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.
|08:00||Driving to the hike, stopping for a bathroom break|
|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|
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.
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.