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Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai

To experience both wild and restored portions of the Great Wall of China without straying far from Beijing, many visitors choose a guided hike between Jinshanling and Simatai, a trek seemingly made for hikers and adventurers.

From Jinshanling, a six-mile (10-km) stretch of largely unrestored wall leads to Simatai, where it's possible to take another steep, two-hour hike to and from a hilltop watchtower (there's also a cable car that heads most of the way up) or to continue on toward the Great Wall at Gubeikou. The four-hour hike between Jinshanling and Simatai ranks among the most popular Great Wall day hikes, given that the steep gradients and dozens of watch towers reward travelers with some of the most photogenic views anywhere on the wall, particularly on a clear day.

Did you know? This section may look familiar—many magazine photos of the Great Wall of China are taken from this segment.

Practical Info

The hike starts at Jinghanling, 81 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Beijing, so many single-day tours that visit have a very early start time. Two- or three-day tour options allow for more time.

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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling, Beijing, null
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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

As the most popular hiking trip of Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both untouched and restored sections of the Great Wall at Simatai West and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00
Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling, Beijing, Day Trips
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore both untouched and restored parts of the Great Wall of China on this small-group hiking tour from Beijing. Follow your expert guide along the Simatai ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.67
Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour, Beijing, Hiking & Camping
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Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Precious chance to see Jinshanling Great Wall which is the remote and isolated section of the Great Wall. Jinshanling Great Wall connects Simatai Section of ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai West, Beijing, Hiking & Camping
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai West

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the wild and isolated Great Wall at Jingshanling Great Wall. Far from the tourists and crowds. Enjoy the natural scenery and original unrestored ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.99
Private Sunset Tour to Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall including Lunch, Beijing, Day Trips
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Private Sunset Tour to Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall including Lunch

If you are not a morning person, or if you are a shutterbug, this private sunset Great Wall tour is surely a good choice for you. The tour starts at 11:00am, ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
Group Great Wall Hiking From Jinshanling Towards Simatai West, Beijing, Private Day Trips
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Group Great Wall Hiking From Jinshanling Towards Simatai West

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience the wild and isolated Great Wall at Jinshanling. Hike towards Simatai West on this 6km (3.7m) day tour with guide. Journey along this section of the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99
Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Day Tour from Beijing, Beijing, Day Trips
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Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Day Tour from Beijing

Join this coach tour to explore and hike the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall. It is known for its wild beauty and relative isolation. Its original look ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town, Beijing, Day Trips
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Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

The great-wall is a must-visit spot for every traveler in Beijing, it is definitely an awe-inspiring and culturally enriching experience, and if you have ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall, Beijing, Full-day Tours
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Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

This private tour will take you to the Gubei Water Town and see the Great Wall at Simatai with lights on. The Gubei Water Town resembles the famous Water Town ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.00
Beijing Small-Group Coach Day Trip to the Jinshanling Great Wall including Lunch, Beijing, Private ... 
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Beijing Small-Group Coach Day Trip to the Jinshanling Great Wall including Lunch

Take a day to explore the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall in this small group tour. See one of the best-preserved parts of the wall built during the Ming ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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