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China, the Great Wall
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CHINA CHARITY TREK

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2019

China’s Great Wall is an amazing structure. Snaking its way for what appears to be endless miles, undulating like a Chinese Dragon’s back, following the earth’s natural contours.

  • Camp on the Wall itself for a night; wake up to the sunrise, no-one about! Tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bag for this 1 night supplied.
  • 5 day treks, avoiding the busier sections; superb photography opportunities.
  • All meals and drinking water on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
  • Includes a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; no forced shopping trips!
  • Options to extend; Shanghai, Hong KongTerracotta Warriors or Chengdu Panda breeding centre (no additional fees for split flights)

Our China Charity Trek snatches the best of the Wall. To get the best out of the Wall, you have to live it, be close to it and even in our case, live on it! On our final trek night, when everyone else has gone, we trek back up to the Watchtower and camp overnight there to experience the silence and see the sun rise (camping equipment supplied).

The Wall can be demanding at times so we staying close, staying in local farmhouses or guesthouses. Learn to make Chinese dumplings with a local family and your picnic lunches are hand made to ensure you get to eat what you want to eat! At the end, we get you back to Beijing early afternoon to allow you some free time before a complimentary celebration traditional Beijing Roast Duck that evening. There are a total of 2 nights in hotels in Beijing.

No visit to the capital would be complete without seeing the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, both of which are included on our Tour. After the morning tour, you have more free time to explore the city before your flight home in the morning.

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Extensions – See Below

Over 10,000 steps! – and that’s a conservative estimate of how many you will encounter on our China Charity Trek. They vary enormously with depth and height; nothing is consistent.

Need a break from the Wall’s steps? – then take the day off. We’ll transfer you onwards, no problem.

China Charity Trek

China’s Great Wall is an amazing structure. Snaking its way for what appears to be endless miles, undulating like a Chinese Dragon’s back, following the earth’s natural contours.

  • Camp on the Wall itself for a night; wake up to the sunrise, no-one about! Tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bag for this 1 night supplied.
  • 5 day treks, avoiding the busier sections; superb photography opportunities.
  • All meals and drinking water on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
  • Includes a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; no forced shopping trips!
  • Options to extend; Shanghai, Hong KongTerracotta Warriors or Chengdu Panda breeding centre (no additional fees for split flights)

Our China Charity Trek itinerary snatches the best of the Wall. To get the best out of the Wall, you have to live it, be close to it and even in our case, live on it! On our final trek night, when everyone else has gone, we trek back up to the Watchtower and camp overnight there to experience the silence and see the sun rise (camping equipment supplied).

The Wall can be demanding at times so we staying close to the Wall staying in local farmhouses or guesthouses. Learn to make Chinese dumplings with a local family and your picnic lunches are hand made to ensure you get to eat what you want to eat! At the end, we get you back to Beijing early afternoon to allow you some free time before a complimentary celebration traditional Beijing Roast Duck that evening. There are a total of 2 nights in hotels in Beijing.

No visit to the capital would be complete without seeing the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, both of which are included on our Tour. After the morning tour, you have more free time to explore the city before your flight home in the morning.

China Charity Trek – Some quick fire answers…

Mar/Apr and Sep/Oct/Nov are considered the best months but even then the weather can vary.

It can get extremely hot in the summer months and once on the Wall, you are committed. The Wall can be covered in snow and ice during the winter.

Don’t be concerned about distance. You will be walking between 3 – 5 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary (usually not).

There are lots of steps on this China Charity Trek! The Great Wall follows the natural terrain of undulating hills so it’s generally either up or down (and sometimes steeply); rarely flat. It can therefore be quite demanding in places but taken at a sensible pace, it can be achieved. We recommend a reasonable level of fitness and adopt a regular training regime well before you depart.

The China Charity Trek has no altitude issues, the highest point on the entire Wall is only 1534m so way inside anything that will affect you.

In the UK, if you can walk for 4 – 5 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of homemade pancakes, some cereals, omelettes and other local food plus juice and hot drinks.
  • Lunches (if taken on trek) are prepared and packed by you: breads, ham, cheese, salads, etc…
  • Lunches (if taken at Guesthouses) will be a mix of Chinese food.
  • Evening meal: meat and vegetables.

Drinking Water

  • Unlimited – bottled mineral water.
  • Do not drink tap water.

Accommodation

  • Hotels, Beijing – twin share, same sex basis.
  • On trek – guesthouses, twin share basis, same sex.
  • Sole occupation (if requested) – £210. This includes Beijing hotel (2 nights) and guesthouses on trek throughout.
  • Sole occupation (not requested) – on trek – if there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation (not requested) – hotels Beijing (2 nights) – we will do what we can to avoid this cost. It can depend on the size of the group. Max cost £110.

When trekking on the Wall, you only need to carry your daysack and all that goes in it. Those items will include your waterproofs, snacks, drinking water, camera, etc… anything you think you may need during the days walk. Experience shows that what you carry in your daysack daily should weigh no more than about 6kg.

All of your other belongings will be transported by vehicle to the next night stop.

Yes you can and it is encouraged to make use of that expensive visa! Stay longer in Beijing, take the bullet train to Shanghai (under 5hrs), see the Terracotta Warriors or the Chengdu Pandas or go by train to Hong Kong, yes… Hong Kong! It’s just down the road!

This trip is just 9 days long (UK – UK), so even if you have just 2 weeks holiday, it allows for plenty of time to consider what else you can do. Once you have completed the China Charity Trek and returned to Beijing, you can effectively break loose from then onwards.

The best bit … we do not charge any form of administration fee for a different return flight date or indeed from a different city to that of the itinerary.

Examples:

Fly into Beijing, extend to Shanghai for a few nights and fly back from there.
Fly into Beijing, bullet train to Hong Kong, stay for a few nights and fly back from there.

For some other possibilities and example costs, see our extensions section.

A tourist visa is required for China and must be obtained prior to travel. In 2018, it became a requirement for your fingerprints to be taken as part of the process. This is done by booking an appointment at one of the 3 Visa Application Centres (London, Manchester, Edinburgh&Belfast).

We will supply you with some guidance once you have booked your China Charity Trek with us.

It is worthwhile visiting the Chinese Visa Application Centre’s websites to see future requirements.
London, Manchester, Edinburgh&Belfast.

Make sure your UK passport will be valid for at least 6 months when entering China.

China Charity Trek – The Great Wall
Immense and beautiful
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CHINA CHARITY TREK – EXTENSIONS

Why not make use of your time in China (make use of that visa!); the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas…

  • Experience Shanghai; under 5 hrs on the superfast 300 km/h ‘Bullet’ train, first class!
  • Or hit Hong Kong – just 9 hrs on the superfast ‘Bullet’ train.
  • Fly into Beijing and back from either Shanghai or Hong Kong, no problem.*
  • And don’t forget the Terracotta Warriors.

*Note – we do not charge admin fees for a different return flight date to the scheduled itinerary but that return date must be decided no later than the time of the interim payment. The cost of flying London – Beijing – London or London – Beijing and Shanghai or Hong Kong – London is extremely similar or the same so there is no great uplift for that.

Shanghai 3 night stay – fly back from Shanghai

  • Get on board the superfast 300 km/h Bullet train to Shanghai, in a first or business class seat!
  • 3 nights 4* hotel (it can be reduced to 2 nights) in this vibrant city to explore.
  • Fly back to London from Shanghai.
  • From £575 pp based on twin share, 4* hotel, first class train seat.

Day 9, Bullet Train to Shanghai, free to explore
After breakfast, we transfer you to the station to catch the mid morning superfast Bullet train to Shanghai, in a first class seat! This is an experience in itself but also simple. From central Beijing to central Shanghai in comfort with no extensive airport transfers or waits or delays. Once you arrive in Shanghai and settled into the hotel, you have the rest of the day to plan and explore this vibrant city. You are highly likely to be accommodated in the Bund area.
Meals: B

Day 10, Shanghai, free to explore
Meals: B

Day 11, Shanghai, free to explore
Meals: B

Day 12, Depart Shanghai
Depart for international flight back to the UK arriving the same day.

Costs

  • £575 – 3 nights, twin share, B&B basis 4* hotel, first class train ticket.
  • £885 – 3 nights, twin share, B&B basis 5* hotel, business class ticket.
  • Reduction to 2 nights possible, ask for cost.

Services Included

  • Transfer hotel to train station in Beijing
  • Train ticket according to class, Beijing – Shanghai (see below for inclusions)
  • Hotel accommodation in Shanghai as booked, twin share, B&B basis

Not Included

  • Transfer from Shanghai train station to hotel*
  • Transfer from hotel to Shanghai international airport*
  • Meals other than breakfast

* Both of these transfers are excluded for practical reasons. It would cost far more to provide private transfers than to use the public services available. The Bund area (where you are highly likely to be accommodated) is very close to the arrival train station and a short taxi ride is all that is required. The hotel will help you with arrangements with the transfer back to the airport; they may even have their own shuttle bus.

**Upgrade to Business Class seat, ask for details.

Business OR First Class Train Seat?
On China trains, in terms of facilities they are the opposite way around to what you think. See the difference.
First Class seats are bigger than economy, nice and comfortable. Meals are available to buy on buffet service.
Business class are the full conversion lie flat beds just like an airline business class. Meals are included and served in your seat.

China Charity Trek

Hong Kong (3 nights) – fly back from Hong Kong

  • Zoom into the heart of Hong Kong in 9 hrs on the Bullet train (daytime journey), in a first class or business class seat.
  • Experience the spectacular Hong Kong skyline.
  • So much to do and see here
  • From £725 pp based on 3 nights, 4* hotel (Kowloon city centre), twin share, B&B basis, first class train seat.

Day 9, Bullet Train to Hong Kong, arriving approx 1900hrs same day
After breakfast, we transfer you to Beijing West station to catch the Bullet train to Hong Kong, in a first or business class seat! Relax and see China’s countryside whizz past at over 200mph. Once you arrive in Hong Kong and settled into the hotel, plan the days ahead for this wonderful city. Depending on your hotel, you will be located either on the Kowloon front or further back in the city.
Meals: B (in Beijing)

Day 10, Hong Kong, free to explore
Meals: B

Day 11, Hong Kong, free to explore
Meals: B

Day 12, Depart Hong Kong
Depart for international flight back to the UK arriving the same day.

Costs

  • £725 pp – 3 nights, twin share, B&B basis 4* hotel (Kowloon city), first class train ticket.
  • £1295 pp – 3 nights, twin share, B&B basis 5* hotel (Kowloon front), business class ticket.

Services Included

  • Transfer hotel to train station in Beijing
  • Train ticket according to class, Beijing – Hong Kong (see below for inclusions)
  • Hotel accommodation in Hong Kong as booked, twin share, B&B basis

Not Included

  • Transfer from Hong Kong arrival train station to hotel*
  • Transfer from hotel to Hong Kong international airport*
  • Meals other than breakfast

* Both of these transfers are excluded for practical reasons. It would cost far more to provide private transfers than to use the public services available.

Business OR First Class Train Seat?
On China trains, in terms of facilities they are the opposite way around to what you think. See the difference.
First Class seats are bigger than economy, nice and comfortable. Meals are available to buy on buffet service.
Business class are the full conversion lie flat beds just like an airline business class. Meals are included and served in your seat.

China Charity Trek - Hong Kong

Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors (2 extra days)

Catch the overnight sleeper train to Xi’an. The Guide will meet you on arrival, spend the day exploring Xi’an including the incredible Terracotta Warrior Army. Overnight hotel before catching the high speed day train back to Beijing, overnight hotel and depart on Day 11.

Day 8, City Tour of Beijing; Beijing to Xi’an by overnight Train
You will still conduct the Tour of Beijing with the group and at the appropriate time, we transfer you to the station to catch the overnight train to Xian. There is a supermarket at station if you wish to stock up on snacks and drinks.
Note: the sleeper is based on air conditioned, four-berth cabins, mixed sexes. 2 berth, en suite cabins at additional cost; not guaranteed.
Accommodation: overnight sleeper train. Meals: B/L

Day 9, Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors
On arrival in Xi’an, our guide will pick you up and drive to the Terracotta Warriors; one of the most important archaeological discovery in the 20th century. Coming back to the city, we will visit the 500-year City Wall and ride a bike on the top of the Wall. It will take 1.5 hours for 11 km. A dumpling dinner plus Tang Dynasty show will be organised at night.
Accommodation: hotel in Xi’an
Meals: L/D

Day 10, High Speed Train back to Beijing
After breakfast, we walk through the Muslim Quarter which is alive at this time of day. We visit the Great Mosque, which displays features of both local and Arabic architecture. We then head back to the station for the wonderful high speed train journey back to Beijing. Accommodation is in a hotel close to the airport for ease of transfer the next day; transfer is by the hotel shuttle bus.
Accommodation: airport hotel in Beijing
Meals: B/L

Day 11, Departure Beijing
Depart for international flight back to the UK arriving the same day.

Terracotta Warrior Extension, Costs and Services Included

  • Cost from £595 pp
  • Transfer to train station in Beijing and overnight train to Xi’an based on 4 berth, mixed berth cabin
  • English speaking local guide in Xi’an
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Xi’an (1 night), twin share
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Ground transport as required by the itinerary, air conditioned
  • Entrance fee to Terracotta Warrior exhibition
  • Dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in evening in Xi’an
  • Bullet train back to Beijing, overnight hotel (twin share) near airport
  • Hotel shuttle bus back to the airport
China Charity Trek - Terracotta Army

Beijing – stay a little longer…

An extra day or two in Beijing can make all the difference. Explore the city further, down the traditional ‘hutongs‘ (this link goes to wikipedia), or grab a bike for the day and ride with the locals! What you do and where you go will very much depend on your personal preferences so do your homework.
Hotel per person per night – £35 based on twin share. Airport transfer £30.

China Charity Trek - Beijing bikes