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.
Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Camping (2 days)
  • Hiking Distance: 13km
  • Hiking Duration: 5 h
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 12:30 pm
  • Price: 1200¥/185$

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Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Camping 2 Days

Embark on a fantastic 13km Great Wall hike from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to the Wild Jinshanling Great wall. We  camp overnight right next to the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. From our camping spot we can watch the sun set and rise  over the Jinshanling Great wall, the Gubeikou Great Wall and see all the way to  Simatai Great Wall. It’s a long hike but we don’t need to carry any camping gear so this camping trip is fit for everybody with a normal physical condition.

 

Day 1: Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking and Camping (12 km, 5 hours hiking)

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive for about two hours to  the border of Beijing and Hubei provence where where the Gubeikou Great Wall is located.

By lunchtime we reach our local  friends  that run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious meal.   From here our adventure starts.

 

Hiking towards the Gubeikou General Tower

Hiking towards the Gubeikou General tower

 

It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.  A few more  turns on a little dirt trail, and we are on top of the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watchtowers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.
Three hours later we arrive at the first highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this 2 story high  tower  you can see the entire “Gubeikou- Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day we can even see the  Fairy Tower, the highest tower of the  Simatai Great Wall.

 

View of the Simatai & Jinshanling Great Wall from  the General tower at Gubeikou Great Wall

View of the Simatai & Jinshanling Great Wall from the General tower at Gubeikou Great Wall

Here we side track a bit from the Wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall.

It’s a really beautiful  trail that meanders through farm fields and over the hill ridges next to the Wild Jinshanling  Great Wall. Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ a small farmhouse appears. The farmers have been living there for 3 generations and  will prepare us an excellent dinner. 

After dinner we pick up our backpacks with camping gear and hike up the hill for 20 minutes till we reach our camping spot. The view from this camping spot is just magic, having a view over the whole Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall. Time to pop a beer ;-)

Our camping spot with view over Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Our camping spot with view over Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Day 2:  Magic sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall

We get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. This is the moment to take the best picture of your China trip. If you pitched your tent in the right spot you can just watch the sunrise from the comfort of your tent.

We pack our tents and head down to the farmhouse for breakfast. A short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting for us. By lunch time we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.

 

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

We rate this hike level 3 medium/strong because of  the distance. There are no steep climbs and we don’t have to carry any camping gear so a medium rating would  appropriate too. Anybody with a normal physical condition will enjoy this trip very much.

 

History of the Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall

Gubeikou was originally named “Beikou”, which literally means “Northern Pass”, during the Tang dynasty (618-907), since it is the northern defensive line of Beijing. Later generations added “Gu” (ancient) in the front of “Beikou”, and meant “Old Northern Pass”.

Gubeikou Great Wall is located in Miyun county, 140 kilometers away from downtown Beijing.

Gubeikou was first built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550-557). In the early Ming dynasty (1368-1644), General Xuda was ordered to rebuild it. To enhance its defensive capability, more stones were add. Unfortunately, not many can be found today. The best-preserved is called...

 

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Gubeikou- Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall camping map

 

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