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China Expedition - Great Wall Marathon

From £1083 for 9 days
Trip Overview
Step your running goals up a notch with this incredible, yet challenging, marathon course along the Great Wall of China (Full, Half or 10km). Warm up in Beijing before heading to the Great Wall for the big run - the only Chinese-supported marathon in the country. This ain’t your average track; runners will navigate rough paths, sloping trails and narrow steps, so you’ll need to be fit and alert. That said, runners have the option to sign up for a full, half and ten-kilometre course, so there's something for most fitness levels. Recover with a week of travel around Northern China, taking in the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors and stylish Shanghai. On your marks, get set, GO!
Essential Info
Starts: Beijing
Ends: Shanghai
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Expedition
Trip Code: ICBSG
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China
What's Included

Meals

No meals included

Transport

Overnight Sleeper Train,Private vehicle,Public bus,Metro

Accommodation

Hotels (6 nights),Guesthouse (1 night),Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   Spend a night in a family-run guesthouse in the countryside near the Great Wall

•   Participate in a marathon run along the greatest wall in the world. (Full/Half or 10km)

•   Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)

•   Feel the might of China’s imperial power while exploring Beijing's Forbidden City, filled with palaces, gardens and seemingly never-ending grand courtyards.

•   Enjoy a bike ride around the ancient city walls of Silk-Road era Xi'an

•   Indulge yourself with a traditional reflexology foot massage - you've earned it!

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 19th Apr 2019
Returning: 27th Apr 2019
£1,140pp
£1,083pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China. Beijing has quickly shed its historical face in favour of a more modern look. Still, there are plenty of places that offer a great insight into the nation's ancient past, alongside its contemporary culture. If you arrive early, stretch your legs with a walk around the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Panjiayuan Market, Houhai Lake, Nanluoguxiang Street or the night food market – anyone up for protein-rich scorpion on a stick or fried cicadas (perfect snacks for your upcoming marathon!)? Your expedition begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6 pm this evening. Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Afterwards, settle into your hotel and get a feel for this vibrant city.
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