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.
Jinshanling – Gubeikou – Crouching Tiger Great Wall camping (3 days)
  • Hiking Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Duration: 3 days
  • Hike level: 3
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 14:30 pm
  • Price: 2500¥/415$

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Jinshanling Gubeikou Crouching Tiger Great Wall Camping (3 Days)

An intense 20-km hike from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the photo opportunities are endless. You’ll need a good physical condition to hike this trail, but there is plenty of time for it. All camping gear will be delivered to the campsites, so you do not need to carry anything during the hike.

From the meeting point, our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province. Close to the Jinshanling Great Wall we stop at a local restaurant for a good lunch and make our way to the entrance of the Great Wall.


The hike starts with a climb on the infamous staircases of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10kms with intact watchtowers almost every 100 meter.

We hike on top of the Great Wall for 3 hours and as we walk south, the Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone, we take a detour of the wall and up a hill top where you have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges. We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent dinner.

With a satisfied stomach we make the final ascend to our campsite. A one of a kind campsite with a view over the entire jinshanling Great Wall


Jinshanling Great Wall camping


After sunrise we head down for a healthy breakfast and hit the road again. With renewed strength, we follow a 5-km trail that curls alongside the Wall, over the hills, through a small forest and pops out of the bush at the General Tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and this is another magical place for pictures.


The last part of the hike is entirely on top of the Great Wall again. It’s a 5-km walk on top of the wild Great Wall where we will go through and climb up numerous watchtowers. There are no steep climbs on this section but the trail can be slippery, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.


By sunset we arrive at a flat field right next to the Great Wall where your bags and tents wait for you. Our friends from the local village will bring up a fantastic dinner accompanied by beers. Now it’s time to relax, watch the stars and grab some beers around the bonfire.


Next day we hike down and enjoy a good breakfast with our friends from the local village.. After breakfast, we walk out the valley and pass a small folk village and head for the Crouching Tiger Great Wall. This recently renovated section is build upon a steep mountain ridge and gives a fantastic view over the entire Gubeikou Great Wall.

Sleep on the Great wall


We end the hike in a folk village with a healthy lunch and of course some beers to celebrate our journey.


Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong
A good physical condition is required for hiking in these designed trails. Hikes marked as level 3 are usually long day hikes or day hikes that include a steep uphill hike and/or trails where some balance is needed. Usually kids from age of 10 are all right with these trips.

History of the Jinshanling Great Wall and Gubeikou Great Wall

It was said that 3,000 soldiers from Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces built two watchtowers, under the command of famous Ming general Qi Jiguang. They named this part of the Wall after the Great Jinshan Island and Small Jinshan Island in their hometown to show their sentimental feelings.

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is about 155 kilometers away from downtown Beijing and stretches from Miyun county of Beijing to Luanping county of Hebei province. Jinshanling connects to the Great Wall at Simatai in the east and Great Wall at Gubeikou in the west.

The Jinshanling Great Wall was first constructed in Northern Qi dynasty (550-577), with the wall, fortresses and passes. When the Ming dynasty was established in 1368, the famous general, Xu Da supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall between...


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