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  • Address: Huairou District, Beijing, China

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Great Wall at Jiankou

Jiankou is the adventurer's Great Wall of China—a completely unrestored section with crumbling mason work snaking along a wild mountain ridge 43 miles (70 km) northeast of Beijing. Day-trippers, hikers, overnight campers and photographers come to this part of the wall to escape the crowds and enjoy the sublime scenery that stretches for nearly 10 miles (14.5 km) along steep, jagged cliffs.

Built during the Tang Dynasty and renovated during the Ming Dynasty, the wall is dotted with interesting features, including the three-story Nine-Eye Tower, from which China's capital city can be seen on a clear day. At Beijing Knot, three segments of the Great Wall meet; it is from here that many visitors begin guided hikes between Jiankou and Mutianyu—the most popular Great Wall walk, taking anywhere from three to six hours. A guide can help travelers navigate the trickier areas, including the watchtower-topped hill named Eagle Flies Facing Upward, denoting that it's so steep even an eagle would have to fly almost vertically to reach the top. The stairs leading up to the tower are very steep and so narrow in some areas that only one person can pass at a time.

Insider's Tip: It's recommended that travelers wear long pants, as some of the hiking is among thick greenery.

Practical Info

Be sure to set aside an entire day for your visit to the Great Wall at Jiankou. The site is about a 2.5-hour drive from Beijing. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for a climb up steep, uneven steps.

Did You Know? Unlike the brick sections of the wall closer to Beijing, the wall at Jiankou is made of local dolomite, making it much stronger than other sections.

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2-Day Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Jiankou, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai West, ... 
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2-Day Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Jiankou, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai West

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This 2-day hiking adventure takes you along the Great Wall’s untouched and restored sections of Jiankou, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai West. Escape from ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $255.99
Private Great Wall Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu, Beijing, Hiking & Camping
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Private Great Wall Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu

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Explore unrestored and untouched section of the Great Wall of China from Jiankou to Mutianyu that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Two-day Small Group Magic Great Wall Hiking Jiankou to Simatai West, Beijing, Private Day Trips
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Two-day Small Group Magic Great Wall Hiking Jiankou to Simatai West

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This two-day hiking provides you with many original towers and challenge in remote sections of the Great Wall. Jiankou to Mutianyu will challenge your ambition ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $300.00
Self-Guided Private Tour: Jiankou Great Wall from Beijing, Beijing, Overnight Tours
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Self-Guided Private Tour: Jiankou Great Wall from Beijing

Have a private car with a reliable driver to Great Wall at Jiankou. Explore Great Wall in a hassle-free and convenient way to avoid crowds and traffic. You ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.25
Full-Day Great Wall of China Hiking Tour from Jiankou to Mutianyu, Beijing, Self-guided Tours & ... 
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Full-Day Great Wall of China Hiking Tour from Jiankou to Mutianyu

This tour will let you spend the whole day hiking in the Great Wall of China from Jiankou to Mutianyu, these two sections are considered as the prettiest parts ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.00

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