Gubeikou Great Wall | Haowang Tower, on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
The middle section of Gubeikou’s Panlongshan Great Wall.

Gubeikou Great Wall

Includes a post-hike lunch at a countryside restaurant. This hike is a slightly different way to do the Gubeikou Great Wall, starting with a climb up to the 24-Eyes Tower and finishing with a look at some of the Great Wall towers on the west side of the big North Gate.

Level 3
3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 9km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is scheduled as a join-in group tour on the following dates

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There’s a risk of getting a Health Kit pop-up from hiking here

We’re right on the Hebei-Beijing border, and your phone might pick up a Hebei signal. (There are some Covid cases in a Hebei city about 100km north of Gubeikou)

Putting your phone in airplane mode while hiking should take care of it, but we can’t guarantee that.

If it’s very important that you don’t get a pop-up, we advise saving this hike for another time.

A slightly different way to do the Gubeikou Great Wall hike, starting with a climb up to the 24-Eyes Tower and finishing with a look at some of the Great Wall towers on the other side of the North Gate.

This hike adds some extra trails at either end of our regular Gubeikou Great Wall hike, and we’ll take you for a look at some of the towers on the other side of Gubeikou’s North Gate.

We’ll start off nearby the small hamlet where we usually finish this hike, and hike up to the small reservoir further up the valley from the houses.

By the reservoir is a hill track that will take us up to the top section of the Great Wall at Gubeikou. It’s not a difficult climb, but once we’ve finished it we’ll be almost at the highest point of the whole hike.

The actual highest point of the whole hike is the 24-Eyes Tower, and we’ll follow the wall up for long views of more Great Wall and mountains all around.

24-Eyes Tower is the highest tower on the Panlongshan ‘Coiling Dragon Mountain’ part of the Great Wall, and was one of the largest, too. The name ’24-Eyes’ came from the number of windows—six on each of the tower’s four sides. The tower only has two sides now due to damage over the years, including explosions and gunfire during a 1930s battle between Chinese and Japanese armies.

After a break at 24-Eyes Tower we’ll hike down the Great Wall, heading for Gubeikou’s North Gate. We’ll be on the wall most of the way there, passing through Haowang Tower and the General’s Tower along the way.

Just after the General’s Tower we’ll take a detour off the wall to head for the North Gate, hiking hill trails to get back to the wall that encircled Gubeikou Village, and then along the wall to the North Gate, an arched gate in the wall.

Gubeikou West Circuit, 2017/11/18 photo #2
Views from the other side of the North Gate, with the General’s Tower and 24-Eyes Tower seen in the far distance.

Usually we’d head down to the village from the North Gate, but today we’ll hike on over to take a look at some of the towers on the wall beyond the gate. We’ll see where the wall went as it circled around the village, plus 2 or 3 of the towers on the cliffs above the river.

We’ll end the hike by following a hill track down to the War Memorial Museum car park, and then hike back under the highway to finish at Gubeikou Village.

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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