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ChinaHiking founders’ Favourite sunset Great Wall Hike 1 Day
Hike 8 km on a recent restored Wild Great Wall section with stunning views on Beijing’s highest Great Wall in the north, miles and miles of the Great Wall in the south and the Chen Castle General Tower in the east. You need an average to good physical condition and some balance for this trail. We will start with a 1,5-hour uphill hike on the Great Wall.
The Humpback (the wild part of Badaling) Great Wall section is located about 20km north of the famous Badaling Great Wall. It’s a 2-hour drive from our meeting point (Lama Temple subway exit B) to our lunch place, a local farmhouse with a view on the Great Wall.
After a great lunch at the farmhouse courtyard, we take a beautiful trail through the valley till we meet the Great Wall at its lowest point. From here, we start hiking to the famous steep staircases. It will take us a good hour to climb these stairs until we reach the highest point of the Humpback Great Wall and a nicely preserved watchtower. This section of the Humpback Great Wall has been partly restored and is now in perfect condition for easy hiking.
Hiking up and down the staircases is just amazing. You will find plenty of watchtowers and the famous 180 degrees Great Wall Turn, a perfect place for pictures.
From the General Watchtower, we take a 1,5-hour trail through the forest down to the Stone Valley where our driver will be waiting for us. We should be back in Beijing at 9pm.
Level 3: 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.
It is located in Huailai county, Hebei province, west part of Beijing. Due to its geographical uniqueness, the direction of its mountain ridge, the Great Wall formed a huge 180°of an “U” turn. Thus the local people call it “Luoguo Cheng”in Chinese or Humpback.
The Wall was rebuilt in the Ming dynasty (year of 1544), the watchtowers in this section were rebuilt under the rule of emperor Longqing ( year of 1567-1572). It was built away from the villages and with such good qualities, so after 500 years, there are still many sections are well-preserved.
The army of Lizicheng, the Nomad King who end the Ming dynasty, led numerous attacks to Beijing. As his army grew stronger, the imperial forces led by field marshal Sun Chuanting were getting weaker due to famine and disease. In 1644 Lizicheng succeeded in breaking the lines of the Great Wall at the Chen Castle and Humpback Great Wall, conquered Beijing and ended the Ming dynasty.
Emperor Chongzhen hanged himself on Coal Hill (Jinshan park) and was buried in Siling, in the Ming Tombs area. There his tomb is preserved in excellent condition and people speculate on why all the trees in this spot have been struck by lightning. Sun Chuanting died in battle at Tungguan. His wife committed suicide by throwing herself into a well. They were buried together in Huazhuang village in Shanxi province. Their grave was looted and destroyed during the ravages of the Cultural Revolution.
There are 47 watchtowers in total in this section of the Great Wall. The General Tower features with 6 holes; round shaped watchtower also claimed to be...
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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.
You will receive an automatic reply with an overview of your reservation and a link to PayPal.
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.
Meeting point maps
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 ChinaHiking Founders’ Favourite Sunset Great Wall Hike (1Day)
Prices are per person and include:
Pick up and drop of by private bus at your hotel ( Please let us know the pick up address)
English speaking guide
Lunch and water
Price per person in CNY
Price per person in USD
|Nr of people||Adults||Kids < 18||Adults||Kids < 18|
|4||1000 ¥||900 ¥||166 $||149 $|
|5||900 ¥||810 ¥||149 $||134 $|
|6||800 ¥||720 ¥||133 $||120 $|
|7||750 ¥||675 ¥||125 $||112 $|
|8||700 ¥||630 ¥||116 $||105 $|
|9||650 ¥||585 ¥||108 $||97 $|
|10||600 ¥||540 ¥||100 $||90 $|
|15+||please contact us for larger group prices|
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.