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Earth Day Cleanup: Jiankou Great Wall

In Brief: The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou has been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and litter. Help us clean it up!

Beijing Hikers 2017 Earth Day clean up

The haul from the 2016 clean up hike.

Key information

  • approx. 5 hours start to finish over 6km.

Join the clean up and do your part to keep the Great Wall clean and green.

Hike info

The Jiankou Great Wall is found in the hills north of Beijing—a location that is popular with hikers and casual visitors because of the superb views of the Great Wall running up and down steep ridgelines

Unfortunately, both hikers and casual visitors are not always conscientious about cleaning up after themselves. The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou has been somewhat spoiled by the buildup of trash – plastic bottles, cans, tissues, noodle wrappers, and worse.

In the spirit of Earth Day we're going to head out and clean up as much as we can, with the following plan:

  1. Hike up to the wall, keeping an eye out for things to pick up
  2. Walk along the Great Wall, stopping to clean up where it's messy. Note: some sections steep and slippery.
  3. Carry out all the bags we'll fill with rubbish
  4. Reward yourself for the hard work with snacks and drinks after the hike, with us picking up the tab

As well as clearing trash off the Great Wall, we'll be setting an example for other hikers we see on the trail.

Beijing Hikers 2017 Earth Day clean up

Cleaning up the trash on our 2017 Earth Day clean up hike.

We're running this hike at cost, and with some sponsorship we estimate it will cost about 150-200 RMB per person. We'll confirm that before the day of the hike. That cost covers the transportation, any entry tickets, water, garbage bags and gloves, and a local guide who'll be with us as a local representative.

Trash we’ll be collecting

  • Any plastic
  • Any metal without sharp edges
  • Cigarette butts
  • Orange peels (Even though they come from fruit, these peels do not break down quickly!)
  • Whatever you feel comfortable removing that was left by someone else

What to bring

We’ll provide

  • Water
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic gloves

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

Level3+

Level of difficulty

Level 3+ is a ‘tougher’ moderate hike. There may be long climbs up hills, and there may be steep sections.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 6km
  • Time to complete: approx. 5 hours
  • Total ascent: 382m
  • Total descent: 382m
  • Start height: 637m
  • Peak: 922m
  • Finish height: 637m
  • Location: Huairou
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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