Shuitou Village Loop hike

Hike over the hills to isolated Shuitou Village, hidden deep in the hills of Huailai District. Great hilly scenery and exercise, and a walk through at a village that hasn't changed much since the '80s.

Level 4
Approx. 5 hours of hiking over around 16km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is not currently scheduled

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Shuitou Village | Taking a break high up in the hills behind Shuitou Village
Taking a break high up in the hills behind Shuitou Village.

Work day If you work in Beijing you might be expected to show up at the office today, as it’s a make-up work day for the big holiday next week.

This trail follows short sections of a few of our Zhenbiancheng area hikes, but adds a big extra section that takes us back in time with a hike over to the left-in-the-80s village of Shuitou.16km in the hills and valleys, with a good 952m of ascent over the course of the hike.

Members and regulars who have had enough Great Wall: You’ll see a bit of wall on this hike, but just 600m of the whole trail is actually on the wall. The rest of it is hill trails and dirt roads.


  • Views of the jagged peaks of Brushrest Mountain
  • The jungle-y trail through Potato Valley
  • The Shuitou Great Wall water arch, through which water used to run down from the hills
  • The isolated farming village of Shuitou, which made Big Boss Huijie feel like she was back in 80s-era China

What to bring on this hike

  • Lunch and snacks to eat
  • Sun protection: long-sleeved shirt, hat
  • A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
  • Warm clothes in case it gets chilly
  • Good hiking boots
  • A light rain coat or poncho, just in case
  • (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the trail will be overgrown and scratchy, with a bit of ducking and weaving required to get through Potato Valley.
  • We finish the hike following the first 4km of our Zhenbiancheng Great Wall 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

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