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Great Wall towers in the hills behind Hemp Village
Departure date: Thursday, May 5

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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A ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, May 7

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, and you’ll need warm clothing in case it gets windy and cold up on the peak.

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Departure date: Saturday, 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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Sunset at the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: May 7–8 (Sat–Sun)

Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

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On this two-day back-to-basics camping trip you’ll explore the ‘wild’ Great Wall, camping overnight on the Great Wall Spur and hiking over to Jiankou via the Chinese Knot on the second day.

This is a self-supported trip: we’ll supply the equipment – backpack, tent, sleeping bag – but it’s up to you to carry it! As well as the gear we supply water, snacks, paper plates and a pot, as well as a sandwich for lunch on the first day.

Group size 6–10 hikers.

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Departure date: Sunday, May 8

High Rise to Longquanyu

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This hike follows a seldom-used trail mountain trail that connects two villages in Changping District, peaking at almost 800m above sea level. On a clear day the views on the way up are excellent. The second village is conveniently close to a nice stretch of Great Wall we visit on other hikes, and we’re going to follow a recently repaired stretch up a steep hill to finish.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, May 8

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. There are some sections that are very steep and slippery, but the views of mountains and Great Wall are definitely worth it.

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 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: Thursday, May 12

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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The Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: May 12–13 (Thu–Fri)

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Hike the Great Wall and camp in a tower on this two day Great Wall adventure. 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.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and main meals; bring your camera and get ready to enjoy yourself!

Maximum group size of 10 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Hiking up the Vulture Rock Ridge trail
Departure date: Saturday, May 14

Miaofengshan Super Loop

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Get good exercise with great views on this loop hike in the mountains west of Beijing, following hill trails up to a broad plateau before walking along high-up Vulture Rock Ridge and then on to the peak of Miaofengshan. We’ve timed this trip to match the dates a temple fair out at Miaofengshan, and hope to see a bit of action at the temple as we walk down from the top.

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Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, May 14

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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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. We’ll extend the hike from Gubeikou along a few more towers, and then down a nice hill trail to finish. If you’re interested, you can buy a ticket and take a quick look inside the memorial to see historical photos and artifacts from the 1930’s battle for Gubeikou between the Chinese and Japanese armies. (Ticket cost approx. 20 RMB)

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Departure date: Sunday, May 15

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 15

Shunyi Hikers: Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Visit Yanqing Country to find a short stretch of ‘Warring States’ era Great Wall and an old village amidst the mountainous landscapes. The hike begins with a nice long, flat walk along the floor of the canyon. Mid-way, we’ll stop for a break at a small and interesting mostly-abandoned village before following a trail up through a pine forest to take a look at a very old section of Great Wall. We’ll finish the hike by following a hill trail down and out to the nearest road.

After the hike we’ll take a stroll through the streets of Yongning Town, a countryside town with a long history, a big tower in the middle of town, and a street market in the town square.

Because this hike is mostly flat it’s fine for fairly active kids. If you’re not sure about the suitability, please get in touch with us.

Shunyi Hikers: We’ll be picking up people from the Starbucks at Pinnacle Plaza in Shunyi for this hike. If you’re not based in Shunyi but fancy a visit to the Cypress Wells Canyon today, we can still make it work – write us a note when you make your booking.

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 18

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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We used this trail for our hiking festival, and after receiving great feedback on it we’re offering it as a regular hike: guided instead of pre-marked, and with a big meal of country style Chinese cooking after the hike is done.

Roads and paved paths lead to the trail that takes us up on to unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, which we’ll follow along a ridge line. After several steep ups and downs on the wall we’ll reach the General’s Tower, a large tower sited on the highest point of the ridge. From there we follow the wall down to a steep pass, which we’ll cross through before a quick climb over a hill with super views of the wall behind us.

Some sections steep and slippery

Regular hikers: There’s a significant amount of crossover with this hike and our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Thursday, May 19

Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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After a quick look at the thick walls of what was once a Ming Dynasty-era barracks, we’ll take an easy stroll through chestnut orchards on the way to a stretch of the nearby Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

We’ll stop for a rest there and will have time to climb a few towers of a restored section before reversing direction and following a line of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall up and along a big ridge, finishing up with a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Little West Lake.

Regular hikers: our trails in this area overlap quite a bit, and if you’ve done any of our Zhuangdaokou or Huanghuacheng hikes you may already have walked a lot of this trail.

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Departure date: Thursday, May 5
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 7
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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

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Departure date: May 7–8 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, May 8
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High Rise to Longquanyu

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Departure date: Sunday, May 8
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 11
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, May 12
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Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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Departure date: May 12–13 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 14
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Miaofengshan Super Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, May 14
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Departure date: Sunday, May 15
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, May 15
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Shunyi Hikers: Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 18
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, May 19
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, May 21
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Heituo Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, May 21
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: May 21–22 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 22
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, May 22
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Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain Temple Fair

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 25
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, May 26
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, May 28
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Great Wall: Gubeikou to Jinshanling (and a little Simatai)

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Departure date: Saturday, May 28
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 29
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, May 29
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, June 2
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, June 4
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Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 4
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, June 5
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Silver Mountain to the Mines

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Departure date: Sunday, June 5
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 8
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Thursday, May 9
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: June 9–10 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, June 10
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Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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Departure date: Friday, June 10
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 11
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Departure date: Saturday, June 11
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White River hike

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Departure date: Sunday, June 12
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 15
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 18
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 18
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 22
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, June 23
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, June 25
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, June 26
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White River hike

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