jiankou section to the Mutianyu section. Along the wall, you can enjoy a breath-taking view without the interruption by other tourists. In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it. You hike today will take about 4 hours and will cover10km/ 6 miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning the view is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it is from Jiankou. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery. 

From Jiankou you will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. You can choose to take the toboggan down the wall highly recommended, lots of fun!

Along the hiking you will be provided by pick-nick lunch such as banana bread coffee drinks water chocolate and ect. You can confirm with your preference upon booking

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This is a great hiking trip that is fun for the whole family. Your private guide will meet you in the morning at your hotel, after around 1.5 hours drive then you will see the unrestored and rugged “Wild Wall” along with tastefully restored wall, making it a perfect hike for comparison and understanding more about the true Great Wall. Meanwhile this tour is an amateur photographer’s dream, you can take many fantastic pictures if the weather is good. The entire hiking duration for 5 hours, you need bring sunblock in Summer and some snacks and enough water for this trip.Pick-nick lunch during the hiking and Round trip transportation and entrance tickets are included.
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Reviewed 25 June 2018
Great tour with great guide.

So, we opted for the wall less traveled so to speak, and we do not regret it! Our driver Jason and guide Eran picked us up by the airbnb in a comfortable car. The first hike up to the wall was a bit steep, but...More

Thank TarjeiH
Reviewed 15 April 2018
Private Tour of Great Wall

I recently had the great pleasure of taking a one-day private tour of the Great Wall from Jiankou to Mutianyu with Peter of Catherine Lu Tours. This was easily the highlight of my trip to China. Before the tour, Catherine Lu twice confirmed the details...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017
Beijing Private Tour: Great Walk, Great Food, Great Company

Michael was very willing to do whatever it took to make our trip comfortable. He was very good about monitoring our pace, and giving us our space to enjoy our time. He was very conscious of any requests we had (especially regarding food allergies) and...More

Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 25 November 2017
Fantastic experience with the best guide!!

Myself and my husband booked a private tour with Catherine Lu Tours in October 2017 to hike the Jiankou to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. We had the best day from start to finish. Catherine Lu Tours are such a professional and efficient company....More

Thank Tracy H
Reviewed 17 November 2017
Amazing way to see the Great Wall

Catherine did an amazing job booking this trip. SO easy to book and so responsive. Seldom 24 hours passed without a response. They were so great that we booked multiple things. We added on a day tour of Beijing and also pick up and drop...More

Thank Liz G
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