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1AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling
          1AB: Simatai West to Jinshanling
            
1B: Jiankou-Mutianyu
            
1S1: Jiankou-Mutianyu Sunset
            
1S2: Gubeikou-Jinshanling Sunset

          1S3: Jishanling to West Simatai  
                 Sunset

             1S4: Imperial Great Wall Sunset
             1C: East Qing Tomb-Huanyaguan
            
1D: Lakeside Great Wall Hike

             1D1: Lakeside Wall Hike & Bike
            
1D2: Lakeside Great Wall Hike

                  Repair the Great Wall

          1E: Lianhuachi-Mutianyu
             1X: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-
                 West Simatai 16KM

             
A3: Mutianyu Tour

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sky-high fortification at Jiankou


Breaking News

Simatai
is closed permanently for hiking from Jinshanling

Simatai section of the Great Wall has been closed for renovation from June 17, 2010. That was a very short notice from Miyun Government and Simatai Authority regarding the repair and renovation.  Recently, from our internal source with the company who has been doing construction in Simatai, we were told again and again that Simatai Section of the Great Wall will reopen.  However, it was very disappointed to find out that this section has permanently closed for hiking from Jinshanling.

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The World-famous One-day Great Wall Hiking Tours
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He who climbs the Great Wall is a true man! -Chairman Mao

Our 1-day Great Wall hiking programs is our bread and butter and is what made us famous. With our 1-day programs you can see the best of the Great Wall in style and comfort, and which will also allow you to be back in Beijing by nightfall. Except for snow and inclement weather, these programs are available all year round. With these programs you can see the most famous sections of the Great Wall, the ones that you have probably scene on postcards, National geographic, and the like. You can venture across the dramatic ruins of Jiankou, walk through the graceful watchtowers of Mutianyu, visit the relatively tourist-free sections of Huanghuacheng and Xishuiyu, or take the challenge of our most popular Great Wall trip, the hike between Gubeikou and Jinshanling, which gives you the full Great Wall experience, from tastefully restored watchtowers and brick to the spectacular real “Great Wall” in its unrestored splendor. Your travel guides are fully licensed to provide stimulating and thoughtful tours for hikers to the Great Wall, and are with you throughout your trip, explaining the legends behind the wall, from sections used to resist the Mongols to those that repelled the Japanese, allowing you to have a fun, informative, and safe trip.

In addition to our hiking tours, we have also added non-private bus tours to hike on Jinshanling, Badaling and Mutianyu. Some trips also includes a complimentary free tour to the Ming Tomb and Underground Palace.  In order to make the cost as low as possible, we’ll group you and other travelers together into a Toyota mini-van. These tours are perfect for budget travelers.

CHOOSING YOUR GREAT WALL HIKING ROUTE: 1A, 1AA, 1AB, 1B and Their Sunset Versions 1S1, 1S2, 1S3

Tour 1AA (the hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling) is our best selling route. At Gubeikou, you can see Great Wall that was built both 2000 years ago and 400 years ago. So this tour lets you see the most ancient portions of the wall. In other sections such as Jiankou or Mutianyu on 1B and 1S, you can only see the parts built about 400 years ago. Also, Gubeikou was used as a battlefield during China's war of resistance against the Japanese invasion (WWII). It is a surprise to many hikers that the Great Wall was used as a battlefield during WWII. In addition, Jinshanling is a UNESCO Heritage Site and has all the unique features in construction and design that the Great Wall utilizes to defend the country effectively. 1S2 is fundamentally the sunset version of hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling (1AA) with dinner included.

For 1B and 1S1, both hikes from Jiankou to Mutianyu are the same, and 1S1 starts later around noon. For 1S1 you'll have the chance to finish your hike and view the Great Wall during the sunset. You can take photos of the sunset, which is a wholly unique opportunity. 1S costs a little bit more because of the late start time. For both tours, the Jiankou Great Wall is the greatest spot to take the most breath-taking shots (although you can take great pictures with 1AA, too) of the dramatic ruins of the Great Wall.  However, Mutianyu is a rebuilt section of the Wall, so if you want to see the original Great Wall, you can stay longer at Jiankou. At Mutianyu, if you take 1B, you can try the toboggan ride to get down from the wall, which is a thrilling and exciting way to end your time on the wall (the ride is fit for all ages).

1B was the best seller of 2015 and 1AA was the best seller of 2016. Both take you to unrestored sections, therefore you'll find most of the Wall has been overtaken by foliage leaving only a footpath to walk along. "Once on the wall you'll be treated to magnificent views in all directions," said a former Great Wall hiker. 1S1 and 1S2 are new sunset routes that were created from the feedback and input from many clients who wanted to catch the beauty of sunset on the Great Wall.

If you want to explore more history of the Great Wall and feel one-day hike is not enough, consider sleeping in a watchtower where soldiers were formerly garrisoned. Take our featured overnight route 2AA that combines the values of 1AA and 1B into one. 

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Route 0A: Mutianyu (half-day)
   


With this relaxing half-day tour, you can take in what is perhaps the most photographed portion of the Great Wall in a comfort and worry-free way. After being picked up at 8am (or 1pm if you wish) we'll make the drive to Mutianyu, which features some beautifully restored wall. Mutianyu is known for its watchtowers, the way it slopes and glides across the hills, and for its sweeping vistas. Mutianyu (which was featured in the Karate Kid remake) which has played host to world leaders on their China state visit, is a very easy walk, and can be experienced by young and old alike. For the kid in you, there is a thrilling toboggan ride down from the wall which can be done at the end of your walk.
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Great for busy traveler

Flexible departure in the morning or afternoon
Route 1A: Jinshanling-Simatai (suspended)                           
The Legendary Route 1A was closed because Simatai is not open for hiking anymore. Thus, the hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai is suspended.

This hike is perfect for those who have only one chance and one chance only to visit the Great Wall. The hike from Jinshanling to Simatai (taking between 3 and 4 hours) is a wonderful primer on the Great Wall. This program is what got us started as a touring agency and it is our specialty. Here you will see soaring peaks and wonderful watchtowers, which make for some amazing picture opportunities. As you proceed further, the wall will gradually deteriorate to its natural condition, so here you will get to witness the real “wild wall”. While the “wild wall” is in a deteriorated state, it is still very easily walkable by all ages. [TOP]


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Walk the two UNESCO Historic Heritage Sites!

Best views!

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Route 1A Alternative (1AA): Gubeikou-Jinshanling
   

 

Rated as the top-seller Great Wall hiking of the past three years, this program still offers all that you would expect from a premium Great Wall experience. You get the classically restored and graceful peaks of the Jinshanling, and the unrestored “wild wall” of Gubeikou (which takes the place of Simatai). This makes for a wonderful lesson on the uses and purpose of the Great Wall, as the sections here were placed at a highly strategic point to keep out northern invaders. Not being nearly as crowded as other Great Wall section, this Great Wall hike is an excellent way for a family to spend a day at the Great Wall!  [TOP]


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Walk the parts of Great Wall built both 2000 and 400 years ago

Super views

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Route 1A Alternative (1AB): Simaitai West-Jinshanling
   

While the eastern portion of Simatai is currently closed for repairs, the western half of is still open to hikers. Through this new one-day program, you can still participate in what is possible the most popular Great Wall hike today: Jinshanling-Simatai. In order to ensure that more foreign travelers can see this beautiful portion of the Great Wall, we have priced at an incredibly affordable rate that is lower than other travel agencies. The wall from Jinshanling to Simatai has never been restored 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.

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Look out the famous Simatai

Super views

Moderate physical demand

Route 1B: Jiankou-Mutianyu

   


This Great Wall hike, which is relatively easy, makes for a great family day out at the Great Wall. Like the hike from Jinshanling to Simatai, this program is a exceptional for those who only have a little time in Beijing and want to get the most out of their Great Wall experience. This hike starts at the Great Wall of Jiankou, which features some amazing ruins and scenes of rustic beauty. The wall here is in its unrestored state, and is quickly becoming popular for photographers and Great Wall enthusiasts alike. Midway through the hike you'll pass over into the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which might be the most famous section of the Great Wall. With grand watchtowers and lovely brickwork, it is striking contrast to Jiankou, allowing you to compare and contrast these two sections of the Great Wall.
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Beautiful views, often the photographer's paradise

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Route 1S1: Jiankou-Mutianyu Sunset Tour
   

 

This Great Wall hike is similar to Route 1B, but rather than starting in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel at 2pm, arriving at the Jiankou Great Wall later in the afternoon. Jiankou is renowned for its dramatic ruins and is a prime example of the unrestored “wild wall”. Midway through your hike you'll cross over into the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a prime piece of restored Great Wall which bends and twists over the countryside. From Mutianyu, you will have the chance to witness the gorgeous sunset that will drape itself over the wall, so make sure you have your cameras ready! As this hike starts later in the day you'll be able to escape the heat, making this trip suitable for all ages. [TOP]

 

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See the superior sunset on Great Wall

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Route 1S2: Gubeikou-Jinshanling Sunset Tour
   

Jingshanling has long been the representative of the Great Wall in both paintings and photographs, such as when the Great Wall is showcased in important places, such as the National Congress Hall of China. Watching the sunset over Jinshanling is a unique chance to catch the natural beauty and grandeur of the Great Wall. By taking our Sunset tour from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, you will be amazed by the views you have only seen on TV and travel magazines. Seeing the Great Wall at sunset will give you both the impetus and passion to shoot like a professional photographer rather than just a Great Wall hiker.
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Walk the Great Wall built 2000 years ago

Magnificent sunset view

High physical demand
Route 1S3: Jinshanling Great Wall Sunset Tour

This brand new program brings you an old favorite with a new twist. Experience the most popular one-day Great Wall hike set against the gorgeous sunset! As this hike goes into the early evening, this tour gives you some flexibility, as you do not need to wake up at the crack of dawn. You can get in some sightseeing done before we begin, allowing you to make the most out of your limited time in China. Seeing the sunset from the Great Wall at Jinshanling is sure to be an absolute highlight of your China trip, and we can guarantee that the photos you take will be simply breathtaking. This tour also includes a gourmet dinner, and as with all of our Great Wall hikes, you get your own driver and English-speaking guide. [TOP]
 

 
Route 1S4: Imperial Great Wall Sunset Tour
   

If you're short on time and want to experience the absolute best of Beijing and the Great Wall, then this tour is a perfect fit. After a morning pick-up we'll start our day with a tour of the Forbidden City, which is probably the most famed attraction in Beijing (and possibly all of China). After a few hours touring we'll drive out to the Great Wall at Jinshanling where we'll begin our hike. On this hike you'll see watchtowers, stately brickwork, dramatic ruins, and awe-inspiring views. To top it all off you'll get to be on the Great Wall during the sunset, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime moment that can only be had on the Great Wall.
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An efficient way to catch the beauty of the Imperial Place and the system to defend the royal city of Beijing
Route 1C: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan
   


In addition to spending time on one one the best sections of the Great Wall, you'll also get to explore the Eastern Qing Tombs, which is the final resting place for many of China's last ruling dynasty. The day starts with a drive out to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan. The great thing about Huangyaguan was that it was designed as a miniature version of the entire Great Wall, giving you an understanding of the Great Wall's functions and features without having to walk the whole thing! From there we'll drive to the Eastern Qing tombs, a sprawling tomb complex that many feel is much more exciting than the Ming Tombs. Here is the final resting place of five emperors, four empresses, five imperial concubines, and one princess of China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing.
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Cultural tour with Great Wall hike for those who are more interested in China's history
Route 1E: Lianhuachi-Mutianyu
   

 

This program, which is recommended for families, offers a wide range of opportunities for fun and enjoyment. You can experience an unrestored section of the Great Wall in its natural state (Lianhuachi), in an uncrowded and relaxed environment, as this section is relatively unknown to tourists. Afterwards, you'll take in one of the most famous parts of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is renowned for its picturesque vistas and has been visited by scores of world leaders on their China visit. On the way home, we'll pay tribute to modern China, with a visit to Beijing's Olympic Park, and especially its two standout features, the Bird's Nest Stadium and the Water Cube. [TOP]

 

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Good for families
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Route 1D: Lakeside Great Wall Hike from Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu
   


The trip will start with a drive to the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng. Huanghuacheng, which is fast becoming popular with hikers, features classically restored brickwork and the way that it glides and bends across the mountainside. Situated along a lake, Huanghuacheng is a picturesque section of wall, so remember to bring your camera. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, a section of the Great Wall, a little known section of Great Wall that is unrestored, meaning that the “wild wall” starts to take hole. As we walk along the ruins of the wall here, you will get to see something truly special, the broken Great Wall running underwater. [TOP]

 

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Picturesque of Great Wall

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Route 1D1: Lakeside Great Wall Hike and Bike
   

 

If you're looking for something out of the ordinary while also longing for a family adventure, then this is a great program for you! In addition to hiking the rugged and picturesque Huanghuacheng Great Wall you'll also get to go for a bike ride through the Chinese countryside, with the Xishuiyu Reservoir, tree-lined pathways, and the Great Wall serving as your background. The biking and hiking is not too strenuous, making for a great day-out for adults and kids of all ages. In addition, this tour gives you a little exercise to boot!  [TOP]

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Route 1D2: Lakeside Great Wall Repair Tour
   

Looking to make a difference? Want to put some love and goodwill into your trip to China? With this Lakeside Repair tour you can do both while also enjoying the splendor and majesty of the Great Wall. This program includes a hike of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, a splendid section of wall set on a lake and which is well-known among hikers and backpackers. Following your hike you will have the opportunity to help in the repairs and renovations that are going on on Huanghuacheng, allowing you to have a first-hand look in what goes on in maintaining one of the most amazing achievements in human history.  [TOP]

 

 

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Route 1X: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West Simatai 

 

This program was specifically designed at the request of visitors who wanted a tougher and more invigorating Great Wall hike. At 20km and 6+hours of hiking this day at the Great Wall is no joke! However, if you’re up to the challenge, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll get to experience stunning views such as the snaking wall at Jinshanling and the dramatic ruins of west Simatai. You’ll get the full Great Wall experience, with glorious watchtowers, tastefully restored brickwork, and rugged and challenging Great Wall remnants. Please be advised that this hike should only be undertaken by those in  good physical condition.

 

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Walk through the longest history of the Great Wall!

Unique views!
Great Wall Group Tours and Trip Codes Is This trip for me?
Route A3: Mutianyu Day Tour
 


Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish Chairman Mao”. You can hike down to the parking lot or take a toboggan (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to the bus.

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Nearest Great Wall section to the city
Route A4: Jinshanling Tour
   


The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan (‘Gold Mountain’) Ranges. A tablet with the Chinese inscription for Jinshanling Great Wall was set into this section. The Jinshanling Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. As there are relatively few tourists at Jinshanling Great Wall, it is a good place to explore on foot.

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Best-rated section of the Wall close to the city
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