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Hillwalking and non-Great Wall hikes and trips in Beijing

The Great Wall is obviously great, but there's more to hiking in Beijing than the Great Wall. Interested in non-Great Wall hikes, level 3 and up? Here's what we have coming up!

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Craggy peaks in the Yudu Mountains
Departure date: Saturday, October 27

Yudu Mountains and Sujia River

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Upgraded to Level 4+! Almost 1,000m up into the Yudu Mountains, north of Yanqing City, is Yinmeng Temple. And if there’s a temple up in the mountains, there must also be a trail that goes up there!

We’ll hike up past the temple and cross the mountains at a 1,000m pass, then follow a scenic path through birch forests down into the Sujia River valley.

The trail follows the river, passing below tall cliffs and around bends in the valley.

To get out of the river valley we’ve got to do another big climb, crossing at another 1,000m+ pass before a more mellow walk down and out.

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A hiker looks out over the rolling hills of Miyun District in rural Beijing
Departure date: Sunday, November 4

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Autumn colours! Take a Miyun countryside ramble with us on a long walk through peaceful and sparsely populated hills, valleys, and forests. This walk is quite long, but it’s not difficult – there’s not a lot of climbing up and down. The countryside scenery is excellent and we’ll follow country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland.

Note: the trail could get rather brushy in places – we recommend you wear trousers to protect your legs.

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Several of the pagodas at the Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest
Departure date: Sunday, November 11

Silver Pagoda Loop

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Autumn colours! 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.

Note: This hike has replaced our planned Big Black Mountain hike, which we can’t do because of the security around the China-Africa government meeting this weekend.

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Looking down towards the Ming Tombs area
Departure date: Saturday, November 17

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

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For this hill-walking ramble we’ll join parts of two different hikes together to make up a longer trail that takes us over the hills and past two of the closed Ming Tombs, following old hill trails and passing through a few small country villages along the way.

Note: the wild valley in the middle of this hike will be fairly brushy and scratchy.

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A view of Stonewall Village, nestled in the rolling hills of Miyun District
Departure date: Sunday, November 18

Shunyi Hikers: Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Take a Miyun countryside ramble with us on a long walk through peaceful and sparsely populated hills, valleys, and forests. This walk is quite long, but it’s not difficult – there’s not a lot of climbing up and down. The countryside scenery is excellent and we’ll follow country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland.

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 hike through the rolling hills today, we can still make it work – write us a note when you make your booking.

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A valley filled with snow
Departure date: Saturday, November 24

Immortal Valley Loop

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This loop walk follows a park trail, passing 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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Hikers on the way up to a peak in Changping District, with snowy hills in the background
Departure date: Saturday, December 8

High Rise to Longquanyu

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This hike follows a seldom-used trail mountain trail that connects two villages in Changping District, peaking at almost 800m above sea level. On a clear day the views on the way up are excellent. The second village is conveniently close to a nice stretch of Great Wall we visit on other hikes, and we’re going to follow a recently repaired stretch up a steep hill to finish.

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Three of the pagodas at the Silver Mountain Pagodas
Departure date: Sunday, December 9

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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Hikers on a trail through chestnut orchards
Departure date: Saturday, December 15

Triangle Hike

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See the sights of the countryside on this nice-and-easy hike. The hike starts off with a stroll down a valley, and then we head into the rolling hills of Huairou District. We follow farm trails and roads through valleys and orchards before heading up a rocky trail to an old pine tree that is a local landmark. From the pine we continue, passing through a small village and up a road that leads past reservoirs and chestnut orchards on the way out to the main road. Suitable for children over 8 years old.

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Hikers at the High Tower in Yanqing District
Departure date: Saturday, December 22

The High Tower Loop hike

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This is a version of our High Tower hike that takes us up a rough hill trail to reach the section of Great Wall that leads up to the High Tower. We follow the wall all the way up to the top, starting on ‘wild’ wall and crossing over on to a repaired section. From the High Tower we make a short walk along rough and broken Great Wall, and then down into a wild valley and out to complete the loop.

Bring your passport or ID card: We’ll be just outside of Beijing for this hike, and may go through a checkpoint on the way back.

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A valley filled with snow
Departure date: Monday, December 31

Immortal Valley Loop

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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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All upcoming hillwalking hikes in Beijing

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Hike schedule: hillwalking hikes

Departure date: Saturday, October 27
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Yudu Mountains and Sujia River

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Departure date: Sunday, November 4
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Sunday, November 11
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, November 17
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Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

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Departure date: Sunday, November 18
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Shunyi Hikers: Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Saturday, November 24
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, December 8
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High Rise to Longquanyu

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Departure date: Sunday, December 9
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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, December 15
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Triangle Hike

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Departure date: Saturday, December 22
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The High Tower Loop hike

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Departure date: Monday, December 31
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Upcoming trips

The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Trip dates: November 15–18, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: December 12–16, 2018

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

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