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Departure date: Friday, September 19

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we’ll head out to a beautiful section of the Great Wall that is further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. You’ll have a chance to hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west. As we follow the wall, we’ll pass through restored and unrestored sections, as well as taking a nice detour through pines on a hillside trail. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 20

Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 7:30am (7:00am from the subway)

On this reasonably tough hike we follow hill trails and climb up and down valleys on the way to the Great Wall on the west side of the Jiankou basin. We’ll follow that stretch of Great Wall towards Nine-Eyes Tower, and then follow hill trails to finish with snacks and drinks at Xizhazi Village at Jiankou. Note: Good footwear required.

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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, September 20

Stone Valley Great Wall

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 8:00am (7:30am from the subway)

Adjacent to the stretch of Great Wall we follow on our popular Switchback Great Wall hikes is another line of wall that is wild, rough, and seldomly visited.

With a lot of ascents and descents, and some fairly craggy scenery, we think it’s a good spot for a bit of hiking – join this hike and see if you agree!

NOTE: Some parts of this trail are very steep, and this hike could almost sneak in as a Level 3+.

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A view of the stone houses of Cuandixia, Mentougou District
Departure date: September 20–21 (Sat–Sun)

Ming Dynasty Village Overnight

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Changed dates We’ve changed the dates after learning that Cuandixia will be infested visited by 400 school kids on the dates we originally planned to visit.

For this overnight we’ll make a base in Cuandixia, a 500-year old Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644) village that is sometimes referred to as “a living museum”. The hiking on the first day is relatively easy, as you’ll need to save energy for the hike on the second day – a 27km monster that covers all manner of scenery and terrain, including rocky mountain paths, high plateau trails, isolated valley settlements, and a part of the Great Wall that is hardly ever visited. For hikers who are less hardcore, we offer an easy option on day 2 as well. Warning: good head for heights required to finish the long walk. Limited spaces available.

Earlier in the year we did the Yellow Grass Plateau Mini-Overnight. This is essentially the same itinerary, but with an added option on the second day for those who would like a more relaxed trip.

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Departure date: Sunday, September 21

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 8:00am (7:30am from the subway)

Hike the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Beijing’s Huairou District, starting off on an unrestored stretch and following it over the hills to a restored section and then up, over, and down a mountain to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir. Not recommended for those who are not good with heights; some steep sections both up and down.

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Departure date: Sunday, September 21

Changyucheng Walled Village and Countryside Opera

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UPDATE 2014/09/02: Added a special performance of countryside opera!

On this trip we’ll explore the village of Changyucheng, looking at old shrines, defensive walls, and a temple with a big old tree. We’ll first take a good long walk up a long valley to a tablet that marks the border of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province, and then make a loop back down to the village reservoir, passing a Great Wall signal tower on the way. We usually make this village a start or finish point for several of our tough Great Wall hikes in the same area. This trip is a good chance to see some of the same great scenery without expending quite as much effort!

One of the special things about the village is that they have a troupe of Beijing Opera performers—we’ve arranged a special performance for you on this visit! (The performance has a fixed cost, but with enough people signed up we’ll be able to cover it.)

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Departure date: Sunday, September 21

Intelligence Valley

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A clear stream runs through Intelligence Valley, and the surrounding mountains form a microclimate that makes this a very nice walk. It’s a flat hike, and offers some shade while hiking alongside a stream and over rocks through the valley. Near the end of the hike we’ll take a break at the Dragon Pool, where people rent inflatable boats or sometimes swim. After we’ve finished walking, we’ll stop by our farmer friend’s guesthouse for a big lunch of homestyle Chinese food – cost included in the price of the hike.

Why is this hike called Intelligence Valley? Because – it’s said – that if you walk down the valley, you will become more intelligent! Try it out, and make sure you don’t walk backwards!

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A stretch of Great Wall descends from a tower
Departure date: September 23-24 (Tue-Wed)

Overnight: Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Escape the city and see Beijing’s countryside for two days on this overnighter, seeing some lovely scenery as well as the Great Wall. Food and drinks, accommodation in a countryside guesthouse, transport, and guides all included in the price.

On the first day we’ll do one of our favourite hikes, the Great Wall Spur. After the hike we’ll settle in a countryside guesthouse in a deep valley, with a bonfire to come after dinner.

We’ll wake up early on the second day and walk over towards the Jiankou Great Wall, hiking up to the ‘Big West’ wall and following a tricky trail to finish at a small village.

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Nine Eyes Tower
Departure date: Wednesday, September 24

Nine-Eyes Tower

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This is a looping walk over steep and rocky terrain, with a lot of scrambling and climbing required to arrive at the highest point on the hike, the impressive Nine-Eyes Tower. On a clear day in this spot in the heart of the mountains it will be possible to see sections of Great Wall to the north, south, east, and west. Four hours of tough hiking with a lot of climbing, over approximately 10km.

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Departure date: Thursday, September 25

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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This stretch of Great Wall in Yanqing County is extremely picturesque, and seldom visited, but its steepness can prove difficult for casual hikers. On this visit we’ll do the ‘middle route,’ cutting out the toughest parts to make it a little easier. There are still some steep climbs to do, but overall this hike isn’t long enough to rate as difficult – we’ll take our time climbing up and down and make sure that we have a relaxed and enjoyable visit.

Cooler version: today we’re going to start from the clean and tidy little rural village on the other side of the hill – it’s worth a look, and the climb up to the Great Wall is shaded and a little easier.

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A ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, September 27

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 8:00am (7:30am from the subway)

This hike combines our Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower routes into a challenging extended day hike in the mountains of Yanqing, way past touristy Badaling. We’ll follow a trail beside an isolated section of the Great Wall up, down, and over hills, peaking at 1,440m above sea level. The day promises to be a challenging one! Suitable for fit and experienced hikers.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 27

Tang Dynasty Cave Dwellings and Yongning Town

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 9:00am (8:30am from the subway)

For this very easy stroll we will travel to Yanqing County to visit the valley where we’ll find an ancient inter-connected series of cave dwellings. This trip is suitable for children (no pushchairs, though) – it’s very easy, and the sight of the cave dwellings is sure to spark the imagination.

It’s a fairly long drive for not too much walking about, but it’s certainly an interesting place to visit. We’ll add on a visit to Yongning Town on the way back, and will take a look at a large tower mid-town as well as a beautiful Catholic church in an interesting location. The cost includes lunch at a restaurant out in the country.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 27

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 8:30am (8:00am from the subway)

On this hike we’ll head out to a beautiful section of the Great Wall that is further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. You’ll have a chance to hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west. As we follow the wall, we’ll pass through restored and unrestored sections, as well as taking a nice detour through pines on a hillside trail.

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Departure date: September 27–28 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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On this two day Great Wall adventure you’ll camp out by a line of early Ming Dynasty Great Wall in a remote region of northwest Beijing. On the first day you’ll do a shorter Great Wall hike, and set up a comfortable camp before seeing the sun set from the Great Wall. On the second day, you’ll do a longer hike, following a line of wild wall up to a peak before following hill trails to finish.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and breakfast and a restaurant lunch on the second day. Discounted price available if you have your own camping gear.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: Sunday, September 28

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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UPDATE 2014/8/28—changed departure times: 8:00am (7:30am from the subway)

This is a tough and challenging hike, suitable for fit hikers with a good head for heights. We’ll start off at Jiankou, following a zigzag hillside trail that rises quickly to a Great Wall tower that is almost 1,000 metres above sea level. From the tower we can see the Jiankou basin, as well as many other stretches of Great Wall in the area. From there we’ll head southeast, following the wall towards Mutianyu. The hike crosses unrestored and restored sections of wall, which makes it a good way to see the Great Wall as it is now, and how it might have looked when first built.

Note: Today is officially a working day, which means it should be nice and quiet at Mutianyu.

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Departure date: Friday, September 19
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, September 20
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Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’

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Departure date: Saturday, September 20
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Stone Valley Great Wall

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Departure date: September 20–21 (Sat–Sun)
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Ming Dynasty Village Overnight

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Departure date: Sunday, September 21
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Sunday, September 21
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Changyucheng Walled Village and Countryside Opera

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Departure date: Sunday, September 21
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Intelligence Valley

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Departure date: September 23-24 (Tue-Wed)
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Overnight: Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 24
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Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Thursday, September 25
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, September 27
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, September 27
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Tang Dynasty Cave Dwellings and Yongning Town

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Departure date: Saturday, September 27
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: September 27–28 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 28
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 28
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Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard hike

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Departure date: Sunday, September 28
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Shunyi Hikers: Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall and Hemp Village

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Departure date: Thursday, October 2
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: October 2–3 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Friday, October 3
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: October 4–5 (Sat–Sun)
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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Departure date: Saturday, October 4
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, October 4
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Hillwalking Challenge: Spring Valley Super Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, October 5
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, October 5
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Great Wall: The Pinnacle Tower

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Departure date: Monday, October 6
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Prove Your Loyalty

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 7
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 7
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 8
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, October 9
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Saturday, October 11
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, October 11
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, October 12
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Triangle Hike and Silver Pagodas

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Departure date: Sunday, October 12
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, October 12
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Shunyi Hikers: A Long Way to Pray for Rain

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 14
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 15
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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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Departure date: Thursday, October 16
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Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Saturday, October 18
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, October 19
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, October 19
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 21
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Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 22
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, October 23
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Departure date: October 23–24 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, October 24
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, October 26
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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