Sun Huijie is a graduate of the Fine Arts College of Tsinghua University. An art student, she studied painting at the School of Art and Design of Beijing University of Technology and photography at Capital Normal University. After graduating, Huijie worked as a designer at a Japanese gaming company.
In 2003, Huijie took over the operation of Beijing Hikers. At that time, she was a sole operator. She had to find and maintain hiking trails, plan the hiking schedule, organise the hikes, handle the money, look after hikers – all at the same time as learning English and leading hikes three times a week.
In 2007, Huijie went all in on hiking and registered a company. Since then, Beijing Hikers has expanded immensely. Hard work, but as she says “All the struggles made me a better person. Hiking is a great way to meet new friends, and the feedback we receive from hikers really makes me happy.”
In 2016 Huijie took a break from hiking to become a parent, and is the proud mother of little Hayley.