Jinshanling Great Wall
Jinshanling Great Wall has been restored for easier climb. Visitors can hike all the way from Jinshanling to Simatai west. The Great Wall at Jinshanling has complete defensive system including barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls, and branch cities. It is known as the 'paradise of photographer'. Located about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Beijing downtown, visitors can take a bus nearby Wangjing West Subway Station to get there.
Basic Facts of Jinshanling Great Wall
It was constructed under the direction of general Xu Da in 1368 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and renovated under the supervision of the great general Qi Jiguang and the local governor Tan Lun in 1567.
It zigzags from Longyu Pass in the west, and ends at the Wangjing Tower in the east, with a total length of 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles), a height of 5 meters (16 feet) to 8 meters (26 feet), and an altitude of 700 meters (2,297 feet) above sea level.
It has 67 watchtowers, 3 beacon towers, and 5 passes. They are densely distributed, at intervals of 50 meters (55 yards) to 100 meters (110 yards).
The watchtowers differ in construction materials, the number of tiers, and the patterns of roofs. Some of them are made of bricks and wood, while others are made of bricks and stone. Some has one storey, while others have two or three. The roofs of the watchtowers also vary, including domes, flat roofs, square ones, and octagonal ones.
|Opening Hours||April to October: 6:00 - 18:00 |
November to March: 7:00 - 17:00
|Admission Fee||April to October: CNY 65 |
November to March: CNY 55
Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet).
Along this section, there are some sites you should not miss the following sights:
Small Jinshan Tower
Big Jinshan Tower
Bricks with Characters
Kylin Screen Wall
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How to Tour Jinshanling Great Wall
From November 16th to March 15th, visitors are not allowed to enter from the East Gate and only the Front Gate is available, but they can still exit from the East Gate before 15:00.
The Front Gate is closer to famous watchtowers like General Tower, Small Jinshan Tower and Big Jinshan Tower, hence more popular among visitors.
If you don't want to climb, a cable car is available from the Front Gate to Small Jinshan Tower. A single ride takes about 16 minutes.
|Schedule of the Cableway||8:30- 16:30 from April 1 to November 10|
|Fee of the Cableway||CNY 40 for a single trip |
CNY 60 for round-way ticket
|Jinshanling Great Wall Map (Click to enlarge)|
Recommended Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Routes
Route 2: You may also start from Zhuanduokou Pass, via General Tower and Shalingkou Pass, to Small Jinshan Tower. After that, you may take a cable car down the mountain. The distance is about 4 km (2.5 miles), and it takes about 2 hours to complete the hiking.
Route 3: Start hiking from Zhuanduokou Pass, via General Tower, Shalingkou Pass, Small and Big Jinshan Towers to Houchuankou Pass. The whole journey is about 5 km (3 miles), and it takes hikers around 3 hours to finish it. After the visit, you may go down the mountain from Jinshan Horse Track.
Route 4: Start hiking from Shalingkou Pass, and go by Small and Big Jinshan Tower, Houchuankou Pass, Eastern Five-window Tower, bricks with characters, and Kylin Screen Wall. Finally, you may go down the mountain and exit through the east gate. The route is about 7km (4 miles), and it takes about 4 hours to complete.
When is the Best Time for a Visit?
How to Get To Jinshanling Great Wall from Downtown Beijing
|Schedule||Onward Trip||Return Trip|
|Free Shuttle Bus||10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:30||10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:00|
Take bus line 980 Express to Miyun County at Dongzhimen Long Distance Bus Station for CNY 17. Afterwards, hire a car and a driver to your destination for CNY 100-200. The schedule of bus line 980 Express is listed below.
|Onward Trip||6:00- 20:00|
|Return Trip||4:30- 18:30|
Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon
See detailed Great Wall Marathon
Where to Stay and Eat
There are some restaurants near the Front Gate, where you can taste some local delicacies.
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Thanks a lot
The correct route is from Wangjing West subway station and costs 50 yuan each way.
1 - Would you know or would you tell me if can I find the time of the buses going/coming from there?
2 - Is it possible to go there early in the morning, walk for a while and then come back in the afternoon/evening?
THank you very much,
2. Yes, it is possible to go there early in the morning and come back in the afternoon.
IS it possible to do a circle walk from Jinshanling to Simatai? How do you go back to Beijing then?
Thank you so much,
2. As I know, tourists are allowed to do a circle walk from Simatai West to Jinshanling.
3. Do you refer to the transportation from Jinshanling Great Wall to Beijing? If yes, hire a private car to Miyun County Bus Station. Then take bus no.980 Express to Dongzhimen.