Join Beijing Hikers for an Obscura Day hike of the unrestored portion of the Great Wall!
Our hike will begin on a road behind Stone Valley Village, a tidy settlement just on the Beijing side of the border. Further up the road we'll take a turn for the hills on a dirt trail leading up through a forested valley, getting slightly steeper as we near the Great Wall. After breaking by the Great Wall, we'll follow it along a rough and unrestored section all the way to a 1034m beacon tower known as the General’s Tower, the largest on this line of wall. From up on top of the tower we’ll have incredible views of the surrounding mountains, with more wall seen snaking off into the distance.
We'll continue along the Great Wall, aiming for a pass where it dips down low. There are some steep and slippery sections on this stretch, with hill trail detours around the worst parts. Expect some exposure to heights, with a tricky descent. As we near the pass, the wall becomes too steep for fun hiking and we’ll follow a side trail down the outside, and then hook around through the pass. Once upon a time the pass would have been heavily fortified, but now the thick walls are tumbled down and we can stroll right through.
We’ll follow a field trail further up the valley, and then hike a trail up and over the hill, crossing a rough line of what’s said to be Northern Qi era (550–577) Great Wall before hiking back down to Stone Valley Village to complete the loop and end our day with a big meal of country-style Chinese cooking!
Keep in mind that parts of the Great Wall here are rather steep and slippery, and there is an occasional chance of meeting bad traffic on the way while going through the Badaling pass.
- 8:30am departure from Lido Hotel Starbucks; Liangmaqiao subway area pickup at 8:00am
- We'll be returning to Beijing around 6pm
- Expect 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 10km
- Price of ticket includes a meal after the hike
What to bring on this hike:
- Snacks to eat along the way
- Warm clothes in case it gets chilly
- Rain coat or poncho, just in case
- Good hiking boots
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