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On the 1500m peak of Heituo Mountain
Departure date: Saturday, March 23

Heituo Mountain Loop

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Hike 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 of the trail we skip the brushy areas of the Valley of the Pigs as well as the gruelling climb up through the forest at the other end of the valley.)

This is a fairly rough hike and part of the track is rather wild, so we’re limiting the number of participants to only fifteen tough trekkers. Because of the steep ascents and descents on this hike we wouldn’t be able to do it in or after rain. Parts of the trail in the first half of the hike could be rather overgrown.

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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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, March 23

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 further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. The hike at Gubeikou offers 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 Great Wall at Mutianyu
Departure date: Sunday, March 24

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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The General’s Tower
Departure date: Wednesday, March 27

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we make a loop out of 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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Hiking down an unrepaired section of the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Thursday, March 28

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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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, March 30

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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Hiking up a bouldery canyon
Departure date: Saturday, March 30

Great Flood hike

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Start off with an easy walk up the scenic Yunmeng Gorge, then cross the river to hike up into a valley filled with (mostly) fallow terraces before climbing to cross a pass in the mountains.  The hike finishes with a long walk out a boulder-filled river canyon, with great long views.

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See sunset from the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: March 30–31 (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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Looking across the Mutianyu Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, March 31

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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The Silver Pagodas stand on the site of a temple first built during the Tang Dynasty
Departure date: Sunday, March 31

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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Long views on the Great Wall near Jinshanling
Departure date: Friday, April 5

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.

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.

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On the way to the Old Gold Mines village
Departure date: Thursday, April 5

War Tunnels and the old Gold Mines

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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.

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Exploring a tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Saturday, April 6

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.

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.

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Sunset at the campsite
Departure date: April 6–7 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic spot on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have the camping gear 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 – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

Holiday traffic: There’s a chance we’ll get stuck in bad traffic at some point during the drive out to the hike, but we should be fairly clear on the way back. Bring a book, just in case!

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The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Saturday, April 6

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

The hiking trail is the same as our popular Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall walk, a great combination of unrestored and restored Great Wall that offers superb views of hills, mountains, and reservoirs.

Rain date: if rain (or thunder/lightning) is forecast for the evening then we’ll postpone this trip to Sunday, April 7. If there was a change to the plan we’d let you know.

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.

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 23
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Great Wall Spur

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White River Ice Hike

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Shunyi Hikers: White River Ice Hike

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

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Departure date: Saturday, February 9
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, February 9
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White River Ice Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, February 10
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Great Wall Spur

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, February 23
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Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

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Departure date: Saturday, February 23
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, February 24
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Wednesday, February 27
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, March 2
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Chinese Knot Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 2
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, March 3
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 6
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, March 7
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, March 9
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Switchback Great Wall

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 10
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 13
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, March 14
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, March 16
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

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Departure date: Sunday, March 17
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 20
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Thursday, March 21
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, March 23
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Heituo Mountain Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, March 23
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, March 24
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 27
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, March 28
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 30
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Great Flood hike

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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 31
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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War Tunnels and the old Gold Mines

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Departure date: Saturday, April 6
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Great Wall Spur

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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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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: Sunday, April 7
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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