Jiànkòu Great Wall

Walls in The Great Wall

For stupefying hikes along perhaps Běijīng’s most incomparable section of wall, head to the rear section of the Jiànkòu Great Wall, accessible from Huáiróu. It’s a 40-minute walk uphill from the drop-off at Xīzhàzi Village (西栅子村; Xīzhàzi Cūn) to a fork in the path among the trees that leads you to either side of a collapsed section of wall, one heading off to the east, the other heading west.

Tantalising panoramic views spread out in either direction as the brickwork meanders dramatically along a mountain ridge; the setting is truly sublime.