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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Datong Great Wall Hike 3 Day Tour

Overview:
Departure: Daily (May - October)
Duration: 3 Days
Tour Type: A private tour
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel in Datong around 08:00am
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel in Datong around 5:00pm in 3 days
Hiking Time: Day 1 = 4-5 hrs, Day 2 = 3-4 hrs and Day 3 = 3-4 hrs
Service: Meals + Hotel + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Tour Code: DTP-06
Price: Starting from US$ 290 p/p
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Day By Day Itinerary
Day 01
Hike from Zhenchuankou towards Zhenbianbu Fortress ( 4-5 hours )
Picked from your downtown hotel in Datong at 8:00am by our English speaking experienced great wall tour guide and then first drive to Deshengbu Fortress, about 45km northwest of Datong. you will spend one hour to visit the ancient garrison town near the Wall. It is recorded that along the 335km Datong Outer Great Wall there used to be 52 fortress and Deshengbu was one of the ancient walled, garrison towns that are the epitome of north China. Deshengbu Fort was built in 1574 on the south of the important pass linking Datong to Inner Mongolia, a strategically important passage.

Deshengbu Fort

After Deshengbu Fortress, continue to drive about 30km and reach Datong Great Wall at Zhenchuankou. Zhenchuankou Great Wall is typical of the tamped earth Great Wall near Datong. The earth rammed wall at Zhenchuankou is hard and firm and are still well kept despite of the wind and rain for the past over 500 years. The wall mostly made of earth tamped down between planks in layers one on top of the other.

  Datong  Great Wall at Zhenchuankou

From here you are escorted to hike on or along the rammed earth wall extending to the Wall in the east direction near Zhenbianbu Fortress.It is an over 10 km hike and you can also jump into your car that drives along the village road paralleling the Wall to finish your hike trip to Zhenbianbu Fortress if you will.

Arriving at Zhenbianbu Fortress. Tonight you will stay overnight in the ancient fortress.

Note:

1) You will stay in a tent in summer (July & August)or using a bed in a local villager's house (May, June, Sept and Oct)
2) We'll prepare a sleeping bag for you or you may bring your own sleeping bag.
3) No bathing or shower for the night 

Meals: Picnic lunch and simple Chinese dinner 

Walk from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Datong Great Wall Hike
Day 02
Hike from Zhenbianbu Fortress to the Great Wall Village ( 3-4 hour )
After simple breakfast, you will further explore the ancient Zhenbianbu Fortress for the whole morning.The fortress was built in 1539. People live in the stone and brick houses. The scene would have a timeless quality except for a few electricity poles and motorbikes. Year after year people live the same farm life.The local government plans to turn Zhenbianbu Fortress into a tourist attraction. So come here early before it is too touristy.

 Zhenbianbu Fortress

In the afternoon, you will be arranged to hike from the Wall near Zhenbianbu Fortress to the Great Wall Village, an easy and scenic hike about 6 km. The Wall is perched on a flat plain. You will also visit the Great Wall Village for a while.

Tonight you stay at a hotel in Yanggao County (two sharing room with bathing facility)

Meals: Simple Breakfast, lunch and picnic dinner

Day 03
Hike around Shoukoubu Fortress ( 3-4 hours )
After simple breakfast, continue to drive over 10 km along the road not far from the Wall and soon you will reach Shoukoubu Fortress. "Shoukoubu" literally means "Defending the Ravine Fort". Here there is a valley or ravine in the mountain easy for an access by the nomad warlords in Ming Dynasty, hence the fort built in 1546 with bricks and stones for military defense purpose. The valley or the pass divides the wall here into the east section and west section.

Shoukoubu Fortress

You will hike either the east section or the west section for 3-4 hours.The fortress or the village now is located on the west side of the valley with the west section of the wall and high beacon towers looming over it.

Standing on the west side of the valley with the section of the hard yellow earth wall running down to the bottom of the valley, people have a panorama of the fortress ( or the village), the wall broken at the mouth of the valley and the east section of the Wall, have better understanding the name of the fortress – Shoukoubu ( Defending the valley Castle. The view is stunning seen from the west side of the valley.

Datong Great Wall at Shoukoubu

After hiking around the Wall at Shoukoubu Fortress, you are returned to Datong's city center around 5:00pm and end of your 3 day Datong Great Wall trip.

Meals: Simple Breakfast and Picnic lunch
Price List for this tour   ( US$ Per Person )
Travelling Party Tour Cost Per Person
2 person $650
3-5 persons $430
6-9 persons $340
10 persons and above $290
Single Supplement $40
1. First Night: Stay at Zhenbianbu Fortress near the Wall with a tent in summer (July & August)and using a bed in a local villager's house (May, June, Sept and Oct) Note: We'll prepare a sleeping bag for you or you may bring your own sleeping bag.No bathing or shower for the night.
2 Second Night: Stay at a hotel in Yanggao County (two sharing room with bathing facility)

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Price inclusion:
1.Air conditioned vehicle
2.Meals as listed
3.Entrance fees
4.First night stay at a Tent or
Village's House)
5.Second Night: Stay at a hotel in Yanggao County (two sharing room with bathing facility)
6.Englsih Speaking tour guide
7.The above private tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
  Price exclusion:
1.Gratuities to drivers and guides.
2.Travel insurrance for your coverage of injury or accident

Available:
Daily (May - October)

Datong Great Wall Travel Tips
1. The Datong Great Wall Tours above are available from May - October each year.
2. Make sure you are in good shape and ready for 4-5 hour hike per day.
Note: A car always accompanies you not far from the wall you are hiking. If you don't have strong legs, you may use your car to finish your journey along the road paralleling the Wall. 3. Overnight in one of the ancient fortress near the Wall with a tent in summer (July & August)and using a bed in a local villager's house (May, June, Sept and Oct) Note: We'll prepare a sleeping bag for you or you may bring your own sleeping bag.
4. No bathing or shower for the first night
5. Things to take: sports shoes or hiking boots, sticks, cap, sun-glasses, sunscreen, bottles of water, snacks, pocket knife, lip balm and first aid kit.
6. No toilets on the hiking route. Please always carry toilet paper by yourself.
7. We have two bottles of water for each person per day.
8. If you need trekking sticks, please let us know in advance.
9. Wearing pants and long-sleeves even in summer to hike through bushes and saplings.
10. You are responsible for your travel insurrance for your coverage of injury or accident.
11. Be a green and responsible hiker, takeing nothing but photos and leaving nothing but footprint

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