Saturday April. 17th, 2010
Bus leaves from East 3 rd Ring Road Lufthansa Center at 8:00am
Hiking features: Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu Great Wall Hiking
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Location: Huairou County, Beijing
Travel time: 1.5 hours each way
Level 1.5 (“easy”)
This hikes are relaxing, but maybe a bit hilly and take around 3-4 hours to complete.
What to bring on this hike?
1-2 liters of water
Something to eat for lunch
A hat and sunblock if it is sunny, a waterproof jacket if it looks like it might rain, warm clothes, hat, and gloves if it is cold.
Good hiking boots
The toll fee and vehicle rental fee(10-22 seats) is : RMB1000-1500/group
Hiking Leader and administration cost: RMB400/group
The entrance fee is for this events: RMB2-5/person
We will inform each of you guys who registered about the number of participates in total and how much we are going to pay roughly per person one day prior to departure.
Introdution: This hike makes a real family-friendly day-trip! The drive will take about 1.5 hours. After a short visit around the dam on Huanghuacheng Reservoir, we will start our hike westward to Xishuiyu. Although the climb is steep, there is a good trail alongside the Wall, and it only takes about half an hour to get to the watch tower on the cliff. Here is a great place from which to take photos, one of which must be of the moon-shaped reservoir far below. Then, after another half-an-hour hiking, we will reach the highest point in this area, on the pinnacle of which there is a broken watch tower. From this vantage point you will have a nice sunny panoramic view of the whole wide valley, stretching even further toward the west.
From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley. The Gate is located at the bottom, a opening in the wall which connects the Zhuangdaokou village on the inside, with the still-well-preserved Yaoziyu Castle, built in the Ming Dynasty, on the outside. Over the top of the passageway is another watch tower where we will rest a short while before continuing on. On the inside of the gate you will notice three large characters carved in the stone, indicating the name of the village – ZhuangDaoKou. On the outside is written the name of the passageway - “ZhenNu Pass” - meaning “Defeat to Invaders”, a warning to potential attackers in ancient times.
From the valley we will hike westward again, climbing upwards along the broken Wall to our lunch spot, a tall cliff overlooking Xishuiyu Lake. From here, the view is amazing! You can see the broken Wall running directly into the lake, and beyond it, the endless mountain range. Unfortunately, from here on, the Wall is really too broken to traverse safely, so we will instead follow a pleasant mountain trail downwards into Xishuiyu Village, where our driver will be waiting to take us back to Beijing in time for late afternoon and dinner.
Terms and condition
- This hiking is none-profit event and it will take the Dutch Treatment, we will not Charge any cost in advance, and we will collect the transportation fee during way to the destination. The participant will go dutch all the fee, e.g. transportation fee, leader fee, highway fee and admission fee.
- The vehicle we used is legal tourism vehicle.
- Hiking can be a dangerous activity, and we must emphasize that you come hiking with us at your own risk.
- If the group is less than 5 persons, we reserve the right to cancel the event. In that case, we will put a notice on our website.
- Once you've viewed the event details and have decided you'd like to join us, please register by sending email to us with the information as below:
The name of participant(s):
The number of participant(s):
Passport Number of each participant:
The telephone number (very important):
- Cancellation Policy: If you have some emergent thing to deal and cant attend this hiking, please email us before noon 12:00 ,Friday. If you don't inform us timely, it will affect your next hiking with us. Thank you for your understanding!
- Through our planning and organization we will try to avoid any problems and deal with anything that might occur, but CnAdventure is not responsible for accidents, injuries, or losses suffered on the hikes or on the bus.
By following our guidelines you will make it easier for us to look after everyone on the hike.
- Bring enough food and water: We recommend that you bring a packed lunch and some snacks, and at least two litres of water - three litres of water for a hot day. In winter, bring some hot water if you can.
- Dress appropriately: it is important to bring clothing appropriate to the weather, and you should also be prepared for surprises. Hiking can get hot, so it is good to dress in easily removable layers. It's usually a few degrees colder in the mountains than in the city, and the wind can get quite strong on the tops of the mountains. Bring something waterproof in case of rain, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
- Stay with the group:each hike has a leader and a tail-person, and you should stay between them. It is especially important to stay in front of the tail-person. Staying with the group makes it easier to follow the trail and stay safe.
- Talk to our guides: our guides will stay in contact with each other with walkie-talkies. If you need a rest, or a short moment of privacy, please let one of our guides know. If you urgently need a ‘short moment of privacy' and can't spot a guide, leave your backpack on the trail and the tail-person will know to stop and wait for you.
- Insurance: we can arrange insurance for you at a cost of 10RMB per day. Please get in touch well in advance if you would like to purchase insurance, it usually takes at least two days to organize.