China’s most famous structure has drawn curious travellers for more than a century. While most who visit the Great Wall of China will visit the popular Mutianyu section of the Wall on a day-trip from Beijing, there are more in-depth and unusual ways to experience this man-made Wonder of the World.

We’ve boiled down our five amazing ways to experience the Great Wall here:

1) PICNIC ON THE RAMPARTS

For an unforgettable Great Wall experience, hike to Zhengbeilou Tower and enjoy a gourmet picnic atop the ramparts. Follow a trail past original sections of the Wall towards restored ramparts, ascending to Zhengbeilou Tower for stunning panoramas. At the watchtower, refuel with a gourmet picnic of wine and cheese, reveling in the rugged beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Highlights:
Contrast original with restored wall sections
Walk far from the crowds
Enjoy unspoiled panoramas
Share a gourmet picnic of cheese and wine

2) CAMPING ON THE GREAT WALL

Experience the magic of the Great Wall by staying overnight on its ramparts. Hike three kilometres through scenic countryside from Huanghuacheng to a section of the Wall with four restored watchtowers. Relish a home-cooked dinner in a local guesthouse, then walk by torchlight beneath twinkling constellations to a watchtower ‘campsite’ for the night.

Highlights:
Camp overnight on the wall
Enjoy a home-cooked meal at a farmer’s guesthouse
Trek through scenic countryside
Sleep under a spectacular night sky

3) HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER THE WALL

 

This luxury Great Wall experience provides unrivalled views over its oldest remaining sections. Soar over dramatic peaks and valleys, tracing unrestored segments of the Wall on the way to Hero’s Slope. This hard-to-reach high-altitude spot features a stone plaque inscribed with a poem by Chairman Mao. Fly on to Guanting Reservoir wetlands, then over the lush grasslands of Kangxi Prairie before heading back for a private Champagne toast.

Highlights:

Get the best possible views over the Great Wall
Fly over two breathtaking sites: Guanting Reservoir wetlands and Kangxi Prairie
Rise above the crowds in deluxe comfort
Celebrate the experience with a glass of Champagne

4) A TREKKING ODYSSEY

This totally immersive Great Wall experience not only showcases the Wall itself, but the villages in the surrounding countryside. Covering some challenging ascents to some high-altitude watchtowers, this explorative journey passes along both original and restored sections of the Wall, and explores local villages for a taste of life beyond the ramparts.

Highlights:

Venture to remote, crowd-free parts of the Wall
Trek through pine forest to the high-altitude ‘Stairway to Heaven’ watchtower
Go beyond the tourist trail and explore local villages
Stay overnight in cosy, traditional guesthouses

5) GO REMOTE WITH AN EXPERT

Leave the crowds behind with a daytrip to a remote section of The Wall in Jinshanling, 2.5 hours from Beijing. Learn about the Wall from an expert guide on a fascinating journey along the ramparts, passing 15 watchtowers and traversing segments barely touched by restoration. Have lunch in a traditional farmhouse and meet a renowned local photographer with his own stirring stories and images of the Wall.

Highlights:

Get expert insights into the history and architecture of the Wall
Trek 3 or 4 hours along a remote stretch with 15 watchtowers
Enjoy lunch in a local farmhouse
See the Wall through the lens of an award-winning local photographer

The above is just a small selection of amazing experiences on the Great Wall of China. For more information on the Great Wall tours, contact our travel consultants at [email protected] or simply drop us an email enquiry below!

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