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For Great Experiences

Explore the Great Wall with us. Step off the tourist trail and hike the ‘wild’ Wall, with trips from Beijing to secluded and scenic sections
of China’s old frontier.

See more of Beijing

Since 2001 we’ve found and maintained more than 100 different hiking trails in the hills around Beijing. Mountains high, valleys low, rivers long … discover what Beijing is like outside the big city.

Explore China

From Silk Road deserts to mountain paths, from ancient ruins and traditional culture in mountain villages to the stunning scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform—join our active trips and really explore China.

Photos and Trip Reports

Take a look through our trip reports section to see write-ups and photo blogs from our hikes and trips—see our shots of Great Wall, small country villages and their inhabitants, plus forests, rivers, mountains, and more.

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Upcoming hikes and trips

Ready for a great hike? Every week we run hikes and trips to the Great Wall, hills, mountains, forests, and villages around Beijing, with a wide range of hikes that are suitable for casual walkers as well as the super-fit.


This week's hikes in Beijing

The Great Wall crossing hills and mountains in Huailai District
Departure date: Saturday, February 6
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – A long hill climb takes us up on to a remote, rough, and seldom-visited stretch of unrestored Great Wall, with awesome views of the surrounding mountains. Note: the climb back down takes us down a steep and perpetually brushy section of trail, which may cause a bit of delay.

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Hikers heading down to a tiny village
Departure date: Saturday, February 6
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A Long Way to Pray for Rain

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – Follow one of our old trails through the Miyun mountains, ending up near a scenic spot named White Dragon Pool.

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The General’s Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall.
Departure date: Sunday, February 7
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – An easier version of one of our tough Great Wall hikes in Yanqing District – the same great scenery, but less of the steep climbs up and down.

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Hikers making their way down a frozen river
Departure date: Tuesday, February 9
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White River Ice Hike

Level 3 / 380 RMB (340 RMB for members) – Follow a trail down and over a frozen river in Miyun District, walking down a long canyon and passing below cliffs on the way to the end.

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Dashuhua performance in Yuxian, Hebei
Departure date: February 10–11 (Wed–Thu)
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CNY Overnight: Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

Level 2 / From 1,620 RMB – Ancient towns and forts, local culture, and the 300-year old local tradition that sees molten iron being flung against the city walls in lieu of a fireworks display!

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A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Wednesday, February 10
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 3+ / 480 RMB – Hike hill trails from a tiny and isolated valley village to reach the Great Wall, first following a narrow trail beside the wall and then up on to the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Some sections slippery and steep.

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Dashuhua performance in Yuxian, Hebei
Departure date: February 11–12 (Thu–Fri)
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CNY Overnight: Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron (#2)

Level 2 / From 1,620 RMB – Ancient towns and forts, local culture, and the 300-year old local tradition that sees molten iron being flung against the city walls in lieu of a fireworks display!

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, February 11
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake and Hot Springs

Level 3+ / 580 RMB – Hike hill trails to a small village where we'll find a path up to a seldom-visited stretch of Great Wall, and then follow the wall towards the Little West Lake, a reservoir in the hills of Huairou District; visit a hot springs resort for a refreshing soak on the way back to the city.

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Departure date: Friday, February 12
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 450 RMB – A tough hike that follows the Great Wall from Jiankou's General's Tower all the way over to the Mutianyu Great Wall, starting on unrestored wall and finishing on a restored section.

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A view from the top of Silver Mountain
Departure date: Saturday, February 13
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Silver Mountain to the Mines

Level 4 / 380 RMB – A combination of our Silver Pagodas and Mines and Pines hiking trails, with a long and steep stair climb to exercise your legs.

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Towers and wall built along a ridgeline, seen on the extended section of the Gubeikou Great Wall hike.
Departure date: Saturday, February 13
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Level 3 / 450 RMB – A relatively easy hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west.

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Hikers walking, with some of the caves visible behind them
Departure date: Saturday, February 13
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Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

Level 1 / 500 RMB – Explore an ancient interconnected series of cave dwellings in the hills of Yanqing County; visit the Longqingxia Ice Festival on the way home.

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A stretch of Great Wallr
Departure date: Sunday, February 14
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – After a reasonably tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

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Beijing Hikers operates trips to many places in China – famous scenic areas, as well as those obscure and less well-known. We take care of all the organisation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery without stress.


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Upcoming trips around China

Terraced hills covered with flowers
Trip dates: March 24–27, 2016
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Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

In Brief: See fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous. From 6,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: April 2–5, 2016
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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Two days deep in the mountains of Fujian to explore the Hakka tulou buildings, plus the highlights of Xiamen including Gulangyu Island. From 7,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 30–May 3, 2016
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 25–29, 2016
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more. From 8,920 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Kashgar’s Id Kar Mosque
Trip dates: June 6–12, 2016
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Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province. From 17,910 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 24–26, 2016
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Trips on request

Find out how we can make it easy for you to take friends, family, students, staff, and co-workers for a day out at the Great Wall and other scenic areas in Beijing.

Recommended private trips to the Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall

From 600 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – A relatively easy hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – Choose an easier or more difficult option on the Great Wall in the Huanghuacheng area – take a longer walk that follows steep stretches of Great Wall, or make the wall a mid-walk detour on an easier stroll through the countryside.
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Teambuilding and corporate events

Teambuilding with a collage on the Great Wall

Reward the team and show them a good – and healthy! – time out in the countryside. We'll help you choose a hike that suits the fitness level and interest of participants, and we can arrange a giant meal of country-style cooking at one of the many countryside restaurants that we know and love.


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Leading the way, since 2001

Beijing Hikers has been leading hikes and trips around Beijing & greater China since 2001. With us, you'll explore interesting and hard to reach places, hassle-free and friendly.
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Photos, Trip Reports, and News

Read our trip reports and get an idea of what it's like to hike with us; view collections of photos from hikes and trips; read news about Beijing Hikers.

Latest trip reports and news

Spring Festival Holiday office hours and contact information

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/01/13

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/01/13

See eighteen photos from our hike from the Walled Village up to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/01/10

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/01/09

Photos from the hike through the hills from tiny Hemp Village over to the Jinshanling Great Wall.
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Boxing Day Great Wall hike at Jiankou and Mutianyu, 2015/12/26

Boxing Day Great Wall hike at Jiankou and Mutianyu, 2015/12/26

Photos from our Boxing Day hike along the Great Wall from Jiankou to Mutianyu.
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Trip to Norway

New! Explore the World, with a trip to Norway, July 1–9, 2016

Explore some of the most beautiful mountain passes in southern Norway and spend the summer like a Norwegian with Beijing Hikers’ own Norwegian guide. The trip has plenty of hiking and even the option for some mountain biking, as well as cultural elements and sightseeing in famous Bergen and Oslo.
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Rolling Hills hike, 2015/11/29

Rolling Hills hike, 2015/11/29

Photos from a relaxed ramble in the hills of Miyun County.
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Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Flower Wood and East Water Valley Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Photos from a long walk through the snow from Flower Wood Village to East Water Valley Village.
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/10/25

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/10/25

Twenty-plus photos from a hike along ‘wild’ Great Wall in Yanqing County.
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