Water Great Wall Shui Changcheng | Views over the Little West Lake reservoir
Views over the Little West Lake reservoir.

Kids Club: Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall

Walk all around the Huanghuacheng Lakeside Scenic Area, visiting lakeside trails, a small beach by the lakeside, Ming Dynasty-era chestnut orchards, and short stretches of repaired Great Wall that offer superb views over the lake. Extra hiking options are available for bigger kids.

Level 2
Mostly flat, with some short climbs around the Great Wall. 3–4 hours of easy walking over approx. 10km. (Can I do it?)

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Take an easy stroll on lakeside trails and park paths, aiming for a picnic spot shaded by Ming Dynasty-era chestnut trees. We’ll hike short stretches of repaired Great Wall; big kids can extend the hike by climbing more of the Great Wall or hiking in to the Black Dragon Pool.

Kids club: relaxed outings for kids to enjoy some family time in nature. This outing is best for ages 5 and up.


Itinerary for the hike
08:30 Driving to the hike, stopping for a bathroom break
10:30 Start walking around the lakeside trail
11:30 Finish the lakeside trail and and head for the beach and chestnut orchards
12:00 Picnic and play time, finish lunch early if you’d like to hike more of the wall
14:00 Start walking back out again, optional hike up a side trail to get up on a short stretch of repaired Great Wall above the lake
15:00 Snacks and drinks by the bus
16:00 Driving back, stopping for a bathroom break
17:30 Arrive at Lido, then on to Liangmaqiao
Water Great Wall scouting photos, 2020/04 photo #1
Views from the lakeside trail.

Things to do

Play on the sand: the inner shore of the lake has a small beach of gritty sand to play on.

Play on the grass: there’s a nice expanse of grass near the chestnut orchards and picnic area.

Park area activities: the scenic area usually has some extra entertainment options available, such as boat rides, mini-ditch diggers, and archery. We’ll see what’s available when we get there.

Climb the Great Wall: We’ll hike a short stretch of repaired Great Wall that offers amazing views over the water. Older kids can add on extra Great Wall.

Visit the Black Dragon Pool: Just outside the far border of the park is the Black Dragon Pool, a pool of water surrounded by tall cliffs. You’ll need to be a faster walk to explore this part of the park – it’s quite a long walk from the entrance. (Your guides can advise.)

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

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.

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 any required 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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