Gubeikou Great Wall | A large and solid tower, seen on the extended section of the Gubeikou Great Wall hike
A large and solid tower on the Great Wall in Beijing's northeast.

Great Wall Exploration

Learn the history of the Great Wall with an up-close look, using our Great Wall worksheet to find and discuss key features of construction and strategic importance.

Level 3
Moderately difficult with some ups and downs. (Can I do it?)
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Private tour: Great Wall Exploration

For groups of 8+

For cost details please see the table of prices and inclusions

Learn about the Great Wall as you walk on it, for a close-up experience with history.

For this activity we’ve distilled our Great Wall knowledge into a handy worksheet, which you’ll use to enhance your hike on the Great Wall: first an introduction to the history and construction, followed by notes on special features to find—things that you could easily walk right past if not paying attention.

Worksheet and key topics

Find the site of historical photographs
Find the site of historical photographs. (Click for larger image)

Staff and students will be supplied a worksheet that covers the key questions about this part of the Great Wall. The worksheet covers:

  • History of the Great Wall
  • Construction of the Great Wall
  • Why was the Great Wall built in this location?
  • Special features of this part of the Great Wall
  • 1930s Sino-Japanese battle of the Great Wall

The worksheet is supplied in advance to staff, with answers filled. The worksheet may be used during the hike and/or in class for discussion.

Hiking trail

The hike on the Great Wall is of moderate difficulty, and can be made longer or shorter to suit the abilities of students.

The views are picturesque, with long vistas of ‘wild’ Great Wall running along ridgelines of mountains near and far.

After a climb up to the Great Wall the trail is mostly flat, with some ups and downs on the wall.

Some sections are narrow and slippery.

Prices and inclusions

Prices

* Contact us with your group size to get a quote. Suitable for ages 6 and up.
Group size 8–80
Price
per person
Priced on request

Inclusions

Beijing Hikers staff guides • Round-trip transport in private bus from your school • Tickets and entry fees • Worksheet for wall study (supplied to staff in advance) • Bottled water, snacks • Hiking sticks • Local guides where required

More photos

The Great Wall

Hiking by a tower on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Hiking by a tower. (Click for larger image)
Hiking up to the towers on the extended section of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Hiking up to the towers on the extended section of the hike (Click for larger image)
Towers on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Towers on the Great Wall. (Click for larger image)
A large stamp in a Great Wall brick
A large stamp in a Great Wall brick. (Click for larger image)
A stamp in a Great Wall brick
A stamp in a Great Wall brick. (Click for larger image)

The adventure playground

A slide at the playground
A slide at the playground. (Click for larger image)
Balancing on a rope bridge
Balancing on a rope bridge. (Click for larger image)
A fort at the playground
A fort at the playground. (Click for larger image)
Rope climb at the playground
Rope climb at the playground. (Click for larger image)

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Photos and trip reports: Great Wall Exploration

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