“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”.”
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.
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.
Lunch will be served at a local villager’s family style restaurant where you’ll have the chance to taste authentic Beijing local food.
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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I did the Great Wall tour from Beijing with Bruce from Trippest. I was the only person doing the hike that day, so got a personal guide and driver! Bruce was excellent and super friendly.
The start of the tour is pretty far from Beijing. it was a 2.5 hour drive to get there. I chose that one as i wanted something a bit quieter and less touristy. Well worth the drive.
The weather was a bit foggy / rainy on the day i went but that meant there were few people around and we had the wall to ourselves most of the time. I chose this tour as it said it was good for photographs. That was definitely true! got some great pics.
The hike is pretty hard though. we did 11km with lots of steep climbing. i could feel it by the end and i am reasonably fit. Some of the wall sections are really steep. But totally worth the work. the views were amazing or the wall running over the hilltops and through the forest.
When we finished we had lunch in a nearby restaurant. Bruce organised everything. i was starving after the walk and the food was great. Then we headed by into the city.
I got picked up at my hotel at 0730 and got back again at around 1530. was a fantastic day out. i would totally recommend the trip. Bruce said this was not a common one for people to book, i guess as it takes a while to get out to that part of the wall. I would say it is totally worth it!
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.