Sometimes the only way to escape the endless sprawl of Beijing is to go vertical. Whether that means mile high bars or rock climbing is up to you. These places all offer climbing facilities for both beginning and experienced climbers and they’re cheap – 20 RMB for unlimited climbing time at most of them; free at the ones out in nature. Is the only carabineer you have attached to you keychain? No worries, some climbing walls will rent you gear and some will even let you use it for free.
Ritan Park Rock Climbing Area 日坛攀岩场View In Map
Ritan Park is home to an outdoor rock climbing area that takes up over 400 square meters and has two separate courses. The line course cliff is 15 meters high and 50 meters wide. There are a total of 9 passages up the cliff making it suitable for rock climbers of varying levels. The stone hugging area was designed in accordance with international rock climbing standards; this section is far more difficult than the line course. Ritan Park has relatively good tree coverage keeping it cool even during the summer. You can rent mountain climbing shoes on site.
Add: Chaoyang District, Chaoyangwai, Ritan Beilu, Ritan Park 北京市朝阳区朝阳门外日坛北路6号日坛公园内
Reference cost: 20 RMB/person
Hours: Mon - Fri 9:30 am to 10:30 pm
By bus: Bus 44 or 800 to Yabaolu. Or take Bus 43, 403, 120 or 28 to Fangcaodi
Baihe Natural Rock Climbing Cliff 白河自然岩壁攀岩
Baihe is one of the best places in Beijing to go rock climbing on natural cliffs. Both sides of the Baihe River Valley are steep and ideal for climbing. With names like Good Morning and Cool Day, sections of the cliff just seem made to be climbed. The cliffs facing east are best for the summer because they are relatively clear and few people climb there. The cliffs are free of falling rocks and the area is a fairly safe place to climb. Baihe Valley has enough cliffs to make a climber of any skill level satisfied.The bottom of the valley is also a great place for camping because of the wonderfully soft patches of green grass. You can camp in the valley near the river, but be careful because in the summer there are frequent flash floods and weather can change quickly.
By bus: Take a long-distance bus from Dongzhimen to Miyun (10 RMB) and then take a minibus (30-40) to Dashitou (Big Rocks).
By car: Take National Road 111 to the Tanghe Exit. Head toward to the Baihebao Reservoir. You can take the Jingchang Highway back to Beijing.
Longtan Lake's outdoor mountain climbing area is divided into four sections depending on difficulty, speed, and style of rock surface. The rocks can be moved around and rearranged to make the courses more difficult. The rock hugging section can have up to 15 people on it at the same time and is over 30 meters wide. This area has been used for competitions, training and recreation, making it suitable for any kind of rock climber. The area has its own equipment but visitors are also welcome to bring and use their own if they prefer. There are also professional assistants and trainers ready to help you climb.
Special Focus: LOHAS Beijing, Summer 2009
Add: Chongwenmen, 8 Longtan Road, Longtan Lake Park East Gate.北京市崇文区龙潭路8号龙潭湖公园东门附近
Price: 30 RMB, no time limit
Hours: Monday-Friday: 2:00 pm to 9:30pm. Weekend: 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
By bus: Take Bus 47 or 800 to the Beijing Tumor Hospital (Zhongliu Yiyuan)
Olympic Athletic Park 奥体攀岩场View In Map
The Olympic Athletic Park is the only location in Beijing that uses synthetic rock for its facilities. There are four tracks that are used for competition, as well as a round rock climbing area for enthusiasts to practice on. All the equipment and clothing, including rock climbing shoes, is available for free at the outdoor area.
Add: Xiaoguan Beili, near the Olympic Athletic Park (Aoti) North Gate, Asian Games Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing 朝阳区北四环亚运村小关北里奥体北门附近，训练馆内
Reference Price: 20 RMB/person
By bus: Take a Fourth Ring bus to The Asian Games Village (Yayuncun). Once you’re in the gate go west until you reach the Training Center (Xunlianguan) where they will guide you to the rock climbing area.
Special Focus: LOHAS Beijing, Summer 2009
Longtan Lake 龙潭湖攀岩场
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