Great Wall Camping

Take your favorite bottle of liquor and together with some good friends go and enjoy one of the best traveling experiences of your life. Camping overnight at the Great Wall, you can look up at a sky full of glittering stars. This nighttime Great Wall makes one feel like being in a cradle, its ancient body kindly embracing us. This place has seen the blood and tears of war, and also a thousand years of solitude. Perhaps like us, you are nothing but an adventurous, youthful vigor. Perhaps like us, you love to gaze at the shooting stars and tell stories till sunrise. In the morning you wake to another beautiful clear day, footprints and the echoes of laughter are the only things left behind.
ChinaHiking Founders’ Favourite Wild Great Wall :General Xu Great Wall to Border Defense Great Wall camping(2 days)
  • Hiking Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h/day
  • Fitness level needed: 3-4
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7:00 pm (day 2)
  • Price: 1500¥/249$

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General Xu Great Wall to Border Defense Great Wall Camping(2 days)

Trek the Great Wall of china for 2 days. This 20 km hike is one of our harder ones but also one of the most beautiful ones. There really is no better place than this Yangbian Great wall to set up your tent and enjoy dinner with a bottle wine.


This Great Wall trek starts with a strong lunch at a tiny farm village. It will take us a good half hour uphill hiking trough the fields to get to the Great Wall. The rest of the trekking will be on top of Great Wall. This Yangbian Great Wall is really of the beaten path and connects the Border Defense Great Wall with General Xu Great wall. If you are in good condition, love hiking and would like to see some excellent wild Great Wall than this is your trip! Have a look at the pictures and you will understand what we are talking about.


Day 1: Camping at the Great Wall (General Xu section) 

Explore with us a fantastic stretch of Great Wall build by General Xu in the Ming Dynasty as an example of how all the Great Wall around Beijing should look like. This 12 km hike includes fantastic mountain and lake views, a 1000 year old mountain village and off course the mighty Yangbian Great Wall. This off the beaten path trip has been a top notch experience for many of our guests.


For this trip we drive about 2 hours North West to the Hebei province. A farmhouse at the foot of the hills is our first stop. The farmer/great chef will cook us a delicious lunch and will bring the camping gear to our camping spot. Yes no need to carry anything on this camping trip.


An 1 hour hike through the brush and on a gentle slope brings us to the Great Wall. We take a short brake and prepare for 2 hours gentle uphill hike on top of the Great Wall. There are a few parts where the wall is crumbled so make sure to wear some sturdy boots. The higher we get the more fantastic the views get. At the highest point of the day, about 1000 meter above sea level, we have amazing views over mountains, lakes and miles and miles of Great Wall.


From the start of the hike it takes us about 3 hours walking to reach our camping spot, a nice flat field right next to the Great Wall. If you still have energy you can continue hiking for a bit till the next view point where you can see the Border Defense Great Wall curling over the mountain ridges. Or… you can relax with a beer and wait for our home cooked meal to be delivered. We finish the evening watching the sunset and share brave stories and drinks around the bonfire.

The early morning sun will shine right in your tents and the smell of coffee will lure you out. We have breakfast pack our gear and start hiking the Great Wall again,  the  little van from village will coming up the mountain to pick our backpacks


Day 2  Border Defense Great Wall Hike

This 12km Great Wall hike, one of the most beautiful trail. Today most time will be hiking on top of the Great Wall. The hike will be 4 hours. This is Beijing’s most wildest Great Wall, the style of each part of the Great Wall is sometimes very different, because each section of the Great Wall built in different time  and they have different engineers, and this part of the  Great Wall most of the Walls built by using stones from  this mountains.


After 3-3.5 hours hike we will  follow a small path down to the valley and hike another hour in the valley until we reach a little bigger village road, then our diver will be there wait us with maybe cold beer.


Border Defense Great Wall Hike 1Day

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong
Physically we can rate this hike as a level 3 hike as we don’t have to cary any camping gear for the trip. The hike does go over quit some crumbled Great Wall sections so you do need good shoes and a good balance to enjoy the hike.


History of the General Xu Great Wall and Border Defense Great Wall

General Xu Great Wall was also called “Yangbian” in Chinese, which meant “Example”. This section of the Wall was constructed by General Xu Da as a model to the other parts of the Wall, especially to the Juyong Pass.

General Xu Great Wall is about 100 kilometers west of Beijing, in Huailai county northeastern of Hebei province. It it located in the mountain near Miaogang Village, it’s also called the Miaogang Great Wall.

It was built during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). It stretches for more than 10 kilometers after the renovation under the supervision of General Xu Da. The original section accounts for 2.5 kilometers.

It was built by stones and rocks in irregular shapes from the mountainside. The Wall is sturdy. The tops are paved with large slabs of stone. Ochre moss grows on the stones form different patterns. Legend said that an inspector shot arrows at the wall as part of the test.

The old wall zigzags through the mountains. Actually this section is quite wild to compare to the other Wall. The high peaks and deep valleys made it an important...

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About 2 hour diver each way

About 2 hours drive each way

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