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Departure date: Thursday, March 30

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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We use this trail for our hiking festival, and it’s also great for a day 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, and it could get breezy and cold up on the wall.

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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Departure date: Saturday, April 1

Great Wall Spur

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes: The holiday begins tomorrow. Come out for a hike today to get ahead of the crowds.

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: tough climb at the start of the hike. While rated a 3+, this hike is sort of a tough 3+ because of the long climb at the beginning. We go up about 500m over 2km of trail, which is a climb worthy of a Level 4 hike.

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Departure date: Sunday, April 2

Bricks In The Wall hike

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We’re leaving early to get ahead of the holiday traffic, but we still may get stuck in a jam at some stage. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

We’ll follow roads and hill trails in and around tiny villages northwest of Beijing, making easy climbs on hill trails and a really steep and tough climb on a rather rundown stretch of Great Wall, with fine views the whole way.

Most of this hike is easy, but we’ve rated it as a Level 4 because the section of the Great Wall we’ll climb is really steep and tricky.

Note: the Great Wall part of this hike will not be much fun if you are not good with heights or not confident in your balancing ability.

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Departure date: Sunday, April 2

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We’re leaving early to get ahead of the holiday traffic, but we still may get stuck in a jam at some stage. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

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.

Note: there’s some steep climbing on this hike, so we’re rating it a Level 3+ even though it’s quite a short hike.

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Departure date: Monday, April 3

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We’re leaving early to get ahead of the holiday traffic, but we still may get stuck in a jam at some stage. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

On this hike we’ll head out to the border of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province for a moderately difficult walk through peach orchards, up valleys, and along the Great Wall. We’ll have views of the distinctive peaks of nearby ‘Brush-rest’ Mountain as we walk, and we think this remote area is a great spot for a walk. The Great Wall out here is rough and seldom-visited—choose this hike if you’re interested in a visit to a section of wall very different to what you’ve seen on postcards.

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Departure date: Monday, April 3

Silver Pagoda Loop

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We’re leaving early to get ahead of the holiday traffic, but we still may get stuck in a jam at some stage. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

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.

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Departure date: April 3–4 (Mon–Tue)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We may get stuck in a jam at some stage during the drive. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic spot 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: 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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Departure date: Tuesday, April 4

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We’re leaving early to get ahead of the holiday traffic, but we still may get stuck in a jam at some stage. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

For this moderately challenging hike we’ll travel into the far northeast of Beijing Municipality. We’ll walk along a stretch of the Gubeikou Great Wall and end up at the Jinshanling Great Wall park after a long detour through the farmland surrounding Hemp Village. After a late lunch at our favourite restaurant at Jinshanling we’ll head back to Beijing. The cost of food, drinks, round-trip transportation, and park tickets is included in the price.

Regular hikers: this is the second-longest version of this route, where we walk all of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and just the first part of Jinshanling. Extremely fit regular hikers: we’ll give you the option to extend the hike!

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Departure date: Thursday, April 6

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: Saturday, April 8

Switchback Great Wall

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Travel right on past touristy Badaling on the way out to a difficult Great Wall hike in the mountains overlooking the Guanting Reservoir in Yanqing. The climbing is steep and tough and we’ll take 4–5 hours to complete the 8.5km walk. For much of the hike we’ll be quite high up, peaking at 1,200m near the midpoint where the wall curves in a sharp switchback.

We have a shorter version of this hike – on this trip we’ll do the tougher, longer route, and we’re going to do it backwards!

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Departure date: Saturday, April 8

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, April 9

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, April 9

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.

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 12

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we make a loop out of Stone Valley Village and hike the same line of wall as our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike. Starting at Stone Valley Village gives us a longer hike and some different angles for our views of the Great Wall, and we’ll also cross the tumbled-down and much older line of Northern Qi Dynasty Great Wall that was used as part of Ming Dynasty wall here.

The first quarter of the hike features two hill climbs, and then we’re up on to the Ming-era Great Wall. We follow the wall up to the General’s Tower – the tallest on this line of wall – and then follow it down the other side, passing some superb spots for photos along the way.

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Departure date: Thursday, April 13

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Explore an interesting stretch of Great Wall on this Huairou hike, visiting both restored and unrestored sections on the way from the Huanghuacheng Reservoir to a walled village that used to be a Ming Dynasty-era army barracks. The hike is moderately difficult, with a few quite steep climbs and some loose rocks and bricks. Price includes a late lunch of Chinese food after the hike.

Note: there’s some steep climbing on this hike, so we’re rating it a Level 3+ even though it’s quite a short hike.

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Departure date: Thursday, March 30
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall Spur

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Bricks In The Wall hike

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Monday, April 3
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Monday, April 3
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: April 3–4 (Mon–Tue)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Tuesday, April 4
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, April 6
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, April 8
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, April 8
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, April 9
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Sunday, April 9
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 12
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, April 13
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, April 15
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Heituo Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, April 15
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: April 15–16 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, April 16
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, April 16
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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 19
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, April 20
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, April 22
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, April 23
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Earth Day Cleanup: Jiankou Great Wall

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 26
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, April 27
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Saturday, April 29
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Vulture Rock Ridge and the old Pilgrim’s Trail

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Departure date: Saturday, April 29
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, April 30
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: April 30–May 1 (Sun–Mon)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Monday, May 1
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Monday, May 1
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Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 3
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, May 4
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, May 6
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Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

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Departure date: Saturday, May 6
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, May 7
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Ming Village day trip

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Departure date: Sunday, May 7
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 10
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Thursday, May 11
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, May 13
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The Pinnacle Tower Plus

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Departure date: Saturday, May 13
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: May 13–14 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 14
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Train Tracks and Chestnut Orchards

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Departure date: Sunday, May 14
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 17
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, May 18
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 20
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, May 20
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: May 20–21 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 21
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, May 21
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Shunyi Hikers: Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 24
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, May 25
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, May 27
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, May 28
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The Great Flood

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Departure date: Monday, May 29
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Monday, May 29
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: May 29–30 (Mon–Tue)
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Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Tuesday, May 30
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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White River hike

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