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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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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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What you should bring:
Comfortable hiking or sport shoes and long trousers are recommended.
A small daypack to carry water
From October till April: warm jacket
From May till September: sun lotion & hat
Booking and Payment
You can reserve your place for the trip by clicking on “join this trip” and filling out the online booking form.
You will receive an automatic reply with an overview of your reservation and a link to PayPal.
You can click on the PayPal link and follow the instructions to make your online payment.
If you live in China and you wish to pay online in CNY you can do that trough Wchat. Our Wchat account is hikingchina
Kids younger than 18 receive 10% discount.
Members receive 20% discount.
Kids younger than 7 receive 50% discount.
Included in the price:
English speaking Guide
Lunch & water
Transport, guide, entrance tickets
Not included in the price:
You need to have travel insurance when you engage in our activities. Organizing this insurance from your own country is the best choice as China has different rules.
If you don’t have any insurance yet you can request a quote from our insurance partner Worldnomads
Cancelation made by the participant more than 1 week before the trip will entitle the participant 100% refund.
In case of cancelation by the participant 7 days or less before the trip there is no refund but you can reschedule your trip to another date.
If a trip gets canceled due to unforeseen circumstances (very bad weather, closed trails, heavy pollution, not enough people signed up for a trip or other acts of god) you will of course get a 100% refund.
Meeting point maps
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China? Are you an indepentdant traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible? Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda. As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Private tour prices for Wild Jinshaling to Restored Jinshanling to Simatai West Great Wall Hike 1 Day
Prices are per person and include:
Pick up and drop of by private bus at your hotel ( Please let us know the pick up address)
English speaking guide
Lunch and water
Price per person in CNY
Price per person in USD
|Nr of people||Adults||Kids < 18||Adults||Kids < 18|
|4||1100 ¥||990 ¥||182 $||164 $|
|5||950 ¥||855 ¥||158 $||142 $|
|6||900 ¥||810 ¥||149 $||134 $|
|7||800 ¥||720 ¥||133 $||120 $|
|8||750 ¥||675 ¥||125 $||112 $|
|9||700 ¥||630 ¥||116 $||105 $|
|10||650 ¥||585 ¥||108 $||97 $|
|15+||please contact us for larger group prices|
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?
Are you an independent traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible?
Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda.
As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.
Also for school trips or company team building activities, a private tour is the way to go.
We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.
Price for private tours will vary depending on the number of people, the chosen transportation and accommodation.
Let us know your desires and we will customize a trip for you.