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Varied Landscapes along China's Great Wall

Enjoy a journey of discovery along the Great Wall of China, the finest feat of human construction in history

From£2,099

  • China

  • 10 nights
  • Pioneer

    Sightseeing

  • May

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 42700

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Observe the changing landscapes and remote stretches along China’s Great Wall, meeting locals along the way.
  • Visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing.
  • Explore “Old Dragon’s Head” where the Great Wall meets the sea.
  • Take a boat tour on the reservoir at Panjiakou.

The Great Wall of China is widely recognised as the greatest feat of human construction in history. Started as early as the 7th century B.C it has been added to over the millennia. The most famous and well photographed sections of the wall were built by the Ming Dynasty from 1350 – 1650. The Mings were the most prolific of the wall builders and much of what we see will be their work. 

We use the first day of our trip to explore Beijing, China’s capital, and its second largest city with more than 20 million inhabitants. We head out of the city to start our journey along the Great Wall, beginning at “the Old Dragon’s Head” where the wall reaches the sea at its eastern end.

Over the next few days we hike various sections of the wall. The impressive Jiaoshan Pass section where the wall heads into the mountains for the first time offers fantastic views. We take a morning boat trip on the reservoir near Panijakou where we can see the Wall underwater. We visit the Eastern Qing Tombs, one of the largest and most complete Imperial Tombs in China. Our tour continues as we walk through the small villages to experience life in rural China.

After exploring the most impressive sections of the Wall between Jinshanling and Simatai, we return to Beijing for sightseeing.



  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bejing (Air China)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Four lunches
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking local guide throughout
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

We depart the UK for our overnight direct flight to Beijing.

Day 2

Beijing

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Beijing we transfer to our hotel for some free time before dinner in our hotel.

Day 3

Beijing

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning we will start a day tour of Beijing. We will take a public bus to the hutongs and walk amongst old residential districts of the city. We reach Tiananmen Square on foot with time to explore one of the most famous of all city squares. We will spend the afternoon visiting the Forbidden City. For those who have the energy it may be possible to arrange an optional visit to the Beijing opera or perhaps an acrobatic performance.

Day 4

Shanhaiguan

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we will leave Beijing and drive to Shanhaiguan (about 3½ hrs). It is here that the Great Wall reaches the Bohai Sea at a point called Lao Long Tou or the 'Old Dragon's Head'. After visiting Old Dragon's Head, we then drive to the First Pass where we walk on the Wall and visit the Great Wall Museum. Interestingly, for some, there is a former British Army barracks at Lao Long Tou as this was where soldiers came ashore to put down the Boxer rebellion in 1900.

Day 5

Panjiakou

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent

    200m

Today we walk along an old section of the wall to the impressive Jiaoshan Pass where the wall heads into the mountains for the first time. You continue up to a high point for spectacular views (weather permitting). After lunch this afternoon drive to Panjiakou where path of the wall takes under the surface of the waters of Panjiakou Reservoir. The reservoir was built in the 1970’s to supply water to the local towns. It also contains a hydro scheme to supply electricity. The level of water will determine how much of the wall we can during our visit.

Day 6

Quinfeng

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/200m

This morning we start with a boat tour on the reservoir at Panjiakou. Hopefully water levels will allow us to see sections of the wall under water. After the cruise we travel by road to Luowenyu where we walk for approximately 5km on a rugged and quite steep section of the wall with glorious views across the surrounding area. From Luowenyu, continue to our hotel close by the grounds of the Eastern Qing Tombs near Zunhua.

Day 7

Huanggyaguan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

After breakfast we will have early start this morning, hopefully allowing us to enjoy the Eastern Qing Tombs before the crowds arrive. The tombs are the largest and most complete of the Imperial Tombs in China with 5 emperors, 15 empresses and 136 concubines all buried here. The tombs date from the 1600’s.

Day 8

Jinshaling

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/200m

Today we drive to Gubeikou. On arrival we walk through the small village of local farmhouses to see rural China up close. After exploring the village, we walk up on to the wall along a mountain path. This section of the wall takes us past 16 beacon towers. The views can be marvellous. In the distance it should be possible to see a part of the wall that has restricted tourist access and is not usually seen. We leave the wall at Jinshanling and head to the hotel. Total walking is about 6hrs covering 9km at a slow pace with plenty of stops to take in the history and grandeur.

Day 9

Jinshaling

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/100m

Today we plan to walk on one of the most stunning sections of the Wall between Jinshanling and Simatai. The walk between these two places has some partially ruined sections, with some steep ascents and many steps to be climbed so care will be required. Again the pace will be slow with plenty of stops for some insights into what you are seeing from our local guide. We are confident you will consider it well worth the effort.

Day 10

Beijing

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we return to Beijing. This afternoon we have a guided visit to the Summer Palace, a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces on the north west edge of Beijing. It was an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. Dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, it covers a huge area, three-quarters of which is water.

Day 11

Final day

After breakfast we return to Beijing Airport for our flight back to the UK.

From (GBP)£2,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th May 2021 - 19th May 2021 (10 Nights)

5th Sep 2021 - 15th Sep 2021 (10 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bejing (Air China)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Sunworld Hotel Beijing

The classically styled Sunworld Hotel in the Central Business District is a 10-minute walk from Wangfujing metro station and 2 km from both the iconic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.  The warmly styled rooms offer Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minifridges. There's a buffet cafe and a restaurant serving traditional local cuisine, in addition to a lobby bar. Other amenities include spa, sauna and fitness centre.


Haishanghai International Hotel

The Haishanghai International Hotel is situated in Qinhuangdao. Guest rooms offer Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The hotel offers room service, concierge, and baggage storage and an on-site restaurant.

Accommodation in Panjiakou

In rural China we will be staying in Guest Houses. Rooms will be twin or single but unfortunately we cannot guarantee clients booking a double room will get a double every night. We will do our best to ensure all rooming request are met but some patience and understanding maybe required in rural China. It is very likely no en suite accommodation will be available. Rooms will be comfortable and clean but will have communal toilets and bathrooms. Accommodation details will be confirmed with air tickets sent to you before departure.

Accommodation in Qingfeng

In rural China we will be staying in Guest Houses. Rooms will be twin or single but unfortunately we cannot guarantee clients booking a double room will get a double every night. We will do our best to ensure all rooming request are met but some patience and understanding maybe required in rural China. It is very likely no en suite accommodation will be available. Rooms will be comfortable and clean but will have communal toilets and bathrooms. Accommodation details will be confirmed with air tickets sent to you before departure.

Accommodation in Huangyaguan

In rural China we will be staying in Guest Houses. Rooms will be twin or single but unfortunately we cannot guarantee clients booking a double room will get a double every night. We will do our best to ensure all rooming request are met but some patience and understanding maybe required in rural China. It is very likely no en suite accommodation will be available. Rooms will be comfortable and clean but will have communal toilets and bathrooms. Accommodation details will be confirmed with air tickets sent to you before departure.

Accommodation in Jinshanling

In rural China we will be staying in Guest Houses. Rooms will be twin or single but unfortunately we cannot guarantee clients booking a double room will get a double every night. We will do our best to ensure all rooming request are met but some patience and understanding maybe required in rural China. It is very likely no en suite accommodation will be available. Rooms will be comfortable and clean but will have communal toilets and bathrooms. Accommodation details will be confirmed with air tickets sent to you before departure.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over varied terrain and includes an element of sightseeing as well. Our walks are on generally good tracks amongst through villages and pasture with outstanding views one might expect walking along one of the great wonders of the world. Unsurprisingly some of the wall is in a poor state of repair after so long. Be prepared to walk on or around large stones an rough ground. However do not worry unduly as the paths we are taking are generally well trodden. Please see the day to day itinerary for a more detailed description of the walks.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in China

Renminbi (RMB) is the currency of China with the Yuan as its unit.  It is advisable to take US Dollar travellers cheques or cash, but any freely convertible foreign currency can be exchanged.  It is currently possible to order Chinese currency at branches of Thomas Cook. 

You can take a maximum of 6000 Yuan into China. Large amounts of Chinese money must be re-exchanged at the end of your holiday and smaller amounts can be exchanged at Thomas Cook. There are facilities for this in the departure lounge at Beijing airport. You should keep all your exchange receipts carefully in case you are asked to produce them. Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards can be used in China, but are confined to major shops and hotels. Do not rely on them as your only source of currency. 

It is difficult to estimate the amount of spending money you may require, but you should allow enough for drinks, souvenirs and duty free goods.

Tipping

Tipping expectations are relatively high. The local guides, drivers and hotel staff often prove to be of great assistance in all aspects of the holiday. Should you wish to tip our Chinese colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of 50p per person per day. It must be stressed however, that such tips are at your own discretion.


Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for China

All British citizens and most other visitors will require and visa to enter China, which must be obtained prior to departure. The Chinese authorities require an authorization letter, confirming all your accommodation details. This will be supplied to you by Ramblers Walking Holidays. You need to supply a copy of your flight details, which are on your invoice. We will need a clear scan of the photo page of your passport. This is required to book internal flights and some ground services in China. This important as we cannot confirm your details with our local partners until it has been received. This must be emailed as an electronic scan to [email protected] a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your trip. Visas can be applied for through the Chinese Embassy's visa application service centre www.visaforchina.org You will need to submit the application in person (at a selected appointment time). Please note that, postal applications are no longer accepted.

IMPORTANT: Please note that all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 will need to visit one of the Chinese Visa Application Service Centres in person (appointment required) where biometric data will be taken as part of the visa application process. There are centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

There are agencies that will help clients through the complicated Chinese Visa application procedure. Various levels of service are offered with fees charged accordingly. Please check the agency websites for current fees.

In London we recommend Travcour:

Travcour Falcon House, Suite 2, 

19 Deer Park Road, 

Wimbledon, 

SW19 3UX London 020 8543 1846 or email: [email protected] 

www.travcour.com

In Edinburgh we recommend i2visa UK Ltd

i2visa UK Ltd

Forth House

28 Rutland Square

Edinburgh EH1 2BW

Tel: 0131 460 7023

E-mail: [email protected]

www.i2visa.co.uk


Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included from dinner on the first evening in Beijing to breakfast on the morning of departure from Beijing. Breakfasts will be taken in the hotels and dinners in hotels and local restaurants. 4 lunches are included and will be picnics or taken in local restaurants. Food in the hotels in Beijing and Shanhaiguan will include Chinese and western dishes. The Chinese food on offer will be familiar to anyone who has eaten in a Chinese restaurant in the UK. In the local hotels breakfast will include rice, porridge and dumplings with fruit where available. Dinners will be served with rice or noodles and might consist of pork or chicken with vegetables. Whilst vegetarian food is available care is required as commonly meat stock will be used in preparation. Special dietary requirements such as gluten fee can be difficult. It is an idea to bring some supplies with you. Please consult locally with your RWH Travel leader. We recommend you avoid drinking tap water in China as it is generally unsafe to drink. Bottled water is widely available.


Accommodation

We stay in comfortable 3-4 star UK standard hotels in Beijing and Shanhaiguan. Elsewhere rooms will be twin or single but unfortunately we cannot guarantee clients booking a double room will get a double every night. We will do our best to ensure all rooming request are met but some patience and understanding maybe required in rural China. No en suite accommodation will be available outside Beijing and Shanhaiguan. Rooms will be comfortable and clean but will have communal toilets and bathrooms.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Country Specific Kit

Please note that toilet paper is rarely provided in public toilets and we recommend that you bring a supply with you from the UK. Mosquitos are also prevalent in the countryside and by lakes and we suggest you bring mosquito repellent with you.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for China

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to China.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Typhoid.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in all parts country. Dengue fever exists in China; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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China

  • Capital

    Beijing

  • Currency

    Renminbi

  • Language

    Mandarin

  • Time Difference

    UTC +8:00

  • Flight duration

    10 - 12

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • February

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • March

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 9mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 176mm

  • August

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 182mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • October

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • November

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

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