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Hiking Great Wall

2015-08-19 09:42:00   By  Luo Peng    Reads(565)

Gubeikou, situated in Beijing's Miyun County, is 125 kilometers away from Beijing proper. It has long been a town of military significance and an important passage to the capital city. The Yanshan Range winds from east to west and is cut off at Gubeikou, forming a natural narrow pass here. To the west of the pass are the Chaohe River and the Wohu Mountain, and to the east is the Panlong Mountain. From ancient times, Gubeikou has served as a route of strategic importance, linking the southern and northern areas of the Yanshan Range. As early as 2,500 years ago, a fortification was built here and was constantly reinforced throughout the following dynasties.

On this hike we'll walk a picturesque section of wall that offers great views without too much hard work. As we follow the wall, we'll pass through restored and unrestored sections, as well as taking a scenic detour through pines on a hillside trail. What the best is, we are going to stay at the amazing farm with the most remarkable campfire party.

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Yanshan mountain, by WANG Fang
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Our base is right by the Chaohe, by CHEN Yun

Sample Schedule

Time

Activity

Monday

9:00-11:00

Arrival and meeting us at Xizhimen, shuttle to the destination, orientation on the way

11:00-13:00

Lunch, take a rest and prepare for the afternoon activities

13:00-16:00

Games, group task to accomplish

16:00-18:00

Visit the oldest railway station

18:00-

Campfire party, with homemade drinks and food

Stay at Nanshanyizhan, local farmer's home

Tuesday

6:00-6:30

Breakfast

6:30-12:00

Hiking the Great Wall

12:00-14:00

Lunch and summarization

14:00

Shuttle back to Xizhimen