Jinshanling Great Wall
Note: Jinshanling Great Wall has been closed for renovation since June 1, 2017. When to resume operation is unknown. Visitors can go to other sections as an alternative.
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. Located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) 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 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers), a height of 16 feet (5 meters) to 26 feet (8 meters), and an altitude of 2,297 feet (700 meters) above sea level.
It has 67 watchtowers, 3 beacon towers, and 5 passes. They are densely distributed, at intervals of 55 yards (50 meters) to 110 yards (100 meters).
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: 4:00 - 18:30 |
November to March: 6:30 - 16:00
|Admission Fee||March 16th to November 15th: CNY 65 |
November 16th to March 15th: CNY 55
Along this section, there are some sites you should not miss.
Small Jinshan Tower
Big Jinshan Tower
Bricks with Characters
Kylin Screen Wall
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How to tour Jinshanling Great Wall
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|
|Fee of the Cableway||CNY 40 for a single trip|
|Jinshanling Great Wall Map (Click to enlarge)|
Recommended 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 2.5 miles (4 km), 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 3 miles (5 km), 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 4 miles (7km), and it takes about 4 hours to complete.
When is the Best Time for a Visit?
How to Get There from Downtown Beijing
Please note that the direct tourist bus only operates during peak travel season (April 1 to November 15) and departs when there are at least 20 passengers. Otherwise, you need to go there by other means, mentioned below.
You may take a coach to Luanping from Wangjing West Subway Station, and get off at Jinshanling Service Area. Duration is about 100 minutes and ticket price is CNY 32 per person. Then, take a free shuttle bus to either gate of the scenic area. You can also hike from the Service Area to the scenic area; the distance is about 1.3 miles (2 kilometers).
|Schedule||Onward Trip||Return Trip|
|Coach||7:00-16:30 every 40 minutes||6:30-16:00 every 40 minutes|
|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 Dine
There are some restaurants near the Front Gate, where you can taste some local delicacies.