For Great Experiences

Explore the Great Wall with us. Step off the tourist trail and hike the ‘wild’ Wall, with trips from Beijing to secluded and scenic sections of China’s old frontier.

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Since 2001 we’ve found and maintained more than 100 different hiking trails in the hills around Beijing. Mountains high, valleys low, rivers long … discover what Beijing is like outside the big city.

Explore China

From Silk Road deserts to mountain paths, from ancient ruins and traditional culture in mountain villages to the stunning scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform—join our active trips and really explore China.

Photos and Trip Reports

Take a look through our trip reports section to see write-ups and photo blogs from our hikes and trips–see our shots of Great Wall, small country villages and their inhabitants, plus forests, rivers, mountains, and more.

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Upcoming hikes and trips

Ready for a great hike? Every week we run hikes and trips to the Great Wall, hills, mountains, forests, and villages around Beijing, with a wide range of hikes that are suitable for casual walkers as well as the super-fit.


This week's hikes in Beijing

A ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, March 28
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Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Hike a rough and rugged stretch of Great Wall in the mountains of Yanqing, finishing up at a village that grew up in and around a Ming Dynasty-era barracks.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, March 28
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Follow hill trails through shaded valleys on the way up to the Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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Mountains in west Beijingu
Departure date: Sunday, March 29
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Long Dark Valley hike

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – A new hike in a remote area of west Beijing that takes us up and over a big hill and then down and out through a long and narrow canyon.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Sunday, March 29
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – After a reasonably tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng class=
Departure date: Wednesday, April 1
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Begin with a stroll through chestnut orchards on the way to the Great Wall, then follow the wall up along a big ridge, finishing up with stunning views of the Little West Lake.

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The General’ Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, April 2
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 RMB – An easier version of one of our tough Great Wall hikes in Yanqing District – the same great scenery, but less of the steep climbs up and down.

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The view from Vulture Rock Ridge
Departure date: Saturday, April 4
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Vulture Rock Ridge loop hike

Level 4 / 380 RMB – A loop hike with a lot of uphill that takes us across into the mountains and along Vulture Rock Ridge, with super views across the north of Beijing’s suburban area.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the west side of Gubeikou
Departure date: Saturday, April 4
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Great Wall: Gubeikou West Side

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Explore the Great Wall on the west side of Gubeikou. Note: if you're not good with heights, you won't enjoy this hike.

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Towers of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, April 5
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike from the tiny settlement of Hemp Village through the hills to the Gubeikou Great Wall.

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A hiker looks out over the rolling hills of Miyun District in rural Beijing
Departure date: Sunday, April 5
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Level 3 / 380 RMB – A long but not difficult ramble along country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland in Miyun District.

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Beijing Hikers operates trips to many places in China – famous scenic areas, as well as those obscure and less well-known. We take care of all the organisation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery without stress.


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Upcoming trips around China

Terraced hills covered with flowers
Trip dates: March 26–29, 2015
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Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

In Brief: See fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous. From 6,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: April 3–6, 2015
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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Two days deep in the mountains of Fujian to explore the Hakka tulou buildings, plus the highlights of Xiamen including Gulangyu Island. From 7,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Colourful costumes of the Zhuang ethnic group
Trip dates: April 15–19, 2015
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Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between tiny villages in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong ethnic groups. From 8,170 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 30–May 3, 2015
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 27–31, 2015
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more. From 8,920 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Kashgar’s Id Kar Mosque
Trip dates: June 16–22, 2015
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Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province. From 17,910 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Trips on request

Find out how we can make it easy for you to take friends, family, students, staff, and co-workers for a day out at the Great Wall and other scenic areas in Beijing.

Recommended private trips to the Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall

From 550 RMB, all-inclusive – A relatively easy hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB, all-inclusive – Choose an easier or more difficult option on the Great Wall in the Huanghuacheng area – take a longer walk that follows steep stretches of Great Wall, or make the wall a mid-walk detour on an easier stroll through the countryside.
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Teambuilding and corporate events

Teambuilding with a collage on the Great Wall

Reward the team and show them a good – and healthy! – time out in the countryside. We'll help you choose a hike that suits the fitness level and interest of participants, and we can arrange a giant meal of country-style cooking at one of the many countryside restaurants that we know and love.


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Leading the way, since 2001

Beijing Hikers has been leading hikes and trips around Beijing & greater China since 2001. With us, you'll explore interesting and hard to reach places, hassle-free and friendly.
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Photos, Trip Reports, and News

Read our trip reports and get an idea of what it's like to hike with us; view collections of photos from hikes and trips; read news about Beijing Hikers.

Latest trip reports and news

Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Sixteen photos from our first proper hike in the snow this winter.
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Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Fifteen photos from a walk along the Gubeikou Great Wall on a beautiful blue sky day.
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White River ice hike, 2015/01/27

White River ice hike, 2015/01/27

Fourteen photos from a specially-arranged hike down the frozen White River.
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Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Photos from a hike along the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling.
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Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

Photos from our Christmas Day hike from Jiankou to the Mutianyu Great Wall.
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City Weekend magazine Christmas extravaganza, 2014/12

City Weekend Magazine Christmas Gift Extravaganza

Win 1,700 RMB of hiking vouchers in the City Weekend magazine Christmas Gift Extravaganza.
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Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

See the shots from a weekend spent watching birds by the Miyun Reservoir.
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall loop hike, 2014/11/8

Photos of rough and rugged Great Wall under a beautiful ‘APEC blue’ sky.
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