Home > Hike in Beijing

Not currently open for booking

This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

In Brief: A nice long hill-walking hike that will show you some of the sights of Beijing’s countryside and give your legs a good workout at the same time.

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs | Looking down towards the Ming Tombs area

Up in the mountains above the Ming Tombs area.

Key information

  • 4–5 hours start to finish over 14km

Note: the wild valley in the middle of this hike will be fairly brushy and scratchy.

For this hill-walking ramble we’ll join parts of two different hikes together to make up a longer trail that takes us over the hills to two of the closed Ming Tombs, following old hill trails and passing through a few small country villages along the way.

We’ll climb over three ridges on this hike – none too tall, but still a good workout for the legs.

The first ridge is the easiest, with a long slow climb to reach a shrine and pine tree behind the village where we begin our Silver Pagodas hike. We’ll walk through the village and out that back, following a dirt road that leads up to some stone quarries. At a fork in the main road we’ll make a turn to get to the top of the ridge, where we’ll find the old shrine and a pine tree and take a quick look.

From the shrine and the pine we head down a long valley to get to Wangbaochuan Village, a small settlement in Changping District that has enough long-lived residents to have earned the nickname ‘Longevity Village’. We’ll stroll through the village streets before following field trails up to the top of the second ridge, passing through all the terraced chestnut fields that are a major source of income for the villagers.

As we get closer to the point where we cross over the ridge, the trail starts to zig-zag as it climbs up the hillside, eventually rising to the saddle between two peaks—a good place for a rest!

The second ridge is the tallest of the three, and we’ll cross at about 600m above sea level.

From the saddle, we follow a steeper and largely disused trail down into the valley on the other side. This is perhaps the most scenic section of the hike, with steep hills on either side of the trail covered with plentiful greenery.

In some places the greenery is plentiful indeed, and overhanging branches and leaves make the trail narrow at times, and somewhat scratchy – one of the reasons we recommend trousers and long sleeves for this hike.

Near the bottom of the valley, we pass through a nice narrow ravine before arriving at the village on the other side of the hill.

We’ll take a break for lunch in the town square before continuing up to the top of the third ridge – the lowest by altitude of the three ridges, but a longer climb than the other two, with about 240m difference in altitude from the top to the bottom. There’s an optional extension as well, on an up and back trail to visit a trig on the highest hill in the area.

From the top of the third ridge, we’ll follow a gravel trail that was blazed when power lines were put in. The path winds through scraggly pines and takes us down a ridgeline, passing a small dam on the way out to one of the closed Ming Tombs, where we’ll finish our hike with some beer and snacks.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the trail will be brushy and scratchy – we think we’re the only ones who hike through there nowadays.
  • We don’t visit any of the Ming Tombs on this outing, but we will walk by a few of the tombs that are closed to the public.

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level4

Level of difficulty

Level 4 hikes will usually take 4 hours to complete, and will be difficult for people who are not used to hiking or are out of shape.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 14km
  • Time to complete: 4–5 hours
  • Total ascent: 680m
  • Total descent: 850m
  • Start height: 337m
  • Peak: 595m
  • Finish height: 167m
  • Location: Changping
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

Hikes in Beijing

We publish our hike schedule month by month, with updates around the 10th of each month.

If you're interested in hikes and trips during a month that's not yet listed, use our contact form to let us know and we'll send you a quick email when the schedule is online.

Hike in Beijing calendar

See the Hike in Beijing schedule in our calendar


Find a hike

Great Wall hikesGreat Wall campingHillwalking hikesTough hikesEasy hikesShunyi hikesSee all the hikes »Calendar


All upcoming hikes in Beijing

Departure date: Saturday, March 23
Book it

Heituo Mountain Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 23
Standby

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 24
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 24
Book it

Kids Club: Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, March 27
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, March 28
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 30
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 30
Book it

Great Flood hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: March 30–31 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 31
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 31
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, April 3
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, April 4
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, April 5
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, April 5
Book it

War Tunnels and the old Gold Mines

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 6
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: April 6–7 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 6
Book it

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 7
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 7
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, April 10
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, April 11
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 13
Book it

Over the Hills to Dajue Temple

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 13
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 14
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 14
Book it

Kids Club: Gubeikou Wall and adventure playground

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, April 17
Book it

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, April 18
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 20
Book it

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 20
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 20
Book it

Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall for Earth Day

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: April 20–21 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 21
Book it

Ming Village day trip

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 21
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, April 24
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, April 25
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 27
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: April 27–28 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 28
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 28
Book it

Shuiquan Canyon

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, April 29
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, April 30
Book it

Vulture Rock Ridge and the old Pilgrim’s Trail

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, April 30
Book it

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 1
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 5
Book it

Yellow Grass Plateau and Seven Towers

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 4
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 4–5 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 5
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 5
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 8
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 9
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 11
Book it

Miaofengshan Super Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 11
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 12
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 12
Book it

Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 15
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 16
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 18
Book it

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 18
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 18–19 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 19
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 19
Book it

Ming Village day trip

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 22
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 23
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 25
Book it

Heituo Mountain Crossing

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 25
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 26
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 26
Book it

Kids Club: Yunmeng Gorge play and picnic

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 29
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 30
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »

Explore China

See more of China on a multi-day trip—travel to famous scenic areas, or choose to visit somewhere obscure and less well-known.

Upcoming trips

A traditional welcome to a Miao village
Trip dates: April 3–7, 2019

Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between villages and enclaves in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong (and more) ethnic groups.

Book trip
More info »
Hiking through the huge dunes of the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2019

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia (4 days)

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more.

Book trip
More info »
The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: June 5–9, 2019

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province (5 days)

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more.

Book trip
More info »