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The Silver Pagodas, after a midwinter fall of snow
Departure date: Sunday, December 9

Silver Pagoda Loop

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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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Hiking above the Huanghuacheng Reservoir, Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, December 12

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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Long views on the Great Wall near Jinshanling
Departure date: Saturday, December 15

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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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 family 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 version where we walk the last section of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and all of the Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Hikers on a trail through chestnut orchards
Departure date: Saturday, December 15

Triangle Hike

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See the sights of the countryside on this nice-and-easy hike. The hike starts off with a stroll down a valley, and then we head into the rolling hills of Huairou District. We follow farm trails and roads through valleys and orchards before heading up a rocky trail to an old pine tree that is a local landmark. From the pine we continue, passing through a small village and up a road that leads past reservoirs and chestnut orchards on the way out to the main road. Suitable for children over 8 years old.

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The General's Tower on the Stone Valley Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, December 16

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: Wednesday, December 19

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 at the High Tower in Yanqing District
Departure date: Saturday, December 22

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.

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The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Saturday, December 22

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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Hiking by a tower on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: Sunday, December 23

‘Almost Christmas’ on the Great Wall: Hemp Village to Gubeikou

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Celebrate it almost being Christmas with a hike on the Great Wall!

We’ve been doing our Christmas Hikes since 2004, and in 2017 the tradition continues! To begin the hike, we’ll walk in to Hemp Village, a tiny settlement hidden at the end of a long valley. From Hemp Village, we’ll climb into the hills, first following a trail through fields with views of the Great Wall to the side and front, and then getting on to the Great Wall at Gubeikou to walk a 6km stretch of pretty, unrestored wall.

After lunch we’ll have a dumpling-making contest, with prizes to be won!

Are you based in Shunyi? We’ll add in a Shunyi Pinnacle Plaza pickup if there are enough people interested.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Tuesday, December 25

Great Wall Christmas: Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Celebrate Christmas with a hike on the Great Wall!

We’ve been doing our Christmas Hikes since 2004, and in 2018 the tradition continues! This year we’re going to do the scenic Jiankou to Mutianyu hike, and then head to our favourite Mutianyu restaurant for a big lunch. The hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu is a favourite of many, a good tough hike with great views of picturesque Great Wall.

Parts of this hike are fairly difficult in the best of weather; during winter we may encounter some snow or ice on the trail – nice for photographs, but slippery underfoot, making this hike best suited for fit hikers with good hiking boots.

After lunch we’ll have a dumpling-making contest, with prizes to be won!

(Have to work on Christmas? Try the ‘Almost Christmas’ on the Gubeikou Great Wall hike on Sunday the23rd.)

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Long views on the Great Wall near Jinshanling
Departure date: Saturday, December 29

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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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 family 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 version where we walk the last section of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and all of the Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Exploring a tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Sunday, December 30

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 and not touched again since. It’s in surprisingly good shape after 400 or so years of weathering.

You’ll hike up and along the Great Wall, passing through large towers on the way to the highest point on the trail. This is an excellent hike for photography—we seldom see other hikers here, and you’ll have long views of ‘wild’ Great Wall ascending ridgelines, with more Great Wall visible on hills in the distance.

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Ice climbers on a frozen waterfall
Departure date: Monday, December 31

Immortal Valley Loop

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This loop walk follows a park trail, passing freezing streams, pools, waterfalls, and big boulders and caves on the way to an almost-800-metre peak. From the peak we’ll get a good view of the surrounding hills and valleys, and should be able to spot the Miyun Reservoir. On the way back down we’ll follow a scenic ridgeline trail through pines and impressive rocky outcrops. The full loop is around 14km, and will take about 4 hours to complete.

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Hiking the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, just before sunset
Departure date: Monday, December 31

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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See the last sunset of 2018 from the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng.

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 to a high tower to watch the sun go down. We then hike down to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir.

Bad weather plan: if bad weather (i.e. snow, ice, extreme cold) means this hike wouldn’t be safe or fun we’d look at changing the hiking trail or moving to a different location.

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A stretch of Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: Tuesday, January 1

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Get a healthy start to 2019, with an easy hike!

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, November 21
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, November 22
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, November 24
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, November 24
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, November 25
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, November 25
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Intelligence Valley and Yanqi Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, November 28
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, November 29
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, December 1
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Shuiquan Canyon

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Departure date: Saturday, December 1
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 5
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, December 8
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High Rise to Longquanyu

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Departure date: Saturday, December 8
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, December 9
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, December 9
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 12
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, December 15
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, December 15
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Triangle Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, December 16
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 19
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, December 22
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The High Tower Loop hike

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Departure date: Saturday, December 22
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, December 23
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‘Almost Christmas’ on the Great Wall: Hemp Village to Gubeikou

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Departure date: Tuesday, December 25
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Great Wall Christmas: Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

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Departure date: Sunday, December 30
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Monday, December 31
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Monday, December 31
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Tuesday, January 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: December 12–16, 2018

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Trip dates: December 29–January 1

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