Old favourite! The rural districts and counties of Beijing contain many interesting places that you could drive right past without noticing. One of the places we’ll visit on this trip is even harder to spot—it’s underground, and was designed to be hard to find!
In the 1940’s, inhabitants of a village in Pinggu District built a maze of tunnels under their houses and streets, anticipating guerrilla warfare with Japanese soldiers. A section of the tunnels has been restored, and a museum built to explain the history – it’s a nice weird place to explore.
We’ll begin the day with a look about the tunnels, and then take a 6km stroll in the hills, passing through a few small villages on the way to a place that used to be called ‘Gold Mountain’.
Shunyi Pinnacle Plaza pickup available: We’ll stop by the Starbucks at Pinnacle Plaza on the way out to the hike and on the way back. If you’d like to be picked up there, please write us a note when you make your booking.
Holiday hike! It’s the Tomb-Sweeping Festival holiday weekend, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike. We recommend you don’t make fixed plans for the evening, just in case.