Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall Full-Day Hike

Location: Beijing, China

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  • Hike the most beautiful section of the Great Wall of China from Jinshanling to Simatai
  • Avoid the tourist traps and hike a more remote and challenging section of the Great Wall of China
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and farmland
  • Walk on your own with a pick-up at the end of your journey
  • Learn the Great Wall's fascinating history and about its back-breaking construction
  • See the unique features of the Jinshanling Great Wall, such as the Barrier Wall and the densely spaced watchtowers
  • Go to the Heavenly Ladder


  • 10 Hours

  • Pick-up from hotels in Beijing.

  • Drop off at the location of your choice in Beijing.

  • English

What You Can Expect

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    Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall

    Hike the Great Wall of China from Jinshanling and get spectacular views of the mountainous countryside around this magnificent feat of human endeavor. Your guide will give you directions, and then travel onwards to pick you up upon your arrival in Simatai. During your 4-5 hour hike, you will experience the unique density of the watchtowers of Jinshanling. Some 8 miles (13 kilometers) long, but with 90 watchtowers, the average interval of each tower is about 330 feet (100 meters), and only 165-200 feet (50-60 meters) in some areas.

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    Barrier Wall

    You will also see the great Barrier Wall, built atop and inside the Great Wall, vertical with and parallel to the battlements. The unique feature of this section is dangerous and precipitous, with parts built on sheer cliffs or steep mountain slopes that rise and fall sharply.

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    Heavenly Ladder

    The locals call it “Heavenly Ladder” and some places are so narrow that only a thin wall could be built . Described as “the greatest of the whole length of the Great Wall,” your hike will take you past inscribed bricks rarely seen elsewhere along the Great Wall.


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Bilingual guide
    • Use of binoculars
    • Use of hiking poles if required
    • Jinshanling entrance tickets
    • Water
    • Lunch
    • Tickets for Simatai (must be purchased at the Simatai border)
    • Please note that the hike will take about 4 hours to complete. It is a tourist site and easy to find your way along the Great Wall. You will be followed by local farmers selling souvenirs at the start. If you don’t want to buy anything, you will need to say "No" firmly, or not speak a word, otherwise they can follow you all the way along the Great Wall
    • There is no toilet on the Great Wall path, but there are toilets at the entrance at Jinshanling and Simatai. Please be prepared before your hike, and always carry your own tissue paper
    • Travel insurance is the sole responsibility of travelers and highly recommended for injury or accident cover
    • You will get our confirmation email
    • You will get our electronic voucher
    • Local operator will contact you

Customer Reviews

  • Eine großartige Tour!!!
    Stuttgart, Germany | Oct 9, 2014

    Zuerst war ich sehr nervös, ob alles glatt gehen wird, schließlich hatte ich schon alles bezahlt. Aber meine Sorge war umsonst, pünktlich kam unser Guide "Paul" und holte uns in unser Privatunterkunft ab. Die Auto war klasse und hatte jegliche Sicherheitseinrichtung und Komfort. Die Fahrt verlief super entspannend und als wir endlich ankamen, war es gigantisch. Die Mauer thronte auf den Bergen… ein toller Anblick! Paul lief mit uns einige Zeit auf der Mauer und erzählte uns viel geschichtliches und machte viele Fotos von uns :) Wir waren wirklich fast ganz alleine dort. Paul verabschiedete sich relativ schnell und sagt uns, wo wir ihn wieder treffen werden. Dann begann unsere Tour! Paul wartet an der abgesprochene Stelle auf uns und er fuhr uns in Ruhe zurück und machte mit uns einen Abstecher zum Olympiapark. Unser Tag war wirklich wunderschön bei blauem Himmel und Sonne! Ich kann diese Tour jedem empfehlen. Jeder Cent ist sie wert!!!

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