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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.

Nature interpretation: On this hike we will be accompanied by Betsy Taylor, an experienced Naturalist who will keep an eye out for interesting flora, fauna, and geology while we walk. Stick close to her if you’re interested to learn more about what we see on the hike, and she’ll talk about anything we find.

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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: May 23–24 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Weather warning: We’re getting close to the rainy season, and if lightning or heavy rain is forecast for the weekend we may need to make a change to the plan.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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People walking toward the entrance of Yajishan Temple, with the temples seen on the mountain in the background
Departure date: Sunday, May 24

War Tunnels and Yajishan Temple Fair

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On this hike we’ve joined two shorter trails to make a good long hill-walking trail that will show some very interesting sides of the Beijing countryside, and you’ll get a good workout along the way!

The first thing we’ll take a look at is a restored tunnel warfare site, dug out in the late 1940’s. We’ll take a super-quick tour of the 650m of tunnels that are open to the public. When we’ll drive on to a nearby small village to begin a good long walk through the hills.

We’ll end up at Yaji Mountain, where we should find their annual temple fair in full swing. We should find it in full swing, but one time we went they’d been shut down a few days early. We’ll check for sure before we head out, and if the fair has finished we’ll hike up to the temples instead.

Passport required: entrance at the War Tunnels is free, but they need to see a passport. We might also need your passport number the week before the hike so we can make a reservation for our visit.

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Departure date: Sunday, May 24

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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This hike is a shortened version of our Nine-Eyes Tower trail, made easier by skipping the tough climb up to the top. We’ll follow hill trails through leafy valleys to get to Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’, and then walk south along the wall towards the Chinese Knot. This hike will still be fairly tough if you’re not used to hiking, and there are some sections that are very steep and slippery.

Nature interpretation: On this hike we will be accompanied by Betsy Taylor, an experienced Naturalist who will keep an eye out for interesting flora, fauna, and geology while we walk. Stick close to her if you’re interested to learn more about what we see on the hike, and she’ll talk about anything we find.

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 27

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: Thursday, May 28

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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A ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, May 30

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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This hike combines our Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower routes into a challenging extended day hike in the mountains of Yanqing, way past touristy Badaling. We’ll follow a trail beside an isolated section of the Great Wall up, down, and over hills, peaking at 1,440m above sea level. The day promises to be a challenging one! Suitable for fit and experienced hikers.

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Departure date: Saturday, May 30

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 along all 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, May 31

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: Sunday, May 31

Tomb Raiders hike and Ding Tomb’s ‘Underground Palace’

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On this hike we’ll climb an old hill trail in the mountains that form the feng shui barrier on the north side of the Ming Tombs in Changping District. The hill trail leads over the mountains, up to a lookout, out a valley past a small reservoir, and then on towards the tombs.

After the hike, we’ll take a short drive to Ding Tomb, one of the largest Ming Dynasty tombs. We’ll take a good look about the tomb, the highlight of which is definitely the ‘Underground Palace’ where the Wanli Emperor was entombed, 27 metres underground.

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 3

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: Thursday, June 4

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: Saturday, June 6

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

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For this hill-walking ramble we’ll join parts of two different hikes together to make up a longer trail that takes us over the hills and past two of the closed Ming Tombs, following old hill trails and passing through a few small country villages along the way.

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Departure date: Saturday, June 6

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
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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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Departure date: Wednesday, June 3
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, June 6
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Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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White River hike

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Bricks In The Wall hike

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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White River hike

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 17
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Great Wall Spur

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Moyashike Valley and Great Wall Spur Loop

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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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The Pinnacle Tower

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Departure date: Sunday, June 21
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 24
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, June 25
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, June 27
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 27
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, June 28
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, June 28
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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