Hike a steep section of the Great Wall of China at Jinshanling and follow in the footsteps of great generals. Walk through stunning mountains and discover original features, including some of the densely placed towers, en route to Simatai.
What to Expect
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.
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.
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
What's Not Included
- Tickets for Simatai (must be purchased at the Simatai border)
Know Before You Go
• 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