Bike and hike sections of the Great Wall of China, the world’s longest manmade structure. Travel around Beijing’s Miyun Reservoir and along the most beautiful part of the wall, dating from the Ming Dynasty.
What to Expect
Sat plumb in a northeast suburb of Beijing, at the meeting point of the North China Plain and the Yanshan Mountains, the Miyun Reservoir is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. Touched by mountains on 3 sides and fringed by chestnut trees, it is sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of Yan Mountain.”
On this 3-day private tour by bike and foot, you will traverse that pearl and get to experience its intense spirit up close.
Day 1: Simatai Great Wall
After a pick-up from your Beijing hotel or Beijing Airport you will transfer to Miyun Reservoir, a crucial source of Beijing’s water supply and one of the largest reservoirs in Asia.
You will meet your guide to assemble your bikes and start your ride along the Miyun Reservoir’s spectacular shoreline.
You will cycle along the Simatai Great Wall, renowned for its 5 characteristics of, "Steepness, Compactness, Queerness, Wonderfulness, and Comprehensiveness." Located in Gubeikou Town, to the northeast of Miyun, Simatai Great Wall is the only part of the Great Wall of China to retain original features that date from the Ming Dynasty.
Beautifully preserved and grand in its entirety, it claims exquisite details, well-preserved watchtowers and extraordinary views.
You will spend the night at a hotel, with The Great Wall outside your room and as the backdrop to your dinner.
Day 2: Jinshanling Great Wall
Get up early to the sound of birdsong. After breakfast you will hike along the Jinshanling Great Wall from Simatai. Dating from the Ming Dynasty, the Jinshanling Great Wall lies slightly in ruins, lending it a special beauty.
The 12-mile (20 kilometer) stretch, although smaller and narrower than Badaling and Mutianyu, features complicated and well-preserved fortifications.
It meanders gently alongside fantastic mountain peaks, and you will have a picnic lunch on the wall and be rewarded every step of the 5-6 hour journey with extraordinary scenery and some of the best photography opportunities of any section of the Great Wall.
Day 3: Miyun Reservoir
On your final day you will cycle the south side of the Miyun Reservoir along the North China Plain. Have lunch close to the reservoir, before returning to Beijing in the afternoon by van.
- Bilingual bicycle tour guide.
- All hotel accommodations (double occupancy) for 2 nights.
- Meals eaten as group (private meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included).
- All group transportation costs.
- A rental bike with panniers, lock, rain cape, gloves and helmet. Spare wheels will be available for temporary usage in case of a flat.