Hikes in and around Beijing

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

A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Wednesday, September 3
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 400 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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Hikers on a country road, walking up towards hills
Departure date: Thursday, September 4
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Auspicious Village and Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Follow easy hill trails from village to village, getting a good look at the life of Beijing's rural residents.

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The Great Wall rises up to a high point on a ridge
Departure date: Friday, September 5
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Follow an easy and flat dirt trail through fields and orchards before reaching the Great Wall and making a big climb up to a lookout point high on a ridge, with a panoramic view of the countryside your reward for the hard work getting up there.

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A hiker and the famous pine tree, near the highest point of the Chinese Knot
Departure date: Saturday, September 6
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Chinese Knot Great Wall

Level 4 / 380 RMB – A tough hike up and down unrestored Great Wall, peaking by the Chinese Knot, a section where three lines of Great Wall come together. Note: if you're not comfortable with making a short-but-steep climb on somewhat tricky terrain, you might not find this hike an enjoyable experience.

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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, September 6
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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. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.

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

Level 3 / 400 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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Big rocks and stone outcrops either side of the valley
Departure date: Sunday, September 7
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The Great Flood

Level 4 / 360 RMB – Follow a hiking trail that joins two river canyons, crossing at a pass in the Miyun mountains.

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Camping by the Great Wall
Departure date: September 7–8 (Sun-Mon)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Level 3+ / From 1,510 RMB* – Camp overnight in a private spot next to the Great Wall. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the heavy stuff to the campsite.

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A hiker using binoculars to get a closer look at a stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, September 10
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Follow hill trails through shaded valleys on the way up to the Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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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 550 RMB, 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, 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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Treks and trips around China

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.

Upcoming trips around China

Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 5–7, 2014
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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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A person on camelback heading towards red-coloured mountains
Trip dates: September 30–October 6, 2014
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Xinjiang: Journey from the West

In Brief: See the sights along a key stretch of the northern Silk Road—the Flaming Mountains and Jiaohe Ancient City Ruins, the Buddhist artwork in the Mogao Grottoes and Bezeklik Caves, the Ming Dynasty fortress and ancient Han Dynasty Great Wall at Jiayuguan, and more! From 16,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 6–10, 2014
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu

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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A mossy tree trunk partially submerged in the clear blue water of Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: November 5–9
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Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Sichuan Province

In Brief: Visit the deservedly famous Jiuzhaigou National Park and then head on to nearby Huanglong, an equally scenic but less well-known area of still ponds and coloured rocks. From 10,320 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 26–30
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Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous. From 8,740 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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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

Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, 2014/08/09

Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, 2014/08/09

The trail along Vulture Rock Ridge joins two of our other trails, making a nice scenic walk with a lot of uphill. And lots of flowers!
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Beijing Hikers on the cover of the Beijinger magazine, 2014/8

Beijing Hikers on the cover of the Beijinger magazine, 2014/8

We contributed to the Beijinger magazine’s The Great Outdoors issue in August 2014. See scans from the magazine and some extra information.
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Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

See the photos from our camping trip to the wild Great Wall at Big Camp Plate, in Hebei Province.
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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Photos from our camping trip to the Great Wall Spur.
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White River Hike, 2014/7/13

White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Photos from our walk down the White River canyon in Miyun County.
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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Blue skies, green leaves, persimmons, and Great Wall on our Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village hike.
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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Photos from two days of hiking in and around the Zhangye Danxia Landform and visits to Silk Road sights in Zhangye and Jiayuguan.
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Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Photos from an 18km walk through the hills of Huairou District.
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