Home > Trip Reports

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

In Brief: We were out for a hike just after the first snow of the new year – see photos of snow on the Gubeikou Great Wall.

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Snow on the Great Wall at Gubeikou.

We were out for a hike just after the first snow of the new year, and to see the Great Wall covered in snow is always a fine sight. You missed it? Have a look at the photos instead!

We started out at Hemp Village, following a flat road up into the hills. A good way to warm up in cold weather.

The trail took us further into the hills, and higher up. From the hill tops we could see the nearby mountain ranges and Great Wall off in the distance, including 24-Eyes Tower, the tall tower where we’d climb on to the wall.

After hiking through farmland and valleys we climbed up to 24-Eyes Tower, the highest in the area. From there, we hiked the wall all the way down to Gubeikou Village.

We started our hike on a flat road, heading for Hemp Village - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

We started our hike on a flat road, heading for Hemp Village.

The trails get steeper from here - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

The trails get steeper from here.

The Great Wall looks beautiful covered with snow - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

The Great Wall looks beautiful covered with snow.

We detoured through farmland to skirt the military area - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

We detoured through farmland to skirt the military area.

Hiking through Spider Valley – no spiders here in winter, though! - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Hiking through Spider Valley – no spiders here in winter, though!

Up on the wall by 24-Eyes Tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Up on the wall by 24-Eyes Tower.

A nice photo spot - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

A nice photo spot.

We were to hike along all of the Great Wall you can see in this photo - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

We were to hike along all of the Great Wall you can see in this photo.

Hiking through a tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Hiking through a tower.

A big watch tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

A big watch tower.

A detour around a section of wall that looks close to falling down - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

A detour around a section of wall that looks close to falling down.

Snow on top of the wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Snow on top of the wall.

Hiking up – the hiking poles are very useful - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Hiking up – the hiking poles are very useful.

Snow on the Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Snow on the Great Wall.

Looking back along the trail. 24-Eyes Tower is the tall one right in the middle of the photo - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Looking back along the trail. 24-Eyes Tower is the tall one right in the middle of the photo.

It was a long day for us hiking through the snow, but we got to see a lovely sunset on the way home - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

It was a long day for us hiking through the snow, but we got to see a lovely sunset on the way home.

Were you on this hike or trip? How did you like it? Please send us your comments about what was good and/or what we could do a better job of. We'd love to hear from you!

Were you not on this trip, but like the look of it? Tell us, and we'll let you know when we'll be repeating it.

Trip reports, photos, and news

Trip Reports: Photos and writeups of our trips around Beijing and other parts of China. View all the trip reports »

News: Updates and information. View all the news »

Trip reports

Read one of the many reports in the archives. (This report has been chosen by random selection; we hope it's a good one for you!)

Labrang Monastery and Tibetan New Year, 2016/02

Labrang Monastery and Tibetan New Year, 2016/02

In Brief: Sixty photos from the Tibetan New Year celebrations at Labrang Monastery in Xiahe.

View trip report »