Great Wall Marathon

16 May 2020

Great Wall Marathon 2020 6-day package

Run the Great Wall Marathon and have the time of your life with runners from around the world.
13-18 May
6 days
1 460 USD

With three nights in Jixian near The Great Wall Marathon venue of Huangyaguan, and two nights in Beijing after the race, this marathon and holiday package combines the classic Beijing experience with a touch of China outside the great metropolis. It's the more relaxed tour option as your Jixian base is closer to the wall and thus offers more time 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!

13 May 2020Welcome to China and Jixian

Arrival to Beijing Capital (PEK) or Beijing Daxing (PKX) airport.
Shuttle buses to Jixian will run at set transfer times (see transfer times below under important info). If you are unable to book a flight that matches the set transfers, or you don't want to wait up till 2 hours, an individual transfer can be purchased.
Great Wall Marathon representatives in the arrival halls will guide you to the bus.

After checking-in at your hotel in Jixian your Race Pack will be handed out by the guide. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Jixian.

Meals: not included

Pre-nights - 12 May: Please note, pre-nights in Beijing can be added to your travel package - email us for a quote.

14 May 2020Route Inspection Day

Today, is Inspection Day!
An important event for you to inspect the part of the route along the Great Wall and prepare yourself mentally for the challenge ahead.
Race officials and medical staff will be present to answer any questions you may have.

After breakfast we board our bus and head to the Great Wall of Huangyaguan - a bus ride of 45-60 minutes.
All runners are expected to walk the 3.5km 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 the wall walk.
Once the group is gathered again we head back to Jixian and have the afternoon free to explore the town.

Meals: Breakfast and sandwich lunch

15 May 2020Relaxation 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".

Tonight dinner in your hotel is included with additional rice and noodle dishes.

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

16 May 2020Race Day

Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, we'll leave Jixian at 5:30am and head to the race venue in Huangyaguan.

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 in the finish area. A 15-minute massage on site is included after the race.
Shuttle buses will take runners back to Beijing between 12 and 4:30pm. For more information about the race, look here.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

17 May 2020Explore 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 on 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)

18 May 2020Farewell 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

Post-nights - 18 & 19 May: Please note, post-nights can be added to your travel package when booking your package online, or at a later date by contacting us via email. Booking requests received after 16 April 2020 cannot be guaranteed.


City of People

17 May | 1 | 65 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. 

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.


City of Emperors

17 May | 1 | 70 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. 

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.


Qing Tombs

15 May | 1 | 95 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. 

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.

Price information

Below package prices are inclusive of the race entry.

6-day Itinerary - 13 May to 18 May 2020

All prices per person

Hotel rating Shared double/twin Single room supplement
Standard, Central 1460 USD +240 USD
Comfort, Central 1740 USD +335 USD
Deluxe, Central 1980 USD +515 USD


Optionals for the 6-day package Date Price per person
Qing tombs 15 May 95 USD
City of Emperors - Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & more 17 May 70 USD
City of People - Giant Panda, Summer Palace & more 17 May 65 USD
Departure transfer 18 May 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 16 April 2020. It is not possible to participate in both the City of Emperors and City of People excursions.

Price includes

  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Transfer from airport to hotel on set transfer times as advised under Important information
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • 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.
  • 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 (can be purchased separately)
  • Optional tours (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 2020 Great Wall Marathon on 16 April 2020.
After this date, no new entries will be accepted.
We advise you, however, to book early to avoid disappointment. Some packages sell-out well in advance of the regular registration period.

If you sign up after 16 March 2020, 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 a service voucher from the Great Wall Marathon containing hotel information and dates.

A few months before departure, you will receive the 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.


The following arrival transfer times to Jixian are included in the package price:
07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00, 23:00
It is possible to purchase a private transfer if your plane arrive later than 22:00 (minimum 1 hour should be estimated to get through immigration and customs) or do not want to wait in the arrivals hall for the set transfers.

To make sure everybody have room on the transfers you must provide us with your arrival flight details no later then 4 weeks prior to your arrival.
If you arrive to Beijing before 13 May and/or by other means of transportation than flight it is your own responsibility to make it back to PEK or PKX to catch the set transfers to Jixian, but again we need to know which transfer you then want to go on.

Transfer time from PEK to Jixian is approximately 2 hours while an extra hour should be calculated when arriving to PKX.

There will be Great Wall Marathon representatives in the arrivals hall during the set transfer time hours to welcome you and show you to the bus.

Departure transfers are not included in the package and can be booked separately. The optional departure transfer only goes to Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) or Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX). 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.


The packages are divided in to hotel category and location.
Categories are standard, comfort and deluxe hotels.
Location is either Downtown for hotels located within the second ring road of Beijing or Central for hotels located between the second and fourth ring road of Beijing.

A post-night can be booked before 16 April 2020 when booking your package online or at a later date by contacting us via email. Pre-night prices are on request only.
Booking requests received after 16 April 2020 cannot be guaranteed.

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 room 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.

Take notice than when booking online you accept that we, via ePay, can withdraw the full amount automatically from your credit card, so while it looks as the full amount is credited right away, we will only withdraw the 25% deposit unless your booking is placed less than 75 days before the tour starts.

Travelling to Beijing

Participants must book their flight in to Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) or Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX) with arrival no later than the day your tour starts (13 May 2020). 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 Airport or Beijing Daxing Airport.

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What others thought

"In my personal opinion the Great Wall Marathon China 2018 was an amazing experience and competition with great runners from all over the world and new friendships ... 
Excellent and challenging trail route, organization and logistics of first level. 
All the travel was exciting!!! Regards from Mexico,"

Mike Cortes,
2018 Great Wall Marathon finisher

The Great Wall experience was fantastic!! I cannot even find words to express the awesomeness of this trip!

2016 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