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Hiking the Great Wall of China from Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Due to the construction of Gubeikou Watertown, the eastern section of Simatai Great Wall is closed permanently. However the western section is still open to hikers. The Simatai Great Wall is separated into eastern and western sections by a valley, with a rainbow-like chain bridge over the valley. The hills in the west are sloping gently, with 20 watchtowers remaining in good shape. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall. The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features and it is also famous for being one of the most photogenic sections of the Great Wall. This moderately challenging, three to five hour hike offers breathtaking views of the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling, snaking along the ridge of the mountains, taking you through crumbling, ancient watchtowers along the Wall.

Highlights
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Great Wall of China, snaking along the ridge of Yanshan mountain
  • Hike the wild Great Wall at Simatai West, passing ancient watchtowers of various styles
  • Capture the true majesty of Jinshanling Great Wall, the most photographed section of the Great Wall
  • Experienced private English speaking tour guide
  • Overland round-trip transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
Itinerary

You will be collected from your hotel at your preferred time in the morning. After about two & half hour driving and a 30 minute hike up some stairs, you will reach Simatai West Great Wall. Simatai West is also called the east gate entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The very first watchtower you will meet is called Houchuankou Pass which is not restored. It is at this first pass where you will climb up on to the Great Wall itself. From there onward, you will be rewarded with stunning panoramas and be able to see the Great Wall stretching out to the horizon. After about 90 minutes hiking you will reach Jinshanling Great Wall. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ( Jinshan means gold mountain in Chinese) Ranges. There are more than 100 watchtowers along the Jinshanling Great Wall. Watching Beijing Tower is on the highest point, from this tower you can see Beijing. Finally you will be transferred back to your hotel after this once-in-a-lifetime adventure of the Great Wall of China.

Constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Simatai Great Wall is 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers and remains to be the only part of the Great Walls that still has the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty.. This section of the Great Wall incorporated the different characteristics of each section of the Great Wall. Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. The western part appears gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part of the Great Wall has 15 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. There, tourists can appreciate the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjing Tower. UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites as part of the Great Wall World Heritage Site.

First constructed by General Xuda in 1368, then largely repaired, renovated and expanded by the legendary General Qi Jiguang in the 1570s, the high-quality Jinshanling Great Wall is named after the beautiful bigger and lesser Jinshan Mountains where the Wall is located at. The 11 km long wall offers enough space as soldiers shelter, warehouse and arsenal of weapons along with 5 passes, 67 towers and 2 beacon towers. Hence, the Jinshanling Great Wall became the section with the most complicated structure and most densely distributed lookout towers. Altogether, there are 158 lookout towers in various styles along the wall. Some of them are made of brick and wood, while others are brick and stone structures. The pier bases, like the roofs come in various shapes and sizes. Other constructions include night-watch towers and storage buildings that are rarely seen at other sections of the Great Wall. Various unevenly distributed constructions along the Jinshanling Great Wall form the perfect defense system.

Price Inclusions

  • Hotel Pick-up and drop-off
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver for land transportation
  • Experienced private English language speaking tour guide
  • All admission tickets to sightseeing places

Price Exclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Optional tour & insurance
  • Gratuities or tips to guides and drivers
  • Excursions & activities not included in itinerary
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
  • Travel insurance is not included. Please purchase before your trip to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.

Complementaries

  • Two bottles of mineral water every day during tours
Booking Notice
  • Children and adults are charged same price.
  • Departure: Daily departing from Beijing
  • Hiking Distance: 7 - 8 kilometers
  • Time Needed for Hiking: 3 - 5 hours
  • Difficulty: 3 stars, moderately easy
  • Pick-up Time: Between 07:00 and 10:00, choose a departure time most suitable for you
  • Pick-up & Drop-off Place: Your accommodation in Beijing
  • Parts of the Great Wall are steep with uneven surfaces, please wear walking shoes with a good grip
  • Lunch is not included, please prepare your own lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The itinerary is subject to change due to traffic conditions or bad weather
  • The itinerary is flexible; changes can be made upon written request from travelers
  • Please bring your passport with you on the tour
  • Full refund for cancelation made up to 24 hours prior to the date of your tour
  • Cancellation within 24 hours or after the tour begins is non-refundable
  • It is required by the government regulations that travelers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and date of birth to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in being denied access or admittance to sites and attractions during sightseeing
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