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 begins October 1.

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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

A hiker looks out over the rolling hills of Miyun District in rural Beijing
Departure date: Thursday, October 2
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Level 3 / 350 RMB – A long but not difficult ramble along country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland in Miyun District.

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Sunset at the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: October 2–3 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / From 1,510 RMB* – Camp overnight in or beside a Great Wall tower on a stretch of wild 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 tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Friday, October 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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Dashuhua performance in Yuxian, Hebei
Departure date: October 4–5 (Sat–Sun)
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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

Level 1 / From 1,800 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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Views of a long, green valley
Departure date: Saturday, October 4
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Hillwalking Challenge: Spring Valley Super Loop

Level 4+ / 350 RMB – We've joined our two Sancha village hikes – the Spring Valley Loop, and the Hidden Village hike – to make a super hill-walking combination. Great views, great exercise.

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A large arch in the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou
Departure date: Saturday, October 4
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

Level 2 / 400 RMB – A relaxing and easy 2–3 hour stroll between two villages on either side of the Great Wall, with an option to get a little more exercise by taking a climb on the wall that we pass on the way.

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Hikers sitting on the unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: Sunday, October 5
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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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Hikers on the wild Great Wall in Changping District
Departure date: Sunday, October 5
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Great Wall: The Pinnacle Tower

Level 4 / 400 RMB – Hike hills and valleys to reach the Pinnacle Tower, a seldomly-visited Ming Dynasty lookout that sits on a peak at almost 1,000m above sea level. NOTE: Balancing skills and a good head for heights will be required.

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Hikers following an old road up into the hills
Departure date: Monday, October 6
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Prove Your Loyalty

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – A Pinggu District ramble that follows wooded trails, passes abandoned villages, and crosses short rundown stretches of Great Wall.

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A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Tuesday, October 7
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 3+ / 450 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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Several of the pagodas at the Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest
Departure date: Tuesday, October 7
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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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A hiker using binoculars to get a closer look at a stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, October 8
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 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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The wild Great Wall in Huailai District
Departure date: Thursday, October 9
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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