Great Wall Marathon

19 May 2018

Great Wall Marathon 2018 6-day package

Run the Great Wall Marathon and have the time of your life with runners from around the world.
16-21 May
6 days
1 370 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.

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Itinerary

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

16 May 2018Welcome to Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. Transfer buses are available throughout the day and leave for the city as they fill up. Look for "The Great Wall Marathon" sign and our representatives in the arrivals hall will show you to the bus.

After checking-in at your hotel, check the hotel notice board to confirm 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

17 May 2018Great Wall Marathon Route Inspection Day and Jixian/Pinggu

Today, is Inspection Day! This is your time to inspect the route, including a leisurely walk along the Great Wall, and speak with race officials about the forthcoming event.

Our day will begin early in the morning as we board our bus and head to the Great Wall for route inspection. Breakfast will be served as a breakfast box, if your hotel is unable to serve a buffet breakfast before our early departure. Please remember to check-out of your hotel before leaving Beijing, as you will be transferred to your hotel in Jixian after the route inspection.

All runners are expected to walk the 3.5km of the Huangyaguan section of the wall that is part of the marathon, half-marathon and 8.5k Fun Run course. Non-runners are also welcome, although good physical condition is required. A sandwich lunch will be served.

After lunch, we will check into our hotel in the town of Jixian, which is about a 45-minute drive from Huangyaguan.

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

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

18 May 2018Relaxation in Jixian with tour option

Today is a good day for relaxing before the big race day tomorrow. Take in the local atmosphere of Jixian, or go on the optional excursion that takes visitors to Qing Dynasty Tombs. The tour includes lunch. Learn more about this tour below, under "Excursions".

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)

19 May 2018Race Day

Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, we'll leave Jixian around 5:00am and head to the race venue, located at the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall.

Please remember to check-out of your hotel room in Jixian, 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 20-minute massage on site is included after the race. 

For more information about the race, look here.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

20 May 2018Explore Beijing - excursion options & Evening Celebration Party

Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax, 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 today. Please note, these must be purchased prior to your arrival in China.

Take in classic Beijing highlights with the City of Emperors 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 an optional excursion)

21 May 2018Farewell 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

Excursions

City of Emperors

20 May | 1 | 66 USD
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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. 

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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.

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City of People

20 May | 1 | 59 USD
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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. 

Our day will begin 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, which is located just outside the palace. On the way back to the city, we'll make a photo stop outside 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.

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Qing Tombs

18 May | 1 | 92 USD
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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. 

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.

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Price information

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

6-day Itinerary - 16 May to 21 May 2018

Package price per person

Hotel rating Shared Double/Twin Single supplement
2 star

1370 USD

+218 USD
3 star 1480 USD

+285 USD

4 star 1620 USD

+390 USD

 

Optional excursions for 6-day itinerary Date Price per person
Qing Tombs 18 May 92 USD
City of Emperors - Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City & more 20 May 66 USD
City of People - Summer Palace & Giant Panda 20 May 59 USD
Departure Transfer - to Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Railway Station   50 USD

* Kindly note, excursions can be purchased at the time of booking, or later by contacting us via email. The deadline for adding excursions to your travel is 19 April 2018.

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'

Registration deadlines

Registration closes for the 2018 Great Wall Marathon on 19 April 2018. After this date, no new entries will be accepted.

We advise you, however, to book early to avoid disappointment. The 2017 event sold out well in advance of the regular registration period.

If you sign up after 19 March 2018, a late registration fee of 100 USD will be applied to each person on your booking. In addition, the full amount (ie. not just the deposit) must be paid immediately.

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.

Transfers

Arrival transfers from the airport to the hotel will be available on 15 May 2018 from 8.30-22.00. Busses leave the airport in 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. The optional departure transfer only goes to Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Railway Station. If you would like to add a departure transfer to your reservation, please select this option on the booking form and let us know your departure flight details. 

Hotels

Beijing

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)

Jixian

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

Pre- and/or post nights can be booked before 19 April 2018, when booking your package online or at a later date by contacting us via email. Booking requests received after 19 April 2018 cannot be guaranteed.

Pre- nights are available: 14 May, 15 May

Post nights are available: 21 May, 22 May

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.

Payment

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 (16 May 2018). 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.

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What others thought

The race was awesome and definitely more difficult and challenging than I had thought. I loved being on the wall as well as running through the rural villages.

Jeff Steele,
2014 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.

baze187,
2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher

Like a true love's first kiss, you only get one first marathon so you better make sure it's the Great Wall Marathon! You will feel like an Olympian at Yin Yang Square, and no one can ever take that away from you!

tomvanhouche,
2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher