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Departure date: Saturday, December 10

Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain

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Take a long walk through the Pinggu District countryside, hiking the hills and valleys on the way to Yaji Mountain. Save some energy for the end, though! We’re going to climb up the steep stairway to the temples atop Yaji Mountain!

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Departure date: Saturday, December 10

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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Departure date: Sunday, December 11

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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Departure date: Sunday, December 11

Silver Pagoda Loop

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For this hike we will follow a seldom-used trail to get to the Silver Pagodas, a set of five well-preserved 600-year-old pagodas that are all that remains of a big Buddhist temple. On the way to the pagoda site we will take a long walk through the countryside, passing a village, quarries, and a local shrine, before a steep climb to the 720m peak of Holly Mountain. From the top we can look down on the pagodas and large swathes of the surrounding countryside, and as we follow the path down we will pass large bells, “North Beijing’s Number One Waterfall,” and plenty of other interesting local landmarks.

Rescheduled after the smog red alert last weekend

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 14

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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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.

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Departure date: Saturday, December 17

Great Wall Spur

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UPDATE: Bring your own lunch. Our regular restaurant closed suddenly so the boss could help look after her daughter’s new baby. We don’t have a good backup option in this area.

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.

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: Saturday, December 17

Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall

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The Great Wall at Longquanyu follows a ridge surrounded by taller mountains, with views of peaks in the distance and canyons far below. We’ll hike a recently repaired stretch with some two very steep descents, and take a detour through chestnut orchards to find the last ‘wild’ stretch of wall in the area.  The hike finishes with a walk up a long valley, crossing a small stream a few times, and then we hike up a concrete road to find our bus.

Upgraded to a Level 4!

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Departure date: Sunday, December 18

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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This is a looping walk over steep and rocky terrain, with a lot of scrambling and climbing required to arrive at the highest point on the hike, the impressive Nine-Eyes Tower. On a clear day in this spot in the heart of the mountains it will be possible to see sections of Great Wall to the north, south, east, and west. Four hours of tough hiking with a lot of climbing, over approximately 10km.

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Departure date: Sunday, December 18

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.

Easy 3+: this hike almost rates a Level 3, but the 7km descent down to the temple is pretty tough on the knees.

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 21

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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The Great Wall at Longquanyu follows a ridge surrounded by taller mountains, with views of peaks in the distance and canyons far below. We’ll hike a recently repaired stretch with some two very steep descents, and take a detour through chestnut orchards to find the last ‘wild’ stretch of wall in the area. The hike finishes with a walk out past the Little West Lake reservoir, a popular park with views of Great Wall dipping down into the water.

When we’re done walking we’ll head to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch of Chinese food.

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Departure date: Saturday, December 24

Great Wall Christmas Eve: Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Celebrate Christmas Eve with a hike on the Great Wall!

We’ve been doing our Christmas Hikes since 2004, and in 2016 the tradition continues! 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.

After lunch we’ll have a dumpling-making contest, with prizes to be won!

(Dreamed of doing a Great Wall hike on Christmas Day? We’re doing the Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike on Sunday the 25th.)

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Departure date: Sunday, December 25

Great Wall Christmas: Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Celebrate Christmas with a hike on the Great Wall!

We’ve been doing our Christmas Hikes since 2004, and in 2016 the tradition continues! This year we’re going to do the scenic Jiankou to Mutianyu hike, and then head to our favourite Mutianyu restaurant for a big lunch. The hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu is a favourite of many, a good tough hike with great views of picturesque Great Wall.

Parts of this hike are fairly difficult in the best of weather; during winter we may encounter some snow or ice on the trail – nice for photographs, but slippery underfoot, making this hike best suited for fit hikers with good hiking boots.

After lunch we’ll have a dumpling-making contest, with prizes to be won!

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 28

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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Departure date: Saturday, December 31

Immortal Valley Loop

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Finish 2016 with a hike!

This loop walk follows a park trail, passing freezing streams, pools, waterfalls, and big boulders and caves on the way to an almost-800-metre peak. From the peak we’ll get a good view of the surrounding hills and valleys, and should be able to spot the Miyun Reservoir. On the way back down we’ll follow a scenic ridgeline trail through pines and impressive rocky outcrops. The full loop is around 14km, and will take about 4 hours to complete.

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Departure date: Saturday, December 31

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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See the last sunset of 2016 from the Great Wall!

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 to a high tower to watch the sun go down. We then hike down to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir.

Bring all your warm clothes! We’re expecting sub-zero temperatures, and it could get very cold as we’re waiting to watch the sunset.

You’ll be back in the city just in time to clean up and head out for your NYE party!

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Departure date: Saturday, December 10
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Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, December 10
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, December 11
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, December 11
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 14
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, December 17
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, December 17
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Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, December 18
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Sunday, December 18
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 21
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, December 24
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Great Wall Christmas Eve: Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, December 25
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Great Wall Christmas: Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 28
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, December 31
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, December 31
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, January 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 4
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, January 7
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High Rise to Longquanyu

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Departure date: Saturday, January 7
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, January 8
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 11
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, January 14
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Gubeikou West Circuit

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Departure date: Saturday, January 14
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, January 15
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, January 15
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White River Ice Hike

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 18
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, January 21
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, January 22
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, January 22
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White River Ice Hike

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Departure date: Saturday, January 27
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, January 29
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Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, January 29
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White River Ice Hike

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Departure date: Monday, January 30
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: January 30–31 (Mon–Tue)
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CNY Overnight: Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Departure date: Tuesday, January 31
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Wednesday, February 1
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, February 1
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Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

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Departure date: Thursday, Feburary 2
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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