Hi, my friends. I am Heidi and I come from the beautiful grasslands of Hulun Buir, Inner Mongolia. Time has passed swiftly; another spring is coming. It has been 10 years since I first came to Beijing. Maybe you are like me, although there are so many drawbacks to live in Beijing, we still love her without knowing exactly why.
Like other “Beijing drifters” who come to Beijing with pure ideal in mind, I also experience similar bewilderment, exploration and anticipation. I have climbed mountains around Beijing over 500 times in the past several years and hiked a lot of the Great Wall around Beijing. I would love to go out and show you around the Great Wall, and explore some new places together.
Hey Travel people, I’m Fred and I was born in little Belgium. Like most of you, I ended up in an office spending most of my time dreaming about traveling. One day I bought myself a one-way ticket and ended up traveling and hiking for over 3 years. Zigzagging Asia in my journey and crossed China several times. I discovered China’s beautiful nature, interesting philosophy, culture and somehow weird habits.
I decided to stop traveling and settle for a while in Beijing. Also help Heidi exploring remote sections of the Great Wall. Now 7 years later, I’m still in Beijing and we are still guiding and exploring new hiking trails on the China’s Great Wall. For me, life in China is like a theater. Every day the red curtain opens and a new story is unfolding in front of me. Let’s enjoy tomorrow’s show together!
John is a true nomad, feeling happy most of the time when he is out hiking over snow mountains across China. Chongqing is his hometown but he grew up in Chengdu. It’s always intriguing listening to John’s enticing stories because he has experienced so much during his 9 years of guiding people on the Great Wall of China, around the Xinjiang lakes, and across the mountains in Tibet and Nepal. John loves sharing his knowledge on Chinese Culture and history over bowl of spicy Sichuan food. Don’t forget to ask John to send you the pictures that he takes during your trip, since photography is one of his hobby’s as well.
Xiaoyen (Jamie) calls himself son of the mountains. He grew up in a small village between the hills on the border of Beijing and the Hebei province. We used to call him to pick us up from our exploring trips as he was the only one that could find the small trails where we were hiking on. Over time he became our good friend and impressed us with his knowledge of local fauna and flora.
Although he didn’t pay much attention in English class as a kid, but he loves chatting and we see his English improving every day. He will show you the way on the wild Great Wall sections like Chen Castle, General Xu, Border Defense or prepare you a mighty good wood fire cooked dinner at Beijing’s highest Great Wall watchtower.
Colin is an avid hiker, outdoor enthusiast and adventure traveler and interested in just about everything.He was born in Canada and grew up in Toronto before first coming to China on a university exchange program in 2001. He has spent the past 14 years in China (8 years in Beijing) and fluent in Chinese. Colin has been guiding both Western travelers in China, and Chinese travelers on safari in Africa.
In addition of having lived in China for 10 years, Colin holds an MA in Chinese History, making him a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide! If you have any question about China he is the man to talk to. If don’t have accommodation in Beijing yet, you can also check out his cozy hutong house. It’s a nicely decorated studio with a walking distance from our meeting point.
Chuge and Heidi have been friends for more than 15 years. About 10 years ago, they ran into each other in Beijing and have stayed close friends ever since. Besides being Beijing’s handiest handyman, he is also a fantastic outdoor chef. Chuge is one these great guys by nature, ready to solve whatever problem rises. He wakes up early on camping trips and you can copy his Tai Chi moves on top of the Great Wall watchtower! Chuge mostly likely to join our trips in the Jiankou and Gubeikou area. Once you see him cooking on wood fire you’ll understand that having him on a camping trip is a blessing.
See China like a true explorer by Ellen Halfwerk in World2discover
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?
Are you an independent traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible?
Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda.
As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.
Also for school trips or company team building activities, a private tour is the way to go.
We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.
Price for private tours will vary depending on the number of people, the chosen transportation and accommodation.
Let us know your desires and we will customize a trip for you.