Soak in the scenery and history of the Great Wall of China at Jinshanling during a day hike with a professional guide. Get away from the crowds as you walk along this 3.7-mile (6-km) section of the Great Wall, passing 15 guard towers while crossing from Jinshanling to Simatai West. Observe the natural beauty of the landscape and the architectural marvels of the Ming Dynasty-era wall during your hike, which takes approximately four hours to complete. Includes round-trip transportation from Beijing, guide, and entrance fees.
Full-day hiking tour to Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, from Beijing
Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West with an experienced guide
Admire the mountain scenery while walking along a remote 3.7-mile (6-km) part of the Great Wall of China
Check out 15 guard towers along the route
Learn about the Ming Dynasty and why the Great Wall was built
Includes guide, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from Beijing
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fee of Jinshanling Great Wall
One bottle of water
Pick-up from Exit C of Zhang Zi Zhong Lu metro Station on Line 5
Outside of Exit C of metro station Zhang Zi Zhong Lu on Line 5.
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not wheelchair accessible
Please prepare your own lunch and snacks for the hike
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Passport name, number, date of birth, gender, and country is required at time of booking for all participants
Please wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers; Sunscreen, water, hat are highly recommended to bring
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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icedgrape, Oct 2019
We did this tour about 2 weeks ago in mid-Oct. The weather was perfect. It was not too many people maybe because it was a Monday. The bus dropped us off at Jinshanglin and picked us up at Simatai. The whole journey is about 3hrs, but take your time! We did the entire trip in about 2hrs and I wish we stayed a bit longer on the Great Wall. Some parts were VERY steep, but if you're in a decent shape, it's totally doable. Also this is not a guided tour which is perfect for us. There's only 1 way to go and no way to get lost. We liked the fact that we can just go at our own pace. If you want to avoid the crowed, don't mind the walk/climb, and prefer a self-guided tour, this is for you.
Nice, but check with other agents
EliaNell_Y, Oct 2019
The hike was absolutely great. This is a beautiful and not over crowded section. The guide was great and we only stopped along the way for a toilet and convience store break. However, I'm rating 3 stars as apperantly this is a third party agent. I had friends from my hostel (peking station) that paid only 300RMB and got on the same tour exactly together with me. I advise you to check with your hostel /hotel first before booking so you won't overpay.
Brandon_K, Oct 2019
Perfect tour! Exactly what I was looking for. Easy meeting place outside a metro stop, small mini-bus so limits the size of the group to 14 (we had 12 of the day I went), no unnecessary stops or time-wasting and good 3 hours exploring a very quiet section of the Great Wall. The Wall itself was one of the greatest things I've ever seen and well worth the trip. And our tour guide was lovely and informative.
Gregor C, Sep 2019
The tour included return trip from Beijing to the Great Wall. The drive itself was OK, also did one stop each way (approx 3h drives). We only missed a bit more general information about the Great Wall while driving and not while hiking as we were dedicated to photos there (and thus quickly lost the guide).
seana30940, Sep 2019
Fabulous day... had the wall to ourselves... very helpful guide. Good to bring some little snacks for the hike and if it's summer time maybe bring an extra shirt and lots of sunscreen.
Superb and highly recommended!
nsteinbrunner, Aug 2019
Iris was a great guide! Instructions to board the bus were accurate and helpful. The drive was comfortable and informative. I was on the bus with many other small groups of younger travelers, which I appreciated. 3 hours at the wall was a perfect amount of time, given the distance (6km). It is not a true hike, but keep in mind the up and down hills of the Wall. It can be taxing.
Be sure to bring extra water and food. One bottle of water was provided but is not enough, especially if it is hot. The heat on the Wall is intense. If you come unprepared with limited food/water, the bus does stop en route to the Wall for a short bathroom/food stop. Bathrooms are available along the route but not clean.
Overall, I would recommend this section of the Wall as a tour for anyone that likes to travel at their own pace and doesn't want the crowds. We had very few people with us on the Wall.
They do not mention that getting to the meeting site is during rush hour on the metro. We had to wait multiple trains to smash ourselves in. By the time we arrived they had already left and never called us. No refund. If you aren’t 15 minutes early, you are late.
emrana866, May 2019
Iris, our guide was really information with a good sense of humour. Thanks Iris for make this pleasant
Great time, Do not underestimate the hike
Nicholas_B, Apr 2019
I took this trip on 4/8/2019 with Joe as my guide. He was a great guide and very knowledgeable about the wall. He spoke English as well. The experience and views were all great at this section and there were very few people. However If you are old or not in shape I strongly suggest picking other section of the wall as the hike was very tough. One star off for the bus being slightly late (10 mins), Other than that it was a perfect experience.
Practically Private Hike on the Great Wall
Jamie N, Feb 2019
My husband and I joined this tour in January 2019. We were a group of about 6 travelers total, along with our driver and our guide, Jen. Jen was amazing! She was very informative and a lot of fun to talk with about both the history of the Great Wall and the culture in Beijing. She even gave us recommendations for other places to visit in the city as well as a few restaurants to eat at. We had dinner at one those restaurants that night and it was one of our best meals in Beijing. The Great Wall itself was such an incredible experience. Besides our group, we only saw a handful of others walking the wall at Jinshanling that morning and felt that we mostly had it to ourselves. Driving an extra hour was definitely worth it. We're so happy we joined this tour and would recommend it to anyone else.
Matthias_K, Jan 2019
Really beautiful hiking route. Perfect for taking fotos and enjoying the view. Good organisation and guide. The hike can be quite challenging, there are many steep stairways.
Amazing...but be prepared!
Duane C, Nov 2018
Everything went exactly as advertised from the pickup to the schedule. The only thing that was a bit more than my wife expected was the incline of the hike in a few places. Because the stones were a bit slippery...you had better be prepared with "hiking" gear not just sightseeing apparel. The views were amazing, the guide was spot on with every details, and thank goodness I'm not too out of shape. IF you plan on doing a wall tour and want to miss all the other tourists...THIS IS THE TOUR FOR YOU. (As long as you can handle a hike) :)
ben b, Nov 2018
We had great weather which I'm sure made a big difference. In any event, the experience is practically guaranteed to be one you'll never forget. And if you stay alert and with a little bit of luck, you'll see these amazing birds called the Chinese Pheasant with about a 1.5 metert wing span and a very long, thin tail that fly low, swoop then practically crash land into the trees. Apparently some people who have visited the Great Wall many times have no idea they are even there. But I saw five, and a few other people I met saw some too. So keep your eyes peeled!
A great experience
Anju B, Sep 2018
This was an amazing experience. The views from the wall were amazing. Enjoyed the hike. Our guide Jen was very personable and helpful.
An excellent day and a great section of...
Nancy B, Sep 2018
An excellent day and a great section of the Great Wall to hike! The pick-up spot was convenient and the bus was on time. The ride was pleasant and there was a supply and rest stop along the way. When we reached Jinshanling, we received an orientation and a review of the map. We than had three hours to hike a section of the wall. It was a moderate hike with a few steep up and downs, but nothing too challenging. There was enough time to complete the hike with a few of the faster people having time to extend their hike. There were opportunities along the wall to buy water, beer, ice cream, and souvenirs. This is not a common hiking spot so not at all crowded and excellent photo opportunities!
Rebecca C, Sep 2018
I highly recommend this tour! The views were amazing, our guide was great, knowledgeable and passionate.
Fantastic section of the Great Wall
Megan_F, Aug 2018
Highly recommend this hike - while challenging, it is so worth it! Not crowded with great views and you get the chance to go at your own pace. Jen was prompt with pick up and offered facts about the Wall on our drive out. She made sure everyone was prepared and checked in after to see how our experience was.
Great tour if you want to see a less...
Simon V, Jul 2018
Great tour if you want to see a less touristy area of the wall. The walking was tough at times but the views were worth it. You need a moderate level of fitness. Jan was a fun and friendly guide, but really you are left to your own devices on the walk. We didn’t mind though as we preferred it.
I wanted a challenging section of...
Christopher C, Apr 2018
I wanted a challenging section of the Great Wall and this was exactly what I was looking for. We were able to explore this area at our own pace. The wall is restored in some sections and unrestored in others. The scenery of the wall and the hillsides were spectacular, especially in spring when the trees are flowering.
Our tour guide Jen was very informative about the area and it's history . I especially want to thank her for helping me retrieve my phone when I forgot it on the bus.
The trip was fabulous. The hike is...
Jodi J, Apr 2018
The trip was fabulous. The hike is pretty decent so wear proper clothing. Jen was a great tour guide. The hike is pretty much on your own and there were lots of chances to get the perfect photo. I would do this tour again.