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Hiking Through History: The Great Wall at Gubeikou

  • Dongzhimen Metro Stop (Outside Exit C) 48 Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie Beijing, Beijing Shi, 100027 China (map)
Gubeikou Great Wall Walking Tour

Hiking Through History: The Great Wall at Gubeikou

Date: Sunday, April 16th
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm (driving time approx. 2 hours each way)
Cost: 480 RMB, 420 RMB for members

Includes bus transportation from the city centre, snacks, water, and entrance fees.

Did it work? Why was it built? And did the Chinese ever try and make the Mongolians pay for the wall?

This interpretative walk and discussion explores the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. While we hike along this majestic and relatively quiet stretch of wall, The Hutong's Historian-in-Residence Jeremiah Jenne and Hiking Guide Simon Ashmore will share their insights into the history and ecology of our route. We’ll discuss who built the wall and why and bust a few Great Wall myths along the way. We’ll also look at the habitat and ecosystem created by the wall and how the environment shaped its construction and maintenance. Along the way, we'll stop for our packed lunches (please bring your own!) and talk about efforts to preserve the Great Wall - and what the Wall means for residents of the local community today.

Spaces for this walk are limited and registration is required. Details about the walk including bus pick-off / drop off points and payment information will be sent by email as part of your registration confirmation. Because of the added transportation costs, a minimum number of 6 participants is required to run the event; we will notify you at least 48 hours in advance if the hike needs to be cancelled.