2014 Hiking Festival

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We're celebrating our 13th birthday by going hiking, and you're invited!

Hike hills, valleys, and Great Wall, with
two trails to suit your fitness level

• 24+ km mountain-walking half-marathon
• 7.5km hike for fun with friends and family

Event booking ends October 19.

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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 to traditional culture in mountain villages, join our active trips and really explore China.

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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

Views of the hills from the incense trail
Departure date: Thursday, October 23
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

Level 3+ / 360 RMB – Follow an ancient pilgrims' trail through the hills and forests of Mentougou District, finishing up with a look about Dajue Temple.

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Camping by the Great Wall
Departure date: October 23–24 (Thu–Fri)
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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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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Friday, October 24
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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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Views of Great Wall and mountains in the Longquanyu area
Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hike Festival: 7.5km Hike for Fun

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Hike for fun along a 7.5km course that visits villages, hills, and Great Wall on the way to the finish.

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Towers of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike from the tiny settlement of Hemp Village through the hills to the Gubeikou Great Wall.

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Hills and mountains in Changping District, Beijing
Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hike Festival: 24km Challenge

Level 5+ / 700 RMB – Complete a mountain walking half marathon on a 24.56km course that visits villages, and crosses hills and Great Wall on the way to the end.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the west side of Gubeikou
Departure date: Sunday, October 26
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Begin with a stroll through chestnut orchards on the way to the Great Wall, then follow the wall up along a big ridge, finishing up with stunning views of the Little West Lake.

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A valley trail, with some of the winter snow left on the ground
Departure date: Sunday, October 26
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Quarrymen’s Trail

Level 3+ / 350 RMB – Walk up and down valleys and over hills on the way from a small valley village over to the Ming Tombs area, passing by two closed tombs on the way to the end of the hike. 14km with two good climbs, trails quite brushy in places.

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A view from a high point in Changping District
Departure date: Tuesday, October 28
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Tomb Raiders and the Sacred Way

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Hike a hill trail in the mountains that form the feng shui barrier for the Ming Tombs; stroll the Sacred Way, the official entrance to the Ming Tombs area during the Ming Dynasty.

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The wild Great Wall in Huailai District
Departure date: Wednesday, October 29
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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

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A old Great Wall tower on the unrestored section between the Walled Village and the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, October 30
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Walk through chestnut orchards to find a dirt trail that climbs up to the unrestored wall; follow the wall through unrestored and restored sections, making a big climb up to a lookout point high on a ridge. If you're not good with heights, there's a short section of this hike you won't like very much!

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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

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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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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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

Beijing Hikers: voted Beijing’s Best Tour Company, September 2014

Beijing Hikers: voted Beijing’s Best Tour Company, September 2014

We won an award for being Beijing’s best tour company!
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Ming Village overnight, September 2014

Ming Village overnight, September 2014

Photos from a weekender out in the mountains on Beijing’s west side, including shots from one of our favourite long hikes.
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Beijing Hikers: Family-tested in City Weekend magazine, September 2014

Beijing Hikers: Family-tested in City Weekend magazine, September 2014

Beijing Hikers reviewed in City Weekend magazine's family section.
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Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

Photos from our hike along the Great Wall at Gubeikou during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.
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Huijie in Women of China magazine

Huijie interviewed by ‘Women of China’ magazine

Read the interview to find out how Huijie got into hiking!
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Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Photos of hills, horses, and hikers taken on our August 2014 trip to the Bashang Grasslands.
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Yu County Overnight Trip 2014/08

Yu County Overnight Trip, 2014/08

Photos from our weekend trip to several ancient towns in Hebei Province.
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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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