3 Days Hebei Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing

This tour allows for those who want to get an extended stay out of the hustle and bustle of Beijing. Along with visiting some of the more unknown sections of the Great Wall, we will also go to Chengde, and imperial resort town of the last ruling dynasty of China, the Qing. It is included on the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. We will visit the imperial garden of the Summer Resort, and the Potala Palace, which is a little piece of Tibet in northern China.


  • To visit Chengde city (an imperial summer resort, of the Qing dynasty), one of the historical and cultural highlights of China..
  • To see the historically unique under-water section of the Great Wall.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1:Chengde
  • Day 2: Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall
  • Day 3:Xifengkou-Beijing

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing to Chengde

Sightseeing and Activities: Chengde, Small Potala Palace
Accommodation: Shuimu Shanju Viewing Hostel

Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall in Tangshan
Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall in Tangshan

Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM. You will then head to Chengde by private van. Once in Chengde you will visit the Mountain Resort (known as the Bishushangzhuang in Chinese), a vast imperial garden once used as the summer Retreat of the Qing Dyanasty, and a UNESCO World heritage Site. The resort is famous for 72 scenic posts, how many will you be able to find.

After lunch you will visit the Small Potala Palace (Putouzongsheng in Chinese), which was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet. It makes up one of the “Eight Outer Temples of Chengde”. At the palace you can enjoy the fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architecture, and marvel at the Buddhist sculptures and orange yellow-tiled roofs.

After visiting the palace you will be transported to your hotel where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening walk around the city of the former summer retreat of the Qing emperors.

Day 2 Chengde-Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall

Sightseeing and Activities: the 2008 Olympics Sailing Center
Meals: Breakfast

Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall in Tangshan
Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall in Tangshan

You will meet your guide at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM and drive directly to the Xifengkou Natural Resort, which is located 60km/37 miles northwest of Qinxi County, Hebei province. Upon arrival, you will take a boat to the Panjiakou reservoir. Where you can enjoy a picturesque picnic lunch by the lake and the wall.

After lunch you will start your afternoon hiking on Xifengkou Great Wall. For about 5km/1.5 miles. At the Xifengkou section you will witness the unique spectacle of “the Great Wall under the water”. The view of the flickering ancient Great Wall between mountains and blue waves, the straight isolated watchtowers and beacon towers on the peaks, and the green ranges of hills all will give you a feeling of wonder and amazement.

That night you will rest up and recharge by staying in a local farmer’s house. The farmer and family will prepare you a splendid dinner, and it will also be a memorable experience to dine with a local family. Be sure to get a good sleep, because you will have a lot to see tomorrow!

Day 3: Xifengkou-Beijing 

Sightseeing and Activities: the 2008 Olympics Sailing Center
Accommodation:Shuimu Shanju Viewing Hostel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall in Tangshan
Panjiakou and Xifengkou Great Wall in Tangshan

After waking up at 7:00AM and having breakfast in the hotel, you start climbing Xifengkou. There you will have the pleasure of exploring some of the natural wonders of Beijing. The attractions here rarely get crowded, and if there are tourists its mostly Chinese ones, so this will feel truly more authentic than visiting most of the sites in Beijing or more of the well-known sections of Great Wall.

Due to the construction of the Panjiakou Reservoir, the main part of the wall has been submerged by the rising water but it is still dimly visible, which makes it a unique sight along the Great Wall. Look down at the Xifengkou Great Wall from the top of the mountain and you will see that it looks like a giant dragon zigzagging through the water. We’ll take a walk along the Xifengkou Great Wall for two hours. Afterwards we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at your hotel at around 7:00 PM.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.