Budget 5-Night Beijing Itinerary



5-NIGHT BUDGET MARATHON PACKAGE - Beijing - Jixian - Beijing

May 17 - 22, 2017


(May 17) Arrival in Beijing. Make your own way to your hotel (or prearrange this optional prior to deparrture). After checking into your hotel, check the hotel notice board for your tour guide's name and phone number. Information packs will be handed out by the guide. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Beijing. (no meals included today)


(May 18) Today we make an early start (6:45am) and head to the Great Wall for route inspection. All runners are expected to walk the 3.5km of the Huangyaguan section of the wall that is part of the marathon course. Non runners are also welcome although good physical condition is required.

A sandwich lunch will be served and after lunch we will check into our hotel in the town of Jixian, about a 45min drive away from Huangyaguan.

The afternoon is free for you to explore the town and we will meet later in the evening to enjoy local dishes for dinner. Please remember to check out of your hotel before leaving Beijing. Breakfast will be served as a breakfast box if the hotel is unable to serve a buffet breakfast before our early departure. (B,L,D)


(May 19) Today is a good day for relaxing before the big day tomorrow. Take in the local atmosphere of JIxian. Or go on the optional Rural China tour ($88.00/person) which takes visitors on an excursion to a local outdoor market and a visit to the Qing dynasty tombs. The tour includes lunch. Load up on your carbs at tonight's dinner with additional rice and noodle dishes.(B,D)


(May 20) Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel, we'll leave Jixian at around 5am to head for the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall where the race will start at 7:10am.

Sandwich lunches will be provided for everyone. Busses will be ready to take runners back to Beijing between 12 and 4:30pm.

A 20min massage on site is included after the race. Please remember to check out of the hotel in the morning as we will leave for Beijing at the end of the day. (B,L)


(May 21) Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax or do a bit of shopping in the Silk Alley, or fill your senses with the sights and sounds of Beijing. Two optional excursions are available for purchase today. Take in classic Beijing highlights with the City of Emperor tour ($62/person) or visit the giant panda and Summer Palace outside of Beijing with the City of People tour($56.00). All participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the party venue tonight. (B,D)


(May 22) Depending on your departure time, you might be able to do some last-minute shopping or take in more of Beijing's sights. Hotel check-out is before noon. Please note that the departure transfer is not included in the package but can be pre-booked at an extra cost. (B)


All prices are listed in US dollars.


 Hotel Rating

Package price per person
   Shared Double/Twin   Single Room
  3 star - Dongfang Hotel   USD $1300   USD $1505
  4 star - Qianmen Hotel    USD $1390   USD $1648
  4* star  - Jinglun Hotel   USD $1540   USD $1918


Included in the price

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary. Breakfast is American-style buffet when possible. Meals in Jixian are offered according to the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and excursions as stated in the itinerary. Optional tours can be purchased separately.
  • The Great Wall Marathon race package on race day which includes: start number, bib chip timing, running T-shirt, supplies on route, Danish medical team and finisher certificate. For more information, see Race Info
  • Comprehensive information packet and guide book for the Great Wall Marathon event which includes detailed maps and day-by-day descriptions.

Optional Excursions: (Must be booked and prepaid before arriving in China)


Arrival airport transfer: $49.00/person

Departue transfer service: $49.00/person


Qing Tombs (May 19) - Spend the morning shopping for souvenirs at the Jixian outdoor market followed by a visit to the magnificent Qing Tombs. We'll end the morning's excursion with a delicious Chinese lunch. ($88.00)


City of Emperors (May 21) - Visit the classic Beijing highlights on this tour. Starting at Tiananmen Square, we'll continue to the Forbidden City, visit the Temple of Heaven and a silk exhibition hall. Lunch is included. ($62.00)


City of People (May 21)- Pay the giant panda a visit at the Beijing Zoo, followed by an incredible tour of the imperial summer residence at the Summer Palace. This excursion includes lunch. ($56.00)


* Please note that this itinerary is not escorted by the Staff of Marathon Tours. 

** You will spend a a total of 3 nights in Beijing and 2 nights in Jixian.

*** This itinerary is available to runners from all nationalities, from all countries.   

**** The actual name of hotel is to be determined at a later date by the local organizer.