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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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On the way to the Old Gold Mines village
Departure date: Friday, 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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Towers on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: Sunday, April 14

Kids Club: Gubeikou Wall and adventure playground

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Walk up to the middle part of the Gubeikou Great Wall to take a look about the towers, hike along the wall, and then hike down to the adventure playground for play and picnic time.

Kids club: relaxed outings for kids to enjoy some family time in nature. Best for ages 5–12. Younger children would need to be carried for most of the way on this hike.

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The complicated 'cuan' character, seen on a wall of a courtyard house in the village
Departure date: Sunday, April 21

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.

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The complicated 'cuan' character, seen on a wall of a courtyard house in the village
Departure date: Sunday, May 19

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.

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Swimming at Yunmeng Gorge
Departure date: Sunday, May 26

Kids Club: Yunmeng Gorge play and picnic

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Hike an easy 4km up Yunmeng Gorge to find a sunny spot by a swimming hole; picnic, play, and explore the area before walking the 4km back out to the end.

Kids club: relaxed outings for kids to enjoy some family time in nature. Best for ages 5–12. Younger children would need to be carried for most of the way on this hike.

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All upcoming easy hikes in Beijing

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Hike schedule: easy hikes

Departure date: Friday, April 5
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War Tunnels and the old Gold Mines

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Departure date: Sunday, April 14
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Kids Club: Gubeikou Wall and adventure playground

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Departure date: Sunday, April 21
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Ming Village day trip

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Departure date: Sunday, May 19
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Ming Village day trip

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Departure date: Sunday, May 26
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Kids Club: Yunmeng Gorge play and picnic

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See more of China on a multi-day trip—travel to famous scenic areas, or choose to visit somewhere obscure and less well-known.

Upcoming trips

A traditional welcome to a Miao village
Trip dates: April 3–7, 2019

Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between villages and enclaves in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong (and more) ethnic groups.

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Hiking through the huge dunes of the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2019

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia (4 days)

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: June 5–9, 2019

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province (5 days)

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more.

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