Great Wall Hiking

In Beijing Municipality, the Great Wall expands over 630km. Except for about 50km of the Great Wall developed for tourism at scenic spots like Badaling and Simatai, the majority of the wall is still left untouched, making it extraordinarily well-preserved. ChinaHiking will guide you to those most remote and long deserted parts of the Wild Great wall.
Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike (1day)
  • Hiking Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Duration: 4-5h
  • Hike level: 3 medium - strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7-8 pm
  • Price: 650¥ /109$

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Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike (1 day )

This is a 12-km hike from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the opportunities to take photos are endless. The Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall hike is quite long but we can regain our strength during lunch at a local farmhouse after 30% of the hike. Because there is no need to climb the steep trails, a normal physical condition is enough to enjoy this trip.

Jinshanling Great Wall during fall

Jinshanling Great Wall during fall

From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station exit B) our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province.


Jinshanling Great Wall

The hike starts with a climb of the infamous staircases of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10km with intact watchtowers almost every 100 meters. As we walk  south, the Jinshanling Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone we take a detour of the wall and climb up a hilltop where we have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges.


We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent lunch. With the renewed strength, we follow a 5-km trail that curls alongside the wall, over the hills, through a small forest and pops out of the bush at the General tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and another magical place for pictures.


Gubeikou Great Wall

The Winding Dragon section and Crouching Tiger section of Gubeikou Great Wall are stretched out in front of you. We hike the Gubeikou Great Wall till the 5th watchtower and take a small dirt trail down the ridge, through the bush till we reach a small lake where our driver waits for us. By 7pm we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hiking

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike 1day

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

We give Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hike a level 3 rating because it is quite a long hike. However there are no steep climbs which makes it enjoyable for everybody with an average physical condition. The fact that we take a lunch break after 1/3rd of the hike helps as well. One important factor for this trip is also the season. Outside the summer this can be rated as “easy-medium”. During hot summer days we would rate the Jinshanling to Gubeikou hike “medium-strong” as there is very little shade on the trail.


History of the Jinshanling Great Wall

It was said that 3,000 soldiers from Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces built two watchtowers, under the command of famous Ming general Qi Jiguang. They named this part of the Wall after the Great Jinshan Island and Small Jinshan Island in their hometown to show their sentimental feelings.

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is about 155 kilometers away from downtown Beijing and stretches from Miyun county of Beijing to Luanping county of Hebei province. Jinshanling connects to the Great Wall at Simatai in the east and Great Wall at Gubeikou in the west.

The Jinshanling Great Wall was first constructed in Northern Qi dynasty (550-577), with the wall, fortresses and passes. When the Ming dynasty was established in 1368, the famous general, Xu Da supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall between...

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JInshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hiking trail

Jinshanling to gubeikou great wall

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