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Gaoqiao Temple | A rough track leads up to the arch that marks the site of Gaoqiao Monastery
A rough track leads past the arch that marks the site of ‘High Bridge’ Monastery.

‘High Bridge’ Monastery test hike

Hike up a long valley to find the remains of ‘High Bridge’ monastery, and then head up to a saddle on a ridge to find more temple ruins.

Level 3+
One steep climb. 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 10km. (Can I do it?)

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Test hike! We looked at a few hiking options during the week and found a valley that offers a good hike as well as a chance to explore some interesting ruins, walking a mix of paved tracks and rocky paths, passing abandoned houses and flowering apricot orchards on the way.

From the start point of the hike the valley doesn’t look super interesting. And maybe that’s why it was a good spot to hide a temple and monastery way back in the day.

The temple and monastery date back to the 1300s. They were in use through to the Qing Dynasty, and were pulled down for building materials during the Cultural Revolution. Large gates and arches remain, as well as large carved blocks that were too heavy to haul away.

We’ll hike up into the valley and explore the side trail that leads up to the ruins and piles of carved blocks that are all that's left of ‘High Bridge’ monastery.

Our next destination on the hike is the saddle at the top of the valley. From the monastery ruins we’ll walk back down to the main trail and then continue our hike up the valley.

At the top of the valley there’s a loop trail to that passes some more ruins, and then we’ll hike back down and out to finish.

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 your 14-day 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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