If you’d like to see a wild part of the Great Wall, then Chen castle is your destination. Chen Castle Great wall is a well-preserved part of the wild great wall that combines famous staircases and great views. Chen castle was once the gateway for the army of Li Zicheng, a rebel leader who end the Ming Dynasty. Li Zhicheng tried to enter Beijing many times, but only succeeded by breaking the lines on this Wall.
Hiking Distance: 8 km
Hiking Duration: 3-4h
Hike Level: 3
Departure time: 9:30 am
Back in Beijing: 5:00-6:00 pm
Price: 600RMB (540 RMB for kids 7-17, 480 RMB for membership, 300 RMB for kids younger than 7)
The 1.5-hour drive from the center of Beijing will end at the deep location of a valley, where filled with apple and pear trees. One of the few remaining families in the valley runs a small farmhouse where we will start with a good countryside style lunch. After lunch we start hiking, we will pass a small temple and go hike up the hills for about 1 hour towards the Great Wall of China.
Once we reached on top of the Great Wall you will be delighted with the endless views. This section of the Great Wall has never been renovated, so once in while we must side track a bit to avoid a few dangerous parts. Every 20 minutes you get a new scenery enfolding on this hike.
After 1 hour hiking on the Great Wall and a good climb on the crumbled staircases, we will reach the General Tower, the highest watchtower on this part of the wall. The views over the valley and the Wall are stunning.
We keep following the wall as it goes slowly downhill over the mountain ridges. The 600 years old Wall is very well preserved and you will find numerous excellent photo opportunities. For the last part of this trip, we leave the Wall and follow a winding trail through a small forest. At the end of the trail which is the next valley, our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Beijing.
Level 2:Easy – medium
Most of the 1 day hikes will be listed as level 2. These 1 day hikes will take about 3-4 hours with moderate climbs. An average physical condition is enough to enjoy these hikes. Usually, kids older than 7 are all right with these hikes. Camping trips with a 2 level will always have the camping gear be delivered.
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