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Beijing Amblers: Rural Beijing's Fortress Villages By the Great Wall
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North of Beijing is an authentic village in the fortress with many of the original courtyard houses built a 100 years ago, located near the Erdaoguan Pass section of the Great Wall in Huairou County. Originally a garrison fort for guarding the Wall where soldiers lived, the village uses have changed today but many of the customs of the past prevail, transport by donkeys and cooking with wood fires continue.

While the younger people have moved to the city the remaining older group continue to live in the village enjoying rural life and supplement income with tourist activities including country residential stays and fine rural dining. The experience is rewarding as you enjoy the largely untouched countryside ,the Great Wall remnants and villages adapting to the new economic order and still preserving the culture traditions of the rural areas. It is good that these options remain and all do not have to move to the city.

After the visit of the village, we will walk along the ancient path in the middle of the chestnut field leading up to an arch to the Great Wall. We will climb up (medium hike) the hill and walk along the picturesque "wild" Great Wall for about 2 hours - fantastic view! - then cross the wall to another village and have a late lunch in the villagers' home on their Chinese style brick bed typical in rural China.

Driving Time: 1.5hours
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Hiking level: 2.5, medium-level hike (easy hiking route is available upon request, 1 hour).


>> Authentic village in the fortress by the great wall just over one hour's drive from Beijing.
>> The customs of the past prevail, transport by donkeys and cooking with wood fires continue.
>> Visit a farmer's home and have a chat on his brick bed.
>> Easy hike through the chestnut fields (and various seasonal blossom) up to the great wall; or more brilliant views if you are willing to hike more across watchtowers!
>> Eat farmers' home-made food at their home.

Best time to visit

* It is a medium-level walk and hike, suitable for all seasons. The views vary from season to season.
* The mountains and villages are in full pear, peach and chestnut tree blossom from June to September.
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About CCC’s Beijing Amblers
organizes suburb day walks, weekend hikes (at a leisure pace) and overnight trips to places that are still free from the clutches of the tourism industry. It offers both a good day’s exercise and cultural interest (The ancient villages, cultural relics and heritages, rural life and landscapes).  They are more relaxed, rambling hikes, although some are rigorous and marked with high difficulties. It is to take in some of the fine scenery, the wild wall and rural life around the capital at a leisurely pace -- the pace set by Beijing Amblers, CCC' s special interest group.
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Tour Details

Warning:  It' s not steep--most of the way has roughly a 30-degree slope.  However, there are a lot of irregularly shaped stones and the path can be slippery and unstable, adding to the difficulty.  A walking stick is recommended, but not required.

Please note that this tour visit similar area with another CCC hiking tour along Huanghuacheng Great Wall (click to view details)  but this tour features more village visits and less strenuous hiking.

Hiking Details:
Level of difficulties: 1.5 out of 5  (it is quite a strenuous hiking, if you have difficulties but wish to visit this beautiful area and authentic villages, then you can join CCC's another tour to this same place but less hiking (click to view details)


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