Great Wall Camping

Take your favorite bottle of liquor and together with some good friends go and enjoy one of the best traveling experiences of your life. Camping overnight at the Great Wall, you can look up at a sky full of glittering stars. This nighttime Great Wall makes one feel like being in a cradle, its ancient body kindly embracing us. This place has seen the blood and tears of war, and also a thousand years of solitude. Perhaps like us, you are nothing but an adventurous, youthful vigor. Perhaps like us, you love to gaze at the shooting stars and tell stories till sunrise. In the morning you wake to another beautiful clear day, footprints and the echoes of laughter are the only things left behind.
Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall Camping 2 Days
  • Hiking Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h/day
  • Hike level: 3 medium / strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6-7pm /next day
  • Price: 1700¥ /275$

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Gubeikou  Jinshanling  Simatai Great Wall Camping 2 Days

Embark on a fantastic 20 km Great Wall trek from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall, over the Jinshanling Great Wall all the way till the western section of the Simatai Great Wall.

It’s one continues hike with the most impressive far  views the Great Wall has to offer and…. our super scenic  camping spot right next to Jinshanling Great Wall has a view over the entire Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall.

Its a long hike that includes a good climb on the steep staircases of Jinshanling Great wall but we don’t have to cary any camping gear during the hike so anybody with a normal physical condition will enjoy the fabulous Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping trip.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping

Day 1:  Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall (10km, 4 hours hiking)

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive 2 hours to the border of Beijing and Hubei and have lunch at a small homestay surrounded by the Great Wall.  With a view of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, we will enjoy a delicious meal.

It takes us only 15 minutes hiking  up the hill behind the farmhouse to get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.

Gubeikou jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping.   Taking a break on top of a Gubeikou Great Wall watch tower

Gubeikou jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping………………….. Taking a break on top of a Gubeikou Great Wall watch tower

 We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of a watchtower. These breaks are  great chances to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.  3 hours later we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall trek” from the start to the end. On a clear day, we can even see the highest tower at the end section of the Simatai Great Wall.

Gubeikou JInshanling Simatai Great Wall camping.     View of Jinshanling Great Wall from the Gubeikou Great Wall General Tower

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping……….. View of Jinshanling Great Wall from the Gubeikou Great Wall General Tower

 Fr0m the Gubeikou General tower  we side track a bit  to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. The side track is just as pretty as we hike on  hill ridges and through  farm fields next to the Great Wall. Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere” a small farmhouse appears and a the owner will welcome us for a fantastic diner.

With a renewed strength we hike another 15 minutes (this time with our camping gear) to our unrivalled camping spot right next to the Wild Jinshanling Great wall and with a view over our entire trek from start to finish.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping.............Our camping spot at Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping………….Our camping spot at Jinshanling Great Wall

A small campfire will keep us company while we admire the stars above the Great Wall of China.

 

Day 2:  Hike from Jinshanling to the West Part of the Simatai Great Wall (9km, 4 hours hiking)

We get up early in the next morning, have a good breakfast and head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us back on the mountain ridge and within 15 minutes we are on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall.  The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows us some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse holes, horse blocking walls.

 

Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Our starting point on day 2

Gubeikou Jinshaling Simatai Great Wall camping……………Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Our starting point on day 2

We hike on top of the  crumbled wild Jinshanling Great Wall for about 30 minutes till we reach at the most famous and best preserved section of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping.......... Hiking on the famous Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping………………. Hiking on the famous Jinshanling Great Wall

 

 

The last part of our hike is all the way uphill again. We pass the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall as we make our way to  the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall.  We visit 4 more towers of the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower, the highest tower on the Simatai Great wall.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great wall camping.........Our last climb towards Simatai

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great wall camping………Our last climb towards Simatai

A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley. An excellent lunch will fill our hungry stomachs and a few beers will quench our thirst. After lunch, we can have a nap in the van while our faithful driver brings us back to our meeting point in Beijing around 6 to 7 pm.

 

 

Level 3:捕获2 medium strong

The Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai is a long trek but since we don’t have to cary any camping gear it is suitable for anybody with an average to good physical condition.  On the first day there are no strong uphill section and there are shortcuts around the steepest section of the hike on the second day. nevertheless do prepare for some sore legs if you’re not used to climbing stairs 😉

 

 

History of the Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall

Gubeikou Great Wall: (Day 1 of the Gubeikou jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping trip)

Gubeikou was originally named “Beikou”, which literally means “Northern Pass”, during the Tang dynasty (618-907), since it is the northern defensive line of Beijing. Later generations added “Gu” (ancient) in the front of “Beikou”, and meant “Old Northern Pass”.

Gubeikou Great Wall is located in Miyun county, 140 kilometers away from downtown Beijing.

Gubeikou was first built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550-557). In the early Ming dynasty (1368-1644), General Xuda was ordered to rebuild it. To enhance its defensive capability, more stones were add. Unfortunately, not many can be found today. The best-preserved is called...

Meeting point and hiking location for the Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping trip

janguomen-subway00Detailed hiking route of the Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping trip

Jinshanling to simatia Great wall hiking,

Gubeikou- Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall camping map

 

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