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Beijing Oldest Great Wall- Gubeikou Great Wall .
Gubeikou Great Wall has 1460 years of history, it is the oldest Great Wall around Beijing which was built in the Qi dynasty (AD 555 years). On this 8km family friendly Great Wall camping trip, we follow the Gubeikou Great Wall as it winds through the landscape on top of the mountain ridges. Big draws for this camping trip are the fantastic scenery of one of the best-preserved section of the Great Wall and a great lunch and a dinner that should be awarded for 2 Outdoor Michelin starred meals. Our camping site has views with 2 sections of the Great Wall. All the camping gear will be delivered to the campsite, so we will have a relaxing day to hike on the Wall.
For this Great Wall section, we will drive to the border of the Beijing and Hubei province. It is a 100-km drive that will take us about 2 hours. Our arrival point is a small folk village where we will start with a nice countryside lunch. After lunch, we will follow a small trail for about 45-minute hike in the fields and walk through the forest and climb up the hills until we arrive at the highest Great Wall watchtower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. This view from the General Tower is the first highlight of the day, the view looks like a paint that shows the Great Wall winding over the mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. On nice weather days, we can see the whole Gubeikou Great Wall, the Jinshanling Great Wall and even the Simatai Great Wall.
From this watchtower, we will walk on top of the Great Wall for about 3 hours, passing numerous watchtowers and beacon towers till we reach the camping spot. The Great Wall and its famous towers are very well preserved and are still in its original state. There will be plenty of time for breaks and pictures at excellent viewpoints. From the rooftop of the last watchtower of our hike, we will be able to see our camping spot. A nice flat grass field next to and surrounded by the Great Wall. From a view on 2 sections of the Great Wall, we can watch the sunset while enjoying a nicely cooked dinner and glass of wine. After breakfast in the next day, we will have a short hike down the Wall into the valley where our driver will be waiting for us. You will treasure the memories you created on the Great Wall for a long time. Around 12:30pm we will arrive back at our meeting point.
.Level 2: Easy – medium
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 double-layered Great Wall. It goes for over 20 kilometers and comprises of the four parts: Wohushan, Panlongshan, Jinshanling and Simatai. Gubeikou was a strategic pass of the Great Wall in ancient times, and Panlong Mountain and Wohu Mountain are connected by it with the Chao River flowing across Gubeikou Great Wall, offering an important access to Inner Mongolia and northeast of China. This section is the most intact and well preserved, original section of all the sections in Beijing. Wohushan Section “Wohushan” literally means a mountain resembling crouching tigers, as it looks like two tigers: one lying on its back and the other on its stomach. The Wohushan section features the unique “Sister Towers”. The Elder Sister Tower to the north is higher than the Younger Sister Tower to the south. Seen from afar, they are like two pretty ladies hand in hand. The Sister Towers were used to station troops, store weapons and foodstuffs during the wartime. Panlongshan Section The Panlongshan section features the General Tower and 24-Window Tower: The two-storey General Tower was the commanding office. It is square in shape, with a side length of about 11 yards (10 meters) and a door on each side. There are four windows on the eastern and western sides respectively, and three windows on the northern and southern sides. The tower is pretty symmetrical. However, the crenels on the top were seriously damaged during the war. Hence, the top has been exposed to the substance ever since. The 24-window Tower is the last watch-tower at Panlongshan section. It has three storeys, which is unique. There are three windows on each side on the first and second storey and teeth-shaped crenels on the third storey. The 24-window Tower worked as a partner with the General Tower during the wartime. However, the northwestern side of the tower has now collapsed, leaving behind the eastern and southwestern walls standing firm and still. This section has 143 beacon towers. The inside of these towers has different designs. Some towers have a flat ceiling. Some have an arched ceiling, a domed ceiling, or an octagonal. Each tower consists of two floors, six archways, and ten arched doors, allowing garrisoned soldiers to advance and retreat freely.
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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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