Great Wall Marathon

20 May 2017

Great Wall Marathon 2017 6-day package

Run the Great Wall Marathon and have the time of your life with runners from around the world.

UPDATE - 10 March 2017: All 6-day packages are sold out! Check out our 7-day packages, where availability is limited.
17-22 May
6 days
1 350 USD

This marathon and holiday package combines a Beijing tour with a stay in Jixian located near the Great Wall Marathon venue. This package is a good option if you want to combine the classic Beijing experience with a touch of China outside the great metropolis. With two nights in the town of Jixian, you'll have a good base to relax before the race and a shorter drive on the morning of race day. 

If you want to spend all nights in Beijing, have a look at the 7-day itinerary.


The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

17 May 2017Welcome to Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. Transfer buses are available throughout the day and leave for the city as they fill up. Make your way to The Great Wall Marathon sign and representatives in the arrivals hall will show you to the bus. After checking in to your hotel, check the hotel notice board for your tour guide's name and phone number. Goodie bags will be handed out by the guide. If you don't receive your goodie bag today, it will be given to you on Inspection day. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Beijing.

Meals: not included

18 May 2017Great Wall Marathon route inspection and Jixian/Pinggu

Today we make an early start and head to the Great Wall for route inspection. Please remember to check out of your hotel before leaving Beijing. Breakfast will be served as a breakfast box if the hotel is unable to serve a buffet breakfast before our early departure. All runners are expected to walk the 3.5km of the Huangyaguan section of the wall that is part of the marathon course. Non runners are also welcome although good physical condition is required.

A sandwich lunch will be served and after lunch we will check into our hotel in the town of Jixian, about a 45min drive away from Huangyaguan.

The afternoon is free for you to explore the town and we will meet later in the evening to enjoy local dishes for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

19 May 2017Relaxation in Jixian with tour option

Today is a good day for relaxing before the big day tomorrow. Take in the local atmosphere of Jixian. Or go on the optional Qing Tombs tour which takes visitors on an excursion to the Qing dynasty tombs. The tour includes lunch. Load up on your carbs at tonight's dinner with additional rice and noodle dishes.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included (lunch is provided for those going on the optional excursion)

20 May 2017Race day

Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, we'll leave Jixian at around 5am to head for the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall. Please remember to check out of your room as we will leave for Beijing at the end of the day. After an aerobics warm-up and speeches by local officials, the race will start at 7:30am.

Sandwich lunches will be provided for everyone. Busses will be ready to take runners back to Beijing between 12 and 4:30pm.

A 20min massage on site is included after the race. Please remember to check out of the hotel in the morning as we will leave for Beijing at the end of the day.

For more information about the race, look here.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

21 May 2017Explore Beijing - excursion options and marathon party

Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax or do a bit of shopping in the Silk Alley, or fill your senses with the sights and sounds of Beijing. Two optional excursions are available for purchase today. Take in classic Beijing highlights with the City of Emperor tour or visit the giant panda and Summer Palace outside of Beijing with the City of People tour. In the evening, we all gather for the big celebration dinner. All participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the party venue tonight.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included (lunch is provided for those going on the optional excursion)

22 May 2017Farewell Beijing

Depending on your departure time, you might be able to do some last-minute shopping or take in more of Beijing's sights. Hotel check-out is before noon. Please note that the departure transfer is not included in the package but can be pre-booked at an extra cost. See prices for details.

Meal: Breakfast


City of Emperors

21 May | 1 | 65 USD

Beijing served as the capital for five dynasties over a period of 800 years. This excursion takes us on an imperial journey to the three most important and popular landmarks of imperial China.

We begin the excursion at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world. Located in the heart of modern Beijing, Tiananmen Square was first built during the Ming Dynasty. Covering an area of 44 hectares, the enormous square also serves as the entrance into the Forbidden City.

We continue north to the Forbidden City and enter through the arched gateway with the iconic portrait of Mao. This magnificent complex with its many palaces and halls features more than 800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden-glazed roofs, lacquered pillars and vermillion walls. Most of the morning will be spent exploring the extensive grounds and many buildings.

Lunch will be a delectable meal consisting of the city's signature dish, roasted Beijing Duck.

After lunch, we'll continue sightseeing at the beautiful Temple of Heaven in the southern part of Beijing. This was a site of worship for the Ming and Qing emperors. Ceremonies for better harvests were performed at the Temple of Heaven. The area consists of the 38m-high Hall of Prayer, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, the three-tier Circular Altar, Echo Wall and the Thrice-Echoing Stone. The afternoon will end with a visit to a silk exhibition hall where we'll be introduced to the intricacies of silk-making from the reeling of silk from cocoons to dyeing the fabric. A large variety of silk products such as dresses, blouses, bedding and hats can be purchased here.

This excursion can be purchased with the 6-day itinerary. Excursions must be booked by 20 April.

Please note:
The excursion begins at one of the Great Wall Marathon hotels at around 8:30am. The exact time and place will be announced by your tour guide in advance. If you are not staying in one of the Great Wall Marathon hotels, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the hotel from which the tour starts. Excursions must be booked before arriving in China.


City of People

21 May | 1 | 55 USD

This excursion will take us to the Beijing Zoo to see the endangered giant panda. We will continue to the Summer Palace in the outskirts of Beijing. 

We'll begin the day with a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see giant pandas. The giant panda is an endangered species and its population is small and vulnerable. Despite being a protected species, habitat destruction and poaching continue to pose a threat to the species. After the visit to the zoo, we'll head to the Summer Palace, just outside of Beijing.

The Summer Palace was built several hundred years ago during the Jin Dynasty but has been renovated on numerous occasions since then. In 1860, it was plundered during the Second Opium War but in 1888, the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi rebuilt it using money intended for the Navy and turned it into an opulent summer retreat for the imperial family. 

After the Summer Palace, we will visit a pearl exhibition hall just outside the palace. On the way back to the city, we'll make an outside photo stop at the Olympic Village where we'll be able to see the Bird's Nest National Stadium and Water Cube National Aquatics Centre. Lunch is included.


Qing Tombs

19 May | 1 | 90 USD

This excursion consists of a tour of the Qing Dynasty tombs followed by a Chinese lunch.

Today we'll make our way to the magnificent Qing Tombs located in Zunhua and nestled between four mountains.

The Qing imperial tombs cover an enormous area and house five of China's emperors, 14 empresses and 136 concubines. Although the Qing tombs are more impressive than the famous Ming dynasty graves, these Qing burial sites are visited by relatively few.

Our first stop will be at Yuling, one of the most splendid royal tombs. Emperor Qianlong is buried here in a magnificent chamber consisting of a series of rooms separated by solid marble doors. The walls and arched ceilings are resplendent with Buddha figures and more than 30,000 words of Tibetan scriptures.

Next we'll pay a visit to Ding Dongling, the tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi, the woman who ruled imperial China behind a curtain for 48 years. The main hall contains reproductions of pictures produced in 1903 by Cixi's photo studio located at the Summer Palace. The tomb bears a striking resemblence to the Empress Dowager's quarters in the Forbidden City.

This excursion can be purchased with the 6-day itinerary. Excursions must be booked by 20 April.

Please note:
The excursion begins from the hotel lobby. The exact time will be announced by your tour guide in advance. Optional tours must be booked before arriving in China.


Price information

Have a look at package prices below. Please note that prices include the race package.

6-day Itinerary - 17 May to 22 May

Package price per person

Hotel rating Shared Double/Twin Single supplement
2 star

1350 USD

+205 USD
3 star 1440 USD

+258 USD

4 star 1590 USD

+378 USD


Optional excursions for 6-day itinerary Date Price per person
Qing Tombs 19 May 90 USD
City of Emperors - Temple of Heaven 22 May 65 USD
City of People - Summer Palace and Giant Panda 22 May 55 USD

Departure transfer per person - 50 USD 

Price includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursions as stated in the itinerary. Optional tours can be purchased separately.
  • The Great Wall Marathon race package which includes: start number, bib chip timing, running T-shirt, supplies on route, Danish medical team and finisher certificate. For more information, see Race Info
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Comprehensive information packet and guide book for the Great Wall Marathon event which includes detailed maps and day-by-day descriptions.

Price excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa for China
  • Departure transfer to airport (These can be purchased separately.) 
  • Optional tours which must be booked in advance
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'

Important Info

We've put together a list of important information about travel in China. Have a look below.

Visa information

Almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee and providing the Chinese authorities with an authorised itinerary from Albatros Adventure. A few months before departure, you will receive a service voucher which you can use for acquiring a visa. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.


Arrival transfers from the airport to the hotel will be available on 17 May 2017 from 8.30-22.00. Buses leave the airport  with 30-45 minute intervals. The Great Wall Marathon representatives in the arrivals hall will show you to the bus.  Please be advised that there may be a waiting time of up to an hour at the airport. To organize your pick up please email us your flight details.

Departure transfers are not included in the package and can be booked separately. Please select this option on the booking form and let us know your departure flight details. 



2-star: Dongfang Hotel
3-star: Qianmen Hotel (if Qianmen fills up the second priority hotel is Tailong Plaza)
4-star: Jinglun Hotel (if Jinglun fills up the second priority hotel is Grand Mercure)
4.5-star: Great Wall Sheraton Hotel
5-star: JW Marriott Beijing Central Hotel


2-star: Yuyang Hotel
3-star: Tianjin Eagle Land Hotel
4-star: Marriott Hotel

Pre- and/or post nights can be booked by contacting us pr. email before 20 April 2017. Booking requests received after 20 April 2017 cannot be guaranteed.

Kindly note that above hotels are subject to change.

Room options

If you are a single traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.


Please note that if you register more than 75 days prior to departure, you will be charged an initial 25% of the total price and the remaining 75% will be deducted from your credit card 75 days prior to departure. If you register less than 75 days to departure, the full amount will be charged.

Overseas travellers

Participants must book their flight in to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) with arrival no later than the day your tour starts (17 May). See under transfers for information on how to get to your hotel.

Your departure from China can be arranged as you prefer, but kindly note that the optional departure transfer only goes to Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Railway Station.

Registration is closed

The 6-day packages for The 2017 Great Wall Marathon are now sold out. Be sure to check out the 7-day packages, which are still available! If you are interested in the 2018 event, join the waiting list

Registration is closed

The 6-day packages for The 2017 Great Wall Marathon are now sold out. Be sure to check out the 7-day packages, which are still available! If you are interested in the 2018 event, join the waiting list

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What others thought

The Great Wall Marathon by Albatros Adventure Marathons is one of the best organised events I have been to. Everything was taken care of from tours, to food, to transportation and entertainment.

Stephanie Smith,
2015 Great Wall Marathon finisher

Running along The Great Wall is the most beautiful thing, it's bloody hard but you'll love every minute of it. Get this race in your bucket list today.

2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher

The actually marathon was awesome inspiring. It was immense in every way. Although in pain on the way round,I found myself looking around and smiling. Ithe was unbelievable something in which words cannot describe.

2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher