Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

The hike to Jinshanling was a great day out, our guide had snacks on hand, always happy to help out taking photos and telling us info about life in China.
We were fortunate enough to have this section of the wall almost to ourselves in early Jan, passing only a few other groups over the trek maing for great photos.
My only critique is that this is not a full day hike, perhaps it would be with a larger group that lags but we were back in Beijing before 3pm.
All in all highy recommended.

Tobias G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great trip, really would recommend, Robert was fantastic and knew the answer to every question. He gave some interesting insights about the Wall and also China. Really good tour, would recommend to anyone in Beijing and go on it myself again!

Jayne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Utterly stunning tour. Ok, so the drive took two hours to get there and three back due to rush-hour traffic, it was worth every second of it. We found this stretch of the wall deserted unlike the stories we heard about other parts of the wall where there are significant crowds and had it practically to ourselves. On top of that, it was a crystal clear day so the photos we've taken are spectacular. Our guide was informative and caring and happy to answer all manner of questions we threw at him. He also took us for lunch at a local restaurant where the food literally didn't stop coming! We spent three weeks all over China, and this was probably the best day of the entire trip.

Alja M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This tour was amazing! Our guide Mark was great, aso food was delicius. The only thing we did not like was at the end, when van drop us off, he asked for the 10% tip for the driver.It was a bit strange, because tour is not cheap and we already gave tip to Mark earlier after lunch. Anyway great tour!

Steven G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This trip was exceptional. Simatai was closed, so my tourguide Mark took me to the Gubeikou section of the wall, approximately 200km from Beijing city center. It was a fairly easy 6km hike with breathtaking views and minimal tourists. This portion of the wall hadn't been rebuilt for tourists and it felt so authentic and historic. Mark was an excellent hiker, my personal photographer, and my Chinese professor. He taught me so much about the Great Wall, Beijing, and Chinese history. He also fed me snacks, gave me plenty of water, and took me to the most delicious and seemingly authentic Chinese lunch a few km away from the Great Wall entrance. Mark made me feel at home in a place where I felt quite foreign I'm an American and a first time visitor to Beijing. In Mark, I made a friend, and I will never forget this incredible adventure and our time together spent hiking the Great Wall.

aaron s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our guide Tao was awesome - we walked over 10k, and only saw three other hikers on our trek. The group was small, and we had great weather. Definitely recommend.

Katherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This was the highlight of my Beijing trip! We had a small group of 3 and Robert was a fantastic guide. The Jinshanling section of the wall was closed during September so we hiked around the Gubeikou section, which was stunning. This section of the wall is on the Beijing/ Mongolia border and away from the crowds. There are also plenty of guard towers to look out and take photos. A great way to spend a day in Beijing. Highly recommended.

Bryan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Due to landslide closure of Simatai to Jinshanling for several months this tour was relocated at Gu- Bei-Kau. The 2 1/2 hr drive was super comfortable and our guide Cheney gave us a nice briefing on the history of the Great Wall and this section. Cheney did an excellent balance of being informative, but leaving personal time for contemplation. It was Sunday 3-September and the weather was super, pretty clear air, a good breeze, warm but not hot. The Gubeikau section has had no restoration, the core of the wall is intact and made an easy hiking trail. The wall parapets about 6 foot sidewall on top of the great wall remained in only a few short sections. The watch towers are still roofed, but no 2nd story remains. All in all this hike gives a very realistic feel of the effects of time, it is dry, wind-swept, quiet, and on the edge of being isolated. We met perhaps 25 other hikers in the four hours of our hike. Ours was an intimate experience with our guide Cheney and his love of hiking, The Wall, and his country were very clear. He was kind, considerate, and knowledgeable. The lunch in the village was excellent quality, I'de been working in China for 2 weeks, staying at excellent hotels and eating at fine restaurants. The Gubeikau Village eatery was their equal in quality and more authentic, making us feel very welcome and comfortable. I consider myself lucky to have taken this tour and recommend this type of Wall tour to anyone that likes moderate level hiking.

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This a great tour and Jason our guide was one of the best we had! We also met a real nice couple from Spain on the tour which made the day fun. They list this tour as moderate but I would say we are pretty fit and this would be a more than moderate on the 1 to 10 level of effort I would rate this on about an 8. Lunch was terrific in the small town and one the better we have had. I would say this is the best way to see the wall in it's natural state.

Kerri c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Experience was so amazing, Mark was our tour guide and he was awesome! First part of the hike was a little challenging, I would say a strong moderate hike but I loved it. Lunch in the village was amazing as well. Fantastic experience, would highly recommend

Rich B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Danny was great!! He was prepared for the hike and brought snacks and water for all. Would highly recommend if you would like to see the Great Wall without being around hundreds of other people. We saw less than 50 people during our entire trip.

You will be heading to an area of the wall that looks as if it hasn't been refurbished which was very special. Be ready to climb a lot of steps and be on areas of the wall that aren't very wide.

jeffwsheley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

I really enjoyed how isolated the section of the wall we hiked was and, therefore, how few people we saw while hiking. The section was unrestored and we didn't come across 10 other people during the four hours we hiked. It took a little longer to get there, but well worth it to get away from the crowds on the closer sections of The Wall. Our guide, Danny, was great! Enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Butterfly C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This tour exceeds expectations!! This tour was just incredible from our tour guide Cheny who is so knowledgeable and kind. He was armed with snacks and water. Super friendly! We had a group group! a small group is the way to go! The lunch in the cute little inn at the local village was amazing as well. I would recommend this to everyone. You should have some kind of fitness level to do this trip.

Molly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

I had a great tour. I was lucky that no one else booked on the same day as me so I had the tour all to myself with Jason who was great to talk with and knew a lot. We also pretty much had the entire wall to ourselves too! FYI this isn't the touristy part of the wall that is renovated, you're walking on a lot on dirt and the towers are not well preserved. If you want to have more elbow room, like hiking and want a knowledgeable tour guide then this is the tour for you!

Ami P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

No stops at commissioned shops, guide had plenty of water, bus was comfortable, and the included meal was tasty. I wish we would have stayed at the wall a little longer but this timing seems pretty standard based on what is offered on other tours.

Gregory H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Perfect 1 day tour of the wall - terrific, knowledgeable guide, comfortable transfers. Definitely recommend the Jinshanling section of the wall, as there are no crowds, and there are still large sections that haven't been fully restored so feel more authentic.

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Great tour guide and not a lot of tourists!

Ton C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Great Guide Chenny and good driver

Carl A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Mark, our tour guide was very helpful and spoke great English. The hike was wonderful.

dyuti13

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

It and #39;s a 6 km hike. We loved every bit of it. Though not a very easy one coz of steps and steep slopes. The place is very less crowded which makes it a very personal experience with great wall of china. lunch provided was decent. Guide (Robert) was nice and helpful. Weather was just perfect in April

Julie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

It was amazing! Our tour guide was kind and nice and we went hiking on a spot, where not a lot of tourists were. Our guide took pictures during the whole trip and the lunch at the end of the hike was great as well. Definitely worth taking this tour!

G Glenn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Amazing tour. Very quiet surrounding.

Jay R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

This hike is amazing. Robert was a wonderful guide, I was lucky enough to have him as a guide on a previous hike on the Great Wall as well. I would highly recommend this to anybody who is reasonably fit and ready for a fairly challenging walk.

vhperry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

The package was exactly as advertised. The tour guide was very good in general. He knew his history and his English was good. He was very personable and did an excellent job in asking the needs of the small group. He went out of his way to make the tour a great success! I highly recommend the tour.
Vic

Dianne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

The tour was amazing
guide was fantastic
a great section of the wall
lunch fabulous
recommend this tour as a great way to experience the wall

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