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WZ11-Huangcao Mountain Hike and 7-building Great Wall Visit
Meeting Time   7:00am
Trip Length   One Day
Meeting Point   Exit B of Tuanjiehu(团结湖)subway station of line 10
Hiking Distance   Approx. 18km
Hiking Duration   7 hours
Level of Difficulty   Level 4+
Number of People   6-20
Price   550RMB
Hiking Date  
Detailed information about this hike
Highlights of this hike:
1. Explore two high mountains around Beijing which are about 2000 meters high;
2. Awesome views for photographers; 
3. A nice cool retreat in summer: There has an average temperature 12 degrees lower than downtown Beijing;
4. Big Challenge for experienced hikers;
5. No commission shopping stops.

Price and discount:
The cost is 550RMB (about 90 US$) per person. It covers transportation, entrance fees, water and guides. We give 10% discount for members and students, 50% discount for kids under 12’s.

Detailed itinerary:
The Huangcao Mountain Scenic Area is located in the north area of Zhaitang Township, Mentougou District, Beijing City. Its main peak is 1,732 meters above sea level, and it is located 14km from the township government, west of Mount Ling, south of Baihua Mountain, and north of beautiful natural scenery, with luxuriant vegetarian, majestic mountains, stones of various shapes, singing birds and fragrant flowers. During the Ming Dynasty this was a frontier fortress, and to this day one may still see seven tall lookout towers, as well as 2,000 meters of the Great Wall. During the Qing Dynasty, from west of Beijing to Huailai County of Hebei Province, a commercial road once passed through there. The cavalry continued delivery of goods through here day and night, and this commercial road, covered with stones still remains here today.

Huangcao Mountain is a combination of natural landscape and human landscape, and has yet to develop the West Beijing mountains, which makes its beauty even more natural and pure. Huangcao Mountain contains well preserved natural vegetation, and the plant species change depending on mountain elevation. The peak is a famous alpine meadow in Beijing -Shiliping, which covers an area of 1,500 meters above sea level. The lookout towers of Huangcao Mountain are very closely spaced and tightly interconnected. Lookout towers numbers 6 to 11, along with a banging stone lookout tower, are commonly known as the "7 buildings". These acted as defense posts during the Ming Dynasty and have been very well preserved. The "7 building" were a line of defense, which was built after senior Defense Department officials and local officials observed the terrain during the Ming Dynasty.

We will start our hike from a trail in the mountains. This trail isn’t very steep but it is very long. In the Huangcao Mountain area, in addition to the ancient Great Wall, there are many distinctive attractions to enjoy. The most notable of all is the "Elephant Trunk". The most notable of all is the "Elephant Trunk". There is a path on the hillside, atop is a cliff, below are deep valleys which are about 20 meters, deep and 2 meters in diameter; a pillar leans on the cliff, which looks exactly like an elephant, making this area a popular location for taking photos. Huangcao Mountain also has a variety of rocks in its vegetation, as well as ancient monuments.

We will reach the "Shiliping" alpine meadow about 2.5 hours later. We will have our lunch there. After lunch we will visit the "7 building" Great Wall. After that we will come down the mountain from the same side or the other side.

Bad weather plan:
We will email you 2-3 days before the hike to let you know about the weather condition. If there is thunder storm, heavy rain or strong wind it will be dangerous to do the hike in the high mountains. So we will cancel it or change the dates.

What to bring on this hike?
1. Lunch and snacks;
2. Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt;
3. A bottle of sports drink with salt content;
4. Comfortable sport shoes (hiking boots are strongly suggested).

Level 4: Challenging Level
These hikes usually involve a lot of walking, climbing and descending over varied terrain, and sometimes also camping. The elevation is about 1000 meters and the length ranges from 10 to 15 kilometers. Some roads/trails can be a little rough. The hiking time is usually somewhere between 4 and 6 hours. People with acrophobia shouldn’t join these kinds of hikes.

For whom are Level 4 hikes suitable? 
Level 4 hikes are suitable for people who are fit and healthy, do aerobic type exercise regularly and have prior hiking experiences.

What is included on this hike?
1. Air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver;
2. English-speaking hiking tour guide;
3. Entrance fees;
4. Unlimited bottled water.

What is excluded on this hike?
1. Travel insurance;
2. Cable car, chairlift, toboggan (slide way) or any other additional local facilities;
3. Personal expenses.

Customize this hike and make a private reservation:
In addition to our regular weekly hikes, we also offer private tours. You can customize a private hike for you, your family or your friends exclusively. Just tell us what you want and we will organize a hike for you, with places, guides, transport, food, and accommodation all taken care of. You can make a private reservation  on the private tour page.

Pricing for a private tour:
Group size
Cost (per person)
1. A private tour is more flexible. Both extra distance and less distance are available.
2. Discounts are available for larger groups.
3. Prices are quoted in Chinese dollars.

1. There are risks involved in outdoor activities. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Other information about this hike:
Reviews of this Hike
Information about Huangcaoliang Mountains
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