Are you a hiking lover? Do you want to trek on the Great Wall without worries about the tickets, transportation, and other arrangements? Our Great Wall hiking can be on the list of your choices. This China Great Wall hiking tour includes two sections of the Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, and Simatai Great Wall. Compared with other sections, these two are the best-preserved sections in their original form in Beijing. Here, you can witness what the original Great Wall looks like. Jinshanling Great Wall is known as the “Photographer’s Paradise”. Hiking on it, you can appreciate the breathtaking landscape and savor the quaint structures. Hiking on the precipitous Simatai Great Wall, you can have an adventurous and exciting experience. Our professional guide will lead you to climb up them, so you don’t need to worry about safety or other problems. What are you waiting for? Hurry up and add our Great Wall hiking to your travel list!
The guide and the driver will pick you up at the designated place. Hiking is an exhausting and physically demanding activity, so we recommend you bring food and water to keep your energy. It is also necessary to wear loose and comfortable clothes and a pair of hiking boots that can protect your ankles.
In the morning, we will first drive northeastward for about 2 hours to Jinshanling Great Wall, about 160 kilometers away from downtown Beijing. Being one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, it was first built in 1368 and later extended in 1567. This section was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan Ranges, so it got its name Jinshanling (Jinshan refers to Golden Mountain, and Ling refers to the range in Chinese). Because of the low terrain here, it is easy to attack and difficult to defend. This is why Jinshanling Great Wall possesses such a strong military defense system, with thick walls, barricades, battlements, forts, watchtowers, shooting holes, etc. The most special features of the Jinshanling Great Wall are the 31 watchtowers, each of which, 5 to 8 meters high, is about 50 to 100 meters away from the next. These watchtowers vary in form, and it can be said that every watchtower has its own style. The piers of them are shaped in square, flat or round, and the roofs are shaped in the canopy, vault, rectangle, octagon, etc. In addition, if you love photography, please remember to bring your camera because this place is known as the “Photographer’s Paradise”. It is available to visit here all year round, and you can savor the different beauty of this section in different seasons. In the spring, the apricot flower will blossom, and this place will be full of rich flower fragrance. In the summer, the plants here will show their most vigorous condition, and the Great Wall will be decorated in green. In the autumn, this place is visited by most people who come here to enjoy the breathtaking landscape when the mountains are covered by trees with red, orange, and yellow leaves. In the winter, Jinshanling Great Wall will wear snow-white clothes.
Then, you will continue the hike at Simatai Great Wall, which connects Jinshanling Great Wall in the west. This section has a total length of 5.7 kilometers and consists of east and west parts which are divided by a hot spring named Yuanyang Spring (Yuanyang refers to Mandarin Ducks). Simatai Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is famous for its five characteristics, namely precipitous, dense, unique, delicate, and complete. Simatai Great Wall is built on the precipitous mountains, and the east part of it is very steep, such as the 100-meter long Heavenly Ladder that leads to Watchtower 15 (the Fairy Watchtower) with an 80-degree slope. The distances between watchtowers are very close, with the nearest two only tens of meters apart and the furthest two 300 meters apart. According to the construction rule, the distance should remain 500 meters, so Simatai Great Wall is an exception. In addition, its architectural structure is complete, having all the elements needed, such as watchtowers, beacon towers, forts, and shooting holes. The beacon towers here have diverse styles. There are two-story or three-story towers in square, oval, or hexagonal shape. The number of arrow holes on each beacon tower is also different, such as two, three, four, and twenty-four.
After viewing the two sections of the Great Wall, our 1-day Great Wall tour comes to an end. We sincerely hope that you are satisfied with this itinerary!
Author: Zhang Yibo
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We started with a few days in Beijing & ended in Shanghai, from where we visited the Forbidden City and Great Wall. In between we visited Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Panda Base, Shanghai Disneyland.
We had a wonderful holiday in China which will remain long in the memory. China is a breathtakingly beautiful country full of splendid temples and palaces, mountains and rivers, peaceful rural scenes and bustling shopping streets.