‘Spring Blossoms on the Wild Wall’ with William Lindesay OBE
RASBJ members are invited to a special weekend away with award-winning adventurer, scholar and conservationist William Lindesay OBE, who ran the length of the Wall in 1987 and has authored five books about this magnificent monument.
Leaving Beijing at 1600 on Friday April 9 and returning to the city Sunday April 11 by 1430, you’ll experience the magnificence of the Wall – and be inspired by stories drawn from William’s extensive personal experiences while being hosted by the Lindesay team of Wall-nuts, including William’s wife, Qi, their sons Jim and Tommy, and their labrador Hadrian. William and his lads will lead us on two dawn walks (between 9 and 11 km each), plus an optional Saturday afternoon walk in the woods, and discuss the Wall from diverse perspectives, from defence and architecture to geography and conservation.
For two nights we’ll be accommodated in the Barracks, the Lindesays’ rural courtyard residence, with views of the Wall-tipped ridge in the south and a 1600-metre high peak to the north. Before and after dinner guests can enjoy the screening of William’s various documentaries, including a drone journey along the Wall and a Nat Geo Channel presentation.
There is a maximum of 12 spaces, so book early!
WHAT: ‘Wild Wall’ weekend excursion, led by William Lindesay exclusively for the RASBJ
WHEN: Depart Beijing Friday April 9 at 1600, returning Sunday April 11 by 1430
WHERE: Pick-up at Hilton Hotel, N. Third Ring Road (tel: 5865 5000, 400m north of Lufthansa Centre)
HOW MUCH: RMB 2900 (or $400 USD) per member all inclusive – a huge discount on the usual price of ¥4426/$625 USD!
– All transport (including transit from and back to Beijing);
– Guiding and talks;
– Rustic accommodation (shared rooms: double-or triple-occupancy, shared bathroom. No single rooms available);
– All food and drinks (very cold beer and a very drinkable Chinese red), from hearty British-style breakfasts to home slow-cooked Chinese meals.
SAFETY TIPS: This weekend will involve rough walking and climbing. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.
RSVP: No later than 26 March via WeChat to the RASBJ Membership Officer. His account is “TarioPV”. Please send your name, mobile phone number, number of attendees, and number of rooms you require (each room sleeps up to three). If you know another member you would like to share a room with please also mention this.
PAYMENT: If you secure a place, you will receive a notice with instructions for payment, which should be made within 48 hours of receiving that notice. If you cancel before 2 April and are replaced by another paying guest, you will receive a full cash refund from the Lindesays. If the excursion has to be postponed, the Lindesays will hold your payment as credit for the postponed event, as is usual practice for Lindesay tours of the Wild Wall.
MEMBERS-ONLY: This event is for RASBJ members only. If you wish to attend but are not a member, or if your membership has expired, why not join/renew? Just let us know when you RSVP that you wish to join/renew.
LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: By joining this event, you accept and agree that you do so entirely at your own risk, and without recourse to RASBJ, as set out in the Liability Disclaimer on www.rasbj.org