Begin with pickup from your central Beijing hotel or, if your hotel lies outside Beijing’s second ring road, meet your guide and small group at a central meeting point.
Then, hop inside a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for your 2- to 2.5-hour journey northward to Jinshanling. Along the way, hear all about this part of China’s UNESCO-listed wall, one of the most beautiful and least-crowded sections.
Rebuilt in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty, this restored segment snakes across the ridges of steep mountains for about 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers). Its restored watchtowers and the stark mountains ensure wonderful views in both directions, making it a favorite with hikers and photographers.
On arrival, ride the cable car (additional cost) to the ramparts and enjoy an approximately 3-hour hike along the eastern battlements. Admire the stunning landscapes and stop to inspect various architectural features and watchtowers. View the historical inscriptions on each of the unique towers and see the brick engravings, carved by long-ago laborers.
Following your roughly 3.7-mile (6-kilometer) hike, descend and continue to a local restaurant for a Chinese lunch. Then, return to Beijing where your tour ends at the original starting point.