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Kids Club: Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

In Brief: Explore the area between Zhuangdaokou and the Walled Village on a slow-paced walk.

Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village | Walking trails through chestnut orchards

Walking easy trails through chestnut orchards.

Key information

  • 2–3 hours start to finish over 4–6km.

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.

Climb a valley trail to reach the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou, stopping to explore the wall and surrounding area before an easy, mostly flat, walk over to the Walled Village.

Itinerary

08:30—Driving to the hike, stopping for a bathroom break
10:30—Start walking
11:30—Break at the Great Wall, picnic lunch
12:30—Walk over to the Walled Village, explore the Walled Village, free time
14:00—Driving back, stopping for a bathroom break
16:00—Arrive at Lido, then on to Liangmaqiao

Taking a break at a low point on the Great Wall
Taking a break at a low point on the Great Wall. (Click for larger image)

Things to do

While there aren't specially structured activities this time, there are some fun things to do.

Explore the Great Wall: Climb up to the first tower at Zhuangdaokou for great views. Best for older kids.

Explore around the Great Wall: find leaves, feathers, chestnuts and more; investigate trees and terraces.

Explore the Walled Village: walk the narrow lanes of the Walled Village to find courtyard dwellings; climb up on to the walls for views inside.

Other: this is a farming area, and we often see donkeys, cornfields, lettuce patches, and farmers working the chestnut orchards. We'll supply a worksheet we made for the Cub Scouts that includes things to do and look out for.

Please contact us if you'd like more details about the plan.

The gate of the Walled Village at Yaoziyu
The gate of the Walled Village at Yaoziyu. (Click for larger image)

Participation notes

Safety and supervision: we choose hikes that are not dangerous, and we’ll warn you about any parts of the hike that require extra attention. You’re responsible for watching your children. We’ll let you know where’s good to play.

Vehicle: all participants must wear seatbelts while in the vehicle. Ask us about bringing your car seat, as certain seats might not fit.

Weather: if the weather doesn’t look like fun, we’ll cancel or postpone the hike.

Food: bring your own picnic lunch. We’ll supply some snacks and water for you.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not like this hike

  • It's not really a hike, and we're going to take it slow. If you're interested in a hike, please take a look at some of the other options we have.
  • The Great Wall here is steep to begin with, and the first section has no ramparts between you and the edge of the wall. (But the wall is 3–4 metres wide, there's no way to fall off.)

More photos

Easy trails near the Walled Village
Easy trails near the Walled Village. (Click for larger image)
Hiking up to the wall from Zhuangdaokou Village
Hiking up to the wall from Zhuangdaokou Village. (Click for larger image)
A donkey near one of the villages
A donkey near one of the villages. (Click for larger image)

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

Level2

Level of difficulty

Level 2 hikes are not too tough: maybe a bit hilly, but no very long climbs. This type of hike will usually be suitable for children – but please check with us if you are not sure.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 4–6km
  • Time to complete: 2–3 hours
  • Start height: 242m
  • Peak: 326m (548m peak if you climb the wall)
  • Finish height: 316m
  • Location: Huairou
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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