Changyucheng Walled Village

Deep in the hills of Changping District is a quaint village where we'll find the thick walls and gates that were once a Ming Dynasty-era barracks, which we'll explore after climbing up to a signal tower high in the hills above the village reservoir.

Level 3
3–4 hours of walking and hiking over approx. 8km. (Can I do it?)

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Two elderly villagers sit in front of a large gate in a thick stone wall
Two elderly villagers sit in front of a large gate in a thick stone wall.

On this trip we’ll explore the village of Changyucheng, looking at old shrines, defensive walls, and a temple with a big old tree, before taking a good long walk up a long valley to a tablet that marks the border of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province.

We’ve got several tough Great Wall hikes that either finish or begin at Changyucheng—the ‘Long Valley City’—but the village has some interesting sights in itself.

In the 1520s, this village was an important military base. The village was encircled by stone walls, some leading up the steep hills of the valley, and some of the arched entries and exits still remain. The thickness of the remaining walls give some indication of the level of fortification, and the importance of securing this pass, a sort-of shortcut around the heavily fortified Badaling mountain pass.

As well as the old city walls, the village has several other sights to see: an old shrine which is alleged to cause difficulties for cameras; a restored-but-closed temple with a large bell inside, and a giant old tree just outside the temple entrance.

Before taking a stroll around the Long Valley City, we’ll head up the long valley itself, passing a large reservoir and walking through a forested valley on a gradually rising path that leads up to the Beijing-Hebei border. A short walk from the border tablet is a tumble-down stretch of Great Wall, and if the day is clear we should be able to see the High Tower off in the distance.

We’ll follow a trail around a hillock, and then down another valley, passing cliffs and boulders on the way back to the reservoir.

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Photos and trip reports: Changyucheng Walled Village

  1. Changyucheng Walled Village, 2021/04/18

    Changyucheng Walled Village, 2021/04/18

    Changyucheng is a village that grew up around a Ming Dynasty-era barracks, and on this visit we hiked hill trails and valleys behind the village reservoir before taking a look around some of the remaining fortifications—see 13 photos from the hike and walkabout in the village.

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