ac.care China Great Wall Challenge 2020

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital monies for ac.care
  • Beijing sightseeing, including Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • A rickshaw ride through the old city of Beijing
  • Walking through rural villages in the Hebei Province
  • Hosted by local families in remote villages along the Great Wall
  • Rare insight into rural Chinese life
  • Exploring original sections of the Great Wall
  • Indulge in the culinary delight of Chinese cuisine

Overview

Join ac.care on this innovative itinerary which takes us along a remote section of the Great Wall in Hebei Province, not far from Beijing. Hosted by local families, we stay in comfortable guesthouses in exclusive locations. We spend five days exploring the Great Wall, trekking from village to village. The scenery is vast and diverse as we make our way through tall swaying corn fields to distant green river valleys with one of the great wonders of the world as our backdrop. Host families provide us with rural hospitality in the ‘real China’ and allow us rare interaction, including visits to family homes. In Beijing we visit the capital’s major historic sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, followed by a rickshaw ride through the old town. We also indulge in the culinary delight that Chinese cuisine is so famous for. The Beijing food experiences will no doubt compete with the trek itself as one of the highlights of this entirely unique adventure.

Challenge Grade

The theme behind most of our trips is action holidays and the fitter you are, the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. On a trekking trip such as this you need to be in general good health and moderately fit. The grading overall would be moderate, with little "strenuous" activity. Before departure aerobic-type exercise, which increases your breathing, is an obvious advantage. We recommend that for about two to three months prior to departure you try to exercise most days for 30 - 45 minutes or aerobic type activity.

Itinerary

On arrival in Beijing you will need to clear customs and make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving on different flights we are not including the airport transfer however, Huma can arrange on application. The afternoon is free to explore this vibrant city before meeting your guide this evening for a trip briefing, followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Chongwenmen Hotel or similar.

Meals:  D

After a buffet breakfast, we have a full day to explore some of the most majestic and historically significant sites of this immense city. We start with Tienanmen Square and the “Forbidden City” so called as it was off limits to the general public for over 500 years. Its ancient buildings served as the Imperial Palace for two dynasties, the Ming and Qing. After lunch we take a rickshaw ride through the old city, inspecting courtyards, and the district Bell Tower, and Hou Hai. Back at the hotel we freshen up ready to try some local cuisine dinner. What a day!

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we depart Beijing and travel by bus to Gubeikou at the border of Hebei Province, to begin our walk. The Great Wall is one of mankind’s most extensive structures - in total length, including early walls, it totals over 5000km from the Bohai Gulf in eastern China to Gansu Province. After lunch at Gubeikou, we explore a section of the wall on a high ridge above the township where several prominent towers provide great views of the terrain. We will walk at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop and take photos. Tonight we stay in Yeshufang, a local inn of East River Village. The inn is run by a local village family so it is a good opportunity to interact and experience the real China. Note: The rooms are standard twin share with clean bedding and a private bathroom with a sitting toilet and hot shower). Overnight local guesthouse.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will ascend and explore a spectacular section of the wall above the Gubeikou valley. This is a little-visited section and offers views of a wild landscape and distant mountains. We climb to the junction of the Ming Dynasty wall to explore the terrain, before descending on a local trail to return to our guesthouse. Like all nights, we look forward to a delicious meal of fresh local dishes.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we set off early to trek through cornfields and farmland for a true taste of rural China. We head well off the beaten trail to explore this classic section of the wall known locally as 'dragon standing on the beautiful golden mountain'. With broad sweeping views, it is easy to see how the wall resembles a dragon’s back weaving its way across this land. The views are stunning and there are hundreds of great photographic opportunities. This evening we stay at a guesthouse in Jinshanling.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's hike takes us along a restored section of the wall, built in the 15th century and of great military significance. There is time to explore and photograph this section of the original wall with its intriguing design features that gave the defenders a military advantage against the nomads. We descend on a winding trail into the Miyun county of Beijing to return to the guesthouse in Jinshanling.

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast we head off for an exhilarating half-day climb to the summit of Mt Simatai. Today’s walk is challenging with a rugged climb to the summit but our efforts are rewarded with stunning views back across to Hebei. The Great Wall was built by over 1 million people, largely soldiers, peasants and prisoners. Thousands of them died in the process.Today as we trek this ancient section of crumbling wall, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, we can imagine the hard work and structural genius that went into creating what is now a national treasure in modern day China. This afternoon we transfer back to Beijing for a well deserved shower at the hotel. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a Farewell Dinner of Roast Peking Duck.

Meals:  B,L,D

The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing on different flights airport transfers are not included but can be arranged on request.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Farewell Dinner celebration in Beijing
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Expert bilingual local guide
  • Support trek staff including English speaking guide
  • Comfortable well located hotel in Beijing on twin share basis
  • Local Jinshanling Hotel and guesthouses along the Great Wall with bedding supplied
  • Private air conditioned vehicles throughout
  • Back up vehicle while trekking
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Medical kit

What's Not Included

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Airport transfers - we can book paid transfers but less cost taking local taxis
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional - Sleeping bag if you need for extra warmth - also available for hire in China (to be paid locally)
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and alcohol
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Single supplement

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. The bulk of your luggage will be left in Beijing and the duffle bag containing the gear you require for the trek will be transported for you on trek days.

Case Study

ac.care is one of few organisations created and run by country people for country people. We are a diverse social welfare agency for the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Murray Mallee, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.

Our core services include:

foster carer recruitment and support

24/7 staffed residential care for children who can no longer safely live with their bioligical families

support programs for people who are or are at risk of becoming homeless

emergency relief

financial counselling

Aboriginal services

adult community education

family support services

counselling for separation, parenting, relationships, grief and loss

Some of our services are funded by government, however we also deliver many other initatives from our own fundraising to provide further support for our clients.

Your donation could assist with our:

Support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, such as providing free meals and other basic necessities or special programs in our community centres.

Homeless Youth Resilience Scholarship.

Financial counselling in rural communities, which can help people avoid a crisis.

Support for our Aboriginal creche in Murray Bridge.

Other initiatives to help meet gaps in services identified by our staff and clients.

These projects have been started from the generous donations of the community and your support can help ensure they continue.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Optional Single Supplement:USD$260 
Fundraising/Donation:USD$500 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 10 Oct 202017 Oct 2020
Duration:8 Days
Activities:Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:ACH
Registration Fee:USD$200
Travel Cost:USD$0

The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group just for our team members. Here, people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Plus our fundraising booklet with many fundraising ideas and how to make these super duper effective.