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One-Day Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

Beijing, China
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Stretch your legs along the less-visited Jinshanling section of China’s Great Wall on this 7-hour hiking experience from Beijing. Travel north from Beijing by coach, and enjoy a 4-hour guided hike along this remote section of wall, dating from the 14th to the 17th century. Admire the untouched mountainscapes, and walk through intact and crumbled watchtowers on route. A simple breakfast, post-hike Chinese lunch, and return central Beijing hotel transfers included.
  • Jinshanling Great Wall hiking day trip from Beijing
  • 4-hour guided hike on the less-visited Jinshanling stretch of wall
  • Admire the remote landscapes as you walk from watchtower to watchtower
  • Learn about Jinshanling’s construction during the Ming dynasty
  • Rest your legs by using the mountain cable cars (own expense) if you wish
  • Simple breakfast and Chinese lunch included
  • Round-trip coach transport with central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off
After early pickup from your central Beijing hotel, journey into the countryside by comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

As you travel, listen to your guide share information about the Great Wall’s Jinshanling section. Built during the Ming dynasty between 1368 and 1644, and located in the mountains of Luanping County, Jinshanling is favored by hikers, and much less visited than other, fully restored stretches.

Stop on route for a simple breakfast, and after about three hours’ traveling, arrive at your hike start point on the eastern side of Jinshanling. Then, set off on your 6-mile (10-kilometer) trek with your guide, who will accompany you throughout.

Absorb the untamed mountains and landscapes as you walk from watchtower to watchtower, negotiating areas of uneven terrain along the way. Learn about the wall’s construction, and stop for photos of the great edifice snaking along the ridges before you. If you want to rest your legs, choose to ride the cable cars up and down the mountains (own expense).

After your approximately 4-hour hike, refuel with a late lunch at a traditional Chinese restaurant. Then, relax on your return journey, ending your trip at your Beijing hotel at about 4pm.
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Jinshanling Great Wall
As the most popular hiking trip of the Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both Simatai and Jinshanling sections of the wall within 3 hours. A 40-minute steps walking up will lead you to East-Five-Eye watchtower at Simatai West. You may take a few breaths before reaching the Wall, and will be rewarded by the breathtaking panoramic view of this amazing human constructions. Take a short break and some photos here, we will then walk westward to Jinshanling. We will get off the wall at Shalingkou at Jinshanling, alternatively you can walk another 30 minutes if you feel energetic and then get off the wall at Zhuanduokou . The un-restored wall, the watch towers, the beacon towers snake on the mountain from east to west. You will have chance to meet local farmer friends, try local home-made food and learn local community development. It is the best place for keen photographers along the wall. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking for all ages. Pick you up at your hotel at 8am and then drive to Simatai West. You will start the hiking around 10:30 am, and it will take about 3 hours to complete the hiking. A lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking before returning your hotel. This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here.
Duration: 3 hours 
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Amazing!!!!! I tested my physical...
Nancy E
, Mar 2017
Amazing!!!!! I tested my physical condition but it was worth it every step up and down. There is a lift for those in no such great shape however, at this time of the year it is closed. Beautiful blue sky, perfect weather, incredible views!!!! Nancy, our tour guide, was great! Lunch was by locals, healthy and delicious!!! My reward was a cold local beer......awhhh!! Highly recommend this hike - it is the least touristy one. Nancy

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Awesome your with jin

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour | Feb 2020
I totally enjoyed this 2 day tour. I not only experienced the sights and sounds of Beijing but also had the company of the amazing tour guide Jin. He was very knowledgeable, eager to answer my questions and very considerate and courteous. I got to discuss the highlights of over 6000 years of China history during the long bus travel. Totally recommend this trip.
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Best driver ever

Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to Hotel | Jan 2020
The driver was AWESOME! Easily communicated through Google translate. Very friendly and knew his way around.
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Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to Hotel | Jan 2020
I went late but the driver was standing by the gate waiting for me by 7am instead of 5.30. Very kind person. Many Thanks
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So glad we booked this tour!

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour | Jan 2020
Our tour guide, Helen, was excellent and there's no way we could've seen everything in 2 days on our own! Also, customized the trip so that we could try Peking duck without spending too much and shopping at the Pearl market. Highly recommended for the whole family!
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Wonderful tour and guide!

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu | Jan 2020
This tour was excellent! I wanted a tour that covered the Great Wall and Forbidden City and took care of all of the transportation and other details. This was it! Hotel pickup and dropoff, lunch arranged, tickets to all activities, and no trying to figure anything out. The guide, Tom, was very knowledgeable and answered all of our group's many questions. He also asked questions about food issues at lunch and carefully ordered for all of us, and lunch was amazing! The time at the Forbidden City and the Great Wall was perfect, allowing us to explore and take pictures, but not too long. I really can't recommend this tour enough!
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu | Jan 2020
We loved this tour! It was a small group and we all had a wonderful day together. So great to see so many sights all in one day, especially if you have limited time in Beijing. Our driver was really amazing and the tour guide was fluent in English. The lunch was delicious too. 10/10. Definitely book this!
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very good day with small group of nice people organised by a perfect guide.

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu | Dec 2019
Good way to discover Forbidden city and the great wall in one day. All the organisation is perfect (except the traffic to come back to Beijing) and the guide was really nice and efficient.
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Got to see everything we wanted

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour | Dec 2019
This tour was great as we got to see everything we wanted to while in Beijing. Our tour guide, Tom, was very genuine and a great guy. We enjoyed everything we wanted to, and the highlight for us was going to the great wall where we got to spend 2-3 hours enjoying the climbing and views from the wall. Great tour!
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Excellent tour company

The Trippest Mini Group Tours | Dec 2019
Would highly recommend this company. Did a two day tour with the highlight the Great wall. But what made the tour special was the guide Jerry. He was so helpful and patient. He was very knowledgeable about the sites and very very friendly. Thanks Jerry.
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Fantastic tour of Beijing!

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour | Dec 2019
I loved this tour! Although it's a small group tour, it turned out that I was the only person who booked, so it was just me and my tour guide, Cactus. She was delightful to spend two days with - full of knowledge and stories about Beijing and China, and just overall a great person to get to know a bit. This tour really does cover all the highlights in two days. I would cheerfully book with this tour service again, especially if I could request Cactus as my guide!
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Ecellent tour

2-Day Private Beijing Excursion with Great Wall from Tianjin Cruise Terminal | Dec 2019
Would reccommend this company for tours. My guide name was Jerry and he was an eccellent tour guide, very friendly, very patient and very helpful. Also very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. The great wall was the highlight and the meals were great especially the peking duck. Thanks again Jerry.
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Great Tour - recommended to get an overview

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu | Nov 2019
the guide was great, explained a lot. Very small group (3 customers). Organisation worked perfect, pick-up at the hotel at 07:10, back at about 17:00 Great way to see the most important places within one day. The guide provided his knowledge and explained a lot when walking and in the car. Recommended.
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Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu | Nov 2019
Tour was excellent. Tour guide Lily was passionate about showing different attractions. Our group had 6 people. I would definitely recommend this tour for someone who wants to see all three things in a day. Tour started at Tiananmen square in the morning. We walked through Tiananmen square and then entered the Forbidden City. After that we went to Great Wall at Mutainyu. Tour allowed about 2 hours of walking at Mutianyu.
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2 Day Beijing Highlights

star-5Craig C
Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour | Nov 2019
Fantastic trip from start to finish visiting all major sights in 2 days. Nancy our guide was fabulous steering us through the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City Great Wall Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace at comfortable pace. Nancy was very knowledgable friendly and spoke excellent English. Lunch was on both days very good. Driver was also very good. Thank you for a wonderful 2 days.
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Amazing Tour and excellent tour guide.

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu | Nov 2019
If you have few days in Beijing this fits perfectly. Tania was an amazing tour guide and everything was excellent.
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