UPDATE 2020/12/14—we’ve changed the plan for this hike. Our original baking location isn’t allowed to have guests because their village is being super-strict during winter, and we think kids might find it a bit cold on a longer hike. New details below.
This is an easy 3km hike that’s used for a nature walk by kids from the local village primary school. It should take us about 1.5–2 hours to finish, and there are some out-and-back options for bigger kids to walk a bit farther if interested.
We start off crossing a bridge over the train tracks, and then walk up to a pine forest. A gravel track leads up through the forest, and then along a ridgeline to a fire warden hut. We’ll hike up to the hut, and then back along the ridge for views of mountains and the reservoir below. If it’s a clear day, we’ll be able to see all the way back to Beijing city. The hike finishes with a walk down a rough track and back over the train tracks.
After finishing the walk, we’ll board the bus for a short drive to an extremely comfortable courtyard house hidden in the lanes of a larger village, relaxing with snacks and drinks in the yard and/or dining hall and joining in to make and bake gingerbread treats.
Cost covers the hike and snacks, plus Chef Cindy’s gingerbread-making guidance and all the ingredients.
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 most of the hike.
- Hike an easy trail up to the fire warden hut and back down.
- Play about in the courtyard of a luxe village guesthouse with snacks/coffee/tea/drinks.
- Make and bake gingerbread treats with the guidance of Chef Cindy.
|08:00||Depart from Liangmaqiao subway pickup and drive to the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks pickup.|
|08:30||Driving to the hike.|
|10:00||Start the hike.|
|10:45||Take a short break by the fire warden hut|
|11:00||Continue the hike.|
|12:00||Finish the hike, short drive to the courtyard.|
|12:30||Snacks and drinks while we get ready for the baking class.|
|13:00||Baking and eating gingerbread treats.|
|14:30||Driving back to the city, stopping for a bathroom break.|
|16:00||Arrive at Lido Hotel, then on to Liangmaqiao.|