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?
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. 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.
- Fully guided hike and discussion
- Bus transportation to and from the city centre
- Entrance fees
- Water (please bring your own re-useable water bottle to refill!)
- Snacks and drinks on return bus ride
- Please note price does NOT include meals – all participants should bring their own packed lunch.
Level of difficulty:
What to bring:
- Water (we recommend a re-useable bottle which you can fill on bus)
- Packed lunch – please note we do not provide meals
- Small day bag
- Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- Waterproof jacket
- Seasonally appropriate clothing
Jeremiah Jenne is a writer, educator and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years and written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He has been a recurring guest on the public affairs podcast Sinica and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups. Jeremiah also maintains the popular history and culture website granitestudio.org.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Simon has been living and working in China for almost 2 years now. He holds the Mountain Leader qualification from the Mountain Training Association of England and Wales and has worked in most mountainous region in the UK. Before joining The Hutong he worked as a hiking guide for over a year leading groups on the great wall around Beijing and the surrounding hills. In fact, last year Simon spent 171 days on the Great Wall! He is happiest whilst trekking in the mountains be it Tibet, Mongolia or other regions of the world. He is responsible for developing the range of adventurous outdoor based programs that The Hutong has to offer.