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Departure date: Wednesday, May 6

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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On this hike we’ll walk to and through Hemp Village, an isolated settlement in the hills on the border of Beijing and Hebei Province on the way up to the stretch of wall that lies between Gubeikou and Jinshanling. We’ll follow a narrow trail alongside the wall before passing through an archway to get on to the wall at Jinshanling, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. After hiking on the wall at Jinshanling, we’ll head to a local restaurant for a meal of Chinese food before the drive back to the city.

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The General’ Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, May 7

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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This stretch of Great Wall in Yanqing County is extremely picturesque, and seldom visited, but its steepness can prove difficult for casual hikers. On this visit we’ll do the ‘middle route,’ cutting out the toughest parts to make it a little easier. There are still some steep climbs to do, but overall this hike isn’t long enough to rate as difficult – we’ll take our time climbing up and down and make sure that we have a relaxed and enjoyable visit.

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Departure date: Saturday, May 9

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Hike the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Beijing’s Huairou District, starting off on an unrestored stretch and following it over the hills to a restored section and then up, over, and down a mountain to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir. Not recommended for those who are not good with heights; some steep sections both up and down.

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Departure date: Sunday, May 10

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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This is a tough and challenging hike, suitable for fit hikers with a good head for heights. We’ll start off at Jiankou, following a zigzag hillside trail that rises quickly to a Great Wall tower that is almost 1,000 metres above sea level. From the tower we can see the Jiankou basin, as well as many other stretches of Great Wall in the area. From there we’ll head southeast, following the wall towards Mutianyu. The hike crosses unrestored and restored sections of wall, which makes it a good way to see the Great Wall as it is now, and how it might have looked when first built.

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Towers of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, May 13

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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To begin the hike, we’ll walk in to Hemp Village, a tiny settlement hidden at the end of a long valley. From Hemp Village, we’ll climb into the hills, first following a trail through fields with views of the Great Wall to the side and front, and then getting on to the Great Wall at Gubeikou to walk a 6km stretch of pretty, unrestored wall.

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Departure date: Thursday, May 14

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Take a stroll through valleys and past villages on the way to a seldom-visited stretch of Great Wall nestled in the hills north of the Ming Tombs. We’ll follow the wall up and along a ridge, detouring through orchards to get around a cliff face before rejoining the wall and following it on to walk out past the Little West Lake.

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The Great Wall crossing hills and mountains in Huailai District
Departure date: Saturday, May 16

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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This Great Wall hike is one of our most challenging treks, covering a long section of wild wall in Beijing’s northwest. We’re leaving at the extra early time of 7:30am for this hike to try and avoid traffic on the Badaling Expressway. This hike is definitely not suitable for those who are not physically fit, are afraid of heights, or lack proper clothing and footwear, and we’re going to ask you some questions about your hiking experience as part of the reservation for this hike.

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Departure date: Saturday, May 16

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we’ll head out to a beautiful section of the Great Wall that is further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. You’ll have a chance to 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. As we follow the wall, we’ll pass through restored and unrestored sections, as well as taking a nice detour through pines on a hillside trail.

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Looking out for birds
Departure date: May 16–17 (Sat–Sun)

Beidaihe Birdwatching Overnight

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Take the train with us and spend a weekend with the migrating birds at Beidaihe, a seaside spot on the shores of the Yellow Sea.

We’ll stay overnight in a local 4-star hotel and get in three birding sessions, accompanied by superstar birder Terry from Birding Beijing.

This time of year is the peak season for the migration of birds, and we’re going to see if we can beat our record of spotting 73 separate species in one weekend!

Train tickets: We’re taking the train for this trip, and the tickets might sell out. If you’re interested in this trip, sign up right now and we’ll check for the availability of tickets.

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Departure date: Sunday, May 17

Great Wall Spur

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On this hike we will visit a remote stretch of the Great Wall that was completed around 1580 AD, during the reign of Emperor Wan Li. After a good long (some say tough) climb up a hillside trail we’ll follow the Great Wall along a ridge, enjoying great views the whole way. There is plenty of Great Wall in this area, and on a clear day it is extremely picturesque. Price includes lunch after the hike.

Note: While rated a 3+, this hike is sort of a tough 3+ because of the long climb at the beginning.

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Departure date: Sunday, May 17

Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Follow the steps of pilgrims on this hike, starting close to the temple at Miaofengshan in Beijing’s western mountains, and hiking an old pilgrims’ trail through forested hills and along ridges on the way to Dajuesi, a beautiful temple built in the Liao Dynasty. Aside from a bit of climbing at the start, this hike follows a trail that is mostly flat, until we start walking down the paved trail that leads to Dajue Temple. During this hike we’ll get great views of mountains, and will pass through a pine forest where we often see people hunting for mushrooms and medicinal herbs. The cost of the hike includes entrance to Dajue Temple.

Note: Bring your own lunch, please! We’ll set up our picnic tables with beer and snacks after the hike.

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 20

Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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The temples at Yajishan are locally famous, and every year on the lunar calendar there’s a big temple fair. We’ll spend the day having a look at what’s going on – fortune telling, street food and snacks, fireworks and incense burning, various performers – before climbing up to the temples on top.

On the way up to the top, we’ll catch our breath by stopping to look about the various temples and shrines either side of the stairs. After a look about the temple right at the top, we’ll take a walk through the hills behind the temples to complete the circuit.

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Departure date: Thursday, May 21

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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This is a tough and challenging hike, suitable for fit hikers with a good head for heights. We’ll start off at Jiankou, following a zigzag hillside trail that rises quickly to a Great Wall tower that is almost 1,000 metres above sea level. From the tower we can see the Jiankou basin, as well as many other stretches of Great Wall in the area. From there we’ll head southeast, following the wall towards Mutianyu. The hike crosses unrestored and restored sections of wall, which makes it a good way to see the Great Wall as it is now, and how it might have looked when first built.

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Departure date: Saturday, May 23

Great Wall: Gubeikou to Jinshanling (and a little Simatai)

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On this excellent Great Wall adventure, we’ll walk all of the wall on the east side of Gubeikou; hike on to Jinshanling and walk all of that section of the wall; hike a few towers of Simatai and maybe get a little look at what they’re doing over there; and follow a Jinshanling park trail through the hills to finish. After a late lunch in one of the restaurants at Jinshanling we’ll head back to Beijing. The cost of food, drinks, round-trip transportation, and park tickets is included in the price. Note: there are a few slippery sections on this hike. Good boots required.

Regular hikers: this is the longest version that we do of this hike, crossing all of the wall at Gubeikou and all of the wall at Jinshanling.

Tough hike! We’ll going to ask you some questions about your hiking experience as part of the reservation for this hike, just so we can be sure that it will be an enjoyable experience for you!

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Departure date: Saturday, May 23

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Hike the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Beijing’s Huairou District, starting off on an unrestored stretch and following it over the hills to a restored section and then up, over, and down a mountain to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir. Not recommended for those who are not good with heights; some steep sections both up and down.

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 6
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, May 7
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 9
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Sunday, May 10
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 13
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, May 14
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, May 16
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, May 16
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: May 16–17 (Sat–Sun)
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Beidaihe Birdwatching Overnight

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Departure date: Sunday, May 17
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, May 17
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 20
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Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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Departure date: Thursday, May 21
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 23
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Great Wall: Gubeikou to Jinshanling (and a little Simatai)

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Departure date: Saturday, May 23
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: May 23–24 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 24
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War Tunnels and Yajishan Temple Fair

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Departure date: Sunday, May 24
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 27
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, May 28
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, May 30
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, May 30
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, May 31
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 31
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Tomb Raiders hike and Ding Tomb’s ‘Underground Palace’

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