Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall
Camp overnight in a tower at the Gubeikou Great Wall, and hike on to Jinshanling the next day. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the camping equipment to the campsite.
3–4 hours hiking each day, total distance 12–14km. (Can I do it?)
On this two day Great Wall adventure you’ll hike picturesque stretches of the wild Great Wall and camp in a Great Wall tower at Gubeikou.
We’ll supply a tent, sleeping bag, and ground pad for you, as well as food for a basic dinner and breakfast. All you’ll need is a day pack to carry your essentials while hiking, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise as we hike along the Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections of the Great Wall.
Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!
Bad weather plan
We’ll have a fairly good idea of the weather by about three days before the hike. If it’s forecast to be dangerous, we’d need to call off the hike. If it changes suddenly while we’re out there, we can shelter at our local friend’s courtyard.
Our campsite is a partially restored tower at the Gubeikou Great Wall. With the wall at our backs, we’ll have broad views to the south, east, and west, and you’ll be able to see the sunrise by poking your head out of the tower at around about 6:03am.
The sun will set around 6:15pm, and from the campsite we’ll be able to watch as the sun slowly sinks below below a tall ridge of mountains.
Moon phase: Full Moon for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The sun will rise over the the hills and wall beyond our campsite at around about 6:00am.
On the first day of the trip we’ll explore the Great Wall at Gubeikou, a relatively easy hike that has magnificent views of the Great Wall running through the hills. We’ll hike up to the highest tower in the area, and then walk back down to our campsite to cook dinner and watch the sun set.
On the second day of the trip we’ll hike on to the Jinshanling Great Wall. We’ll hike back up to the high point of the Gubeikou Great Wall, and then head down into the farmland that surrounds Hemp Village. After a 45-60 minute hike through the fields, we’ll climb a hill trail to get on to the western end of the Jinshanling Great Wall. We’ll walk all of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall to finish at the eastern end with a walk down a park trail to the carpark where our bus will meet us.
Maximum group size of 10–12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!
Ages 8–12: ¥900
Ages 13–17: ¥1,300
For more details about meals, water, packing lists, and more, please see the sections below.
COVID-19 and participation precautions
The brief version:
Please 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/is.