The Wild Wall!

August 14, 2013

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General Introduction to WildWall

The term ‘Wild Wall’ was conceived in the early 1990s to describe a species of Great Wall, lying as ruins, overgrown and crumbling, that exudes both antiquity and authenticity.

We now share Wild Wall experiences drawn from a 20-year-long association with Great Wall with guests from all around the world. Based mainly at one of our renovated farmhouses at the foot of the Great Wall a few hours’ drive north of Beijing, the vast majority of our guests have been introduced to the experience by their own family or friends.

WildWall trips of various kinds are all led by our good friend William, Great Wall researcher, author, field guide and conservationist.

Great Wall Weekends 2016  Please go to our Tour booking page and requesting the dates you have interest in from the list below:

March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27

April 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26

July 1-3

August 26-28

September 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-Oct 2

October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

November 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27,

USD1180 per person (subject to a USD350 available fare)

 

Price from Beijing:USD830 per person

 

We organize these trips from a farmhouse in Hebei Province,quite remote, located at the end of a 10–km dirt road and 500 metres from the Wall. The farmhouse is in the centre of a tiny village of eight farms where locals grow corn and herd goats.

Facilities:

Four bedrooms which are clean, simply decorated and furnished, as well as a dining room/lounge, kitchen, running water and flush toilet. Rooms are adorned with various Great Wall photographs and maps. Note that beds are provided with freshly laundered bedding.  We have a walled vegetable garden in which we often enjoy eating al fresco.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Starting with a late morning flight from Hong Kong,participants are collected at the Beijing Airport or hotel accommodations.  Leaving Beijing by 4:30PM we have dinner at the farmhouse soon after our arrival by around 7:30PM.  This evening Wil shares some fantastic insight into the Wildwall.

Day 2:

Two hikes this day. One to see the Sunrise over the Wall, the second after a lunch and short rest.

Day 3: A short hike this morning.  After lunch, transferred back to the Beijing airport or hotel.

A total of six home cooked meals will be provided from dinner on the first day through lunch on Sunday.  Hearty breakfasts will ensure hikers are up to full strength.  There is a free flow of drinks included (tea, coffee, beer, sprite and coke).

**Summary: 3  half -day hikes; return transport from/back to Beijing; 6 meals, trek led by William Lindesay, Farmhouse accommodations. Conservation fees and one of William's signed books.

Additional for those paying the ex-Hong Kong price:  TIC levy, air fare Hong Kong to BeijingRoundtrip Options Post trip: 

  • Extra Hotel nights and tours on your own – we can help you with the hotel booking extensions. Recommended on your own tours are the Forbidden City with the audio you can rent.
  • Private Car  or Sit in Coach tours to Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen, Forbidden City and many others…
  • Cycling through the Hutongs or Beijing environs

What you need to bring – Trip Necessities

All persons MUST wear suitable footwear (boots are highly recommended) and have small backpacks and a couple of water bottles. Loose clothing (with wicking “Keep-dry” properties is recommended and jeans are NOT recommended. All guests must bring their passports. Expatriates must bring passports also. A torch (flashlight) is useful for dawn hikes when we set off in the dark. Handwipes are useful.