Great Wall Hiking

In Beijing Municipality, the Great Wall expands over 630km. Except for about 50km of the Great Wall developed for tourism at scenic spots like Badaling and Simatai, the majority of the wall is still left untouched, making it extraordinarily well-preserved. ChinaHiking will guide you to those most remote and long deserted parts of the Wild Great wall.
Chen Castle Great Wall Hike 1Day
  • Hiking Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Duration: 3-4h
  • Hike Level: 3
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Price: 600¥/ 99$

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Chen Castle Great Wall Hike 1 Day 

If you’d like to see a wild part of the Great Wall, then Chen castle is your destination. Chen Castle Great wall is a well-preserved part of the wild great wall that combines famous staircases and great views. Chen castle was once the gateway for the army of Li Zicheng, a rebel leader who end the Ming Dynasty. Li Zhicheng tried to enter Beijing many times, but only succeeded by breaking the lines on this Wall.  

Chen Castle Great Wall hike

Chen Castle Great Wall Hike

The 1.5-hour drive from the center of Beijing will end at the deep location of a valley, where filled with apple and pear trees. One of the few remaining families in the valley runs a small farmhouse where we will start with a good countryside style lunch. After lunch we start hiking, we will pass a small temple and go hike up the hills for about 1 hour towards the Great Wall of China.


Once we reached on top of the Great Wall you will be delighted with the endless views. This section of the Great Wall has never been renovated, so once in while we must side track a bit to avoid a few dangerous parts. Every 20 minutes you get a new scenery enfolding on this hike.


After 1 hour hiking on the Great Wall and a good climb on the crumbled staircases, we will reach the General Tower, the highest watchtower on this part of the wall. The views over the valley and the Wall are stunning.

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Chen Castle Great Wall Hiking

We keep following the wall as it goes slowly downhill over the mountain ridges. The 600 years old Wall is very well preserved and you will find numerous excellent photo opportunities. For the last part of this trip, we leave the Wall and follow a winding trail through a small forest. At the end of the trail which is the next valley, our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Beijing.


Level 2:捕获 Easy – medium

Most of the 1 day hikes will be listed as level 2. These 1 day hikes will take about 3-4 hours with moderate climbs. An average physical condition is enough to enjoy these hikes. Usually, kids older than 7 are all right with these hikes. Camping trips with a 2 level will always have the camping gear be delivered.


History of the Chen Castle Great Wall

There are two villages next the Wall, they are both called “upper hill Chen Castle village” and “lower hill Chen Castle village”. So the Great Wall in this section was named after the village, Chen Castle Great Wall. One may wonder if there is truly castle there. Actually, there were castles in the villages but they are all gone now.

Chen Castle is located in Huailai county, Hebei province. It connects north to the Badaling, and south to the General Xu Great Wall.

The Chen Castle Great Wall was built in the early Ming dynasty, about 600 years ago. It was the defense wall and protected the northern gateway of Beijing for over 250 years. 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...

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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!


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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.

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