Great Wall Hiking
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Hike from Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to Shui Changcheng
This 10 km Great Wall hike starts where the Wild Great Wall cuts trough the Chesnut Orchards of Zhuangdaokou village, curls trough the valley of a national park site with stunning scenery and finaly drops in the lakes of Shui Changcheng. The beautiful Water Great wall is nicely restored, surrounded by impressive mountains and of course… lots of water.
After lunch at a local restaurant we start the hike with a 30 minute flat walk on a winding little dirt road trough the chesnut orchards of the village untill we reach the wild Great Wall. At this valley the Great Wall is crumbeling down a bit more every year. A 1 hour uphill hike on the wall will bring us to a very well preserved and impressive section of the Great Wall. On the top of the hill the Great Wall splits. 1 part heads for the lakes, the other to a large secluded beacon tower
We head for the beacon tower first but follow a small trail that goes to the valley. This dirt trail can be a bit slippery so good hiking shoes come in handy for this part of the hike. About 45 minutes later we reach the lakes and have fabulous views on sections of the Great Wall that are built on mountain ridges and steep cliffs before it drops into the lake.
We will walk around the lakes and hike next to the Great wall out of the valley where our driver will pick us up again.
Level 2: medium
Most day hikes will be listed as level 2. These day hikes will be 3-4 hours hiking trips with moderate climbs. An average physical condition is enough to enjoy these hikes. Usually kids older than 7 are ok with these hikes. Camping trips with a level 2 mark will always have the camping gear delivered.
History of the Great Wall:
The Shui changcheng Great Wall is a popular tourist resort for local people. It connects with Zhuangdaokou and Erdaoguan in the east and Longquanyu in the west. There are many hotels, farm houses, and restaurants here as well as activities like boat rides and scenic walkways. But the main attraction for you is of course the Great Wall. There are many places where you can see the Great Wall here, and the views are impressive with high mountains and water all around.
Trip and booking information
What to bring – Booking and Payment info
Discounts – What’s included – What’s not included –
Cancelation policy – Meeting point maps
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
Beijing Zhuangdaokou Great Wall hike
When we saw the zhuangdaokou great wall dropping down in a lake we know we reached our destination. It was already noon so had a simple lunch with some friendly locals. With a picture of Mao looking over our shoulders we ate the fresh vegetable, tofu and pancakes.
With a full stomac we started looking for an old cave used in the times of the Warring States and later rebuild as a bomb shelter in time of the war with Japan. With some small tourches and even smaller harts we walked trough the tunnels. Passing heavy door left and right we realized how scary if must have been during war times.
A bit confused we came out the other side and found our trail trough the orchards of Zhuangdaokou village. It didn’t take long before we reached the big steps of Zhuangdaokou great wall.(Snipes valley） We climbed for 2 hours strait up in hot and humid friday afternoon. The spirit of our Dutch guest was perfect and that made it all a lot easier. Although everybody was happy I guess when reached the highest point. We ate the rest of our fruit, drank the last of our water, took some memorable pictures and hiked downhill with nothing else than a cold beer in our mind.
back at the Zhuangdaokou village we didn’t have much time for more than one beer this time. The last bus was leaving soon and our taxi even had to overtake this bus and drop us at the next stop to make us catch it!
As usual all went smooth and eazy with a drop of luck. Thanks for the good day guys!
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!
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.