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“One day hike from Gubeiko to Jinshanling”
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Small Group Tour: Enjoy Your Day on Mutianyu Great Wall including Lunch
Ranked #39 of 381 Tours in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mutianyu Great Wall small group tour, Great Wall car rental service, Beijing airport layover tour. Jinshanling Great Wall hiking towards to Simatai was amazing !"Not been on the Great Wall, not a great man."—Chinese proverb.The least spoiled part of the Great Wall.The hike from the west Jinshanling to the east Simatai is the most challenging Great Wall hike in Beijing.
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Quesnel, Canada
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“One day hike from Gubeiko to Jinshanling”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Defiintely the highlight of our 16 day tour to China. We travelled with a group (China Star Holidays) that I would highly reccommend. It included a 2 hour stop at Badaling, which is totally restored and has lots of tourists. Our last day was a free day, and while most members of the group went shopping in Beijing (boring!) my wife and I took a private driver and guide with greatwalladventures.com and went on a 10km hike along the wall. We had to exit and return due to a military base which was off limits, but still had lots of time on the wall will plenty of pictures. Unfortunately the smog which was prevalent throughout our trip, limited the distant views. This trip shows you parts of the wall in all conditions from ruin to total restoration, includes a small amount of clambering, but is relatively easy for people who are moderately fit and have no walking difficulties. A full day from 7.30. am to 6.00. pm. Two and a half hours driving each way on very good roads. Crossed paths with only one other group of six people, but other than that we had the wall to ourselves! Awesome experience.

Visited April 2014
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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“Good day trip”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We were in Beijing during a smoggy period and it was great to get out and see the sun and feel the breeze on the great wall. Steep steps and i would be fearful in the rain. We were practically alone on the walk except for 1 or 2 locals. I like the locals if they are prepared to share something of their lives and struggles - what crops they grow - how do they pay for schooling their children - fines for having more than one child and so on. What i found deeply depressing were all the young guides straight out of college who had memorised a little and really knew nothing of real interest.

Visited March 2014
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Fresno, California
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“Best way to see the wall”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Badaling and the other main touristy places are in good repair, but are overflowing with tourists.

Do what I did and hire a private car and driver for the day, and have him drop you off in Jinshanling and have him pick you up in Simatai later in the day, while you hike it.

The towers are filled with people hawking goods, water, cokes, t-shirts, things like that, but you should probably bring a backpack filled with snacks and water just in case.

Be careful - the wall is in bad repair outside the touristy areas. I had a flagstone crumble beneath me and I fell down a flight of stone stairs on the Wall. Bloodied my self up good, and was miles away from anywhere - fortunately I didn't hurt myself seriously.

Also make sure to bring cash, as there's a toll both halfway along the hike, in the middle of nowhere, in what has got to be one of the most boring bureaucratic jobs of all time.

The hike has some stunning views, and you get to see a wide variety of towers along the wall - some good, some bad, some burned out. I had one Chinese guy follow me for 10 miles along the hike explaining the history to me, trying to get me to buy his guide book. I kept telling him I didn't want it, but he didn't give up until I went through the toll booth.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“By far the best Great Wall experience”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

I've done the Great Wall over half a dozen times and after finding this hiking route it's the only one I'd go back to again and again. Further out than Badaling and Mutianyu, it really is a day trip out in the wilderness and you'll see the Wall in a wide range of states of repair, from the tourist-friendly to the absolute ruin. It's an amazing experience and has the advantage of being a less known route so you can actually find yourself alone at times. Depending upon your fitness level and the route you eventually take you'll need a good four to five hours for what I describe below.

There are several ways to do this hike, and I'd recommend starting at Jingshanling and taking the cable cars up as soon as you enter. Honestly, you're not missing anything by hiking the long way round (which can easily add another two hours to your day) as this part of the wall is well restored and lacks the authenticity of the rest of the route.

Hiking along the Wall towards Simatai you'll notice the crowds start to thin out and the state of the building work start to deteriorate. The going does get extremely tough in places so make sure you take lots of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up. It's an absolutely stunning route and the scenery makes for a great excuse to take five regularly and soak it all in.

At around the mid-point you cross over to the Simatai part of the wall. Make sure you have cash on you as you actually have to pay again to enter this part of the wall. The Simatai part has shorter lengths between towers and as you get closer to the entrance the crowds start to swell again and the Wall upkeep improves.

Depending upon how you feel at this point, you can head down and out of the Wall or attempt the very steep climb up the other side. Tapping out at this point is certainly no bad thing, and you've got the choice of walking if off down a lightly sloped road or going out in a blaze of glory by taking the zipline across the lake and down to the landing pad at the other side.

For me the real beauty of this hike is that it's one-way. You see the complete range of the Wall, some amazing scenery and get to round it all off for the brave with an exhilarating zipline ride.

Getting to Jingshanling and back from Simatai isn't too difficult. If you're staying in a hotel or with friends you should be able to hire a taxi for the day in advance, which will cost around CNY 800. The more adventurous or budget-concious can reach this part of the Wall by public transport, there's a bus that leaves from Dongzhimen Bus Station that'll take you most of the way there, but for the final stretch you'll have to haggle for a taxi to drop you at Jingshanling and pick you up again at Simatai. This will probably add around CNY 250 to the cost of your CNY 10 bus ticket, more if you take the high speed road and have to pay the toll.

Visited September 2013
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Colorado Springs, CO
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“Breathtaking, late winter is fantastic”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

You have to walk it. This is one of the wonders of the world! If you hike it late winter, you can look North to see dry hill sides facint the southern Sun, and if you look South you'll see snowy north-facing hillsides! Very cool. Dress warm

Visited February 2014
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