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One-day Hike from
Jinshanling to Simatai



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World's Most Classic One-Day Private Hike
from Jinshanling to Simatai with Lunch

TOUR 1A: The classic one-day Jinshanling-Simatai hiking on Great Wall Program chosen by U.S. Softball Group and NBC during the Beijing Olympics


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*Ranked by the quantity of signups of all 1-day hiking routes.


Please visit 1AA, 1AB and 1S2 programs for a wonderful experience of the wild Great Wall.


Unfortunately, due to the closure of the Simatai Great Wall, we are unable to offer this program anymore as the Simatai Great Wall will be unavailable to hike. It has been brought to our attention that some tour companies and travel books are claiming that the Simatai Great Wall is still open for hiking. However, in order to avoid any disappointment or wasted money and time, please be advised that THE SIMATAI GREAT WALL HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY CLOSED TO HIKERS, AND ANY ORGANIZATIONS CLAIMING OTHERWISE ARE DELIBERATELY MISLEADING YOU. We are posting this because we want you to know the whole truth, that way you can make an informed decision on your travel plans based on all of the available information. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!


In the meantime, please look to programs like 1AA, 1AB and 1S2, as these programs, and others like it, give you wild and unrestored Great Wall as well as majestic and grand reconstructed brickwork. In the future, once Simatai is fully re-opened, we will offer day hikes to Simatai as well as to its nearby "watertown". We thank you for your patience and understanding!


For more information about Simatai, please check our Simatai update.


Continue to visit 1AA, 1AB and 1S2 programs for a wonderful experience of the wild Great Wall.



The American Softball Group used our service during the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Great Wall hiking of Jinshanling and Simatai, Beijing local tour and China city tours. "NBC-Beijing Olympics." also hiked the Mutianyu Great Wall with our club.







  • The Jinshanling to Simatai hike includes both beautifully restored sections (with plenty of watchtowers), along with the unrestored “Wild Wall” portion. Therefore, this hike perfectly encapsulates what the Great Wall is all about. While some of the wall on your hike is unrestored, its state is not to the point where it is unwalkable.
  • Unlike most trips which charge outrageously expensive prices for private tours, this trip is a reasonably priced “group hike”, which leaves daily every day (as long as 2 or more people sign up).  However, the maximum that may sign up is 6, otherwise the hike could slow down to the point where it is not enjoyable.   


The Original Hiking Itinerary (Jinshanling to Simatai)


    Your guide will meet you at your hotel at around 7:30 am, and by private car or minivan we will head to the Great Wall at Jinshanling to start our hike. 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. The Jinshanling Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and in 1567 and 1570 rebuilding of the Wall was mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang (1528-1588). Poems and tablet writings can be found on the Jinshanling Great Wall left from the time when Qi Jiguang directed the rebuilding of this section of the Great Wall.


    There are more than 100 watch towers along the Jinshanling Great Wall. ‘Watching Beijing Tower’ is on the highest point, from which you can see Beijing. The Jinshanling Great Wall is second only to the Badaling Great Wall in its completeness. After about 1.5-2 hours of hiking, we will cross over into Simatai. The Simatai Great Wall is celebrated for its steepness. The main tourist attractions include the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjing Tower. The Simatai Great Wall is divided into eastern and western parts by a lake, named the Mandarin Duck Lake, which is fed by two springs. One is warm, and the other is cold. Even in winter, the surface of the lake will never ice up.

    The eastern part of the Simatai Great Wall has 15 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. There tourists can appreciate the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjinglou Tower. In order to reach the Fairy Tower, you must climb the 85-degree slope Stairway to Heaven, which is about 100 meters (328 feet) long and allows only one person to pass. Legend has it that the Fairy Tower was transformed from an antelope and that once the Lotus Flower Fairy lived there, hence its name. On the tower, there are some marble arches carved with lotus patterns. With a height of about 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) above sea level, the Wangjinglou Tower is built on the highest part of the Great Wall. Between the Fairy Tower and the Wangjinglou is the Heaven Bridge, built across a deep abyss. Standing on the Wangjinglou Tower one can see the outline of Beijing City. Hiking on Simatai, you will have some amazing opportunities to take some photos of true “Wild Wall”.

    After about 5 hours of hiking we will scale down the Great Wall and enjoy a well-earned lunch of various local dishes. Following lunch we will drive back into Beijing, where you will be dropped off back at your hotel in the late afternoon.


    At Simatai, you may want to challenge yourself with one of world's top 10 zip lines. See a video about Simtai Zipline here.

    Note: Please remember to bring the following:

    * Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses
    * Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch*
    * Extra cash for driver/guide tips
    * Don’t forget your camera!


The price includes entrance fees to all the gates of the Wall for this trip, transfer both ways and fee for expert English-speaking guide who will escort you throughout the way and share his/her knowledge about the Great Wall with you. 


Not Included

Price does not include water, snacks, personal items, tourist Insurance ($5) , cable car (gondola) or other extra cost for unforeseen event.


Check testimonials from former hikers and view their photos.


More 1-day Great Wall Hiking Tours:


Read complete itinerary of Route 1AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling hike
Read complete itinerary of Route 1B:
Jiankou-Mutianyu hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1C: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1D:
Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1X:
Lianhuachi-Mutianyu hike and Olympic Green
(special promo price)



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