Day by Day Itinerary
Picked up you at Datong Hotel at 8:00am by our English speaking experienced tour guide then drive to Deshengbu Fortress first, about 45km northwest of Datong. You will spend one hour to visit the ancient garrison town near the Wall. It is recorded that along the 335km Datong Outer Great Wall there used to be 52 fortress and Deshengbu was one of the ancient walled, garrison towns that are the epitome of north China. Deshengbu Fort was built in 1574 on the south of the important pass linking Datong to Inner Mongolia, a strategically important passage.
After Deshengbu Fortress, continue to drive about 30km and reach Datong Great Wall at Zhenchuankou. Zhenchuankou Great Wall is typical of the tamped earth Great Wall near Datong. The earth rammed wall at Zhenchuankou is hard and firm and are still well kept despite of the wind and rain for the past over 500 years. The wall mostly made of earth tamped down between planks in layers one on top of the other.
From here you are escorted to hike on or along the rammed earth wall extending to the Wall in the east direction for 2-4 hour. After your hike ,you will be returned to your hotel around 5:00pm.
Duration: One Full Day (Approx. 8 hours per day)
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel around 9am (or choose your own pick-up time)
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel around 5:30pm
1,000-year-old Section of Great Wall Confirmed in Datong Shanxi
Chinese archaeologists have confirmed after a recent field examination that a 20-km-long section of the Great Wall in north China's Shanxi province was built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
This section is located in Kelan County in northwest Shanxi and is made of stones.
Sources from local archeological departments said that about 20 km of this part of the Great Wall remain, though there are longer ruined portions.
The remaining wall is 1.6 meters wide at the top and the zenith exceeds 3 meters. At some places, 30-cm-high parapet walls can still be seen and many porcelain pieces were scattered nearby.
Before this discovery in Shanxi Province, experts had once thought that no part of the Great Wall was built during the Song Dynasty.
The best-known sections of the Great Wall were built in the Ming Dynasty (13681644) based on construction of previous dynasties. The entire Wall is more than 6,000 km long, running west-to-east from the Jiayuguan Pass in northwest China's Gansu Province to the Shanhaiguan Pass at the Bohai Sea in north China.
Chinese rulers of ancient times built walls in an attempt to resist intrusions from outside powers. The Great Wall's construction began during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), when separate sections were built at scattered strategic areas.
The Great Wall was rebuilt time and again through the centuries, and many sections of it have suffered serious damage from windstorms and water and man-made destruction over the centuries.
Since the early 1980s, the Chinese government has allocated special funds to restore this national monument to its magnificance in some parts, such as the sections at Badaling, Mutianyu, and other sites.
Experts say this latest confirmation will provide adequate material for the Great Wall research and related topics.
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