Stone Valley Great Wall | Hiking on the 'wild' Great Wall in Yanqing District
Hiking on the 'wild' Great Wall in Yanqing District.

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Hike the Great Wall, starting from Stone Valley Village and following a line of wild wall up to a tall tower with 360° views of mountains, valleys, small villages, and a long line of wall heading high into the hills.

Level 3+
Some steep climbs up and down on tricky footing. 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 10km. (Can I do it?)
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Booking info

Wednesday, December 4

¥430 / ¥390 for members

  1. 7:30am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
  2. 8:00am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
Includes a meal after the hike.
Regular hikers: There's a significant amount of crossover with this hike and our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike.

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, including a great look at what an attacker might have been faced with trying to cross over to the Beijing side.

The hike

We start off easy with a wee walk up the concrete road behind Stone Valley Village, a tidy settlement just on the Beijing side of the border.

Further up the road we turn off on to a paved path, and then take a turn for the hills on a dirt trail that leads up to the Great Wall. The trail takes us up through a forested valley, getting slightly steeper as we near the Great Wall.

After taking a break by the Great Wall, we follow a rough and unrestored section of Great Wall all the way up to a 1,034m beacon tower known as the General’s Tower, the largest on this line of wall. From up on top of the tower we’ll have great views of the surrounding mountains, with more wall seen snaking off into the distance.

The General's Tower on the Stone Valley Great Wall
The General's Tower on the Stone Valley Great Wall. (Click for larger image)

We continue along the Great Wall, aiming for a pass where it dips down low. There are some steep and slippery sections on this stretch, with hill trail detours around the worst parts.

As we near the pass, the wall becomes too steep for fun hiking and we’ll follow a side trail down the outside, and then hook around through the pass. Once upon a time the pass would have been heavily fortified, but now the thick walls are tumbled down and we can stroll right through.

We’ll follow a field trail further up the valley, and then hike a trail up and over the hill, crossing a rough line of what’s said to be Northern Qi-era (550–577) Great Wall before hiking down to Stone Valley Village to complete the loop.

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