The Great Wall above Stone Valley, Yanqing, Beijing.

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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.

Hiking through snow in a forest, 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.

Walking down to the Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La, Yunnan Province.

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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.

Visiting Five-Colour Pool at Huanglong National Park, Sichuan 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 view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Saturday, December 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 passing through an archway to get up on the unrestored end of the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Some sections slippery and steep.

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Several of the pagodas at the Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest
Departure date: Sunday, December 11
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Silver Pagoda Loop

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Follow a trail through the Changping countryside, passing villages, quarries, and a local shrine on the way to the Silver Pagodas, a set of five well-preserved 600-year-old pagodas that are all that remains of a big Buddhist temple.

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An old Great Wall tower on the unrestored section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, December 14
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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.

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A stretch of Great Wallr
Departure date: Saturday, December 17
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 380 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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Long views of the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, December 17
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Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Hill trails, valleys, villages, and a short stretch of unrestored Great Wall in Yanqing District.

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A hiker using binoculars to get a closer look at a stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, December 18
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Level 4 / 420 RMB – A looping walk over tricky terrain and unrestored Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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Views of the hills from the Incense Trail
Departure date: Sunday, December 18
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

Level 3+ / 400 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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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 16–19, 2017
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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 person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2017
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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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 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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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 20–25, 2017
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands. From 16,000 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 14–16, 2017
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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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The exterior of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Trip dates: July 20–23, 2017
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Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

In Brief: Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake. From 9,020 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 and corporate events

Teambuilding with a trip to the Bashang Grasslands

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

Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

See 35 photos from a trip to Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Songpan Ancient Town, and Chengdu. The Jiuzhaigou photos are amazing!
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Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Photos from a short and lovely hike in the hills behind the Ming Tombs area.
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Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Sixteen pictures from a fall hike in the mountains around Miaofengshan Temple.
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2016 Hiking Festival photos

2016 Hiking Festival photos

Photos from our third hiking festival, which also doubled as Beijing Hikers’ fifteenth birthday party!
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Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/10/03

Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/10/03

Photos from a holiday hike along the Great Wall, starting at Jinshanling and finishing at Gubeikou.
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Beijing Hikers interview in The Beijinger, 2016/09/28

Beijing Hikers interview in The Beijinger, 2016/09/28

We were interviewed by The Beijinger magazine about our 2016 hiking festival and other general outdoors-y stuff.
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2016/09/24

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2016/09/24

Twenty-seven photos from a challenging walk along the Great Wall, up to a high tower in the hills, and then down a wild valley.
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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and the Zhagana area in southern Gansu, September 2016

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and the Zhagana area in southern Gansu, September 2016

Photos from a 5-day trip through the mountains of the Gannan Tibetan prefecture in Gansu Province.
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