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GWH114-Big West Jiankou Great Wall to Nine-Eye Tower Hiking
Meeting Time   8am
Trip Length   One day
Meeting Point   Exit C of Dongsishitiao subway station of line 2
Hiking Distance   Approx.12km
Hiking Duration   6 hours
Level of Difficulty   Level 5
Number of People   4-15
Price   700RMB
Hiking Date  
Detailed information about this hike

Highlights of this hike:
1. Explore the most stunning wild Jiankou Great Wall which is off the beaten path;
2. Explore the largest-scale watchtower of Great Wall in Ming Dynasty;
3. This section of wall is completely untouched and almost devoid of tourists, allowing for a serene walk;
4. Awesome views for photographers;
5. The walking condition is multiple which offers great challenge for experienced hikers;
6. Home-made Chinese lunch at a nice countryside restaurant;
7. Small group of maximum of 15 travelers. The group usually has 4-12 travelers;
8. No commission shopping stops.

Price and discount:
The cost is 700RMB (about 1100 US$) per person. It includes transportation, entrance fees, water, lunch and guides. We give 10% discount for students, members and kids under 12’s.

Detailed itinerary:
We’ll start off the hike from Xizhazi village, following a hillside trail to the Great Wall. It takes about one hour to reach the north side of "Beijing Knot". From there we will follow the wall trekking northwest. In the beginning the walking condition is pretty good and the Great Wall is well-preserved. Local people call this section of the Great Wall "Big West". This section of the Wall was mainly built by huge white carved rocks. On the "Big West" Great Wall, you will have a broad view.

After we finish the walking on the Big West part, the Wall is more and more in ruins. Sometimes we need to leave the Wall and skirt around it. About two hours later we will reach the Er Dao Bian Tower, which l is about 900 meters above the sea level. From there we will trek north on a steep and rocky section of the Wall, with a lot of scrambling and climbing. Then you will see the Nine-Eye Tower in the distance.

The Nine-Eye Tower is the largest-scale watchtower of Great Wall in Ming Dynasty. It was an important command post during the ancient wars, measuring 7.8m high and 13m wide. It has three layers, and there are nine holes which look like nine eyes on each side. You will get a peak overlooking of the whole section of Jiankou Great Wall from the tower. And then we will come down the wall, walking along a hill trail which will take us back to the Xizhazi village. We will have a late yet big lunch at a local farmer’s guest house after the hike.

Bad weather plan:
We will email you 2-3 days before the hike to let you know about the weather condition. If there is thunder storm, heavy rain or strong wind we will cancel it, change the dates or arrange a tour to the restored section of the Great Wall.

What to bring on this hike?
1. Snacks;
2. Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt;
3. A bottle of sports drink with salt content;
4. Comfortable sport shoes (hiking boots are strongly suggested).

What is included on this hike?
1. Air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver;
2. English-speaking hiking tour guide;
3. Entrance fees;
4. Unlimited bottled water;
5. Chinese home-made style lunch.

What is excluded on this hike?
1. Travel insurance;
2. Cable car, chairlift, toboggan (slide way) or any other additional local facilities;
3. Personal expenses.

Level of difficulty for this hike: Level 5 (tough hikes)
Before booking this hike, please read about how difficult this hike is.

Customize this hike and make a private reservation:
In addition to our regular weekly hikes, we also offer private tours. You can customize a private hike for you, your family or your friends exclusively. Just tell us what you want and we will organize a hike for you, with places, guides, transport, food, and accommodation all taken care of. You can make a private reservation on the private tour page.

Pricing for a private tour:

Group size
Cost (per person)
1. A private tour is more flexible. Both extra distance and less distance are available.
2. Discounts are available for larger groups.
3. Prices are quoted in Chinese dollars.

1. There are risks involved in outdoor activities. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

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