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Views of mountains from the Miaofengshan trail
Departure date: Saturday, May 11

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.

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Looking across the Mutianyu Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, May 11

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.

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Hikers on the way up the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Sunday, May 12

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

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Explore a scenic stretch of Great Wall on this Huairou hike, seeing long vistas and hiking both restored and unrestored sections on the way from the Huanghuacheng Reservoir all the way over to the Xishuiyu Reservoir. The hike is moderately difficult, with a few quite steep climbs and some loose rocks and bricks.

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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The two temples on the peak of Yajishan, seen from the entrance of the middle temple
Departure date: Sunday, 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 General's Tower on the Stone Valley Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, May 15

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we begin at 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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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, May 16

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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Long views of Great Wall in the mountains of Yanqing District, Beijing
Departure date: Saturday, May 18

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 we’re going to ask you some questions about your hiking experience as part of the reservation for this hike.

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A tower on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Saturday, May 18

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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See sunset from the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: May 18–19 (Sat–Sun)

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 the camping gear delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks. 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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Towers on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: Sunday, May 19

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 farther 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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The complicated 'cuan' character, seen on a wall of a courtyard house in the village
Departure date: Sunday, May 19

Cuandixia ‘Ming Village’ day trip

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On this hike we’ll take a good look around the alleys and courtyards of Cuandixia, a 500-year old Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) village that is sometimes referred to as a living museum. We’ll first take a walk in the hills near the village, then we’ll have a big lunch, and then we’ll take a tour of the alleys, lanes, paved stairs, and courtyard houses. It will be quite a long day, but well worth it! Lunch included.

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The clean up team in 2018
Departure date: Sunday, May 19

Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou has been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and litter, left by lazy hikers and careless campers. We’re getting together with Gung Ho! Pizza and Patagonia to collect as much litter as we can and carry it out.

Join the clean up and do your part to keep the Great Wall clean and green, and you’ll then enjoy the reward of pizza and beer at the Gung Ho Hut at Jiankou, courtesy of Gung Ho! Pizza.

(New date: we’d originally planned this clean up for April 20, but the Jiankou Great Wall was shut down.)

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Looking across the Mutianyu Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, May 22

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.

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Clouds over the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Thursday, May 23

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: 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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A craggy ridge near the peak of Heituo Mountain
Departure date: Saturday, May 25

Heituo Mountain Crossing

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Hike the long way up to the craggy peak of Heituo Mountain, and then down and out below the tall cliffs on the Nine-Eyes Tower side of the mountain. (On this version we hike up to the peak from where we finish the Level 5+ Heituo Moutain hike, and skip the brushy areas of the ‘Valley of the Pigs’.)

This is a fairly rough hike and parts of the track are very steep, so we’ll be limiting the number of participants. Because of the steep ascents and descents on this hike we wouldn’t be able to do it in or after rain.

You’ll need to be in good shape and have a good head for heights to enjoy this hike, and we’ll ask you about that as part of the sign up process.

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Departure date: Saturday, April 27
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: April 27–28 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, April 28
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, April 28
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Shuiquan Canyon

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 1
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, May 2
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Vulture Rock Ridge and the old Pilgrim’s Trail

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Departure date: Thursday, May 2
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, May 3
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, May 4
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The Pinnacle Tower

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Departure date: Saturday, May 4
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: May 4–5 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 5
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, May 5
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 8
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, May 9
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, May 11
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Miaofengshan Super Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, May 11
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 12
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

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

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 15
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

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Departure date: Saturday, May 18
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, May 18
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: May 18–19 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 19
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, May 19
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Cuandixia ‘Ming Village’ day trip

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Departure date: Sunday, May 19
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Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 22
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, May 23
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, May 25
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Heituo Mountain Crossing

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Departure date: Saturday, May 25
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, May 26
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, May 26
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Kids Club: Yunmeng Gorge play and picnic

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 29
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, May 30
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 1
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, June 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, June 2
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Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

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Departure date: Sunday, June 2
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 5
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, June 6
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, June 7
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, June 7
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, June 8
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, June 8
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Sunday, June 9
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, June 9
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White River hike

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Departure date: Saturday, April 6
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 12
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, June 13
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, June 15
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Chinese Knot Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 15
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, June 16
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, June 16
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 19
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, June 20
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 22
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White River hike

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Departure date: Saturday, June 22
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Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall overnight

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Departure date: Sunday, June 23
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, June 23
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Kids Club: The Silver Pagodas

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 26
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, June 27
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, June 29
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, June 30
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, June 30
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Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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