We begin the hike at Longevity Village, in Changping District, north of the Ming Tombs. We start off following a road that leads up to the villagers’ chestnut orchards, on a gentle uphill slope. At the end of the road, we switch on to an older trail that leads up a valley, passing terraces and fields on the way to an old shrine and pine tree.
We’ll take a break at the shrine and pine before heading down to a dirt road that will take us to another small countryside village.
Our hike then takes us across a road and then up a long valley, crossing over a low ridge. We continue down the other side, passing a reservoir and following a road down into Lily Village.
Behind Lily Village we’ll find a dirt path through another lot of chestnut orchards to the north. The trail is a slow climb that takes us up on to a ridgeline. We’re aiming for a big pine tree on the ridge, where we’ll find a shrine to the Tiger God.
Dirt trails then take us down a valley between taller hills, passing through chestnut orchards on the way to Flower Wood village.
What to bring on this hike
- Packed lunch and snacks to eat along the way
- Warm clothes, gloves, and a hat
- Good hiking boots
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Reasons you might not enjoy this hike
- We’ll keep moving at a steady pace with short breaks for snacks. We’ll need to keep walking to stay warm, and to get finished before dark, but we won’t walk so fast the group gets too spread out.
- Parts of the hike take us down sealed roads and concrete paths.
- The descent from the Tiger God shrine to the valley below could be a little brushy and thorny.