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Easy hikes and walks in Beijing

Looking for a relaxing day out of the city? Here's what we have coming up!

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Hiking kids cross stepping stones over a river in Intelligence Valley
Departure date: Sunday, August 19

Intelligence Valley and Liyuan Library

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A clear stream runs through Intelligence Valley, and the surrounding mountains form a microclimate that makes this a very nice walk. It’s a flat hike, and offers some shade while hiking alongside a stream and over rocks through the valley. Near the end of the hike we’ll take a break at the Dragon Pool, where people rent inflatable boats or sometimes swim. After we’ve finished walking, we’ll stop by our farmer friend’s guesthouse for a big lunch of homestyle Chinese food – cost included in the price of the hike.

Why is this hike called Intelligence Valley? Because – it’s said – that if you walk down the valley, you will become more intelligent! Try it out, and make sure you don’t walk backwards!

Liyuan Library: just before we get into Intelligence Valley we’ll walk past the Liyuan Library, an incongruously architectural building that’s been called “the world’s most beautiful library”. We’ll stop for a 30-minute visit.

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The trail leads through chestnut orchards, with the Great Wall on the ridge behind
Departure date: Wednesday, October 3

Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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This hike starts off behind a small village where we’ll take a look at the 300-year old ‘Phoenix and Dragon’ pine trees before hiking up to the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall. From the wall, we have the option to make things a little more difficult by taking a climb up to some of the towers. We’ll end up at the Walled Village, a settlement that has grown up inside and around an old army barracks that used to house soldiers tasked with guarding the Great Wall. 2–3 hours of relaxed walking, price includes lunch at a restaurant at the foot of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Hikers with extra energy have the option to finish lunch early and take a short climb up.

Regular Beijing Hikers: this is the easiest version of this walk. A great way to try a hike if you’re not sure about your fitness, or if you have kids who would like to get outside.

Early start! We’re leaving early to avoid the worst of the holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point, and we recommend you don’t make fixed plans for the evening. Bring a book or something to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

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A view of the stone houses of Cuandixia, Mentougou District
Departure date: Sunday, October 14

Shunyi Hikers: 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.

Shunyi Hikers: We’ll be picking up people from the Starbucks at Pinnacle Plaza in Shunyi for this hike. If you’re not based in Shunyi but fancy a visit to the Ming Village today, we can still make it work – write us a note when you make your booking.

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Hike schedule: easy hikes

Departure date: Sunday, August 19
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Intelligence Valley and Liyuan Library

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 3
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, October 14
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Shunyi Hikers: Ming Village day trip

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