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.
Wild Jinshanling to Simatai West Great Wall Hike (1Day)
  • Hiking Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Duration: 4 h
  • Hike level: 3 medium-strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7:00 pm
  • Price: 650¥ /109$

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Wild Jinshanling to  Simatai West Great Wall Hike (1 Day)

A fabulous 10km hike on top of the 400 year old Jinshanling Great Wall.  We start in the cornfields, climb hills with pine trees,  hike past all 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall end with the steepest staircases of the Great Wall just West of Simatai Great Wall.  Most magazine photos of the Great wall of China are taken from this section.

Wild Jinshanling to simatai Great wall hiking, Simatai Great wall hiking

Jinshanling to simatai Great wall hiking, Simatai Great wall hiking














From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we will take you on a 2 hour drive  to the border of Beijing and Hubei. The hike starts with a 45-minute hike through the farm fields and over the hill ridges allowing us splendid views  over the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. We follow the trail to our farmhouse friends  for a delicious lunch at their authentic courtyard with view on the Wall.


Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Wild Jinshanling Great Wall


After lunch, we continue our hike. Within 20 minutes we set our first steps on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows some amazing defensive features, such as barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes and horse blocking walls.


We hike down on the crumbled section of the Wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach the extraordinary well preserved  Jinshanling Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.

jinshanling Great Wall

Jinshanling Great Wall


The last stage of our hike is all the way up on the famous Great Wall staircases. We pass 67 watchtowers and  the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall.  We visit 4 more towers on the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy Tower, the highest tower on the Simatai Great wall.

jinshanling steep staircases

Steep staircases at Jinshanling Great wall



A small trail through the forest will bring us down the mountain where our faithful driver will be waiting for us. We will be back at our Lama temple meeting point around 7pm.



Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

Its a long hike that involves a good climb at the end of the hike so we can rate it medium strong. There is a short cut where can avoid climbing up the steepest staircase but even with the shortcut it remains a strong hike so you need at least an average to good physical condition.


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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