Changyucheng Village | Exploring inside the old walls of Changyucheng Village
Exploring inside the old walls of Changyucheng Village.

Kids Club: Changyucheng Village

Picnic in the forest by a reservoir and take a hike in the mountains before walking back through a village that used to be a Ming Dynasty-era military barracks.

Level 3
An easy walk up to the reservoir, steeper if you do the whole loop. 3–4 hours of walking over 4–8km (Can I do it?)

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Deep in the mountains of Changping District is Changyucheng, a village that used to be a Ming Dynasty-era military barracks. We’ll hike up to the forest by the village reservoir for a picnic and an optional hike, before walking back down to the village to check out the lanes, stone houses, temple, and thick walls of the old barracks.

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 hike.

Itinerary

Itinerary for the hike
08:00 Driving to the hike, stopping for a bathroom break
10:30 Start walking
11:30 Arrive at the forest and reservoir, picnic lunch
12:00 Do all or part of the loop hike into the mountains
14:00 Start walking back down to the village
15:30 Driving back, stopping for a bathroom break
17:30 Arrive at Lido, then on to Liangmaqiao
The forest  in the valley behind the Changyucheng Reservoir.
The forest in the valley behind the Changyucheng Reservoir. (Click for larger image)

Things to do

Do the loop hike: paved paths and boardwalks lead up the valleys behind the reservoir, passing through forest on the way up to a Great Wall signal tower that was used to relay messages from the main part of the Great Wall to the barracks in the village. Best for older kids.

Explore the forest and reservoir area: if the loop hike sounds a bit difficult, you can explore near the reservoir—walk around in the shade of the trees, look for flowers, bugs, and butterflies, see if there any frogs in the reservoir.

Take a look around the village: get a look at village life by taking a stroll through the village. We’ll show you the old houses, shrine, temple, and the old walls of the barracks

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

By the Changyucheng Reservoir
By the Changyucheng Reservoir. (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.

Long drive: the village is quite far into the mountains, and we drive on some winding roads.

Suitable for kids 5–12. Younger children would need to be carried for most of the time. Not suitable for people who want to walk fast.

More photos

An arch in the old walls of Changyucheng Village
An arch in the old walls of Changyucheng Village. (Click for larger image)
Outside the temple
Outside the temple. (Click for larger image)
The village temple
The village temple. (Click for larger image)
The main street of the village
The main street of the village. (Click for larger image)
A boardwalk beside the Changyucheng Reservoir
A boardwalk beside the Changyucheng Reservoir. (Click for larger image)
Views of mountains from the hiking trail
Views of mountains from the hiking trail. (Click for larger image)
Hiking down from the hills above Changyucheng Village
Hiking down from the hills above Changyucheng Village. (Click for larger image)

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  1. Kids Club: Changyucheng Village, 2019/08/25

    Kids Club: Changyucheng Village, 2019/08/25

    We headed out to Changyucheng Village for this outing, walking up to the reservoir for a picnic before a longer hike in the hills for those who were up for it—see 25 photos from the village, the reservoir, and the hike.

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