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Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

In Brief: The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou has been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and litter. Help us clean it up!

Beijing Hikers 2017 Earth Day clean up

The results of a clean up hike in 2016.

Key information

  • approx. 4 hours start to finish over 6km.

Rain date: The Jiankou Great Wall was closed last weekend, we're trying again this weekend!

Join the clean up and do your part to keep the Great Wall clean and green.

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Hike info

The Jiankou Great Wall is found in the hills north of Beijing—a location that is popular with hikers and casual visitors because of the superb views of the Great Wall running up and down steep ridgelines

Unfortunately, both hikers and casual visitors are not always conscientious about cleaning up after themselves. The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou has been somewhat spoiled by the buildup of trash – plastic bottles, cans, tissues, noodle wrappers, and worse.

The pollution is disheartening, but there’s hope and ways to help stop this. Together with Gung Ho! and Patagonia, we are joining forces for a waste-free wall! We are looking to co-organise regular Great Wall clean-up hikes, and this is the second in the 2018 series.

Join the clean up and do your part to keep the Great Wall clean and green, and you’ll then enjoy the reward of pizza and beer at the Gung Ho! Hut at Jiankou, courtesy of Gung Ho! Pizza.

Beijing Hikers 2017 Earth Day clean up

Cleaning up the trash on our 2017 Earth Day clean up hike.

We'll be collecting payment in advance for this hike using Wechat or Alipay. We'll supply payment information after you make the reservation. (If you can't do Wechat or Alipay payments please make a note with your booking and we'll figure it out.)

Clean up plan

  1. Depart from Beijing by private bus. Liangmaqiao subway departure at 7:30am, then Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks departure at 8am.

  2. Hike up to the Great Wall, keeping an eye out for things to pick up. Note: some sections steep and slippery. As we hike along the trails and meet fellow adventurers, it will be an opportunity to raise awareness and set a good example.

  3. Make our way to the Gung Ho! Hut where we will weigh and log data about the waste collected.

  4. Kick back at the Hut and pat ourselves on the back with wood-fired Gung Ho! pizzas, fresh salads and light refreshments! (included in the participation fee.) We'll bring a box of beers; other alcoholic beverages such as beer will be available for purchase for minimal charge.

  5. Start driving back to Beijing at about 4pm.

GHP logo

About Gung Ho!

Gung Ho! is proud to be China’s first and only food group with the B Corp certification. It aims to use food as a vehicle to positively influence its community and minimise its impact on the environment

Patagonia and One Percent for the Planet logo

About Patagonia

Founded in 1973, Patagonia is a top-notch outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. The mission of Patagonia is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Bad weather plan

If the forecast weather is not suitable for a hike (extreme heat, heavy rain, thunder/lightning) we'll need to postpone the event until August 19. We will be in touch on August 10th if we need to postpone.

Trash we’ll be collecting

  • Any plastic
  • Any metal without sharp edges
  • Cigarette butts
  • Orange peels (Even though they come from fruit, these peels do not break down quickly!)
  • Whatever you feel comfortable removing that was left by someone else

What to bring

  • Sun protection: long-sleeved shirt, hat
  • A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
  • Raincoat or poncho, just in case
  • Snacks to eat while you hike
  • Hand sanitiser, tissues
  • Comfortable, broken-in hiking boots
  • (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)

We’ll provide

  • Water
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic gloves

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level3+

Level of difficulty

Level 3+ is a ‘tougher’ moderate hike. There may be long climbs up hills, and there may be steep sections.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 6km
  • Time to complete: approx. 4 hours
  • Total ascent: 382m
  • Start height: 637m
  • Peak: 922m
  • Location: Huairou
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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