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Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai Tours

To experience both original and restored portions of the Great Wall of China without straying far from Beijing, many visitors choose the stretch between Jinshanling and Simatai, a trek seemingly made for hikers and adventurers. The 4-hour hike ranks among the wall’s most popular and rewards intrepid travelers with some of the most photogenic views.

The Basics
From Jinshanling, a six-mile (10-kilometer) stretch of largely unrestored wall leads to Simatai, where it's possible to take another steep, two-hour hike to and from a hilltop watchtower (there's also a cable car that heads most of the way up) or to continue on toward the Great Wall at Gubeikou. Visitors can choose between a small-group or private tour. Non-morning people can opt for a sunset visit to either the Simatai Great Wall or Jinshanling Great Wall, minus the hike.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This Great Wall section is a must for hikers, adventure travelers, and those who want to see old and new portions of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Most guided hikes between Jinshanling and the Simatai section include hotel pickup and drop-off in Beijing and lunch.
  • Guided Great Wall hiking tours on this portion of the wall can last upwards of 10 hours.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces and steep gradients, and bring plenty of bottled water.

How to Get There
This Great Wall hike starts at the Jinshanling section, 81 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Beijing. While most visitors arrive via guided tour, it’s possible to get to the starting point independently by catching the tourist bus from Wangjing West Station. The journey takes about two hours.

When to Get There
April, May, September, and October are ideal months for hiking thanks to moderate temperatures and the best scenery. The mountains around the wall are blanketed in apricot blossoms in April.

Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon
Travelers looking for a true physical test can take part in the Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon, hosted each April. This race, which also includes a half marathon and a 10K race, is one of five marathons held on the Great Wall.

Tours & Tickets

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Group Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai West, Beijing, null
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Group Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai West

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience the wild and isolated Great Wall at Jingshanling Great Wall. Far from the tourists and crowds. Enjoy the natural scenery and original unrestored ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.99
Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling, Beijing, Hiking & Camping
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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 67 Reviews

As the most popular hiking trip of Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both untouched and restored sections of the Great Wall at Simatai West and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00
Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling Private Sunset Tour, Beijing, Day Trips
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Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling Private Sunset Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

If you are not a morning person, or if you are a shutterbug, this private sunset Great Wall tour is surely a good choice for you. The tour starts at 11:00 am, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

The great-wall is a must-visit spot for every traveler in Beijing, it is definitely an awe-inspiring and culturally enriching experience, and if you have ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour, Beijing, Full-day Tours
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Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Precious chance to see Jinshanling Great Wall which is the remote and isolated section of the Great Wall. Jinshanling Great Wall connects Simatai Section of ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.50
All Inclusive Group Hiking Tour from Jinshangling to Simata Great Wall West, Beijing, Hiking & ... 
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All Inclusive Group Hiking Tour from Jinshangling to Simata Great Wall West

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a lovely day in hiking on Jinshanling Great Wall to West Simata by a coach service. You will have a chance to meet some new friends in the tour, and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
All Inclusive Private Trekking Tour to Jinshanling Greatwall, Beijing, Hiking & Camping
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All Inclusive Private Trekking Tour to Jinshanling Greatwall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Jinshanling Great Wall is a complicated and well preserved fortification systems and possesses the largest number of watchtowers. These watchtowers were ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $78.00
Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall, Beijing, Hiking & Camping
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Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

This private tour will take you to the Gubei Water Town and see the Great Wall at Simatai with lights on. The Gubei Water Town resembles the famous Water Town ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Great Wall Simatai West to Jinshanling Hiking Trip from Beijing with Lunch, Beijing, Night Tours
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Great Wall Simatai West to Jinshanling Hiking Trip from Beijing with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy this 8-hour day tour of hiking up to the most beautiful section of the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling. Spend your day with an expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Beijing Private Day to Jinshanling Original Section with Lunch, Beijing, Day Trips
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Beijing Private Day to Jinshanling Original Section with Lunch

Beat the crowds and see the Great Wall as you've always dreamed of it on this 8-hour private day trip from Beijing to the Great Wall at Jinshanling. This is ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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