Stone Valley Great Wall | Approaching the General's Tower
The General's Tower on the Stone Valley Great Wall.

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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Bookings close August 11

Booking info

Wednesday, August 12

¥400 / ¥360 for members

  1. 7:30am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
  2. 8:00am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
Includes a meal after the hike.

You may be asked to show a green result on your Health Kit/京健康宝 app to get past the village checkpoint. Bring your passport/ID, just in case.

We’re right on the border of Beijing and Hebei for this hike, and your phone may get a ping from Hebei Province. We have hiked here recently, and our apps are still showing green.

Please note additional precautions and terms and conditions for hiking during the COVID-19 situation.

We wanted to do this hike last weekend but they had to close it down after the new cases in Beijing. Our village friends say we’re good to go for this weekend.

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 at the back of Stone Valley Village, a tidy settlement just on the Beijing side of the border. We’ll drive up to the end of the road, and start the hike on a paved trail that leads up into the hills.

Further up we 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.

Exploring the Great Wall
Exploring the Great Wall. (Click for larger image)

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.

A short hike along the wall from the General’s Tower takes us to a point where the wall splits—the main line of Ming-era Great Wall heads straight down into Hebei Province, and a line of much older wall – said to date back to the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577) – runs roughly along the ridge which is now the Beijing-Hebei border.

On this visit we will follow the Northern Qi Great Wall to avoid any issues with wall wardens on the Hebei side.

What’s left of the Northern Qi wall is a rough line of piled rocks, which makes for tricky walking in a few places. We’ve cut some side trails around the steepest parts, and from this part of the track you’ll have great views of the Ming wall and towers running along the next ridge over.

The Northern Qi wall continues along through the hills and eventually joins again with the Ming wall. On this trip we’ll do an up-and-back along the last part of the Northern Qi wall to check out some more of the Ming wall further up on the ridge—we’ll offer you the option to explore two of the high towers up there before heading back down to find the trail that leads down through forest to the end of the hike.

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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