Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014
See the photos from our camping trip to the wild Great Wall at Big Camp Plate, in Hebei Province.
Big Camp Plate is the name of a tiny village in Hebei Province, and until recently it was really hard to get to. They still don’t have good phone service out there, and the villagers need to climb a big hill before they can get a signal on their mobile phones.
The village is surrounded by a loop of early Ming Dynasty Great Wall and it’s a great area for a bit of hiking, with superb views from high up in the mountains.
We arrived on the afternoon of the first day, and hiked up to the campsite, following the new concrete road to the village before getting up on to the Great Wall.
Our campsite was set up in a nice meadow right beside the Great Wall, beside tall cliffs. We did get a bit of rain on this trip, thanks to the good luck of one of our regular hikers!
The next day we woke up early, packed up the tents, and set off on a longer hike, following a rough line of Great Wall up to a peak. We finished the trip by hiking through the hills and then back down to the bus.