Three-day Great Wall Hiking

Route 3B: Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou

Featuring: Great Wall under Water

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Destination: Hebei province
  • Hiking distance: 10km/6miles
  • Hiking time: 6 hrs
  • Hiking level: easy
  • Best time to visit: May to October
  • Departure date: available daily on request


  • To visit Chengde city (an imperial summer resort, of the Qing dynasty), one of the historical and cultural highlights of China.
  • To see an under water section of the Great Wall.
Stuff you should bring with you:
  • Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
  • Extra cash for driver/guide tips
  • Don’t forget your camera!

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Day-by-day Hiking Itinerary

Beijing to Chengde:

Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM. You will then head to Chengde by private van. Once in Chengde you will visit the Mountain Resort (known as the Bishushangzhuang in Chinese), a vast imperial garden once used as the summer Retreat of the Qing Dyanasty, and a UNESCO World heritage Site. The resort is famous for 72 scenic posts, how many will you be able to find?

After lunch you will visit the Small Potala Palace (Putouzongsheng in Chinese), which was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet. It makes up one of the “Eight Outer Temples of Chengde”. At the palace you can enjoy the fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architecture, and marvel at the Buddhist sculptures and orange yellow-tiled roofs.

After visiting the palace you will be transported to your hotel where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening walk around the city of the former summer retreat of the Qing emperors.

Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall:

You will meet your guide at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM and drive directly to the Xifengkou Natural Resort, which is located 60km/37 miles northwest of Qinxi County, Hebei province. Upon arrival, you will take a boat to the Panjiakou reservoir. Where you can enjoy a picturesque picnic lunch by the lake and the wall.

After lunch you will start your afternoon hiking on Xifengkouu Great Wall. For about 5km/1.5 miles. At the Xifengkou section you will witness the unique spectacle of “the Great Wall under the water”. The view of the flickering ancient Great Wall between mountains and blue waves, the straight isolated watchtowers and beacon towers on the peaks, and the green ranges of hills all will give you a feeling of wonder and amazement.

That night you will rest up and recharge by staying in a local farmer’s house. The farmer and family will prepare you a splendid dinner, and it will also be a memorable experience to dine with a local family. Be sure to get a good sleep, because you will have a lot to see tomorrow!

Qianhe Mountain-Beijing:

After waking up at 7:00AM and having breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven to Qianhe Mountain. There you will visit Qianlihualang, the Yueya Cave, the Ten Li Gallery, Xiangbi Mountain,, Yixiantian, Tuoyuantian, Shuangyan cave, Tortoise Island, Bangchui Cliff, Tianzhu Peak, Kulong Mountain, and Monkey Mountain.

Afterwards we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at your hotel at around 7:00 PM.