Merck Group had their regional conference in Beijing, and they asked us to help them bring the team to the Great Wall for a look at Chinese history.
We first took a hike on the Gubeikou Great Wall, walking up an appetite and getting some awesome views.
We walked all the way down the wall to our favourite local restaurant for a big lunch.
Then it was time for the main event: splitting up into teams for a treasure hunt.
While the group had been hiking, we’d hidden historical artifacts in some of the Ming and Qing era temples in Gubeikou Village.
Each of the teams was handed a map, and then they were off, racing to be the first to find each of the treasures on their list.
It was a fun day! Thanks, Merck Group!
All ready to go.
After just a few minutes of hiking we could already see the Great Wall.
About to enter the first tower and get some rest in the shade
Everybody was able to squeeze in
Here the wall is so broken down we can see the different materials used in construction – rammed earth, rubble, and bricks.
It was a very hot day on the Great Wall.
Hiking up to a tower.
Rounding the corner.
Those who brought umbrellas for shade were popular.
A few loose bricks on a rough section.
Look out for our red trail markers.
On a path just next to the wall.
Good thing we brought a lot of water!
It was a big group of 40 hikers.
Fantastic view of the Gubeikou Great Wall.
She made it look like it wasn’t hot or difficult at all.
Finally we could see the end of the hike.
Gubeikou Great Wall West – but we were not going to climb that section this time.
After a nice lunch and some rest we were all ready for team work.
Studying the map to find the hidden treasure.
Discussing where to go next
Could it be hidden in the bucket?
Maybe in the drawer?
There is something there!
Team Blue showing off their treasures: Peking Opera mask, silk embroidery, paper cutting, ancient style cup
Team Blue found a small porcelain vase
Everyone together for a big group shot.