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This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

In Brief: Hike forested hills, valleys, and ridges in Changping District, finishing near one of the Ming Tombs that is still closed to the general public.

Coming down from the hills

Coming down from the hills. View more photos »

Key information

  • 4–5 hours start to finish over 13km.

On this 13km hike we’ll join sections of two good Changping trails by visiting what remains of two valley villages that were abandoned as a quarry expanded.

We start out at Longevity Village, the midpoint of our Silver Pagodas hike. We’re not heading for the pagodas, though. Instead, we’re going to head off on our Mines and Pines trail, one of our old favourites.

After walking through the chestnut orchards that surround Longevity Village, we start climbing up into the hills, following a narrow trail up and over several ridges and through the hills to the west of the Silver Pagodas. We’ll be able to see the mountain behind the Silver Pagodas, and may hear the giant bell ringing.

The trail that leads down towards the mines is not commonly walked, and gets very bushy during summer.

Hikers walking on a gravel road

Beginning the mines area part of the hike. View larger photo »

We’ll start to see pine trees, and will soon start down a winding dirt trail, passing closed-off mine passages and the piles of mine tailings from previous digs. The trail flattens out, and turns into a gravel road that joins the main road through the village below the Silver Pagoda park. Before we get to the road, we’ll take a turn and head back into the hills, following a trail up a valley to a ridge, and then down towards two abandoned villages.

Hidden deep at the top of a long valley, the two villages emptied out around the turn of the century. A large quarry at the foot of the valley kept getting bigger, and eventually expanded to cover both sides of the only road up the valley. It’s this quarry that also forced us change the start point of our original Tomb Raiders trail.

Walking through the villages, we’ll see the remains of the stone houses. In the right season there are pears and hawthorns to be had, as the old orchards of the villages still bear fruit. Following the trail down, we’ll join up with our old Tomb Raiders trail and head back into the hills before we reach the giant quarry.

Joining the old Tomb Raiders trail we will walk up a valley, passing well-built terraces on the way up to a pass. From the pass we follow a trail along the hillside, aiming for a lookout point from where we can get excellent views of the broad valley that contains the thirteen Ming Tombs.

From the lookout, we’ll follow a good trail down towards two of the closed Ming Tombs, passing a small dam on the way out.

We’ll finish up near a large stelae-carrying tortoise. This sort of tortoise statue is known as a bixi, and is one of the nine “Offspring of the Dragon”.

We’ll set up our tables for a little picnic of snacks and cold drinks; when we’re done with those, we’ll head back to Beijing.

Route Two: we’ve got two versions of this hike. The start and finish point is the same. The middle section of the trail is different – on this route we go through the mines and quarry area, and then through two abandoned villages.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the trail could be very brushy and overgrown; you might need to duck under branches and leaves.
  • The mines are all closed, but sometimes we meet people working heavy machinery to dig out rocks.

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: 13km
  • Time to complete: 4–5 hours
  • Total ascent: 671m
  • Total descent: 907m
  • Start height: 375m
  • Peak: 660m
  • Finish height: 148m
  • Location: Changping
  • Drive time: 1.5–2 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: Wednesday, October 25
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, October 26
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, October 28
Book it

Chinese Knot Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, October 28
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, October 29
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, October 29
Book it

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 2
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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

Intelligence Valley

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

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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

The High Tower Loop hike

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

Great Wall Spur

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

Immortal Valley Loop

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

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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

Gubeikou West Circuit

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

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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

Shunyi Hikers: Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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

Great Wall Spur

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

Hillwalking Challenge: Flower Wood to East Water Valley

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

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

Tomb Raiders and the Sacred Way

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

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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 cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: November 9–12, 2017

Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Head deep into the mountains of Fujian to see the tulou buildings of the Hakka, visiting those both well-known and obscure, and staying overnight in a tulou building in one of the smaller, less-visited clusters. Trip includes sights around Xiamen, including Gulangyu Island.

Book trip
More info »
Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 22–26, 2017

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

Book trip
More info »
Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Trip dates: February 2018

Labrang Monastery’s ‘Unveiling the Buddha’ Ceremony, Xiahe, Gansu Province

In Brief: Visit Xiahe to witness a giant Buddha tapestry being unveiled on the hillside above Labrang Monastery and to join the crowds watching the lively performances in the town square. Trip also includes hikes and walks in nearby grassland areas.
Contact us for more information »