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Departure date: Saturday, December 16

Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

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On this 13km hike we’ll join sections of two good Changping trails by visiting what remains of two valley villages that were abandoned as a quarry expanded. Starting off with a stroll through Longevity Village, we’ll head into the hills, passing pine trees, closed mines, abandoned villages, and one of the closed Ming Tombs on the way to the end.

Route Two: we’ve got two versions of this hike. The start and finish point is the same. The middle section of the trail is different – on this route we go through the mines and quarry area, and then through two abandoned villages.

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Departure date: Saturday, December 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.

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Departure date: Sunday, December 17

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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Departure date: Wednesday, December 20

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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Departure date: Saturday, December 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 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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Departure date: Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve on the Great Wall: Hemp Village to Gubeikou

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Celebrate Christmas Eve 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!

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 27

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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Departure date: Saturday, December 30

Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall

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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 up a long valley, crossing a small stream a few times, and then we hike up a concrete road to find our bus.

Upgraded to a Level 4!

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Departure date: Sunday, December 31

Immortal Valley Loop

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Finish 2017 with a hike! 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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Departure date: Sunday, December 31

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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See the last sunset of 2017 from the Great Wall! You’ll be back in the city just in time to clean up and head out for your NYE party!

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.

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Departure date: Monday, January 1

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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First hike of 2018!

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.

Working day: for a lot of people working in Beijing, today will be the last day of work before the big October holiday.

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Departure date: Wednesday January 3

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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Departure date: Saturday, January 6

Quarrymen’s Trail

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This is a long but not super-difficult hike in the Ming Tombs area in Changping District, with views of mountains, valleys, pine forests, rocky outcrops, and two of the closed Ming Tombs. We start with a long, gradual climb to to a ridgeline saddle, descend into a long valley, walk for a short while up a quarry road, and then make another climb up through forest, reaching another saddle before walking out a valley that is flanked by Yong Tomb and De Tomb. Approx. 4 hours of hiking over 14km with two good climbs up hill trails.

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Departure date: Saturday, January 6

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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Departure date: Sunday, January 7

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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This is a looping walk over steep and rocky terrain, with a lot of scrambling and climbing required to arrive at the highest point on the hike, the impressive Nine-Eyes Tower. On a clear day in this spot in the heart of the mountains it will be possible to see sections of Great Wall to the north, south, east, and west. Four hours of tough hiking with a lot of climbing, over approximately 10km.

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Departure date: Saturday, December 16
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Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

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Departure date: Saturday, December 16
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, December 17
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 20
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, December 23
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, December 24
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Christmas Eve on the Great Wall: Hemp Village to Gubeikou

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 27
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, December 30
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Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, December 31
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Immortal Valley Loop

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

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Departure date: Monday, January 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday January 3
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, January 6
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Quarrymen’s Trail

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Departure date: Saturday, January 6
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, January 7
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 10
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, January 13
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, January 13
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Sunday, January 14
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 17
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, January 20
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, January 20
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White River Ice Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, January 21
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, December 24
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, January 27
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, January 27
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White River Ice Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, January 28
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, January 31
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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