May 30, 2017

The Great Wall at Jinshanling will be closed on 1st June 2017

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is going to be closed from 1st June 2017, a notice released by local authority in Hebei Province today. The announcement indicates that the road and other infrastructure will be improved to accommodate visitors in future. The reopening is unknown currently and the closure is expected to be 4 months at least. Jinshanling is located in Luanping County, Chengde City, Hebei Province. It’s a great combination of both untouched and restored parts of the Great Wall. It’s also a popular place for photographers from both home and abroad. If you’re planning visit Jinshanling, you have to find alternates at Gubeikou, Mutianyu, Jiankou and other sections of the Great Wall. We will keep watching the progress and launch updates immediately once it’s reopened to public.
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August 20, 2014

Legendary princess and the Lady’s Pass on the Great Wall

During its span of thousands of miles, the Great Wall has numerous passes, of which L ady’s Pass is easy to capture people’s attention. As is known to many people, the Great Wall was built and defended by men, and had little to do with women, so why was it named the Lady’s Pass? In fact this name had much to do with Princess Pingyang, a lady with both beauty and wisdom. Princess Pingyang was the third daughter of Lee Yuan, the first emperor of Tang Dynasty. Long before he came into the throne, he was the Duke of Tang and then the governor and military commander of a province. Born into Lee family, Pingyang was well educated and married into a military officer when she came of age. She had a very good mastery of martial art and read lots of books on military strategy. A chance finally came for her to make full use of her military knowledge. In 617 BC, the Duke of Tang assembled his own army and rose against the then emperor. Pingyang was then living in the capital city Chang’an when she got her father’s letter to ask her to flee to a safe
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July 16, 2014

Great wall hiking Wins 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Great Wall Hiking is honored to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row. TripAdvisor, the most popular travel website in the world, honors select accommodations, attractions, and restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence with a Certificate of Excellence. To be eligible, a business must maintain an overall rating of four or higher (out of five) from traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and have enough unique reviews in the last 12 months to qualify. With over 270 authentic travelers’ reviews, Great Wall Hiking has achieved an “Excellence” rating on 92% of all reviews, and our clients have given us over 250 reviews of 5 out of 5 stars. “We thank our clients for so warmly recommending us to their friends, families and colleagues,” said Great Wall Hiking Founder Gary Lee. “We strive for excellence in everything we do, so to hear of how happy you are with your Great Wall Hiking experiences brings us great joy. We will continue to offer our consistent and reliable service for future clients and business partners.” “TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate
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February 27, 2014

Hiking china’s great wall of wow!

ORIGINAL ARTICAL Download File STORY BY KIM DUKE-LAYDEN The breakfast spread at the überatmospheric Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel was a mixed cornucopia of Eastern and Western foods. Several intriguing items piqued my curiosity: “salted duck eggs,” “eight-treasure pickles,” and “honey sweet ear candy”—from this last item’s brownish color and auricular shape, I couldn’t discern whether the English translation was literal or figurative. But, hey, it was my first time in China, and I was about to hike the “Seventh Wonder of the Medieval World”—on Thanksgiving Day to boot! I figured, “Go big or go home.” So, I threw caution to the wind and dug my chopsticks into the cryptic “ear candy,” along with delicious dumplings, beef stir-fry, sticky rice with scrambled eggs, bok choy, and a plethora of sweet and savory pastries. During breakfast, I met Joe, a thirty-something software manager from Boston who coincidentally was theonlyotherpersonbookedonmymorning’sexcur- sion with Great Wall Hiking (www.greatwallhiking. com). Promptly at eight, our English-speaking tour  guide, Peter, and our driver, Jiang, arrived to drive us two hours northeast of Beijing (pronounced Bay-zh- ing), where we would tackle one of the Great Wall’s wildest and most challenging hikes. During the drive, Peter told us about China’s
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February 1, 2014

Simatai great wall reopens to public on january 1st, 2014

Gubei Water Town (Simatai Great Wall) International Holiday Area reopens to receive visitors on January 1st, 2014. Simatai Great Wall was closed for renovation and development since 17th June 2010. Gubei Water Town International Holiday Area is divided into 2 sections: Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall. The Water town covers an area of 9 square kilometres including reproduced cultural streets, accommodation, restaurants etc. There are four guesthouses and 2 hotels to accommodation visitors. You can spend as long as 2 days in the town with many cultural activities. Simatai Great Wall is a part of Gubei Water Town International Holiday Area. Only ten watchtowers, East 1 to East 10, open to the public. It is decorated with lights at night. Please note that you’re not able to walk toward Jinshanling Great Wall or in reverse. Entrance tickets: Gubei Water Town: CNY80, 8:00-18:00 Simatai Great Wall: CNY40, reservation is required. Visitors will be delivered directly to the Wall at 9:00/10:00/11:00/12:00/13:00/14:00 respectively. Passport numbers are required at the time of booking and you’re required to reserve at least one day in advance. You can purchase both tickets or either of them. You don’t have to buy ticket for Gubei Water
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January 1, 2013

Beijing, Shanghai start 72-hour visa-free transit policy

Visitors from 45 countries can now benefit from a 72-hour visa-free stay policy in Beijing and Shanghai, a move that could attract more transit visitors. Visitors holding third country visas and plane tickets can now apply for a transit without visa at Beijing Capital International Airport. Foreign visitors are not permitted to leave Beijing to other Chinese cities during the 72 hours, and have to depart from the capital city. The 45 approved nations are as following: 31 European nations: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,  Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdoms. 6 American nations: United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile. 2 Oceania nations: Australia, New Zealand. 6 Asian nations: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, Qatar, United Arab Emirates. Restrictions of the 72-hour visa-free transit policy: 1. This regulation does not apply to passengers who travel on a single return flight (e.g., London – Beijing – London), which means the next destination and original departure can not be the same. They need to apply for a
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December 2, 2012

Beijing approves 72-hour visa waiver for tourists

Foreign tourists from 45 countries will be able to enjoy a 72-hour visa-free stay in Beijing from Jan 1, the city government announced Wednesday morning. The policy is aimed at making Beijing more accessible to the world and is expected to attract more overseas travelers. However, visitors without a visa will not be allowed to travel outside the capital once they arrive. Doing so will be deemed illegal entry, the government said. Source: China Daily
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November 4, 2012

Two Japanese tourists died on the Great Wall in China snowstorms

SHIJIAZHUANG, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — Two Japanese tourists were killed and one remained missing after being trapped in a snow-covered mountain in north China’s Hebei Province, local authorities said late Sunday night. Two Japanese women, aged 62 and 68, were confirmed dead and a 76-year-old Japanese man remained missing, the Huailai county’s publicity department said in a statement. Another Japanese tourist, 59, and a Chinese man, who works for a Japanese tourist agency, were under treatment at a village clinic as roads out of the mountain were still closed. The four Japanese tourists and two Chinese tourists climbed a mountain from the Beijing side to tour a section of the Great Wall Saturday morning.The six were trapped in snowstorms after reaching a mountainous region in Huailai county in the neighboring province of Hebei, according to the statement. More than 150 people battled waist-deep snow to search for tourists after learning from a Chinese tourist who came down the mountain to seek police help. Heavy snows hit many places in north China, including Beijing and Hebei, over the weekends.
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