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Beijing to Chengde and Shanhaiguan Great Wall 9-Day Bike Tour

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Beijing to Chengde and Shanhaiguan Great Wall 9-Day Bike Tour

Dates: Contact us with the dates that work for you.

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This 9-day bicycle tour begins and ends in Beijing, China's capital. This tour is designed as a moderately challenging ride with average daily cycling mileage will be about 45 miles (73 km). On some days we may use vehicle transport to supplement the cycling to get us to the next destination. This will be a vehicle-supported tour so riders will carry only their day gear. This tour will visit both well-known and little-known sights and will appeal to those who have cultural, social, and geographical interests.

Starting early on the first day, the group will take transport about 2.5 hours north of Beijing to Liulimiao and then cycle the scenic road part way around Miyun Reservoir and spend the night at a simple guesthouse.

On the second day, we will cycle to Simatai in the morning and then hike the Great Wall in the afternoon. A four-hour hike to Jinshanling is possible with transport back to Simatai where we spend the night.

On day four, the group will go to Chengde cycling on quiet rolling country roads.

On Day 5, we will explore Chengde, site of the 18th century Imperial Summer mountain resort. This is a small city with several temples within easy cycling distance.

During the next three days we will cycle toward Shanhaiguan, the eastern most point of the Great Wall where it plunges into the sea. We pass the Red Craig Mountains and stay in Qinglong the center of the Manchu Nationality Autonomous Region, one of the 56 minority groups in China.

On the eight day, we will cycle to Beidahai, China's seaside resort for cadres and a popular destination for Russian tourists.

On the last day, the group will go for a ride along the beach and then take transport for about three hours returning to Beijing, completing the tour.


Day Location Cycling Distance Miles/KM BEIJING AND HEBEI PROVINCE
0 Beijing 0/0 Meet your guide and prepare for the tour.
1 Bulaotun 41/68 Drive about 2.5 hours north of Beijing and cycle to Miyun Reservoir scenic area.


Simatai 39/64 Cycle to Simatai Great Wall Site. Four-hour hike on the Great Wall to Jinshanling, then return to Simatai to spend the night.
3 Chengde 63/103 Cycle along the rolling backroads to Chengde.
4 Chengde 12/20 Explore Chengde Imperial Summer Resort and surrounding temples.
5 Kuancheng 74/121 Cycling partially along the Red Craig Mountains to the small town of Kuancheng
6 Qinglong 49/80 Cycle 80 km to Qinglong the center of the Manchu Nationality Autonomous Region, one of the 56 minority groups in China.
7 Shanhaiguan 88/145 Pass several sections of the Great Wall along the way
8 Beidahe 23/38 Explore Shanhaiguan Great Wall and Temples where it enters the sea. Cycle 18 miles to Beidahai, China's seaside resort for cadres.
9 Beijing 20/12 Short ride around Beihai, then return to Beijing by transport. End of tour.
  Total Distance 401/659  


Dates: Contact us with the dates that work for you.

Start location: Beijing, China

Finish location: Beijing, China

Tour type: Support vehicle will be provided for the tour - riders will carry only their day use gear.

Geographical location: Northeast China Elevation range: 350 feet (100 meters) to 2,300 feet (700 meters)

Terrain: Flat and rolling hills

Cycling tour level: Moderately challenging - alternative transportation will be used when needed

Total cycling distance: Approximately 400 miles (660 km): Average distance per ride day: 45 miles (73 km). Cycling will be supplemented with vehicle transport on some days to reach the next point of interest. Total distance including driving and cycling is 600 miles (984 km).

Days: 9, Nights: 9

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Climate: The best time of year is spring and fall.

Group size: 1 - 8

Private room supplement: US$180

Rental bike: US$0 included.

Accommodations will be Chinese hotels generally of the 3 star variety, or if none, then best available. It may be necessary to use a simple but clean guesthouse. The prices are for double occupancy rooms, and will vary depending on the number of people who participate.

This tour is limited to no more than eight people. This will permit more flexibility in the program and allow more spontaneity for taking photos or exploring villages along the way.

Prices include the following:

1. A bilingual bicycle tour guide.
2. All hotel accommodations for nine nights.
3. Meals eaten as group (private meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included).
4. All group transportation costs (buses, trains, and taxis).
5. All group entrance fees.
6. Rental bicycle and related gear including helmet and gloves.

This will be a vehicle-supported ride. This means that each rider will carry only their day-use gear. A support vehicle will follow the group and carry luggage (and cyclists if desired).

If you decide to do something on your own, you will be responsible for those costs.

Cost: Prices depend on the tour level, total number of people going on the tour, and the time of year. Below is the price per person (pp) and quoted in US dollars (US$) for non-holiday periods:

Group size:
1 person: $4,760
2 people: $2,690 pp
3 people: $2,280 pp
4-8 people $1,880 pp

An announcement of the cost of the tour will be made to the group 45-days prior to the start based on the number of registered members.

A deposit of $500 per person is required. This is fully refundable up to 45 days prior to the start of the tour. Submission of a deposit will guarantee your place on the tour. Balance is due at least 45 days prior to the beginning of the tour and payable by credit card, wire transfer, or personal check.

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