The Great Wall Marathon (2018)

Head to China next May and run one of the world’s greatest races: The 2018 Great Wall of China Marathon! Race Date is May 19, 2018!

Few can say they have traveled to China, let alone run on the Wall and collect a medal to prove it! This trip is sure to be one that you will never forget! Choose between running 8.5KM, the Half or the Full Marathon.

Have a few extra days to spare? Then why not slip over to Hong Kong and spend some money on amazing deals in Stanley Market? Or, maybe do some gambling in Macau!

Choose between our 5 night or the 6 night itinerary and many optional tours on your free days. English speaking guides will assist you in China and you’ll be part of an international group setting!

General Information

Where: China
Date: TBD 2018

Deposit and Final Payment

The deposit amount of $500 per person is required and made via the Running Room website.

This deposit amount will be deducted from the package price.

Final payment must be made no later than March 1, 2018.

Packages are 100% non-refundable without insurance.

Packages

All Packages Include

  • 5 or 6 night’s accommodation, depending on chosen tour
  • Meals as written, where breakfast is American buffet style when possible.
  • Sightseeing and excursions as listed (Optional tours must be purchased separately)
  • All expenses related to the Great Wall Marathon
  • Marathon medical team of specialized physicians and nurses. This service is offered on race day only.
  • Comprehensive information packet with documents
  • Service charge and taxes

What’s Excluded

  • International air tickets, air fees and airport taxes
  • Passport fee (your passport but be valid)
  • Visa for China
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from the airport and hotel although these can be booked through your national GWM sales agent.
  • Optional Tours which must be booked in advance
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, tips

Vaccinations

Please consult your local Traveler’s Health Centre for full details, information and vaccination.

Chinese Visa

A Chinese Visa is required to visit Canada and it is the responsibility of each person traveling to obtain one.  Visas can only be issued within 3 months of your visit to China.

Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for this trip.

Our group ManuLife Travel Insurance Packages includes the following::

  • Trip cancelation
  • Trip interruption
  • Full medical
  • Baggage

Click here for more information and a quote

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO HAVE 100% COVERAGE THE INSURANCE MUST BE PURCHASED WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR DEPOSIT BEING PAID.

Pricing

Itinerary #1

Dongfang Hotel Qianmen Hotel Jinglun Hotel
USD RATE $1,499.00 $1,649.00 $1,899.00
Single Supplement $239.00 $309.00 $449.00
Extra Night per person* $49.00 $63.00 $85.00

Itinerary #2

Dongfang Hotel Qianmen Hotel Jinglun Hotel
USD RATE $1,699.00 $1,849.00 $2,199.00
Single Supplement $290.00 $360.00 $490.00
Extra Night per person* $49.00 $63.00 $85.00

Additional Pricing Information

Optional Tour 1 – May 18 – Qing Tombs:  USD115

Optional Tour 2 – May 20 – Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City & Silk Exhibition:  USD85

Optional Tour 3 – May 20 – Summer Palace, Giant Panda & Pearl Exhibition:  USD85

Optional Tour 4 – May 17 – Acrobatics Show:  USD59

Arrival Transfer – Airport to Hotel – 30 to 60 Min Wait Time:  USD60

Departure Transfer – Hotel to Airport:  USD60

Rates are in USD, Per Person and based on Double Occupancy.  Single Supplement rates listed above.

*Extra Night per person rate needs to be doubled for single supplement travelers

Itinerary

Itinerary #1

Marathon / Half Marathon / 8.5KM – GWM group 1 – 3
Beijing – Jixian – Beijing (exact dates TBA)

Itinerary No. 1 For Marathon Runners and Spectators

This 6-day / 5-night itinerary is one of the two ways to participate in one of the world’s most amazing marathon experiences – The Great Wall Marathon. This itinerary is primarily aimed at runners who want to participate in the marathon, but friends and family are welcome to accompany runners. This tour combines seeing the capital city of Beijing with a stay in rural Jixian located in the vicinity of The Great Wall Marathon venue. The town Jixian offers the charm of like in a small town as well as fairly modern and comfortable hotel facilities, and is a wonderful place to explore a different side of China. A fluent English-speaking guide will escort the group throughout the sightseeing tours.

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Beijing – Welcome to China!

Welcome to amazing China and the city Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You arrive in a modern and bustling airport that reflects the energy of contemporary China.

After checking in, check the hotel notice board to get your tour guide’s name and phone number. Great Wall Marathon information packs will be handed out by your tour guide. If you don’t see the guide, you may call them. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

No meals are included on this day.

Day 2 – Beijing – Great Wall Marathon Inspection & Jixian

Today your dream of climbing the Great Wall will come true. We will leave Beijing at 06:45 am and head northeast to a section of the enormous Great Wall at Huangyaguan. All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall that is part of the Great Wall Marathon course to familiarize themselves with the route. Non-runners are also welcome to partake in this walk, though good physical condition is required. A sandwich lunch will be served and after lunch we will go straight to our hotel in the small town of Jixian, situated approximately a 45-minutes drive away from Huangyaguan. The town has few sites, but lots of local folklore that a visitor would never get to experience in Beijing. The rest of the afternoon is spent at your own leisure and that night, we will enjoy typical local dishes for dinner. Please remember to check out of your hotel before leaving Beijing.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on this day.

Day 3 – Jixian – Rest Day with Optional Tours

Today is a good day to relax and take in the local atmosphere of rural China. The warm and friendly Chinese in this area are not overly used to foreigners, and their curiosity is a tourist attraction in itself. There is an opportunity to participate in the optional tour of Jixian and its most famous monuments.

Optional Tour 1 – Rural China – USD115 per person

Optional tours must be booked before leaving for China.

Tour begins from the hotel lobby, exact time to be set by your tour  guide.

Tours includes:

  • Local Outdoor Market
  • The Qing Tombs
  • Chinese style lunch

We will start this excursion with a visit to the local outdoor market in Jixian. In China, private entrepreneurship has returned to the local markets after having been illegal for several decades and here you will find most interesting examples of personal initiative. After the local market, we will head toward the Qing Tombs. An impressive graveyard covers an enormous area and houses 5 of China’s emperors, 14 empresses and 136 “prime” concubines. Although these graves are more impressive than the famous Ming graves (located closer to Beijing), these Qing graves are visited by very few.

We will first visit one of the most splendid of all royal tombs in Chinese history, Yuling (buried here is Qianlong, the greatest emperor of the Qing dynasty) has the finest tomb chamber, a series of rooms separated by solid marble doors, with its walls and arched ceilings engraved with Buddha figures and more than 30,000 words of Tibetan scripture. The 3-ton doors themselves have reliefs of bodhisattvas (beings on the road to enlightenment) and the four protective kings usually found at temple entrances.

Another tomb we will visit is Ding Dongling, the tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi, the woman who ruled China behind a curtain for 48 years. The main hall contains reproductions of pictures produced in 1903 by Cixi’s photo studio within the Summer Palace. Everywhere there are reminders of the Forbidden City, such as the terrace-corner spouts carved as water-loving dragons. The interior has motifs strikingly painted in gold on dark wood, recalling the buildings where she spent her last years. There are walls of carved and gilded brick, and superbly fearsome wooden dragons writhe down the columns.

Breakfast and dinner are included this day.

Day 4 – Jixian The Great Wall Marathon

Today is the big day. We get up early in order to have breakfast and then leave Jixian at 05:20 am to head for Huangyaguan.  Race starts at 7:30.

The reason we start early is to avoid the daytime heat and humidity. Running in the early hours of the morning is much nicer, and will definitely improve your running time. The Great Wall Marathon is an official international marathon timed by the Bib-Chip system. All participants who complete the race within 8 hours receive a medal. However, it should be emphasized once again that the main aim of this challenge is to have fun and finish the race. Times are of minor importance and there are no prizes to be won.

Sandwich lunches are provided for everyone.

Between 12 and 4:30 pm, buses will take runners back to Beijing as they fill. A 20 minute massage on site is included after race. Remember to check out of the hotel in the morning, as we will go to Beijing at the end of this day.

Breakfast and lunch are included on this day.

Day 5 – Beijing Rest Day with Optional Tours and Celebration Dinner

Today is for runners to sleep in, recover and take it easy. You can shop at Silk Alley, or fill your senses with sights and sounds of Beijing, the street vendors, the crowds, the bicycles or the colorful banners. A day program is not included so Sunday is a good day to explore Beijing and its markets on your own.

Don’t forget to take a package of matches or a business card from the hotel, so you can show it to a taxi driver to get back in case you get lost. However, for people who prefer more planned activities, there is a choice of participating in two optional tours of Beijing and in this way, exploring the most famous attractions in Beijing.

Optional Tour 2 – City of Emperors USD85 per person

Optional tours have to be booked before leaving for China.

Tour begins from one of the GWM official hotels at around 8:30AM

Own transport by taxi, etc is needed to and from the hotel which the tour starts from.

Tour includes:

  • The Tiananmen Square
  • The Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Silk Exhibition Hall
  • Peking Duck lunch

Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven and Silk Exhibition Hall Beijing served as the capital for 5 dynasties over a period of 800 years. Each emperor was proclaimed to be a dragon sent from heaven.

We begin our tour with a stop at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza 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 is the main entrance to the Forbidden City.

From there we continue north through The Forbidden City. Over the central arched gateway is the famous portrait of Mao. This magnificent complex with its many palaces and halls is the largest imperial palace ever built in the world, featuring more than 800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden-glazed roofs, red lacquered pillars and vermilion walls.

Most of the morning will be spent exploring the Forbidden City. At lunch you will enjoy an outstanding dish of authentic roasted Beijing Duck. After lunch, sightseeing continues at the beautiful Temple of Heaven in the southern part of Beijing. This was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for abundant harvests. The complex consists of the 125 feet (38 meter high) Hall of Prayer for Bounteous Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven with a gilded cupola, the three-tier Circular Altar, Echo Wall and the Thrice-Echoing Stone. Occupying an area of 270 hectares makes this the largest temple and altar complex in China.

We complete the afternoon with a visit to a silk exhibition hall where you will have the chance to see the reeling of silk from cocoons. There is a large variety of silk products can be purchased here such as silk dresses, blouses, skirts, pajamas, silk floss quilts, beddings, hats etc.

Optional Tour 3 – City of People Price USD85 per person

Optional tours have to be booked before leaving for China.

Tour begins from one of the GWM hotels at around 8:30 am.  Own transport by taxi, etc is needed to and from the hotel which the tour starts from.

Tours includes:

  • The Summer Palace
  • Pearl Exhibition Hall
  • Giant Panda
  • Olympic Village (outside)
  • Lunch

We begin with a visit to the Beijing Zoo where we will see Giant Pandas. The giant panda is universally loved, but this peaceful, bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces many threats. Its population is small and isolated as its traditional forest habitat in southwest China’s mountainous areas becomes fragmented. The government has set up more than 30 reserves, but habitat destruction and poaching continues to pose a threat to pandas living outside them. With rapid economic development, it is more important than ever to ensure the giant panda’s survival. There are 1596 pandas living in the wild and 234 in the zoos in China.

We then drive to the Summer Palace, one of the most extraordinary sights in Beijing. Once inside you will amazed by its gorgeous, general view and the exquisite architectural style.

The Summer Palace was first built several hundred years ago in Jin Dynasty but was since renovated in large scale several times. In 1860 it was plundered during the Second Opium War but in 1888 the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi had it rebuilt by using the money that was intended for the Navy and made it a very opulent summer retreat for the royal family.

Afterwards, we will visit a pearl exhibition hall just outside the Summer Palace. On the way back we will have a chance to make an outside visit to Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, which are famous for Olympic Games of 2008.

At 6:30 pm, all participants – runners and non-runners alike – are picked up from the hotel and taken to the banquet prepared to celebrate your triumph run over the Great Wall. Buses will be serving all hotels between 9:30 and 10 pm. For those who do not want to spend this celebratory night in bed, one of Beijing’s great nightclubs will be awaiting us with dance music and colorful cocktails until the break of dawn.

Dress code for the evening: No shorts or sandals!

Breakfast and dinner are included on this day.

Day 6 – Beijing

Bags packed with unforgettable memories and we are ready to return home. Depending on your departure time, you will have the day for shopping or a final visit to one of the many sights of Beijing. Check out time is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast is included on this day.

General Price and booking information:

  • All prices are per person based on double occupancy (minimum 2 persons traveling together).
  • Single accommodation is available upon request for a supplementary fee.
  • Price reduction of $50 per person if booking and deposit are made before December 1 st 2017.
  • Late entry fee of $100 per person will be applied for participants who book and register after March 20th, 2018.

The price includes:

  • 5 nights accommodation, including service charge and taxes
  • Meals as written, where breakfast is American buffet style when possible.
  • Meals in Jixian offered according to program
  • Sightseeing and excursions as listed (Optional tours must be purchased separately)
  • All expenses related to the Great Wall Marathon
  • Marathon medical team of specialized physicians and nurses. This service is offered on race day only.
  • Comprehensive information packet with documents

Price excludes:

  • International air tickets, air fees and airport taxes
  • Passport fee (your passport but be valid)
  • Visa for China
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from the airport and hotel although these can be booked through your national GWM sales agent.
  • Optional Tours which must be booked in advance
  • Insurance

Please Note: It is the responsibility of each participant to have a valid passport and to obtain a valid visa before traveling into China. Participation is purely at your own risk. All extra costs incurred, no matter what the cause, will under no circumstances be the responsibility of the Great Wall Marathon Company. Concerning medical risks, all active participants must declare that they are in good health and have their own insurance that covers their stay in China. The Great Wall Marathon brings its own team of specialized physicians and nurses to assure that every injured participant receives suitable treatment.

Itinerary #2

Marathon / Half Marathon / 8.5KM – GWM group 4 – 7
Beijing – Jixian – Beijing (exact dates TBA)

Itinerary No. 2 For Marathon Runners and Spectators

This 7-day / 6-night itinerary is one of the two ways to participate in one of the world’s most amazing marathon experiences, The Great Wall Marathon. This itinerary is primarily aimed at runners who want to participate in the marathon, but friends and family are also welcome to accompany runners. This tour consists of seeing Beijing and taking part in The Great Wall Marathon. Since all nights are spent in Beijing, there is more time to explore the capital of China. A fluent English-speaking guide will escort the group throughout the sightseeing tours.

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Beijing – Welcome to China

Welcome to amazing China and the city Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You arrive in a modern and bustling airport that reflects the energy of contemporary China.

Arrival transfer to hotel is not included in the package price. After checking in, check the hotel notice board to get your tour guide’s name and phone number. Great Wall Marathon information packs will be handed out by your tour guide, call the guide if you can’t see him/her.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

No meals are included on this day.

Day 2 – Beijing – Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Silk Exhibition Hall

This tour starts from your Hotel lobby at around 8:30am, exact time to follow the instruction of your tour guide.

Beijing served as the capital for 5 dynasties over a period of 800 years. Each emperor was proclaimed to be a dragon sent from heaven. We begin our tour with a stop at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza 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 is the main entrance to the Forbidden City. From there we continue north through The Forbidden City. Over the central arched gateway is the famous portrait of Mao. This magnificent complex with its many palaces and halls is the largest imperial palace ever built in the world, featuring more than 800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden-glazed roofs, red lacquered pillars and vermilion walls.

Most of the morning will be spent exploring the Forbidden City. At lunch, you will enjoy an outstanding dish of authentic roasted Beijing Duck.

After lunch, sightseeing continues at the beautiful Temple of Heaven in the southern part of Beijing. This was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for abundant harvests. The complex consists of the 125 feet (38 meter high) Hall of Prayer for Bounteous Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven with a gilded cupola, the three-tier Circular Altar, Echo Wall and the Thrice-Echoing Stone. Occupying an area of 270 hectares makes this the largest temple and altar complex in China. We complete the afternoon with a visit to a silk exhibition hall where you will have the chance to see the reeling of silk from cocoons. There is a large variety of silk products can be purchased here such as silk dresses, blouses, skirts, pajamas, silk floss quilts, beddings, hats etc.

Breakfast ,lunch and dinner are included on this day.

Day 3 – Beijing – Great Wall Marathon Inspection

Today we will be heading for The Great Wall of China. Your dream of climbing the Great Wall will come true. We will leave Beijing at 06:45 am (breakfast box prepared by the hotel will be handed out by your guide if the hotel can’t serve buffet breakfast this early) and head northeast to a section of the enormous Great Wall at Huangyaguan.

Very few tourists find their way up to this remote place, despite the rich range of possibilities here. All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall that is part of the Great Wall Marathon course to familiarize themselves with the route. Non-runners are also welcome to partake in this walk, though good physical condition is required.

A sandwich lunch will be served and after lunch, and thereafter we will return to Beijing where we expect to arrive at around 5 pm. After a dinner inspired by typical Beijing dishes, you will be at your leisure for the rest of the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on this day.

Optional Tour 4 – Acrobatics Show USD59 per person

  •  Tour starts from the restaurant where you have dinner at around 19:00 pm, exact time will be provided by your tour guide.
  •  Optional tours have to be booked before leaving for China.

Acrobatics is an interactive art form. Whether you are old or young, you can appreciate it as long as you can see. There is no language barrier and cultural border. The history of acrobatics in China can be traced back to Neolithic times. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of the labor and self-defense skills that the people practiced and demonstrated during their leisure time. By 300 BC, such skills as walking on 3-meter high stilts and juggling 7 daggers at a time had been developed in China. When you watch a Chinese acrobatics show, you are strongly impacted both mentally and physically.

Day 4 – Beijing – Cloisonné Factory, Sacred Road & Chang Tomb of the Ming Tombs Area

Tour starts from your Hotel lobby, exact time follow the instruction of your tour guide.

We will start today’s tour with a visit to a Cloisonné Factory. In the factory you will get into the workshops to see all the six steps to make cloisonné. The earliest and existing cloisonné is the product in Yuan dynasty, which we know it has nearly thousands-year history already.

During the course of Jingtai period of Ming that is between 1450 and 1456 craftsmen found a blue glaze in navy-blue color that is elegant and decent of the artworks. That is the cloisonné we are using now.

The Ming tombs lie in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou (Longevity of Heaven) Mountain in Changping County, about 50 kilometers northwest of Beijing proper. Thirteen out of the 16 Ming emperors are buried in this peaceful valley. The Great Red Gate marks the beginning of the 7-kilometer-long Sacred Way (Shendao), which leads to the entrance of the Changling, the tomb of Emperor Yongle (reigned 1403-1424). Continuing on is the famous Avenue of the Animals, where pairs of lions, elephants, camels, horses and a number of mythological beasts line the road. There are 24 stone creatures in all. These beasts are followed in turn by a group of 12 stone human figures, which represent the funeral cortege of the deceased emperors. Carved in 1540, this group is made up of military, civil and meritorious officials.

Continuing north to the Changling, compared to the other 12 tombs the Changling is the largest and best preserved. The dimensions of the Hall of Eminent Favor (67 x 29 meters) closely match the dimensions of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, which makes it one of the largest wooden buildings in China. Four giant wooden columns and 28 smaller pillars support this structure, The four large columns are 14.3 meters high and 1.17 meters in diameter, and are extraordinary for the fact that they are each a single trunk of Phoebe nanmu.

At night, a dinner with extra noodle/rice will be held for everybody.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included this day.

Day 5 – Jixian – The Great Wall Marathon

Today is the big day. Breakfast box prepared by the hotel will be handed out by your guide, and we will leave Beijing at 03:30 am to head for Huangyaguan and the 7:30 am start of the 2017 Great Wall Marathon. The reason we start early is to avoid the daytime heat and humidity. Running in the early hours of the morning is much nicer, and will definitely improve your running time.

The Great Wall Marathon is an official international marathon timed by the Bib-Chip system. All participants who complete the race within 8 hours receive a medal. However, it should be emphasized once again that the main aim of this challenge is to have fun and finish the race. Times are of minor importance and there are no prizes to be won. Sandwich lunches are provided for everyone. Between 12 am and 4:30 pm, shuttle busses will take runners back to Beijing as they fill.

20 minutes massage on site is included after race.

Breakfast and lunch are included on this day.

Day 6 – Beijing

Beijing at leisure with tour option and Celebration Dinner

Today is for runners to sleep in, recover and take it easy. A day program is not included so today is a good day to explore Beijing and its markets on your own. You can shop at Silk Alley, or fill your senses with sights and sounds of Beijing, the street vendors, the crowds, the bicycles or the colorful banners. Don’t forget to take a package of matches or a business card from the hotel, so you can show it to a taxi driver to get back in case you get lost. However, for people who prefer more planned activities, there is a choice of participating in an optional tour of Beijing and in this way exploring the most famous attractions in Beijing.

Optional Tour 3 – City of People USD85 per person

  •  Tour begins from one of the GWM official hotels at around 8:30 am, hotel name and exact time follow the instruction of your tour guide.
  •  Own transport by e.g. taxi is needed to and from the hotel which the tour starts from
  •  Optional tours have to be booked before leaving for China.

Tours includes

  •  The Summer Palace
  •  Pearl Exhibition Hall
  •  Giant Panda
  •  Lunch

We begin with a visit to the Beijing Zoo where we will see Giant Pandas. The giant panda is universally loved, but this peaceful, bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces many threats. Its population is small and isolated as its traditional forest habitat in southwest China’s mountainous areas becomes fragmented. The government has set up more than 30 reserves, but habitat destruction and poaching continues to pose a threat to pandas living outside them. With rapid economic development, it is more important than ever to ensure the giant panda’s survival. There are 1596 pandas living in the wild and 234 in the zoos in China.

Then we’ll drive to the Summer Palace, one of the most extraordinary sights in Beijing. Once tour inside you will amazed by its gorgeous general view and the exquisite architectural style. Summer Palace was first built several hundred years back in Jin Dynasty but was since renovated in large scale several times. In 1860 it was plundered during the Second Opium War but in 1888 the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi had it rebuilt by using the money that was intended for the Navy and made it a very opulent summer retreat for the royal family. Afterwards, we will visit a pearl exhibition hall just outside the Summer Palace. On the way back we will have a chance to make an outside visit to Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, which are famous for Olympic Game 2008.

At 6:30 pm, all participants – runners and non-runners alike – are picked up from the hotel and taken to the banquet prepared to celebrate your triumph run over the Great Wall. Shuttle busses will be serving all hotels between 9:30 pm. and 10 pm. For the very fit who do not want to spend this celebratory night in bed, one of Beijing’s great nightclubs will be awaiting us with dance music and colorful cocktails until the break of dawn. Dress code for the evening: No shorts or sandals!

Breakfast and dinner included on this day.

Day 7: Monday May 22, Beijing

Bags packed with sweaty running gear and unforgettable memories, we are ready to return home. Depending on your departure time, you will have the day for shopping or a final visit to one of the many sights of Beijing. You need to check out before 12:00 noon. Departure transfer to airport / railway station is not included in the package price.

Breakfast is included on this day.

General price and booking information:

  •  All prices are per person based on double occupancy (minimum 2 persons traveling together).
  •  Single accommodation is available upon request for a supplementary fee.
  •  Price reduction of $50 per person if booking and deposit are made before December 1st 2017.
  •  Late entry fee of $100 per person will be applied for participants who book and register after March 20th, 2018.

The price includes:

  •  6 nights accommodation, including service charge and taxes
  •  Meals as written, where breakfast is American buffet style, when possible. Meals in Jixian offered according to program
  •  Sightseeing and excursions as listed (Optional tours must be purchased separately)
  •  All expenses related to the Great Wall Marathon
  •  Marathon medical team of specialized physicians and nurses. This service is offered on race day only.
  •  Comprehensive information packet with documents

Price excludes:

  • International air tickets, air fees and airport taxes
  •  Passport fee (a valid passport is required)
  • Visa for China
  •  Arriving and Departing Airport/Hotel transfers although these may be booked through your national GWM sales agent.
  •  Optional Tours which must be booked in advance.
  •  Insurance

Please Note:

  •  It is the responsibility of each participant to have a valid passport and to obtain a valid visa before traveling into China.
  •  Participation is purely at your own risk. All extra costs incurred, no matter what the cause, will under no circumstances be the responsibility of the Great Wall Marathon Company.
  •  Concerning medical risks – all active participants must declare that they are in good health and have their own insurance that covers their stay in China. The Great Wall Marathon brings its own team of specialized physicians and nurses to assure that every injured participant receives suitable treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fundraise for a charity for this event?
Absolutely!  Join the MS Dream Challenge and raise funds for the MS Society.  Please see below for details.

What is the MS Dream Challenge?
The MS Dream Challenge is a joint effort between the MS Society, Dream Travel and the Running Room.  As a participant in the MS Dream Challenge you will fundraise a minimum amount and be provided with hotel accommodations, race entry and a Running Room Giving account to assist in your fundraising efforts.  You may also fundraise for your airfare.

How much do I have to fundraise?
This depends on the package that you choose.  Take the package of your choice and times it by 3.1  This will give you a very close idea of how much needs to be fundraised.

When do I have to have my fundraising completed by?
As we understand that it takes time to fundraise, the deadline to raise the full amount won’t be until December, 2017.  However, we will require a set amount (roughly two-thirds) to be raised prior to you departing for China.

What is the food like?
The food is absolutely amazing!  It is extremely fresh and plentiful.  Vegetarian options are always available and expect to gain a few pounds!

Can I extend my stay?
Of course!  Please contact Dream Travel for deviation pricing.

Can I go for less time than stated in the itinerary?
Unfortunately not.  Due to the nature of this trip, the itinerary is set.

Do I need to worry about the language?
Not at all.  You will have an English speaking guide the entire time and most servers and others you will meet will speak English.

Are there available ATM’s?
Yes!

Is there a time limit for the Marathon?
8 Hours.

Contact Dream Travel

If you have any questions about the 2018 Great Wall Marathon or our packages, please contact Dream Travel at tours@dreamtravelcanada.com or (877) 601-7275.