Great Wall Marathon 2020 7-day package
All nights are spent in the capital of China and you will get an unforgettable holiday in this exciting city. We will visit classic Beijing highlights such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and also have plenty of chances to sample exquisite local cuisines in the many markets and street stalls of old Beijing.
You can top up your Beijing stay with our optional excursions that take you to the Summer Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial family, and Beijing Zoo to see the giant panda at the city zoo. Or how about visiting the impressive Ming Tombs or watching a classical Chinese Acrobatics show? Whatever your interests, the excursions offer a wide range of attractions that give visitors a great taste of Beijing.
If you want to stay closer to the race venue, have a look at the 6-day option.
12 May 2020 Welcome to Beijing
|12 May 2020||Welcome to Beijing|
Arrival to Beijing Capital (PEK) or Beijing Daxing (PKX) airport.
Transfer buses are available throughout the day and leave for the city with 30-45 minute intervals. Look for "The Great Wall Marathon" sign in the arrivals hall and our representatives will show you to the bus.
After checking in to 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
Please note, pre-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.
13 May 2020 Beijing Highlights - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven
|13 May 2020||Beijing Highlights - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven|
A visit to Beijing is not complete without seeing the city's three most famous landmarks, so today features a classic sightseeing tour.
The first stop of our day's exploration is Tiananmen Square from where we continue to the Forbidden City and spend the rest of the morning there. As we exit the Forbidden City it's time for lunch, which will be a delicious local speciality - Beijing roast duck.
After lunch we continue our sightseeing tour with a stop at the beautiful Temple of Heaven. The last stop of the afternoon will be a visit to a silk exhibition hall, where a large variety of silk products can be purchased.
In the evening an optional acrobatics show is available for purchase. Enjoy a fantastic evening out and watch a spectacular performance by talented acrobats. Learn more under "Excursions".
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
14 May 2020 Route Inspection Day
|14 May 2020||Route 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.
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 that can be enjoyed on the 2.5 hours drive to the Huangyaguan Great Wall, which is our race venue.
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 will drive back and arrive in Beijing around 5pm. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast and sandwich lunch
15 May 2020 Relaxation in Beijing or Ming Tombs visit
|15 May 2020||Relaxation in Beijing or Ming Tombs visit|
You have the day in Beijing to get mentally prepared for tomorrow's race in the way you want. Go shopping, enjoy one of Beijing's many parks, find a nearby spa or simply relax in your hotel room - choice is yours.
You also have the choice of joining the optional excursion to the Ming Tombs.
This excursion departs in the morning and head for the Ming tombs in a valley south of the Tianshou mountain, about 50km west of Beijing. Thirteen out of the sixteen Ming emperors were buried in this peaceful valley. Learn more under "Excursions".
Meals: Breakfast (lunch also included if you book the Ming Tombs tour)
16 May 2020 Race Day
|16 May 2020||Race Day|
Today is the big day!
Breakfast boxes will be handed out before we leave for Huangyaguan at 3:30am. The race starts at 7:30am.
Sandwich lunches will be provided for everyone at the race site.
Busses will be ready to take runners back to Beijing between 12 and 4:30pm. A 15-minute massage on site is included after the race.
For more information about the race, look here.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
17 May 2020 Explore Beijing - excursion option & Evening Celebration Party
|17 May 2020||Explore Beijing - excursion option & Evening Celebration Party|
Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax, do a bit of shopping in the Silk Market or fill your senses with the sights and sounds of Beijing.
If you want to make the most out of your visit to Beijing you can join today's excursion and see the giant panda and the 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 the optional excursion)
18 May 2020 Farewell Beijing
|18 May 2020||Farewell 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.
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
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.
An entertaining evening is in store for you! Prepare to be impressed by a spectacular show of breathtaking performances by a troupe of talented acrobats.
Acrobatics is a traditional Chinese performing art. The history of acrobatics in China can be traced back to Neolithic times. By 300BC, skills such as walking on 3m-high stilts and juggling daggers had been developed. The art form has evolved a great deal throughout time and today Chinese acrobatics is an inheritance of tradition and evolving techniques.
Excursions must be booked before arrival in China.
Please note: The excursion starts on 13 May 2019 from the dinner restaurant around 19:00. The exact time will be announced by your tour guide.
Below package prices are inclusive of the race entry.
7-day Itinerary - 12 May to 18 May 2020
All prices per person
|Hotel rating||Shared double/twin||Single room supplement|
|Comfort, Central||1560 USD||+390 USD|
|Comfort, Downtown||1980 USD||+500 USD|
|Deluxe, Downtown||2310 USD||+730 USD|
|Optionals for the 7-day package||Date||Price per person|
|Acrobatics Show||13 May||35 USD|
|Ming Tombs||15 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.
- 6-nights accommodation
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- Excursion to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
- Transfer from airport to hotel
- 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.
- 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
- Personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'
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.
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.
Arrival transfers from the airport to the hotel will be available on 12 May 2020. 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 Airport or Beijing Daxing Airport.
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.
Pre- and post-nights can be booked before 16 April 2020 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.
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 (12 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.