July 16, 2014

Virgin Atlantic Takes to the Wall to Raise Money for Free the Children

In May, Great Wall Hiking organized another memorable Virgin Atlantic CSR/Charity Trek, teaming with partner Grasshopper Adventures for the third year in a row to customize a trip.  An 11-strong Virgin Atlantic team took to the hills for a four-day Great Wall charity trek to raise money for Free the Children (www.freethechildren.com), an international charity and educational partner that strives to educate, engage and empower youth. This Great Wall fundraising event was part of Virgin Atlantic’s greater Corporate Social Responsibility campaign; the team, made up of Virgin Atlantic employees, friends and family members, were sponsored by donors to embark on this challenge trek to raise awareness and funds for Free the Children to help remove barriers to education and to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty. Because Great Wall Hiking always seeks to bring travelers into close and authentic interaction with the environment and local culture, and Free the Children seeks to create local and global citizens who are agents for change, we planned a trip for them that would help them to not just take in the sights, but also to give back to the local community and tourism industry, and learn more about China through their
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November 2, 2013

Epworth Great Wall Challenge 2013

A group of 16 people from Australia trekked the Great Wall of China to raise money to help cancer patients at Epworth Hospital in October 2013. The group walked 10 sections of the Great Wall for 6 days, namely Huangyaguan, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Simatai West, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Huanghuacheng, Xishuiyu, Old Badaling and Shixiaguan. Scott Bulger, executive director at Epworth Medical Foundation, invited 4 gentlemen and 10 ladies to attend the event, as well as his daughter, Meghan Hadley. It’s a real challenge to walk the Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders in the world. Some parts of the Wall were really steep and struggling. It was warm even hot on the first and windy and cold on last day. Luckily the weather was beautiful and people enjoyed the changing scenery at different sections of the Wall. They completed a distance of 45 km on mountainous areas and celebrated with Great Wall wine at the end. The group also did a 2-day sightseeing in the city, including Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. They celebrated the challenge and achievement at a imperial garden restaurant on 27 October 2013.
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December 17, 2012

Press Trip – Great Wall of China Charity Trek 2013

We are looking for charities, non-profit organisations or individuals who are planning to trek the Great Wall of China for fundraising events. The 8-day itinerary includes 5-day trek on the Great Wall and a visit to Forbidden City. We will walk on the original and remote sections of the Great Wall near Beijing. Trip will begin on 8th May and finish on 15th May, 2013. Anyone who are working in charities or non-profit organisations in UK or Australia are welcomed to join this press trip. We will cover ground cost here in Beijing for successful participants, and participants need to pay their own international flights to Beijing. Please find detailed itinerary and trip note at  http://www.greatwallhiking.com/press-trip.html.
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October 22, 2012

Great Wall documentary starts shooting

Hailed as the eighth wonder of the world, the Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilization and a source of National pride. The huge dragon shaped defence work has been shrouded in mystery for so long because it was such an impossible task for Chinese ancestors to build two thousand years ago. And it has witnessed so many wars and events over the course of Chinese history. To shed more light on the Chinese wonder, a documentary about the history and legends of the wall has just begun shooting. The documentary feature produced by CCTV, called “Great Wall, China’s Story” has started shooting at Shanhaiguan, the east end of the ancient defence work. The production aims at discussing the Great Wall, from both the spacial and historical sphere. With the help of up-to-date video technology, and the latest results in academic research, a more real and thorough account of the Wall is expected to be presented to the audience. The documentary series is planned to have 12 episodes each with 50 minutes. It’s expected to be aired in 2014. Source: CNTV
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