UPDATE 2015/1/15: Changed the departure time to 9:00am from Lido; 8:30am from Liangmaqiao. Enjoy the extra sleep!
Once upon a time this walk was called Country Lanes, but it was renamed as a teasing reminder to one of the founders of Beijing Hikers. Since then, we’ve been on this trail many times and won’t get lost again.
On the hike we cross two ridges that offer great views, and the trail between the ridges is a mostly-flat ramble through valleys and farmland, passing a few tiny villages along the way.
While walking other trails in Miyun District we’ve sometimes spotted big chateau-like structures off in the distance—they belong to various vineyards in the area, and we’ll drive past a few on the way to the beginning of the hiking trail.
We start off at the end of the road, near a big country club-type building, and head up in to the hills straight away, crossing the hike’s first ridge right at the beginning. At the top of the ridge we’ll get excellent views of the hills and valleys we’ll be walking through on the way to the end of the hike.
The path down the other side of the ridge is a lot less steep, and takes us down into the farmland that belongs to one of the villages hidden away in the hills.
As we get closer to the village we’ll meet a concrete road which we’ll follow around the corner and into the village itself. Before the concrete road was built, this was the main place we’d get lost! Going one way takes us to the village we want to visit on this hike. Going the other way eventually leads to another village, but not to the one where our bus will meet us later.
We’ll find a nice spot for lunch just by the village.
The next part of the hike takes us along a slowly-rising path up a long valley, peaking on another taller ridge. The hike up to the top this ridge is a bit more difficult than the first climb we did, but it’s well worth it – the view from the top is quite a sight!
A trail that’s tricky at times takes us down to the farmland below, and then on through a busy village to finish the hike.
What’s there to see on the hike?
Lonely farms, villages, country roads and windy ridges.
What to bring on this hike
- Lunch and snacks to eat during the hike.
- Warm clothes, gloves, and a hat
- Good hiking boots
- (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)
Reasons you might not enjoy this hike
- The trails that lead up and down from the ridges can get quite scratchy!.