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Departure date: Saturday, February 25

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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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: Saturday, February 25

Walk Down the Pilgrims’ Trail

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Follow an old pilgrims’ trail over a mountain pass, starting at a village at Miaofengshan, and finishing up with a look at a smaller temple on the other side of the ridge.

The highlights of this hike in the western district of Mentougou include ancient paved paths, wooded areas, and great views of high mountain scenery.

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Departure date: Sunday, February 26

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: Wednesday, March 1

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.

Note: there are some very steep descents in the first section of the hike.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, March 2

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: Saturday, March 4

Chinese Knot Great Wall

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This tough Great Wall hike involves a lot of climbing and scrambling, and you’ll need strong legs and a good head for heights to make it to the end. Starting on the southern side of the mountains to the north of Beijing, we follow the Great Wall up and over two ridges, peaking just after the ‘Chinese Knot’ at 987m above sea level. 4–5 hours of hiking over 10km, with hiking boots and above-average level of fitness required. Note: if you’re not comfortable with making a short-but-steep climb on somewhat tricky terrain, you will probably not find this hike an enjoyable experience.

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Departure date: Saturday, March 4

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: Sunday, March 5

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, March 5

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Take a Miyun countryside ramble with us on a long walk through peaceful and sparsely populated hills, valleys, and forests. This walk is quite long, but it’s not difficult – there’s not a lot of climbing up and down. The countryside scenery is excellent and we’ll follow country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland.

Holiday hike! It’s the Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike.

Note: the trail could get rather brushy in places – we recommend you wear trousers to protect your legs.

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 8

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.

Note: a bit of recent restoration work at the western end at Mutianyu means we’ll have to make a quick hop over the battlements to get on to the wall – much like the Mongolians did!

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Departure date: Thursday, March 9

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, March 11

The High Tower Loop hike

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This is a version of our High Tower hike that takes us up a rough hill trail to reach the section of Great Wall that leads up to the High Tower. We follow the wall all the way up to the top, starting on ‘wild’ wall and crossing over on to a repaired section. From the High Tower we make a short walk along rough and broken Great Wall, and then down into a wild valley and out to complete the loop.

Bring your passport or ID card: We’ll be just outside of Beijing for this hike, and may go through a checkpoint on the way back. (If we do get checked it will be because of the big government meeting during the first few weeks of March.

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Departure date: Saturday, March 11

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: Sunday, March 12

Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

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On this 13km hike we’ll join sections of two good Changping trails by visiting what remains of two valley villages that were abandoned as a quarry expanded. Starting off with a stroll through Longevity Village, we’ll head into the hills, passing pine trees, closed mines, abandoned villages, and one of the closed Ming Tombs on the way to the end.

Route Two: we’ve got two versions of this hike. The start and finish point is the same. The middle section of the trail is different – on this route we go through the mines and quarry area, and then through two abandoned villages.

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Departure date: Sunday, March 12

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.

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, February 25
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Saturday, February 25
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Walk Down the Pilgrims’ Trail

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Departure date: Sunday, February 26
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 1
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, March 2
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 4
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Chinese Knot Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 4
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 5
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, March 5
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 8
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, March 9
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, March 11
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The High Tower Loop hike

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Departure date: Saturday, March 11
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 12
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Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

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Departure date: Sunday, March 12
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 15
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, March 16
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, March 18
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Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 18
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, March 19
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Departure date: Sunday, March 19
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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 22
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, March 23
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 25
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Shuitou Village Loop hike

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

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Departure date: March 25–26 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 26
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, March 26
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 29
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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

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Departure date: Saturday, April 1
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, April 2
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Bricks In The Wall hike

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Departure date: Sunday, April 2
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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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Departure date: Saturday, April 22
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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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Departure date: Sunday, April 23
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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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