So I hope you enjoyed last week’s narrative account of my sunrise excursion onto the Great Wall. And, I hope it got you excited to hear about this most dream-like of Great Wall destinations! Because today I am going to, hopefully, persuade you, with some wise advice and some beautiful photos, that this is THE best place to go trekking on the outrageously majestic Great Wall of China.
So, if you are headed to China, and want to see the Great Wall (which, of course, you will!), then I urge you, with every fiber of my being, to go to Gubeikou and to stay in the Great Wall Box House Hotel. It will probably be the most rewarding experience of your whole trip to China. Seriously.
As I said last week, it is only 6 hours out of Beijing. This makes it an easy trip even if you only have a short amount of time in the country. We left early in the morning, took two 3 hour buses for little over a couple of dollars each and were on the wall by 4 o’clock after a massive lunch that lasted 2 hours! This gave us plenty of time to do a mini hike and watch the sunset.
We then had two full days to do two beautifully long treks on the two different parts of the Wall, one across town and the other that connects all the way to the reconstructed Jinshanling Wall. Furthermore, the steps up to the Wall on the latter side are 2 minutes walk from the hostel.
And the biggest draw? You will literally have the place to yourselves! We were there in July and barely saw a soul. This is in stark contrast to places like Jinshanling which see bus loads of tourists all day!
Anyway, getting there is easy, finding a place to stay is easy (see my review of the hostel here) and as there are basically only two treks, with two very obvious starting points, the treks are easy! A trip here could not be more simple. And, it could not be more beautiful. So without further ado, the photos…
Have I convinced you yet?