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The Great Wall of China Cycle 2021

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

7 May - 15 May 2021 On Sale
Duration 9 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £299
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

The Great Wall of China Cycle 2021

Discover the land of the red dragon on this mind blowing cycle that follows the Great Wall of China.

Mounting our bikes at the miniature Great Wall at Huang Ya Guan, we’ll cycle for five stunning days through rural China, while raising funds for a charity of your choice.

Our spectacular route takes us over an awesome mix of terrains, from rugged green hills to enchanting forest trails to the flat roads of fast-developing cities. We’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views all the way, gaining enthralling insight into one of the most – if not the most - fascinating countries on the planet.

Reaching our finish line within touching distance of the Great Wall at Badaling, we end our adventure with a fantastic tour of Beijing's many famous sites.

Home to not one, but seven World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, China's capital seems itself an impossibility: futuristic and advanced, yet one of the world’s oldest cities - and we get to explore it together! What a way to end our adventure!

Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
The Great Wall of China Cycle 2021 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.

Places for this bewitching cycle will go faster than hot dim sum, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

 

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
London - Beijing - Huang Ya Guan

Our epic adventure begins when we meet at the airport in London for our overnight flight to Beijing! Touching down in China’s capital on Day 2, our fab local ground handler welcomes us into the country and we transfer by coach to our hotel at Huang Ya Guan.

A massive contrast to the bustling Beijing, Huang Ya Guan receives few Western tourists, so we can get a taste of traditional Chinese culture, while admiring the Great Wall and the stunning views of rugged, green mountains.

Here, we have our bike fitting and a briefing about the challenge ahead. Then you’re free to explore the area, a typical and fascinating Chinese town, where the new China meets the old and traditional China.

We end the day with our first group dinner together and a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine.

Day 3
Huang Ya Guan - Pinggu | approx. 61km

From our starting point in front of the Great Wall at Huang Ya Guan, we follow the undulating and twisting shore of a beautiful lake. We continue on to flat and comfortably wide roads and stop for lunch at Buddha Hill.

This is a stunning local landmark, where the Giant Buddha towers over lush surroundings. Our break gives us the opportunity to explore this holy site. We then cycle back to the lake, which forms the backdrop of our hotel at Pinggu.

Day 4
Pinggu - Miyun Reservoir | approx. 102km

We kick off with a gentle 25km flat stretch, which warms us up for our first testing climb of our challenge. This rewards us with a taste of the wonderful rural China, as we pedal through picturesque villages and local farming communities, tucked away in rolling green hills.

For most of the day, we ride through the hills, before descending to the shore of the Miyun Reservoir, which supplies the majority of Beijing with its drinking water. Here, we settle into our overnight hotel.

Day 5
Miyun Reservoir - Ming Tombs at Shisanling | approx. 98km

Our route today takes us through a myriad of awesome scenery, with a mix of flat cycling on bike lanes through fast developing Chinese towns and climbs through the rugged countryside. We stop for lunch at a local restaurant near the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Wall, which gives us a beautiful view as we fuel ourselves up for the afternoon.

Refreshed, we hop back in the saddle to take on further climbs through forested areas and a last stretch to our hotel in Shisanling, for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 6
Shisanling - Sheng Ping Yuan | approx. 74km

Starting the day with some steep climbs through gorgeous green hills, we conquer the toughest section of today’s route right away. The exquisite panoramas above the lush and ancient valleys make the climb more than worth it. Then we catch our breath on a long descent to a small and bustling market town.

We enjoy lunch in a local countryside restaurant, before riding through the mildly undulating countryside in the afternoon, on well-maintained and surprisingly empty roads. A joy to cycle!

Day 7
Sheng Ping Yuan - Old section of wall at Badaling - Beijing | approx. 48km

We’ve made it to our last day of cycling and you’ll be pleased to know it’s pretty much flat! We ride away from the rolling hills and into a more built-up area as we come closer to the capital. Modern skyscrapers, prestigious building projects and wide, modern and smooth roads symbolise the incredible development of China. We’ll know the end is nigh when our route steepens. We dust off the epic ride with a one-kilometre climb on a steep stone-paved track to the finish line. We dismount our bikes within touching distance of an old section of the Great Wall of China near Badaling.

After lunch, our coach transfers us to our hotel in Beijing, where we settle in a very comfortable hotel. You have the option to visit a traditional Chinese foot massage parlour after dinner and this might be just what you need after our demanding, yet rewarding, adventure.

In the evening, we celebrate our historic achievement with a final group dinner before a very well-deserved rest!

Day 8
Beijing

Today, we get to explore the mind-boggling metropolis of Beijing – a massive contrast to the countryside we’ve spent the last week cycling through.

This morning, we take a tour of the iconic Forbidden City and the stunning plaza of Tiananmen Square, before climbing the hill at Jingshan Park. This gives us a breath-taking view over the entire Forbidden City and the old area of Beijing.

As if that isn’t enough to get excited about, we then visit the house of a friendly Hutong Family, where we enjoy a home-cooked lunch with them and learn loads about their way of life. Bidding goodbye to the family, we wander the city’s old alleys in the afternoon and come to the Ancient Bell Tower to visit a nearby tea house.

Here, we get to experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. As we watch our tea being served, we can sample several types of tea and learn about their benefits to our health. We then end our amazing day with a Peking Roast Duck (veggie options available) celebration dinner in one of Beijing’s brilliant restaurants.

Day 9
Beijing - London

Today sees us bidding China goodbye and transferring to the Beijing airport for our flights back to London. Once we’ve arrived in the UK, we part ways and you make your own way home.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

£1,750

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge cost yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), your food, accommodation, transfers, bike hire, tour of Beijing, guides, medical and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350) and your tourist visa for China (approx. £175). These won't be covered in the challenge costs, so you'll need to pay them separately.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

£3,500

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
  • Your charitable funds must be paid in 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), your food, accommodation, transfers, bike hire, tour of Beijing, guides, mechanical and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350) and your tourist visa for China (approx. £175). These won't be covered in the challenge costs, so you'll need to pay them separately.
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
The Great Wall of China Cycle 2021

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit and have an experience of a lifetime.

We strongly recommend you train for the cycle and incorporate hills, if you can, as we'll be riding through a mix of terrains, including some stunning steep climbs and awesome descents, along with some flat cycling.

Once you register for the challenge, we'll send you a free, realistic and achievable training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for China.

We'll be riding on a mix of terrains, from roads to rugged trails to stone-paved paths. We'll have some stunning steep climbs and awesome descents, along with some flat cycling.

Therefore, we strongly recommend you train for the cycle and incorporate hills, if you can. We'll send you a realistic and achievable training schedule once you register for the challenge.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Great Wall of China Cycle 2021. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people from all cycles of life, aged 18 or over, will come together to do something very special.

A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system.

Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go.

Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we recommend bringing the saddle or gel cover you're used to riding on, to keep you comfortable throughout the challenge.

We'll sleep in comfortable hotels throughout this challenge.

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,750 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose sponsorship) cover:

  • Your flights (not including air tax and fuel surcharge, approx. £350 but subject to change)
  • Meals throughout your challenge, except for your lunch on Day 2
  • Tour of Beijing on Day 9, including entry fees where applicable and a special celebration dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Bike hire
  • All transfers in China
  • A team of awesome, first-aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge
  • Mechanical support
  • Your Great Wall of China Cycle 2021 medal and t-shirt

In addition to paying your registration fee (£299) and either self funding your challenge costs or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for your:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change – up or down)
  • Tourist visa for China (approx. £175)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

There will be around 40 participants in our group for the Great Wall of China Cycle 2021. You'll no doubt make a bunch of awesome new friends!

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in the amazing country of China, please let us know at least fourteen weeks before the challenge start date and we can arrange this for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email us at events@dream-challenges.com, or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle in China.

You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into China and we recommend you start this process early. A tourist visa for China (30 working days) costs approx. £175 for British Nationals and you will need to make your visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. For more information on this, please visit the visa section of the UK Gov website here.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the cycle. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.

We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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