Zhuangdaokou Great Wall West

Visit one of the unrestored sections of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall and follow it along a ridge on the way to the Walled Village, an old Ming Dynasty-era army barracks that has been converted into a little village, with courtyard houses inside the walls now instead of soldiers.

Level 3
Approx. 3 hours of hiking over around 6km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is not currently scheduled

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A stretch of the unrestored Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Looking back along the trail, with a stretch of restored Great Wall visible in the distance.

Regular hikers: We usually call this hike “Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village”.

This is a slightly tougher version of one of our nicest countryside walks. The start is the same, but instead of walking through the chestnut orchards looking up at the Great Wall on a ridge, we’ll follow the wall and get views of the orchards from above.

We will start with a look at the ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ pines at Zhuangdaokou, a pair of trees that are over 300 years old. From there we will take a short walk up a stone-paved trail to a gate in the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall.

On one side, the wall is restored all the way to Huanghuacheng – the Yellow Flower Great Wall. On the other side, the wall is only restored for a little way. We’ll offer the option to take a short climb on the restored side before heading the other way, following the Great Wall towards the Little West Lake.

We’ll be on the wall for a little more than an hour, passing through ruined towers. Eventually, we’ll come to a tower on a corner. Here we’ll take another break, offering the option to explore the wall a little further, before exiting from the tower to follow a hillside trail.

We’ll follow the hillside trail down through small orchards to the Walled Village.

The Walled Village is an old Ming Dynasty army barracks that has been converted into a little village, with courtyard houses inside the walls now instead of soldiers. Most of the people around this area can trace their ancestors to a group from Shandong who followed the Ming Emperor Wanli from there to Beijing.

From the Walled Village we will take a short walk to find our bus and take a short ride to the countryside restaurant where we’ll have a big meal before heading back to the city.

What to bring on this hike

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