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GW06: One Day Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

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Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and then transfer you to Jinshanling Great Wall. The whole day will be spent hiking on the Great Wall with our guide escorted. Lunch is not included and we suggest you take along some fast food or snack. After the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel. 

Meals: not included, but our guide will offer some suggestions.

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For tour details, please read the following.

Jinshanling Great Wall

Hiking on the Jinshanling

Today you will visit the world famous Jinshanling Great Wall. It is said that Jinshanling Great Wall is the most beautiful and best preserved stretch of China Great Wall. It is also the most preferred place for photographers. Located on the junction of Miyun County of Beijing and Luanping County of Hebei province, Jinshanling Great Wall is 10.5 km (6.5 miles) in length and has 5 passes, 67 watch towers and 3 beacon towers. This section is featured by its wildness, dilapidated walls and unique structures, which make hiking on this section a bit difficult. You should be in moderately good shape to get through, but this amazing journey is worth of your effort.

The ruined wall

Travelers on the wall

It will take about 2.5 hours to drive from downtown Beijing to Jinshanling scenic spot, where you will start your hiking tour. Firstly you may stop at the Crenel Building (Zhuanduokou Tower), which has the vital importance for military strategists in history as a fortress. Here, you can see many precious inscribed bricks indicating when and which military designation built the wall. It offers a valuable proof for the research of Great Wall. Passing by lots of shooting and loop holes with various kinds of designs, such as peach, sagittate and zigzag shapes, you will come to the East Terrance, which is the pride of Jinshangling Great Wall and also of the whole Great Wall. Here you can also overlook the West Terrance, where a Chinese stunt actor Mr. Ke Shouliang flew over this wall by motorcycle in 1992. On the way to the famous Kufang Tower, you will walk across some fences, about 2.5 meters (8.2 feet), named Barrier Wall as one defense of the Great Wall. Kufang Tower is a special and larger watchtower and the most representative military facility on the Great Wall. On the tower's flank, you will see a semicircle war terrace, with intensive shooting holes, which is the third line of defense. You can also climb to the top of the tower to appreciate the magnificent views. The next stop will be Xiyu Tower. Seeing the devastated walls, you may get a feeling of dreariness here. Through Xiyu Tower, you will get to Shalingkou, where you will see the famous Black Tower, whose structure is a little bit different from other watchtowers. It has three floors: upper, middle and ground. There is a narrow underground passage in the ground floor, which can reach the middle and upper floors directly. During the war time, the door on the ground floor would be locked, which made it very difficult for the enemies to attack in. In case that the door on the ground was broken through, warriors on the second and third floors still could shoot the enemies at a commanding position to the underground passage.

Watch tower

Hiking on Jinshanling Great Wall

Finally you will get to the edge of Jinshanling Great Wall. It will take you about 4 hours to hike one way and our guide will accompany you all the way. For further detailed information on Jinshanling hiking tour, please click here.

Jinshanling Photos

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Jiankou Hiking: One day suggestion of Jiankou travel
Hiking to Huangyaguan: One day itinerary with tips

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Questions & Answers
Asked by Tony from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 11, 2018 16:28Reply
visa requirements or visa exempt in Beijing?
UK Manchester fly to hong Kong, then connecting flight to BJ for 3 day hotel stay, then Cruise from Tianjin, Xingang Harbour, 7 night cruise around JApan, return to Tianjin, Xingang Harbour, fly from BJ to Hong Kong for connecting flight to UK Manchester, do i qualify for visa exempt?
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Answered by Nina from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 14, 2018 18:41

Yes, you can apply for the 144-hour free- visa transit.
Asked by Wade | Jan. 17, 2018 21:21Reply
Can we stay overnight on Great Wall?
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Answered by Emily | Jan. 17, 2018 21:31

Hi, it is not allowed to stay overnight on the Great Wall. If you plan to see the sunrise, you may consider staying overnight at one of the farmer house in the near village and get up earlier to the Great wall the next morning. Most of the families are open to travelers.
Asked by Jim from AZERBAIJAN | Sep. 03, 2017 22:40Reply
Jinshanling still under renovation?
Is Jinshanling still closed for renovation? I'd like to visit sometime within the next week. Thank you.
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Answered by Linda | Sep. 04, 2017 02:43

As far as I know, the Jinshanling section is still closed for renovation now and the reopening date is still unknown. You may consider other parts instead.
Asked by Asta | Aug. 06, 2017 10:14Reply
Day trip in Jinshanling and sunset in Simatai
Hello! I was planning to make a hike from JSL to to Simatai in the middle of september, but now i see that these two sections are not connected. How can i see these two parts in one day ( traveling from Beijing on a public transport) ? I'm thinking to visit JSL as early as possible and see the sunset from Simatai. Is there a shuttle bus or taxe between these two ponts? Any advice?
P.S. I found information, that JSL section (east gate) will be reopened from 15, August.
Thank You!
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Answered by Jack from USA | Aug. 07, 2017 20:40

From Beijing City, you may take a direct bus from Wangjing West Bus Stop to JSL Great Wall. This bus departs at 08:00 in the morning.
As I know, you cannot hike from JSL to Simatai directly. Therefore, you may need to take a taxi to Simatai.
Answered by Asta | Aug. 08, 2017 03:02

Is it possible to leave Beijing much earlier? I would like to be there before 8:00. To JSL or Simatai..
Answered by Jack | Aug. 08, 2017 03:46

Well, you can take bus no.866 from Dongzhimen Transport Hub to Miaocheng East first. This bus operates from 06:00 in weekdays, 07:00 on Saturday and 08:30 on Sunday. Then you may transfer bus Jiao 81 to Miyun Bus Stop. After that, you may transfer bus Mi 55 to Gubei Water Town. Later, you can walk to Simatai Great Wall directly. The whole trip may take around 2.5 hours.
To JSL, you may take a shuttle bus which heads for Luanping at Wangjing West Bus Stop to JSL Service Area. This bus operates from 07:00. Upon arrival, you are about 6 kilometers away from the scenic spot, so you can take a taxi there directly.
Asked by Alan from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 01, 2017 19:09Reply
Is there a shuttle bus from outside novatel peace hotel to Beijing Capital Airport?
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Answered by Julia from RUSSIA | Jun. 01, 2017 20:54

Well, do you refer to Novotel Peace Hotel? If yes, there is no direct airport shuttle bus that operates from hotel to PEK. Thus from your hotel, walk north around 500 meters to get to Dengshikou Station. Take metro line 5 to Yonghegong Station, Exit B. Then transfer to shuttle bus Xidan Line to get to the airport directly.
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