Hike 8km over Beijing’s oldest Great Wall to reach the Gubeikou General Tower by sunset. With views over the Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall sunset pictures can’t get any better.
Hiking Distance: 8km
Hiking Duration: 3.5 hours
Hike level: 2 easy-medium
Departure time: 11:30 am
Back in Beijing: 9:00 pm
Price: 600RMB (540 RMB for kids 7-17, 480 RMB for membership, 300 RMB for kids younger than 7)
A 2 hour drive bring us to a farmhouse in a small folk village on the border of Beijing and Hebei province. Our local farmer friends will serve us tasty lunch on their terrace with view on the Great Wall.
Just behind the farmhouse starts a little trail up the hill and within 15 minutes we arrive at the Beijing’s oldest Great Wall. During the following 6 km hike on top of the Great Wall we take some breaks in the shade of some of the numerous watch towers or climb on top of the Beacon Towers when excellent photo opportunities arise.
Our hike on the Great Wall ends by sunset on top of the Gubeikou’s the General Tower. This 2 story tower is the highest point in the area overlooking the Gubeikou Great Wall, the Jinshanling Great Wall and if the weather is good you can see all the way till the Jinshanling Great Wall. Time for your perfect Great Wall sunset picture.
Once the sun is gone behind the hills we leave the Great Wall and take a tiny hidden trail through the brush and into the valley till we reach a small road where our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Beijing. Around 9 pm we will be back in Beijing at our meeting point.
Level 2: easy
We rate this trip level 2 as it is a 1day hike on a fairly easy trail. There is one uphill hike of about half an hour to start with. The rest of the trail is just slightly going up and down. It’s a perfect trip for families with kids and people with an average physical condition will enjoy the trip as well. It is a safe trail but there are a few slippery spots so its good to wear shoes with a good grip.
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