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One-Day Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

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Availability : available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Max People : Max. 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

“Hiking up this 3-hour, moderately challenging section of the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling offers you breathtaking views of the Great Wall snaking along the ridge of the mountains. Standing on these original, wild and ancient bricks will bring you back in time to the heyday of imperial China when tens and thousands Ming Dynasty soldiers sent to the northern frontier of Chinese Empire to protect this imperial capital, Beijing and against nomadic invaders. This section is also famous for being one of the most photogenic sections of the Great Wall and is hailed as the “paradise for photographers”.”

David Dengthe product manager of Trippest
What to Expect
  • This hike covers the most beautiful and photogenic section of Great Wall on the ridge of the mountains.
  • You’ll see the original, ancient and wild Great Wall which was built in Ming Dynasty to defeat the enemies.
  • A visit to the world's largest urban square in the center of Beijing - the Tian'anmen Square
  • This hiking trip does not require a high level of physical strengths which fits for most of the hikers.
  • This hiking trip is escorted by a professional English-speaking guide who will make your trip more interesting and easier.
  • This trip has included a delicious local lunch and round-way transfers, especially no visiting to tourist shops and unnecessary time-wasting stops thus you don’t have to worry about anything after you have signed up the tour.
SCENERY: 80%
Very Beautiful!
DIFFICULTY: 60%
moderate
popularity: 80%
Very Popular
Detailed Itinerary

7:00-9:45 AMHotel pick-up - Drive to the Great Wall at Simatai West

Your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby (or any other appointed place) in the early morning around 7:00 AM in order to avoid the traffic. It will take about 2.5 hours for the drive to the Great Wall at Simatai. Your guide will help to purchase tickets and start our climb on a trail leading up to the Wall. The Great Wall at Simatai is located along the ridges, so we will have to complete a 15-minute hike some stairs before we reach it.


Good to know:
  • How can I know my pick-up time? For detailed hotel pick-up time and your guide information you can simply find it at: http://www.trippest.com/track-your-trip.html. The information will not be updated until the day before your trip date. If you failed in getting the information, please contact your trip advisor.
  • Could you please tell me some background information about the section of Great Wall? Yes,The Great Wall at Simatai West is also called the east gate entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Tourists are not allowed to enter the east part of Simatai Great Wall due to the repaire of the Great Wall and military reasons. The Great Wall at Simatai West is about 130 kilometres from Beijing downtown. This part of Great Wall weaves along steep mountain ridges for 10.5 kilometres through a mountainous rural area with dense vegetation. This section of Great Wall was firstly constructed in the early period of the Ming Dynasty during the late 14th century, the Simatai West – Jinshanling Great Wall was subsequently rebuilt to a much higher standard in the late 16th century after the Ming Dynasty decided to beef up its border defenses following a major military raid on Beijing by Mongol nomads in the mid 16th century.
  • Worry about the poor air quality of Beijing? Yes, poor air can be the most concern when you are travelling in Beijing. There’re good days. There’re bad days. We have equipped with an air purifier in each vehicle to provide better and healthy air quality during your trip. We will keep on doing our best to make you enjoy your trip better.

9:45 - 12:45 AMHike the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling

We will start our hike from an un-restored watchtower called Houchuankou Pass (后川口), the first among many towers that we will be seeing along the hike. In this hike, you will be rewarded with stunning panoramas and be able to see the Great Wall stretching out to the horizon. This section of the Great Wall is known for being built atop sharp ridges, and hikers will have a great chance to understand the impressive feat of engineering the Great Wall represents with each section we ascend and descend.

You’ll have chance to find some ancient text brick dated back to Ming Dynasty of 1560′.

Totally wild, original, un-restored section of the Great Wall. You’ll feel like walking into the history!

Feel tired? Take a cup of the Great Wall Red Wine on the Great Wall. What a cool thing! But please keep in mind that this bottle of wine is not included in the itinerary. If you need it, please tell us in advance.

During the hike you can stop to take in the amazing view from one of the highest points we will reach that day.

Take these beautiful memories home, make it a lifetime experience.

A beautiful young girl dancing on the Wall! What a perfect artistic conception!

Our final finishing line is at Zhuanduokou Pass (砖垛口), it is a three-story tower with large red, wooden windows facing north. This will be our last few moments on the Wall, so make sure you have taken enough pictures along the way! We will then get off the wall and walk down a short path to a local restaurant where we will have our lunch.

The gate of the Great Wall at Jinshanling.

Good to know:
  • Please take enough water for the hike especially in summer time. We suggest we take at least 2 bottles of water (500 ml/bottle) we will prepare enough water for you but you might need to carry the water by yourself.

13:00 - 14:00 PMLunch at a local farmer's house.

Lunch will be served at a local villager’s family style restaurant where you’ll have the chance to taste authentic Beijing local food.

14:00 - 17:00Return back to your hotel in Beijing

After lunch we will drive back to Beijing which might be taken 2-3 hours based on the traffic. If you want to catch an onward flight or train please make sure to check the time with your guide and make sure to reserve enough time for the connection. But please be noted that price does not include the transfer to airport or train station. If you need this service you can click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

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Dates and prices
Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
$126 USD $109 USD Free

* Please Note:

  • This tour is available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. You’ll be a part of a mini group with maximum 6 people.
  • This tour will be not available during Nov. 17. 2018 – Feb. 25. 2019 due to the cold and snowy weather.
Price Include:
  • Entrance fees to the Great Wall at Jinshanling and Simatai West.
  • Transport between Beijing hotel and the Great Wall
  • Chinese lunch at a local farmer's house
  • English-speaking professional tour guide service
  • Drinking water on the Great Wall
Price Exclude:
  • Cable cars at the Great Wall
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Hotel accommodation.
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Joseph D

Couple Traveller

The Great Wall I am sure is amazing anywhere but this section is unbelievably awesome. My wife and I are 31 and the hike was challenging but not impossible (totally worth it). The half restored and half wild parts of the wall are amazing to see together in Contrast. Barry was our guide and was extremely helpful and patient with us. He was so nice and gave great information. Barry is a great tour guide and took great care of us.
Lunch was the best traditional meal we had in China. Thank you.

2017-12-20
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