Lakeside Great Wall and Longquanyu | Reservoir views from the Great Wall.
Views of Great Wall and water at the Lakeside Great Wall.

Lakeside Great Wall and Longquanyu

Hike up and over repaired Great Wall and cross the glass bridge in the Lakeside Great Wall Scenic Area, and then hike out the back of the park area to find quieter trails and unrepaired Great Wall at Longquanyu.

Level 3+
Some steep descents on the Great Wall, plus some fences to get around. Approx. 4 hours start to finish over 8km. (Can I do it?)
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Sunday, July 28

¥450 / ¥405 for members / ¥240 for kids

  1. 7:15am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
  2. 7:45am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
Post-hike lunch included; bring your own snacks.
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This hike might be a tough Level 3. We think it’s almost worth a 3+, especially if it’s a hot day. We've updated the pickup times for an earlier departure.

We’re trying out a slight change to the route: a bit more climbing, but more Great Wall and great views from the highest point inside the park area.

On this hike you’ll see both repaired and unrepaired Great Wall, as well as lakes, mountains, and streams.

The Lakeside Great Wall is a park area that features repaired Great Wall that both rises above and dips down into the Xishuiyu Reservoir.

Out the back of the park area is the Longquanyu Great Wall, where you’ll hike along the last part of unrepaired Great Wall in the area as well as some that has been repaired more recently.

After exploring the unrepaired wall we’ll hike back into the park area and follow the lakeside trail back to the bus. (Optional—buy a ticket for the speedboat instead of walking.)

After the hike we’ll head to a nearby village restaurant for a big hot meal and cold drinks.

The hike

At the Lakeside Great Wall we start off by crossing over the ‘70s-era dam that created the reservoir here, and then we make a short climb to get up on to the repaired Great Wall. From atop the wall here we’ll be able to see wall all around – an unrepaired section of Great Wall climbing a cliff above the reservoir, and more of the repaired wall on the other side of the lake. The views of the reservoir itself are also excellent – the wall runs high above the lake, and we’ll see little paddleboats dotting the water.

We’ll come down off the wall and follow a park road around the corner a little way before taking a turn to get back on the Great Wall, first passing the ‘Great Wall in the water’ before hiking up and over a peak. The climb up to the top is fairly steep, and the climb down the other side is even steeper. We’ll take our time here.

The wall dips down to the water again, and we’ll cross over the Glass Bridge and head up another steep stretch of Great Wall, passing three Great Wall towers on the way to the highest point inside the park area.

After a break at the high point, we’ll hike down a hill track and then on to the Longquanyu Great Wall.

The ‘wild’ section of Great Wall at Longquanyu
The ‘wild’ section of Great Wall at Longquanyu. (Click for larger image)

Just outside the Lakeside Great Wall park area is a short stretch of repaired Great Wall that soon turns rough and wild. We’ll follow the wall up to a large tower on a hill top, and then over and along to a dip in the hills. A short, steep, and somewhat tricky descent takes us down into the dip.

Beyond the dip the Great Wall heads up to cliffs and then dead-ends. We won’t hike up that way; we’ll instead follow field trails down into a valley, and then down a narrow track to get back to the Lakeside Great Wall scenic area. (We’d used to continue to hike the rest of the wall at Longquanyu, but the village rules there are not very hiker-friendly right now.)

We can take a quick detour up to the Black Dragon Pool before hiking out down the valley back to the beach area.

Hikers who would like extra exercise can follow the lakeside trail back to the bus. If you’d like to get back to the bus the fast (or faster) way, you can buy a ticket for a boat ride back to the dam—the fast way is the slow boat, faster (just a few minutes, too fast!) is the speed boat.

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  1. Lakeside Great Wall and Longquanyu, 2022/09/23

    Lakeside Great Wall and Longquanyu, 2022/09/23

    We took a stroll on the repaired Great Wall in the Lakeside Great Wall Scenic Area before heading out the back to hike along unrepaired ‘wild’ Great Wall at Longquanyu—see 13 photos.

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