Rolling Hills | The top trail on the Rolling Hills hike
Hiking up to the top trail on the longer version of the hike.

Kids Club: Rolling Hills

Head out to Miyun for a walk in the rolling hills south of the big reservoir—choose a shorter or longer trail, and finish with some fun at a small countryside playground.

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Options for longer and shorter hikes. (Can I do it?)

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The Rolling Hills area is one of our favourite spots for a ramble about the countryside, and there are a lot of options for a long or short hike.

We’ll see farms and fields (and maybe sheep and cows grazing in empty cornfields) as we hike through pine forests over low hills on shepherd’s trails and tracks. At this time of year the autumn colours should just be starting to show.

In the area there are also some little guesthouses and mini-playgrounds, and we’ll finish up at one of those for a picnic and play on long slides and in a hay bale maze, with extra paid activities including vegetable picking and donkey rides.

Kids club: relaxed outings for kids to enjoy some family time in nature. This outing is best for ages 6 and up. Younger kids could walk in places but would need to be carried for some parts.

Itinerary

Itinerary for the hike
08:30 Driving to the hike, stopping for a bathroom break
10:30 Start walking from a village, following dirt roads through cornfields.
11:30 Take an easy trail through the hills, with views of rolling hills and mountains in the distance.
12:00 Find a spot to eat some lunch.
12:30 Hike out on dirt and concrete roads past tree nurseries.
13:15 Big kids have the option to hike up to a lookout point (45-60 minutes round-trip) before following the others on a path over a low hill through a pine forest
14:30 Snacks and drinks and play time at the play area.
15:30 Driving back, stopping for a bathroom break
17:30 Arrive at Lido, then on to Liangmaqiao
The slides at the playground
The slides at the playground. (Click for larger image)

Things to do on the hike

Find the pheasants: keep an eye out for feathers on the trail, and look out for scared pheasants taking flight. Which are male, and which are female?

Find some grasshoppers: it’s just about the time of year where the grasshoppers are most active. Local shepherds say they’re a great source of protein (and taste best fried).

Climb up to the lookout: a paved track leads to the top of one of the highest hills in the area and down the other side. If it’s clear you can see the Yunmeng Mountains, Yanqi Lake, Beijing’s CBD, and more mountains all around. Involves some stair-climbing; best for bigger kids.

Things to do at the playground

Big slides: one straight, one snake-y, both about 12m long.

Haybale maze: a small maze of hip-height hay bales.

Donkey, horse, and tractor rides: take a ride at an extra cost (you can pay the playground staff directly).

Seasonal vegetable picking: pick your own vegetables for ¥15 per 500g. Selection depends on what’s available on the day.

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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