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Great Wall Photo Tour

Like a dragon going through the desert, grassland and mountains, the Great wall attracts incalculable photographers to take photos of its beauty. The earliest photographers can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty (1633-1911); most of them are from Europe and America.

According to the recommendations of many photographers, the best shooting spots of the Great Wall are as follows:

Jinshanling Great Wall Jinshanling Great Wall
Located at the cross of Miyun County and Ruanping County in Hebei province with a distance of 135km (83.8 miles) from Beijing city, Jinshanling Great Wall was first built in 1378 and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). With majesty vigour and widen view, Jinshanling Great Wall is overspread by watch towers. Retaining walls, hollow watch towers and storeroom towers are also unique features of Jinshanling Great Wall. The best shooting time is May to October every year. The cloud, mist and rainbow after raining during summer and autumn is an attractive sight of Jinshanling. Simatai and Jinshanling great walls are the favorite shooting spots of “National Geographic Magazine” and “World Heritage in China”.
Simatai Great Wall Simatai Great Wall
Located in the northeast of Miyun County which is 120km (74.52 miles) from Beijing city, Simatai Great Wall was first built in North Qi Dynasty (550AD-577AD) and repaired in 1573. Famous for its danger, Simatai Great Wall is built at the Peak of Yan Mountain so it became an important pass of the northeast in the history. The east section of Simatai Great Wall bends over on the back of rock with the width of 40cm (15.76 in) which is called “Crossover”; another section named as “sky ladder” is built on cliff of nearly 90 degree’s bend. There are two famous wall towers on Simatai Great Wll– “Wangjing Tower” and “Fairy Tower”. Visitors can view the twinkling lights of Beijing city from the two towers at night. The best season for photographing at Simatai is summer and autumn.
Jiankou Pass Great Wall Jiankou Pass Great Wall
Jiankou Pass Great Wall is an assembling place for Great Wall photographers. Built in 1404, Jiankou Pass Great Wall is in a shape of the letter “W”, like arrow nock which is called “Jiankou” in Chinese. The section is centered by Huairou with its east to Mutianyu Great Wall and west to Dazhenyu Great Wall. With 47 watch towers, Jiankou Pass collects the inside and outside great walls from three directions. From east to northwest, it locates the diversified and metrical attractions including “arrow nock”, “sky ladder”, etc. With most of the parts built on the perilous peak of mountains, Jiankou Pass Great Wall overlooks spectacular. Famous for its steepness, this section of great wall is regarded as the preserved one with the brightest feature of great walls in Ming Dynasty. Jiankou Pass Great Wall has attracted numbers of famous photographers in and abroad and enthusiasts of Great Wall heading for its beauty. One of the best time to visit Jiankou Pass is middle April when peach blossom and almond flowers blossoming out.
Dazhenyu Great Wall Dazhenyu Great Wall
Located in Chong Mountain of Huairou County which is about 80 km (49.68 miles) from Beijing city, Dazhenyu Great Wall still keeps the original appearance. In spring, flowers blossomed out all over the mountain; in autumn, the leaves look like fire. The best shooting seasons are spring and autumn.
Huanghuacheng Great Wall Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Huanghuacheng Great Wall is an important fortress at the east end of Juyong Pass Great Wall. During April every year, peach blossom and almond flowers blossom out everywhere; the flowers together with the reservoir make Huanghuacheng Great Wall becomes a typical featured landscape Great Wall. The best time for photography: from early April to April 20.
Water Great Wall “Water Great Wall” of Huanghuacheng
“Water Great Wall” of Huanghuacheng is the unique and oddity sight of “great wall under water” in Beijing. The sight of “great wall under water” is caused by the building of reservoir which submerged a part of the great wall. After the flood, it formed a moon-shaped lake which was regarded as “small west lake”. The lake is peaceful and clear with the reflection of the great wall and flowers.
Gubeikou Great Wall Gubeikou Great Wall
Located in the north of Miyun County which is about 120 km (74.52 miles), Gubeikou Great Wall is one of the passes with various wars in the history. Numbers of famous wars has been happened here. The best seasons of photography are summer and autumn.
Changyucheng Great Wall Changyucheng Great Wall
Located at the cross connection of northwest of Changping and Huailai County in Hubei province, Changyucheng Great Wall has a length of 8 km (4.968 miles) which is the section with the highest altitude in Beijing. Its highest watch tower is about 1460 meters (4790.26 ft) in height. The unique roundness watch tower in Beijing can be seen from Changyucheng Great Wall. There is an ancient village at Changyucheng Great Wall called Changyu Village which still keeps the original village style and features without extensive tourist receptions. Changyu Village was used as castle for military use in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) so it still keeps the ancient castle walls and city gate. The amalgamation of the Great Wall and the ancient village culture is a unique charm of Changyucheng Great Wall.

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Top Great Wall Tours

This selected tour conveniently leads you to have the most popular sections of the Great Wall under your eyes in one day. Jinshanling Great Wall is largely known for its uniquely complex structure and densely distributed lookout towers, and Simatai Great Wall is best-known in worldwide for its primitiveness,steepness, breath-taking sceneries and various structures of towers. We believe that you will be deeply impressed by this wonderful tour!
Be charmed by the Great Wall fabulous spectacular as you hike and photograph on the less crowed Mutianyu section with its vegetation cover reaching to above 90%. Just come and take your exclusive shoots at this well-known shooting place!
This tour spends two days to catch the essence of Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall, and you will be given more time to focus on the details about these two amazing Great Walls. The joy of hiking and shooting, the distinctive experience of climbing China Great Wall, leave you no pity in your whole life!
As we know, each section of the Great Wall enjoys its distinctive features: some are worthy of hiking and climbing; some are famous for splendid sceneries. This package is tailored for Great Wall enthusiasts and hiking & photo lovers, comprehensively including to visit all the Great Walls which are nearby Beijing. Come on! Come and join us to creat your once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Great Wall !
See the Great Wall all in natural with this hiking tour, the most popular Great Wall hiking route. The tour takes you to visit the most unrestored sections of China Great Wall. The fun and excitement you get from exploring this wonder will be kept for life-long memory. Besides, the other arrangement leads you to discover more about Beijing City, such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Peking Roast Duck, Hutong Tour, Temple of Heaven...

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