Beijing Great Wall Hiking Tours
The Badaling Section of the Great Wall is the prettiest and most strategic part, drawing tens of millions of tourists both from home and abroad, including more than 370 foreign leaders and celebrities. It takes around three hours to the Great Wall from airport. The details below will help you appreciate its beauty and feel its greatness, step by step.
GW02: Jinshanling to Simatai
Preserved in a good state of its original features with many diverse watch towers, the 10 kilometers Great Wall from Jinshanling section to Simatai section wanders and fluctuates against the mountains for almost 400 years. The majesty and beauty of this trekking route can only be known until one has been experienced.
GW03: Gubeikou Hiking
Gubeikou plays a strategically important role in protecting the northern gateway to Beijing. It has not undertaken any restoration and keeps its original appearance totally. Its construction rates highly as an architectural achievement. The scenic highlights include Wohushan and Panlongshan. This itinerary will provide you detailed trekking tips of this section.
GW04: Mutianyu Hiking
Mutianyu, never as crowed as Badaling section but with the same splendor and elegance, has become the new love of more and more visitors from home and abroad. This section is well preserved and much gentler than other parts of wall, so it is good for the old and the young. With greenery covering up to 90% of the mountain, Mutianyu gives visitors different views in different seasons.
GW05: Juyongguan Appreciation
Apart from the historical and ruined wall relics, the villages and water lines along the Great Wall are also great destinations for hiking with another kind of scenery. You can walk along the Yongding River and hike through the Guanting Grand Canyon to see the ancient villages at the foot of the mountains. The natural scenery of Youzhou is extraordinarily wonderful. Green mountains and limpid water will give you a very deep impression.
GW06: Huanghuacheng Hiking
With green mountains and clear water around, Huanghuacheng and Xishuiyu have the natural and man-made landscape harmoniously coexisted, which are distinct from all others. The Great Wall in these sections retains the original features without any restoration.
GW07: Huangyaguan Hiking
First built in North Qi Dynasty and repaired in the Ming Dynasty, Huangyaguan enjoys a history of more than 1400 years. Leaning against steep hills in the east and cliffs in the west, the Huangyaguan with perfect defense works is considered as miniature of architecture along the entire wall.
GW08: Jiankou Hiking
Jiankou section built in the Ming Dynasty is one of the most famous wild walls constructed on the ridge of the dangerous peaks and broken cliffs, and is famous for its majesty and danger. It was one of the most favorite parts of the great wall hiking for hikers around the world.
Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head), Shanhaiguan and Jiaoshan composed the most eastern section of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. Laolongtou, with one end sinking into the sea, is the eastern starting point, while Shanhaiguan Pass is considered to be the First Pass and Jiaoshan Mountian boasts the First Mountain of the Wall.
Simatai is one of the most popular sections among tourists, especially those who love hiking. There are wild walls without much restoration, cultural relics, and beautiful mountain scenery. After climbing the wall, visitors can also take a leisurely stroll in the newly opened Gubei Water Town (Beijing Wtown) and enjoy the local snacks at the foot of the mountain.