Great Wall Hiking
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A fantastic 10 km off the beaten path Great Wall hike that includes beautiful mountains, flower fields, an ancient village and the magical Yangbian Great Wall. In this trip, you will see the beautiful sceneries of the Great Wall and the nature itself.
After an early lunch, our friendly local apple farmer will set us off for a 3-hour hike through hills and fields on the border of west Beijing. We will hike around 1 hour on the gentle slope and reach on the Great Wall. After a short break, we start hiking up to the Great Wall. It’s a 1.5-hour hike to the highest point of the Great Wall in this area. There are a few parts where the wall is quite crumbled down but with a little help of your balance, they are easy to overcome. From the top of the Yangbian Great Wall, we’ll have a fantastic view over the valley, part of the Border Defense Great Wall and even the Guanting Lake.
Our second part of the hike goes over a mountain, through orchards and sunflower fields and towards the ancient Dayingpan Village. It’s a beautiful village that the government just started restoring. Only a few families are still living in this picturesque place but it seems like people are coming back. We will enjoy the sceneries and take some photos. Just around the corner, our driver will pick us up and bring us back to Beijing.
Level 2: Easy-medium
We rate this trip level 2 as it is a 1day hike on a fairly easy trail. There is one uphill hike of about half an hour to start with. The rest of the trail is just slightly going up and down. It’s a perfect trip for families with kids and people with an average physical condition will enjoy the trip as well. It is a safe trail but there are a few slippery spots so its good to wear shoes with a good grip.
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...
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What you should bring:
Comfortable hiking or sport shoes and long trousers are recommended.
A small daypack to carry water
From October till April: warm jacket
From May till September: sun lotion & hat
Booking and Payment
You can reserve your place for the trip by clicking on “join this trip” and filling out the online booking form.
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You can click on the PayPal link and follow the instructions to make your online payment.
If you live in China and you wish to pay online in CNY you can do that trough Wchat. Our Wchat account is hikingchina
Kids younger than 18 receive 10% discount.
Members receive 20% discount.
Kids younger than 7 receive 50% discount.
Included in the price:
English speaking Guide
Lunch & water
Transport, guide, entrance tickets
Not included in the price:
You need to have travel insurance when you engage in our activities. Organizing this insurance from your own country is the best choice as China has different rules.
If you don’t have any insurance yet you can request a quote from our insurance partner Worldnomads
Cancelation made by the participant more than 1 week before the trip will entitle the participant 100% refund.
In case of cancelation by the participant 7 days or less before the trip there is no refund but you can reschedule your trip to another date.
If a trip gets canceled due to unforeseen circumstances (very bad weather, closed trails, heavy pollution, not enough people signed up for a trip or other acts of god) you will of course get a 100% refund.
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————— Blog written by our guest Gerale
Back in the days when, if you had talent and influence, you appointed yourself project leader, General Su had a vision for a section of the Great Wall. It was designed and built to set an example to all other areas. Today, this defiantly intact, majestic structure testifies to the quality of the design and workmanship. It was grander and wider, harder to scale and more daunting to any prospective invaders from the North. Undulating across the hilly landscape it remains unashamedly photogenic. And, apart from your fellow Dandelion Hikers, there’s not a soul around. Where the wall has crumbled, it has been through the interference of humans. Were the towers still in place, this would be a contender for mass tourism.
It’s that beautiful.
But those towers were systematically dismantled during the Cultural Revolution. To complete this section of the wall we didn’t need too much talent or influence. The initial ascent was steep – and we were grateful for the energizing lunch Heidi and Fred had organized for us in a local village, but we were quickly on the wall and rewarded with stunning views. Grateful for our decent footwear and reserves of water on this sunny day, we followed the wall’s course in a westerly direction for another hour or so, until we reached an impressive, flat section. We pitched our makeshift base camp for the night – a vantage point from which we could admire the sunset, moon rising and stars. Apart from the odd hoot from nocturnal birds of prey and the wind there was no other sound to be heard. There was the general feeling we were a million miles away from the big city.
Far from being a military operation Dandelion Hiking’s Heidi and Fred guided us through the General Su section with sensitivity and flexibility. Nobody felt rushed and there were frequent breaks to admire the work of dozens of farming generations, who had carved terraces for the cultivation of apricot seeds, dates and apples. Heidi’s enthusiasm for the land, flora and fauna and Fred’s affable personality (he seemed to be interested and knowledgeable about any topic you cared to bring up) made for stimulating company as we perched on the wall and raised a glass of Great Wall wine to toast General Su at the end of a massively rewarding day. Definitely not to be missed.
August has been a great month for hiking and camping on the great wall. The heat and humidity made us lose a lot of build up winter fat and we became fitter than ever. We explored new places on Zhenbianchen great wall and discovered new valleys with smiling farmers on Gubeiko great wall. Heidi took cooked exellent chinese lunches and I did what I m best in “bbq roasted beijing duck with and serve great wall wine” on top of the wild great wall.
We are always happy to show people our favourte spots on Beijing’s great wall. On most of our trips we didn,t see any body at all. Except maybe a farmer collecting herbs on top of the mountain or some local hikers who dont want to see tourist parts of the great wall.
I sometimes ask myself the question why everybody goes to Badalin, simatai or muntianyu. But before I can even think of the answer, a smile comes on my face and realize that is such a good thing that all tourists go there leaving the real gems all for us.
Befor Juli we were doing more 1 day hiking trips to the great wall. Which is good but definitely not as good camping. To reach the great wall (no matter what section) it takes at least 1,5 hours by local or private transportation. So a return trip takes for sure 4 hours which means on a one day trip you spend more time on transportation than actually hiking on the great wall. That’s why we thought lets just go always camping. This way we have relaxed time on the wall, out of the bustling metropolitan. Now we are just taking small groups camping, letting everybody absorb the beautiful surroundings and watch the sun rise and set with a glass of wine and new friends.
Now august has passed and perfect september weather has arrived in Beijing. While the collours will be slowly changing from green to yellow september will all about multiple days hiking and camping on the great wall. Cooler weather does not only mean more comfortable great wall hiking but also that the season for a good desert hike is cloosing in. In october we will go for a 6 day adventure in the Badajilin desert. Including a 3 day hike trough the sand dunes, camel rides and jeep rides to some of the desert most beautiful oasis and temples. A true china higlight!
Great wall hiking in Beijing can be done in different ways. This great wall hike & hot spring combinations is one of my favorites ones.
Hengling village, where our hike starts is about 200km from Beijing. The village itself doesn’t look very important now, but in the Ming Dynasty it was a double walled defense village in a valley that was called the northern gate to Beijing. Numerous attack where executed here by the Mongols. For this reason the Chinese army ordered General Xu to build an extra strong wall in this area. Xu was known for his engineering and made this wall as an example of how other parts of the Beijing great wall should be build. Even today, this great wall still stands as strong as as it did 600 years ago
From Hengling village we follow the Great Wall for a while till we reach an old classic farmer village. It’s quit a magic place surrounded by great mountains and Great Wall. Only a few families live in this Ming dynasty village. We had healthy lunch at the village, a little chat with an old lady and her grand daughter and watched a 76 year old farmer taking care of is apple trees.
After lunch we headed straight for the mountains. At the highest point of this area(1350 meter) we had a fabulous view of the great wall winding over the ridges of mountains that surrounded us. From here it was only a 30 minute hike to one of the strongest parts of great wall around Beijing. Once on top of this great wall everybody us always amazed by the magic of this place, Heidi and me included.
Taking pictures on the way we follow the great wall for a couple km before going down in the valley and trough the orchards. At the end of this valley our driver is waiting for us with his usual smile, ready to drive us to our reward ” A top notch natural hot spring”.
And this is way this is one of my favorite trips. What is better than relax in hot spring and have a foot massage after an 18km hike on some superb great wall with great scenery and not one other tourist! Nothing can beat this I guess.
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 indepentdant 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 tour prices for this Hike
The price is per person ,Students & kids <18 get 10% discount , includes: Pick up and drop of by private bus, entree tickets, English speaking guide, lunch and water. ( Please let us know the pick up address )
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.