Rolling Hills | Hiking a shepherd's track on a ridgeline
Hiking a shepherd's track on a ridgeline.

Rolling Hills hike

A long but not difficult ramble along country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland in Miyun District.

Level 3
3–4 hours start to finish over 12km. (Can I do it?)
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Bookings close January 29

Booking info

Sunday, January 30

¥360 / ¥325 for members

  1. 8:00am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
  2. 8:30am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.
Pay on the day of the hike. More about payments

Important—Bring your passport/ID card and Health Kit/健康宝 app, just in case we run into a village checkpoint.

This is the shorter version of the hike, re-routed to avoid closed villages.

This area covers a wide range of countryside scenery, including country trails and lanes, pine forests, orchards and farmland, and we may see some shepherds rambling about as well. Over the years we’ve found all the little trails and turns in the hills here, and if we find new fences or blocked paths (actually quite common!) we know all the ways to get around and back on track.

The hike

We start off near our favourite farm playground and follow a narrow path up the ‘little hill’. It’s a good way to get warmed up, with some short climbs up and down as we walk over to the other side.

On the other side of the little hill we’ll spot another hill that looks quite a bit higher, and after a quick walk along the road we’ll be on our way up the track that leads to the top of it.

It’s a constant climb on a gradual gradient, with a few short steep parts. It will take us around 45 minutes to get all the way to the top.

The top is a great spot for a visit, with lots to see all around: the Miyun Reservoir can be seen back behind us, the Yunmeng Mountains rise up off in the distance, and on very clear days we can see the circular Sunrise Hotel at Yanqi Lake and the skyscrapers of Beijing’s Central Business District.

The top trail on the Rolling Hills hike
The top trail on the Rolling Hills hike. (Click for larger image)

We’ll hike down from the top and then out a valley, cutting through a birch plantation on the way and following narrow roads to the shepherds track that will take us up to the rim of ‘The Bowl’, another of the landmarks on this hike. The track that leads up to The Bowl is lovely for walking—an easy trail through empty hills.

After a rest at a spot that overlooks farmland encircled by steep hills we’ll head on to the end, hiking up and down along the rim of the bowl.

The hike ends with a hike out a long valley to finish by the side of the road.

This walk is quite long, but it's not difficult – aside from the hike up the ‘top trail’ there is not a lot of climbing up and down. The views are excellent, and the sparse population makes it a very peaceful area to walk in.

Note: the trail could get rather brushy in places – we recommend you wear trousers to protect your legs.

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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Photos and trip reports: Rolling Hills hike

  1. Rolling Hills hike, 2021/02/17

    Rolling Hills hike, 2021/02/17

    See 24 photos from a day out in the rolling hills south of the Miyun Reservoir—a big blue sky, with long views of hills and far-off mountains.
  2. Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2020/10/31

    Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2020/10/31

    We weren’t expecting a sandstorm on this walk, but the gloomy skies were sort of appropriate for a Halloween hike—take a look at 26 photos of farmland and foliage in Miyun District's rolling hills.
  3. Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2019/10/27

    Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2019/10/27

    We always make sure to schedule this hike in autumn because the colours in the hills here are so pretty—click through to see 22 photos from a walk through the rolling hills of Miyun County.

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