What's special for this tour:
Stay in one of the most authentic courtyard houses in the 600 hundreds year old fort + Peaceful great wall with few tourists.
Qingshan Guan Great Wall retreat
The Great Wall at the Green Mountain Pass, suburb of Tangshan (4 hours' drive) is still unknown to most tourists, both locals and foreigners alike. The village nestled at the foot of the Great Wall and the Mountain is composed of courtyards with rock-piled walls. You will stay overnight in the most authentic courtyard houses in the castle-like village. The room is clean and has standard bathroom. The mountains will be covered with green and yellow blossom of the peach, pear and chestnut trees. The hue changes three times from the bottom up to the top of the mountains.
The East Qing Tombs
The UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and the largest imperial grave complex with surrounding natural landscape in China (in Hebei Province). The tombs are "home to two princesses, three princes, five emperors, 15 empresses, 136 Concubines . . ." Among these tombs are those of the Empress Dowager Ci Xi and the Emperor Qianlong ("China's longest reining emperor"). There are a total of 15 tombs and the whole tomb area is much larger than the Ming Tombs and has better natural surrounding scenery.
Best travel time: from mid-April to mid- October
- The highlight of the tour is the overnight stay in the authentic courtyard houses within the fortress and the Great Wall. So even if you are not a hiking type person, you can still enjoy walking around in the village, and indulging yourself in the beautiful landscape and peace for a day.
- The driving time one way is about 3.5 or even 4 hours, most part are good-quality national road.
- It is chilly or even cold at night even in May or October. You need to bring appropriate clothes. The rooms have electric blankets under the bedding, and the air-conditioner generates some heat as well.
Coach departs from CCC at 8:30am and gets back to CCC at around 6-7pm the following day.