The General’s Tower on the Switchback Great Wall, Hebei Province.

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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.

Hillwalking near Miaofengshan, Mentougou, Beijing.

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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.

Rain in the Tengger Desert, Alashan, Inner Mongolia.

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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.

The Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province.

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, 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

A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Wednesday, August 22
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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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A tower high on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Thursday, August 23
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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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Views of mountains and valleys on the Big Camp Plate trail
Departure date: Saturday, August 25
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Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

Level 4 / 390 RMB – Ramble about in the hills of Huailai, passing villages, valleys, and fields, with views of big mountains and Great Wall.

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The General’s Tower
Departure date: Saturday, August 25
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – A 10km hike that features mellow trails up to the Great Wall, some steep ups and downs on unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, and then a quick climb over a hill to complete the loop.

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Views of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
Departure date: Sunday, August 26
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 500 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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Hikers crossing a river
Departure date: Sunday, August 26
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White River hike

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Stay cool in summer with a hike that will get your feet wet, fording the river on this long and level canyon hike that passes beneath tall cliffs.

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, August 29
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike a recently repaired section of Great Wall that offers amazing long views before getting on to an unrepaired 'wild' stretch that will take us over to the Little West Lake.

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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

Trekking on the Tea and Horse Trail near Dali, Yunnan Province
Trip dates: September 20–24, 2018
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Dali’s Old Towns, Cang Mountain, and Erhai Lake, Yunnan (5 days)

In Brief: See the Southern Silk Road sights of Dali and its surrounds, travelling by foot, bicycle, and as part of a mule train as we visit ancient towns and temples on the ancient Tea and Horse Trail and camp out on Cang Mountain. from 13,300 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: October 1–7, 2018
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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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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: October 2–5, 2018
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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 8,060 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A mossy tree trunk, Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: October 24–28, 2018
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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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The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Trip dates: November 15–18, 2018
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Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture. From 9,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: December 12–16, 2018
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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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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 – Enjoy a moderately difficult Great Wall hike on mostly unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, with photo opportunities for postcard-perfect shots of long stretches of wall and towers.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – A short-but-steep walk where you’ll see a mix of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall as well as a restored section, with superb views of Great Wall, mountains, and lakes.
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Teambuilding, school, and corporate events

TSS students 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

Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River, 2018/08/11

Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River, 2018/08/11

After a big climb up to Yinmeng Temple we hiked down into the Sujia River canyon for a walk by the water—see 13 photos from the hike.
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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2018/08/11

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2018/08/11

From overcast to rainy, we had a mix of weather on this hike at the Stone Valley Great Wall—see 16 photos.
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Vulture Rock Ridge loop hike, 2018/08/04

Vulture Rock Ridge loop hike, 2018/08/04

See 25 photos from a hot and humid hike along Vulture Rock Ridge, including shots of the abundant wildflowers and mushrooms.
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Longquanyu Great Wall, 2018/08/04

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2018/08/04

Fifteen photos from the steep stretches of Great Wall between Longquanyu and the Little West Lake.
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2018/07/29

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2018/07/29

See a set of 20+ photos from a walk on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng—shots of the Walled Village, green hills, and plenty of Great Wall.
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Jingshanling Great Wall loop, 2018/07/28

Jinshanling Great Wall, 2018/07/28

See 11 photos from a hike at the Jinshanling Great Wall—green hills, blue skies, and awesome views of the wall.
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Stone Valley Great Wall loop, 2018/07/26

Stone Valley Great Wall loop, 2018/07/26

Take a look at 14 photos from a beautiful blue-sky-day hike on the Great Wall at Stone Valley.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall,2018/07/25

Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2018/07/25

After a lot of rain, finally a clear day! See a set of 15 photos from a hike at the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
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