beijing & beyond
great wall of china
Easy and moderate hiking adventures to remoter sections of the Great Wall from Longquanyu to Xiaoxihu, and to Gubeikou Wohushan, await guests feeling the need to escape the city for a day of sweet-smelling mountain air, nature walks and an Aman picnic.
The Longquanyu Wall was built in the Ming Dynasty as the major inner wall of defense. Considered an easy three-hour hike along unpaved trails, the walk along this part of the Wall passes through a steep-sided gorge, meandering over streams and around a lake where swimming is possible during summer. Towards the end of the walk, Xiaoxihu Lake is reached, affording breathtaking views of the Great Wall.
The Gubeikou Wohushan Wall is a 2.5-hour drive northeast. The walk along this part of the wall is a moderate four-hour hike along unpaved hillside trails. This part of the Wall used to protect the capital from the Mongols. Watchtowers rise every 492 feet, mounted on a strategic hilltops and overlooking deep valleys. Highlights of this tour are a visit to a small Qing Dynasty temple, which was the emperor's residence on his way to Chengde, and a visit to quaint Hexi Village.
Amanfayun lies hidden in a valley to the west of West Lake. The 20-minute drive from the centre of Hangzhou takes one along densely wooded bamboo and tree-lined avenues, past the botanical gardens and inner waterways of West Lake, to the temples and village of Tianzhu. The resort lies just beyond Tianzhu, below North Peak and adjacent to Lingyin and Yongfu Temples.
From Manila, Philippines, a 1-hour flight takes you to the white sand beaches and pristine blue marine-rich waters of serene Pamalican Island – home to Amanpulo. The private island offers a variety of sea, sand and tropical island-retreat pleasures, in exclusive comfort and in traditionally styled accommodation.