Huangcaoliang 'Yellow Grass Plateau' | Hiking on the ridges above the Yellow Grass Plateau
Hiking on the ridges above the Yellow Grass Plateau.

Yellow Grass Plateau and Seven Towers

Hike up to the scenic Yellow Grass Plateau and cross it to find the 'Seven Towers'.

Level 5
6–7 hours start to finish over approx. 18km (Can I do it?)

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A tough two-hour climb gets us up on to the Yellow Grass Plateau, high in the mountains of Mentougou. We'll take a break on the high altitude meadows before hiking on over the plateau to the Seven Towers, the highest Great Wall in Beijing Municipality. After a look about at the towers we head back to the start point, following a slightly different trail on the way down.

The hike

The first part of the hike is a two hour walk uphill along a road, up park steps, and through rocky crags along a mountain trail to a plateau at 1,700m above sea level.

It’s a big climb, and it gets steeper just before we reach the plateau. We'll take a turn to walk over to the large meadows of Shiliping, and should arrive there just in time for a lunch break.

The plateau has a lot of nice flora, including ferns, bracken, flowers, and long grass. Dong Ling Shan – at 2,303m above sea level the highest mountain in the Beijing area – is visible to the west.

At this point, most of the uphill for the hike is done, but we’ve still got a long way to walk before we finish!

Looking out over the mountains of Mentougou District
Looking out over the mountains of Mentougou District. (Click for larger image)

The next part of the hike is very scenic: first hiking up and over the highest hill in the area to find to the open trail across the plateau, and then dipping down into a forest atop rocky crags.

After about an hour and a half of walking we’ll arrive at the Seven Towers, an isolated stretch of Great Wall that is at an altitude of about 1,600m above sea level – the highest in Beijing.

We'll take a break here before heading back to the start point of the hike. On the way down from the plateau we'll take the 'Big Road' for some different angles on the views.

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.

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