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Great Wall Sensation - Jiankou Great Wall Camping Hiking Private Tour
Ranked #39 of 145 Outdoor Activities in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Great Wall Sensation offers Great Wall camping and hiking trips for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism. Come and explore with us!
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Just returned to the UK from a Trans-siberian railway trip that ended in Beijing, during which we conquered the Great Wall with Great Wall Sensation (GWS).
Due to bad weather we were unable to fulfil our camping trip however, GWS were very accommodating and managed to provide us with a day tour of the wall before we left Beijing.
The day trip included a new route so we could to see sections of the wall that other people or groups hadn't. At times it felt like we were lost (this was a new route) but we were never worried and were in safe hands all the time! We only saw a about 2 of other tourists during our 5hr trek!! After being in Beijing for several days it was a great respite!
The route took in the sites of The Eagle Flies Facing Upwards, Sky Stairs and from a distance the Beijing Knot.
Before we set out on a journey we had a wonderful meal at a local village hostel/hotel - probably one of the best traditional meals we had during our stay in China. There was more than enough food to eat!
Our hosts picked us up at our hotel and dropped us back at the end of the day. There were no hidden charges like having to pay for the toll roads etc. I'd like to thank Yao and Wang Bin (guides) for an amazing experience and for being extremely friendly and welcoming hosts ...this trip was highlight of our time in China!
Oh top tip - if you're travelling in the humidity of the summer, take a small towel (for the sweat), change of clothes for the return trip to Beijing, plenty of water, mosquito repellent and some sturdy shoes or trainers!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Me and my frend were the first Dutch guests going on tour with GWS and we really liked it. After picking us up at the hostel they brought us to a farmhouse where we had an absolutely great lunch. In about 45 minutes we walked from there to the wall. Yao and Wang Bin(our guides) set up our tents while we could enjoy the first views. Leaving all our stuff at the campsite we walked(or should I say climbed) lightly, with only some water, for severa; hours, the wall. We found it amazing. Sometimes needing both hands(they provide gloves) and feet we found it really spectacular. It's up to you how far you will go. And most of all, it was really quiet. We saw 6 people that day on the wall. Sitting at the campfire, drinking wine, roasting marshmellows, we had a very good time. As for me smoking a cigaret in the dark on top of the wall was a great experience. Of course I took back my smoked one, but unfortenately not all people take their trash with them. That's the only negative thing that even in this nice, old, quiet part of the wall, you see garbage. Our guides try their best to collect the rubbish along the trail and bring it down, but it's still too much. But I appreciate the effort they make in doing so. After coming down the nice lady of the farmhouse prepared us an even better lunch than the day before. Need I say more. It was a true highlight of our vacation and we can surely recommend this great trip. Thanks Great Wall Sensation.

2  Thank otjewarongo
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This is not the normal Great Wall trip, if you want something special like me, then take this chance.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Having been to the other parts of the great wall, I can say this is by (very) far the most peaceful part. It's peaceful, clean and you can actually appreciate being in nature and on the Wall, without having to constantly worry about being elbowed/pushed by the passing (coming and going) crowd.

Having the guides also passed a lot of security, as this is a more remote area of the wall. It was well planned and to be quite honest, a bit of a relief to be able to get away from all the crowded places, and actually appreciate the beauty of the wall. They were also very nice, constantly helping take photos, preparing the food and providing little surprises along the way. Little things that make a difference.

A different (and more positive in my opinion) Great Wall experience. Definitely recommend, both for the place and for the guides who ran the trip.

3  Thank Mar K
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

After a few days of great experience in the downtown of the capital, an unique path and view to go through the great wall with Great Wall Sensation - definitely amazing experience in Beijing!!! Imaging a day of exciting hiking all the way along the historical remarks with nice friends and professional coaches, more importantly, their hospitality and professionalism really helped us and provided us a fantastic and different view of the Great Wall.

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