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Easy hikes and walks in Beijing

Looking for a relaxing day out of the city? Here's what we have coming up!

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Departure date: Sunday, August 20

Down the White River

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This hike begins near where we finish our regular version of our White River hike, and finishes further downstream.

On this route, we cross the river 7-8 times, passing the outskirts of small villages in an area that’s a bit quieter than our regular White River – fewer cars, more goats.

Note: If the river level is raised because of rain we might not be able to hike. We’ll know for sure in the week before the hike.

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Incense smoke wafts from an incense burner at Tanzhe Temple
Departure date: Sunday, September 17

Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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On this trip, you’ll get some good—but not tough—exercise, and will have plenty of time to look around Tanzhe Temple. You’ll also get a great meal of Chinese food at one of the restaurants just outside the temple. We begin the day with an investigation of an almost empty hillside village not far from the temple, walking the alleys and lanes and looking about abandoned courtyard houses before a scenic stroll along a road in the hills above the village. After that, we drive to Tanzhesi for a tour of the temple and Pagoda Forest. An excellent mixture of sightseeing and exercise, with autumn colours in the hills!

Price of the hike includes the 55 RMB entrance fee at Tanzhe Temple.

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Departure date: September 30-October 1 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

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Hike from Hemp Village up to the Gubeikou Great Wall and camp in a tower on this relatively easy camping trip. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have the camping equipment 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 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

Working day: for a lot of people working in Beijing, today will be the last day of work before the big October holiday.

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 3

Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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This hike starts off behind a small village where we’ll take a look at the 300-year old ‘Phoenix and Dragon’ pine trees before hiking up to the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall. From the wall, we have the option to make things a little more difficult by taking a climb up to some of the towers. We’ll end up at the Walled Village, a settlement that has grown up inside and around an old army barracks that used to house soldiers tasked with guarding the Great Wall. 2–3 hours of relaxed walking, price includes lunch at a restaurant at the foot of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Hikers with extra energy have the option to finish lunch early and take a short climb up.

Regular Beijing Hikers: this is the easiest version of this walk. A great way to try a hike if you’re not sure about your fitness, or if you have kids who would like to get outside.

Holiday traffic: There’s a chance we’ll get stuck in bad traffic at some point during the drive, and we might be back to Beijing later than estimated. We’d recommend not making fixed plans for the evening, just in case!

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Hike schedule: easy hikes

Departure date: Sunday, August 20
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Down the White River

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Departure date: Sunday, September 17
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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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Departure date: September 30-October 1 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 3
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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