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.
Gubeikou Great Wall Sunset Hike 1day
  • Hiking Distance: 8km
  • Hiking Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Hike level: 2 easy-medium
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 8:30 pm
  • Price: 600¥/99$

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Gubeikou Great Wall Sunset Hike  1 day

Hike 8km over Beijing’s oldest Great Wall to reach the Gubeikou General Tower by sunset. With views over the Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall sunset pictures can’t get any better.


A 2 hour drive brings us to a farmhouse in a small folk village on the border of Beijing and Hebei province. Our local farmer friends will serve us tasty lunch on their terrace with view on the Great Wall.


Just behind the farmhouse starts a little trail up the hill and within 15  minutes we arrive at the Gubeikou Great Wall. During the following 6 km hike on top of the Great Wall we take some breaks in the shade of  some of the numerous watch towers or climb on top of the Beacon Towers when excellent photo opportunities arise.


Our hike on the Great Wall ends by sunset on top of the Gubeikou’s the General Tower. This 2 story tower is the highest point in the area overlooking the Gubeikou Great Wall, the Jinshanling Great Wall and if the weather is good you can see all the way till the Jinshanling Great Wall. Time for your perfect Great Wall sunset picture.


Once the sun is gone behind the hills we leave the Great Wall and take a tiny hidden trail through the brush and into the valley till we reach a small road where our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Beijing. Around 9 pm we will be back in Beijing at our meeting point.

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Gubeikou Great Wall Hiking

Level 2:捕获 easy

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.

History of the Gubeikou 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 the Big Flower Watchtower (Dahualou), because of its square shape with 12-arrowed windows, which resembles a blossoming flower when seen from afar.

When Qi Jiguang was appointed the chief commanding officer of the Ji Garrison (one of the eleven garrisons during the Ming dynasty), he ordered to lay another layer of bricks standing side by side the original one, forming the unique...

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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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