A fascinating trek, with the grandeur of China literally at our feet
Stepping out across the peaceful semi-ruin of a section of the Great Wall is like walking in the footsteps of the past. Far from the madding tourist crowds we are able to get a great sense of the scale and the majesty of this remarkable piece of engineering without rushing through in a big group. As we trek along various contrasting sections of the wall, both dilapidated and rebuilt stretches; the old sections have a romantic feel, but the new ones may look odd to people who are used to seeing their ancient monuments in a poor state, but since the wall was constructed over a 2000 year period, the new sections are just a continuation of that process. We will get closer to day-to-day life in rural China before returning to Beijing, a city steeped in history yet plunging headlong into modernity.
What makes this trip responsible?
Spending the night in guesthouses along the Great Wall allows a high degree of economic benefit to the area, we buy local produce, eat local food and employ local staff as guides thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economies and the host communities.