Chinese Knot Great Wall | Not far from ‘the Knot’, with Xizhazi Village seen in the valley below.
Not far from ‘the Knot’, with Xizhazi Village seen in the valley below.

Chinese Knot Great Wall

A tough hike up and down unrestored Great Wall, peaking by the Chinese Knot, a section where three lines of Great Wall come together. Note: if you're not comfortable with making a short-but-steep climb on somewhat tricky terrain, you might not find this hike an enjoyable experience.

Level 4
Some very steep climbs. 4–5 hours start to finish over 9km (Can I do it?)
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Saturday, July 8

¥390 / ¥350 for members

  1. 7:15am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
  2. 7:30am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.
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Difficulty note—if you're not comfortable with making some short-but-steep climb on somewhat tricky terrain, you will probably not find this hike an enjoyable experience.

This reasonably tough Great Wall hike involves a lot of climbing and scrambling, and you’ll need strong legs and a good head for heights to make it to the end.

We start the walk in a valley that some hikers might recognise as the start point of one of our other hikes, the Great Wall Spur. We’ll do about half of the Great Wall Spur hike, walking up to an disused hotel, making a pretty tough hill climb to get up to the wall, and then following the wall up until the beginning of the spur. Just before we reach the highest point of the Great Wall Spur we’ll turn off onto another section of wall and follow it down into a valley.

The section of the wall that leads down into the valley is a fairly tricky walk – the wall is not in good condition, and it’s rocky and slippery. We’ll take it slow heading down here, and regroup just before where the wall starts heading uphill again.

About to begin the big climb up to the peak
About to begin the big climb up to the peak. (Click for larger image)

From there, we’ll follow the wall all the way up and over the mountain. There’s a particularly difficult part along the way where we’ll have to jump off the wall and scramble our way through trees up a steep dirt path to avoid a broken section. Depending on what you like in a hike, this is either a fun scramble, or an arduous climb. You’ll need to use your hands to pull yourself up a few steep bits, and the trail is slippery in places.

Soon after that we’ll pass the Knot and reach the peak of the trail, around 1,000 metres above sea level.

The Chinese Knot (also known as the Beijing Knot) is the point where Beijing’s inner and outer lines of Great Wall join up—the inner wall coming from the Huanghuacheng direction and continuing past Mutianyu and out to the northeast, and the outer wall heading out towards Yanqing District and then farther into Hebei Province.

After a rest and some great photo opportunities just past the Knot, we’ll continue along the wall, heading down towards the valley that will lead us down toward a small village where we’ll find our bus.

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  • Please DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was/is.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

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