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Wilderness Walks

July 18, 2016
Kangxi Grassland & The Great Wall

Fancy a break from bustling Beijing? If you’re feeling the call of the wild, then July to September is the perfect time to explore beautiful, luscious prairie the Kangxi Grassland, just west of the Great Wall, when it’s dotted with verdant grass, colourful wildflowers and wandering livestock. Book a custom tour with Stretch-a-Leg for a natural adventure to stretch your pins.

A car trip from Beijing near Badaling, super-scenic Kangxi Grassland covers a vast area of over 5,200 acres, flocked by cattle, sheep and birdlife. Flanked by Guanting Reservoir to the west and Haituo Mountain to the north, the prairieland is one of the best places to experience the exotic Mongolian-style lifestyle, where horse-riding and yurts rule. In summer, it’s cool and humid, with boating and fishing opportunities, making it a fine time to visit and escape the stifling capital.

LUXE recommends adding this onto a custom tour with Stretch-a-Leg, who focus on trips to unrestored, natural sections of the ‘Wild Wall’, as well as restored sections in less tourist-intensive areas than popular hub Badaling, such as Mutianyu and Jinshanling. Both are ideal for enjoying breathtaking vistas along with access-friendly facilities such as safe paths and cable cars.

Founded by a native Beijinger using a local team, Stretch-a-Leg offers historical walking tours of Beijing, as well as insider, authentic experiences beyond the capital. Take a walk on the wild side…

Stretch-a-Leg  / 2 Qian'gulouyuan / Jiaodaokou / Dongcheng / +86 10 6401 8933 /

Photos © Zhu Difeng, Yuri Yavnik, Daria Serdtseva, Chinahbzyg / Shutterstock