The Baihe River flows through Huairou, Yanqing and finishes in the Miyun reservoir, which supplies fresh water to much of northern Beijing. The Baihe Valley is one of the most stunningly beautiful and unspoilt areas of Chinese countryside, particularly impressive given that it’s only 2 hours from the city! A narrow, peaceful and picturesque valley surrounded by sections of original Great Wall, it provides a perfect base for outdoor education programs and activities with scenery that is guaranteed to impress.
Baihe is a particularly exceptional rock climbing destination and a location that we are always excited to go back to! While accommodation in the area is of a rustic nature, it perfectly fits the pristine rural feel of the landscape. We have superb riverside camping spots, which are never far away from the activities this area offers, which may include:
- Rock climbing
- Bamboo rafting
- Village exploration
- Jinshanling Great Wall (a world cultural heritage site)
As the northern gate to the capital, Yanqing County is located in the northwest of Beijing and 70 km from the urban center of the city. The county is mountainous with many rivers passing through it and is well known for the cultivation of a wide variety of agricultural produce, such as apples, haws, chestnuts and apricots. Yanqing County has may famous Beijing attractions, such as Badaling Great wall, Kangxi grassland, Guyaju ancient ruins and Longqing Gorge. It is a favorite summer getaway destination for Beijing’s people and is affectionately named the ‘Summer City’.
Our Great Wall hike to Shuitou village is particularly rewarding as students get the opportunity to see sections of unrestored Great Wall and villages made entirely of stone recycled from the Wall over the centuries. In addition to this we offer many other activities:
- Rock climbing
- Ropes courses
- Cave visits
Bashang is a semi-arid agricultural region about 4 hours from Beijing. The area is on the edge of the Mongolian Steppe and has a unique history and cultural identity. We usually use the area for International Award programs as the relatively low population density and topography of the landscape make it a perfect area for trekking and hiking!