Forget Mountains, How About Hiking The Great Wall?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What do you do in Beijing in the dead of the winter when the temperature dips to minus 2°C and the smog, coupled with the cold, makes any sane person want to flee the city? Head to the warm beaches to the south? Hole up in your apartment until April comes? How about strapping on your hiking shoes and making the trip to the Great Wall for one of the world’s most unforgettable hikes?

The FT did just that this week, taking in a hike with the group Beijing Hikers. “We are to attempt the High Tower, having our lunch atop a Ming dynasty watchtower on a remote section of the Great Wall in Yanqing County, about two hours outside Beijing. The entire walk is 14km and will take us along the 400-year-old ribbon of wall that once made up the defences north-west of Beijing.”

If you’re around Beijing at any time, the group has hikes heading out nearly every other day. Click here for upcoming treks.

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