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Great Wall Hiking Group Tour Jinshanling
and West Simatai,
the UNESCO World Heritage Site
THIS GREAT WALL HIKING PROGRAM IS OUR BEST SELLER
FOR ONE-DAY EXCURSION ON GROUP!
Formerly the Great Wall hiking from Jinshanling to
Simatai before Simatai' was closed since last summer
Jinshanling Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall are a section of
continuous Great Wall that belongs to two
provinces. Jinshanling part lies at the conjunction of Luanping
County in Hebei Province and Miyun County in Beijing; and
Simatai part lies in Miyun County in Beijing.
Built in Ming Dynasty, the wall from Jinshanling to Simatai has never been renovated and its original
appearance of more than 400 years old has been best preserved.
Because it is full of challenge and with splendid and charming
scenery, this section of the great wall has been the favorite
destination of hiking lovers from all over the world. You will
get to hike on restored wall and explore beautiful watchtowers,
and as you go further on your hike you will run into the
unrestored “Wild Wall”, which is much more authentic than the
Disney-Land version at Badaling.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: While
Simatai's closure is a pity, you still can have fun with hiking
from Jinshanling toward Simatai for 3 hours for a round-trip!
GROUP TOUR ITINERARY
Hiking at Jinshanling
1- Day Minibus Tour
Note: Unfortunately the Great Wall at
Simatai is completely blocked due to repair
work, so we will not be able to hike into Simatai
(You'll hike about two more watchtowers of Simatai
side). We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we are
confident you'll still enjoy the hike on the Great
Wall in Jinshanling.
Great Wall is a section of the Great Wall that
belongs to two provinces.
Jinshanling part lies
at the conjunction of Luanping County in Hebei
Province and crosses over into Miyun County in
Beijing. Because it is full of challenge and with
splendid and charming scenery, this section of the
great wall has been the favorite destination of
hiking lovers from all over the world. You will get
to hike on restored wall and explore beautiful
watchtowers, and as you go further on your hike you
will run into the unrestored “Wild Wall”, which is
much more authentic than the Disney-Land version at
1. Between 6:00-7:30 am our English-speaking guide
will come to your hotel to pick you up, and we will
make about three-hour drive to the Great Wall at Jinshanling.
We have to leave Beijing early before the horrible
rush hour traffic starts and because Jinshanling is
2.5 hours drive from Beijing. You'll be spending
about 1 hour in the city after you board because we
are going to different hotels to pick up other
hikers. You'll meet with diverse travelers from
other sources because several Beijing hotels and
other travel agencies also send their guests to join
in the team.
Being the fact that this tour is on a
non-private bus, you are saving significantly on
money while you sacrifice with privacy and time, but
you win a lunch.
You will have about 3 hours for your hike
at Jinshanling Great Wall toward Simatai.
The distance is about
8km. Jinshanling has five main passes and 67
watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is
an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters (33
feet) high. Featuring various structures and having
various functions, those watchtowers are either one
tiered or two-tiered. Among them, the most
celebrated are the Big and Small Jinshan
Watchtowers. The Wangjinglou Tower, the General
Tower, the Black Tower and the Taochun Tower are
also must-sees on the Jinshanling Great Wall. Each
tower has its legend. Legend has it that the stone
bars used to build the Wangjinglou Tower were
carried to the mountaintop by Er Lang Shen, the
nephew of the Jade Emperor. The general tower was
named to commemorate Wu Guihua, a heroine who
sacrificed herself to resist northern invader's
invasion in the Ming Dynasty. The Black Tower and
the Taochun Tower were christened to commemorate two
girls, Heigu and Taochun, who made great
contributions to the construction of the Great Wall.
3. While Jinshanling in the west is mostly restored
with grand watchtowers, as we head east the wall
will start to gradually deteriorate, making the hike
progressively more challenging, but also interesting
to observe and compare. Unfortunately, the Great
Wall at Simatai is completely closed off due to
maintenance work, so we will hike a large loop back
to our original starting point. Once you reach the
end of your hike at Jinshanling, our van will be
waiting to take you to lunch at the Farmer’s
Restaurant, which is just a 10-minute walk from the
wall. The meal will consist of Chinese cuisine, and
it will take us about 40 minutes to eat.
4. On our drive back to Beijing, we will stop for a
little bit at a traditional market, where it is not
unusual to get some great bargains, even at less
than 50% of the original asking price. If you are
unsure how to haggle in Chinese, your guide will be
more than happy to help you out!
5. You will be dropped off at your hotel around
6:00 pm, so you will have time for dinner and
anything else you want to do that evening
1 Hotel pick-up & drop-off service
2 Air-conditioned tour coach
3 English speaking tour guide
4 Entrance tickets as listed on the above itinerary.
5 Chinese lunch (Vegetarian? No problem!)
1. Tip to the guide
2. Personal costs
Other Great Wall Bus Tours:
BUS TOUR A1: Great Wall Day Tour - "Majestic Badaling &
Ming Tombs" (RMB199 or USD29)
Tour Attractions: Great Wall at Badaling & Ming Tombs
learn more about
this mini-bus tour and signup.
BEIJING BUS TOUR A2: Great Wall Day Tour - "Graceful Mutianyu
& Underground Palace" (RMB299 or USD44) Tour
Attractions: Great Wall at Mutianyu & Underground Palace
learn more about
this mini-bus tour and signup.
Beijing touring programs.