Can’t remember the last time you left the Sixth Ring Road? Want to see the countryside one more time before the long, unforgiving winter kicks in?
Well, you’re in luck because it’s time to dust off the hiking boots for the Beijing Hiking Festival 2015, which returns on Saturday October 17. Walkers of all fitness and ability levels can get involved, with this year’s program featuring two pre-marked trails (depending on how ambitious you’re feeling).
First up, is a fun 10km hike covering hills, valleys and unrestored sections of the Great Wall:
And for those looking for more of a challenge, there’s also a huge 24km trail that takes you over a 1,400m+ mountain peak:
Both routes will take hikers across some rugged and stunning scenery – have a look at last year’s festival for taste.
Entrants will be provided with water, guidance from staff stationed along the route, transportation by private bus, and access to first aid if necessary. And if the achievement of completing the trail isn’t enough, there are prizes to be awarded to the top competitors and a post-hike get-together in the countryside before returning to the city.
Registration and payment must be completed before October 9. Payments can be made by bank transfer, by bringing cash or card to the Beijing Hikers office, or by bringing cash to any upcoming hikes.
Prices are as follows:
10km route: RMB500 per person (RMB450 for Beijing Hikers' members)
24km route: RMB700 per person (RMB630 for Beijing Hikers' members)