|Kathy Loper presents||14th Annual Tour|
You are invited to "like me"!
with Kathy Loper and Kurt Bodmer
Event Date: Saturday May 16, 2015Kathy Loper Events is proud to announce our 14th Annual tour of the Great Wall Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8.5K Fun Run/Walk in Beijing, China on Saturday May 16, 2015 This unique sporting and touring opportunity, under the direction of the Danish and Chinese Athletic Federations is an incredible experience for both the participant and spectator.
"The Marathon of the Millennium" is now an international event. The course is awesome with 8K on the Great Wall. With the 1800 steps, varying greatly in width and height, the course is run on some steep ascents and descents as well as some very narrow passages on the Great Wall. Participants in the full marathon will conquer this section twice, while the half-marathon will travel through the farmland and villages and cover the 1800 steps of the Wall only once. The 8.5K Fun Run/Walk only includes some of the steps of the Great Wall. The longest part of the course is flat with some rolling terrain as well as some dirt road as it travels through the Chinese farmlands and villages.
Spectator FriendlyPlease note this event is spectator friendly; you don't have to participate in the runs to travel with our tour. Non-participants will have the opportunity to experience The Great Wall at Huangyuaguan on inspection day two days before the actual event. So tell your neighbors and family members about this incredible, awesome travel experience.
Race LocationHuangyaguan, China, 2-hour drive from Beijing
The Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 557AD) and repaired with bricks during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Qi Jiguang added watch towers and other defensive features.
In 1984, the people of Tianjin spent three years repairing roughly 3km of the main wall from Banlagang Mountain in the east to Wangmaoding Mountain in the west. They restored 20 terraces, the Huangyaguan Water Gate, and the Bagua Castle (the Eight Diagrams Castle).
"Beijing Program" 8 Night Tour - Sunday 10 May - Tuesday 19 May
"Beijing/Xian Program" 11 Night Tour - Sunday 10 May - Friday 22 MayIncludes 2 Night Xian.
"Beijing/Xian/Shanghai" 13 Night Tour - Sunday 10 May - Sunday 24 Mayincludes Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai .
"China + Tibet" 17 Night Tour - Sunday 10 May - Thursday 28 Mayincludes Beijing, Xian, Tibet, and Shanghai
Included in packages:
All Beijing 8N and 11N packages include:
In addition, the 13Night "Xian & Shanghai" tour includes:
Not included in 8, 11, or 13Night tours:
In addition, the 17Night "Xian, Tibet, & Shanghai" tour includes:
Great Wall Marathon Chinese Visa information:All Great Wall Participants/Spectators are required to secure a Chinese Visa in their passport. One can apply for the Chinese Visa beginning 90 days prior to departure, February 10, 2015. We will send you information on how to secure the Chinese Visa along with the Chinese Visa application form. You will be required to send your passport to obtain the visa. Your passport needs 3 Full Blank VISA pages. You will need to send the following to the Visa Service via FedEX or UPS ONLY your passport, visa application, 2 passport photos the hotel confirmation information (which we will provide to you) your visa service payment and your GWM tour itinerary. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks to secure the Chinese Visa. Your passport must be valid for 6 months AFTER your return to your homeland.
Cancellation:If cancellation becomes necessary, monies recoverable from the suppliers will be refunded, less $250.00 per person administration fee. Your deposit includes the $700.00 GWM official registration fee subject to the following cancellation conditions:
$100.00 - 16Feb.
$150.00 - 16Mar.
$200.00 - 16Apr.
No refund 17Apr onwards.
If a sharing person drops out, he/she is responsible for the resulting single room supplement cost to the remaining room partner, unless a new share person can be found that suits the remaining room partner.
Deviation / Change Fees:
Your Great Wall Marathon package has been developed as a group movement in order to take advantage of specially negotiated prices when traveling as a group.
A fee of $150.00 per person will apply per desired deviation or change from the original program, plus the extra costs of the new or changed services.
If such changes necessitate cancellation of confirmed air or ground arrangements which are subject to cancellation charges, unrecoverable costs will be added to the change fee (this occurs likely within 60 days of departure when air tickets and other documents have been issued).
Payment Schedule:For all programs the deposit is $610.00 per person at time of booking (make check payable to Kathy Loper Events). The GWM entry fee will increase $50 for any entries received AFTER December 1st, 2014. Add Travel Protection Plan (ask for quote) per person if desired. Balance due by latest 10March2015. (Final invoice will be sent out by 15Feb2015).
KLE CA Reg # 2080745-40