The Great Wall Box House

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Run by the friendly, English-speaking Joe, this wonderful place is housed in a 100-year-old courtyard building that was an abandoned chessboard factory before being lovingly renovated. Rooms surround a long, well-tended garden-courtyard, and are large (the dorm is enormous), bright, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Incredibly, a small, overgrown section of the Great Wall runs along one side of the property.

The shared bathroom is modern (with sit-down toilets), there's a small kitchen-dining area and a number of cats. Joe dishes out reliable hiking advice and offers free mountain-bike hire and tasty vegetarian meals. Get off the bus just before the Gǔběikǒu Tunnel and, instead of walking through the archway, walk along the lane to the south of the village stream. You'll see the Box House sign after about 500m.

Description via Hostelworld

----------VOLUNTEER WANTED----------

Finding hostel jobs abroad is a great way to save or supplement your travel funds and to stay on the road longer. You won't get rich from it, but you'll have more life experience and meet more interesting people than the average cubicle dweller! If you are interested in staying at the foot of the Great Wall for 1+ month, please feel free to email us!


Only FIVE rooms, Book Your Bed In Advance For Your Next Trip!

This is Joe (Qiao), I moved to Gubeikou Great Wall after traveling to lots of different sections of the Great Wall:

1, Gubeikou WILD Great Wall is connected with touristy Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall.

2, Our house is located in the countryside, not in DOWNTOWN Beijing.

Welcome to the Great Wall Box House, locates at the most tradtional but non-touristy Chinese village -- Gubeikou, 120 km to Beijing. It's a 100-year-old Si-He-Yuan house among the mountain, the east-side-wall of the house is a part of the Great Wall.

Gubeikou is like a Great Wall museum, from Bei Qi dynasty (6th Century) - Ming dynasty (14th Century). that's to say 'the Great Wall was not built in one day'!

---------HIKING TIPS ----------

1, ONE DAY STAY:
Small Great Wall (Ancient Gubeikou City Wall, perfect for Sunrise and Sunset)
1 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Panlongshan Great Wall (Curling Dragon Great Wall)
3 - 5 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)

2, TWO DAYS STAY:
Small Great Wall (Ancient Gubeikou City Wall, perfect for Sunrise and Sunset) 1 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Panlongshan Great Wall (Curling Dragon Great Wall) 3 - 5 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Wohushan Great Wall (Crouching Tiger Great Wall) hiking 5 hours hiking(25 minutes walking from our house)
or
Small Great Wall (Ancient Gubeikou City Wall, perfect for Sunrise and Sunset) 1 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Panlongshan Great Wall (Curling Dragon Great Wall) 3 - 5 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Jinshanling Great Wall Simatai Great Wall hiking 3 hours hiking (20 minutes driving from our house)

3, THREE DAYS STAY:
Small Great Wall (Ancient Gubeikou City Wall, perfect for Sunrise and Sunset) 1 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Panlongshan Great Wall (Curling Dragon Great Wall) 3 - 5 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Jinshanling Great Wall Simatai Great Wall hiking 3 hours hiking (20 minutes driving from our house)
Wohushan Great Wall (Crouching Tiger Great Wall) hiking 5 hours hiking(25 minutes walking from our house)

4, FOUR DAYS STAY:
Small Great Wall (Ancient Gubeikou City Wall, perfect for Sunrise and Sunset) 1 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Panlongshan Great Wall (Curling Dragon Great Wall) 3 - 5 hours hiking (10 minutes walking from our house)
Jinshanling Great Wall Simatai Great Wall hiking 3 hours hiking (20 minutes driving from our house)
Wohushan Great Wall (Crouching Tiger Great Wall) hiking 5 hours hiking(25 minutes walking from our house)
Wangjinglou (Watching Beijing) WatchTower on the Simatai Great Wall 6 hours hiking (40 minutes driving from our house)

5, MORE DAYS STAY or CAMPING on the WILD GREAT WALLl
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---------FREE SERVICE ----------

* FREE Internet and Wi-Fi
* FREE 24-hour hot shower
* FREE Luggage storage
* FREE Books to borrow
* FREE travel information
* FREE hostel booking in China

----------HOSTEL ACTIVITIES----------

* Chinese & western food cooking course
* BBQ (Summer)
* Tea party (Every day)
* Hiking on the Great Wall
* Zen course (coming soon)

---------- TOURS----------

* We offer all kinds of the Great Wall tours
* Tibet permit and tailored budget tours


Features of The Great Wall Box House

Other

  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bicycle parking
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast not included
  • Cafe
  • Common room
  • Telephone/fax facilities
  • Free parking
  • Hair dryers
  • Hair dryers for hire
  • Hot showers
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Linen included
  • Security lockers
  • Meals available
  • Parking
  • Reading light
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tours/travel desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels included
  • Vending machines

General

  • Air conditioning

Internet

  • Free WiFi available

Services

  • Luggage storage

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
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