Walking Holidays in China - Charms of China - Discover the Highlights of China


The Great Wall Trek

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We feature Chinese Hotels and Homestays in close proximity to the Great Wall.  Due to their rural location standards may not be as high as city hotels and some features such as bathrooms may be unusual to us. Although most do, some homestays may not provide towels, soap or toilet paper. A sample of accommodation is as follows with changes as necessary when space is limited. Private bathroom is always provided. We also offer a higher grade option everywhere except in Huangyaguan.

Standard grade

Night 4  Huangyaguan – Huangya Shanzhuang Hotel – at the base of two sections of the Great Wall, this is a delightful hotel built of grey stone around four courtyards. Guestrooms open onto a courtyard with outside seating. Rooms are simple with private bathroom, TV and air conditioning for heat and cooling. Meals are taken in the large restaurant serving mainly Chinese food with limited Western items for breakfast.

Night 5  Jinshanling (Gubeikou Village, near Jinshanling section)– Yeshufang Homestay. This is a family owned hotel. There are 15 rooms in this typically Chinese hotel, each with high wooden ceilings and wooden floors. The bathrooms are wet rooms and have Western style toilets. Each room has a kettle, hairdryer (if there is no hairdryer in the room you can ask for one at reception), phone and a sitting area. Standard rooms all have twin beds. Breakfast starts early and is a set menu and Chinese in content with a selection of fruit. There is free wi-fi throughout the village.

Night 6  Lotus Flower – Here you will stay in a lovely family run Homestay which has bright air conditioned rooms on two levels with small, well-appointed shower rooms and western toilet.  Hot water is provided at key times and their cuisine is delicious – perhaps the best we experience!

Night 7  Mutianyu – Zhuxi Bamboo Resort. This is a delightful Farmers Homestay in ‘motel style’ as rooms face the car park.  Rooms and bathrooms are simple and bright with comfortable beds and air-conditioning. There is plenty of outside dining and seating, but the most wonderful feature of this hotel is its greenhouse complete with tinkling streams and tropical plants.  Fish slowly swim through the streams; there are swing seats and tables for dining or just taking tea. A few of the uniform clad staff speak odd words of English and we recommend an extra night here if a rest day is desired. Chinese food here is fresh and abundant with local produce.  Extensive outside fish pools provide very fresh fish for the restaurant.


Higher grade

Night 4  Huangyaguan – Huangya Shanzhuang Hotel – at the base of two sections of the Great Wall, this is a delightful hotel built of grey stone around four courtyards. Guestrooms open onto a courtyard with outside seating. Rooms are simple with private bathroom, TV and air conditioning for heat and cooling. Meals are taken in the large restaurant serving mainly Chinese food with limited Western items for breakfast.

Night 5  Jinshanling (Gubei Water Town). This is an incredibly picturesque village, with views of the Simatai Great Wall. Gubei Water Town is a replica of Wuzhen Water Town in Southern China. It is a holiday resort drawing in many Chinese tourists, decorated with lights at night making it a truly magical place.

There are several options here, however we use a small traditional guesthouse.

Night 6  Lotus Fort (near Jiankou section) – Buck Commune Hotel. Each room is clean, simply decorated and has a balcony. Private bathrooms have a shower (wet room style), and mostly have Eastern style toilets. You can take breakfast inside in their large reception room, or in warmer weather outside on the decking next to the river. Breakfast is both Western and Chinese.

Night 7  Mutianyu – Brickyard Great Wall Retreat. Brickyard Retreat is part of the Schoolhouse at Mutianyu who help to sustain the local community by providing jobs to local villagers. With an ethos to help the environment, they compos their own organic waste, recycle and don’t use plastic bottles or straws. With dining to suit both Eastern and Western travelers, their fruit and veg is either home grown or sourced from local farmers, but they also import fine wines, cheeses and olive oils. Free wi-fi is available throughout. They have a cozy den with a wood burner and outside comfortable chairs around the gardens—lots of places to relax and enjoy this magical place! Rooms have either queen or twin beds, with plenty of natural light, stone floors, air con, heating, free toiletries, private bathroom with shower and hairdryer.

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