Highlights of Great Wall: One-day from Simatai West to Jinshanling (private)
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Trip name: Highlights of Great Wall:
One-day from Simatai West to Jinshanling (private)
Trip code: GWPA11
Trip length: 1 Day
Hiking sections: Simatai West and Jinshanling
Meeting point and time: Your hotel at 08:00
Finishing point and time: Your hotel at 17:00 – 18:00 (Dependent on traffic)
Hiking duration: 3hours
Hiking distance: 6 km
Best time to go: Late March to early November
Physical rating: ★★★☆☆Moderate
Departure: Your selected date, start and finish in Beijing, all year round

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Price

Group Size 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Price USD (2016) 118 124 128 136 146 158 178 298

All Prices shown are in USD (United States Dollar) and based per person and for twin-shared accommodations for multi-day hiking.

For group sizes over 9 please send us an email request to obtain the best possible rate.

Children under age 12 receive 50% discount. Children under 5 are free. Children’s price is based on adult travelers. Please send us children’s details in email.

Remember when comparing price, you get what you pay for. We don’t earn money by taking you to commissioned shopping stops, a common practice in China, wasting your time. Our guides are carefully selected, highly trained  and well-paid to be friendly and patient travel companions. We are not the cheapest, but we are one of the best.

Highlights

  • Wild Great Wall at Simatai West
  • Partially restored Great Wall at Jinshanling
  • Stunning photo opportunity of the Great Wall
  • Countryside-style food at local farmer’s restaurant

 

Detailed itinerary

As the most popular hiking trip of the Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both Simatai and Jinshanling sections of the wall within 3 hours. A 40-minute steps walking up will lead you to East-Five-Eye watchtower at Simatai West. You may take a few breaths before reaching the Wall, and will be rewarded by the breathtaking panoramic view of this amazing human constructions. Take a short break and some photos here, we will then walk westward to Jinshanling. We will get off the wall at Shalingkou at Jinshanling, alternatively you can walk another 30 minutes if you feel energetic and then get off the wall at Zhuanduokou . The un-restored wall, the watch towers, the beacon towers snake on the mountain from east to west. You will have chance to meet local farmer friends, try local home-made food and learn local community development. It is the best place for keen photographers along the wall. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking for all ages.

Pick you up at your hotel at 8am and then drive to Simatai West. You will start the hiking around 10:30 am, and it will take about 3 hours to complete the hiking. A lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking before returning your hotel.

 

This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here.

Additional Information

IncludedNot IncludedWhat to take
  • Air-con vehicle with experienced driver
  • Personal expert English-speaking hiking tour guide
  • Entrance fees for the Great Wall
  • Unlimited bottled water; snacks;  late lunch at local farmer’s restaurant after the hike
  • A certificate of completion for hiking on the Great Wall of China
  • Travel insurance
  • Cable car, chairlift or any other additional local facilities
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping of hiking guide/driver recommended on good service on a 2:1 ratio separately
  • Comfortable shoes or boots,
  • Sunscreen,
  • Sun-glasses,
  • Lip balm, cap
  • Day pack

Notes

  • There is no toilet along the path on the Wall. There are toilets at the entrance of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Please prepare before hiking and always carry toilet paper by yourself.
  • Please don’t make any appointment after the trip as the return depending on the traffic between 5-6 pm.
  • You will be followed by local farmers when starting the hike. The farmers will give you help along the way, as a reward they will sell some souvenirs. If you don’t like this, you have to say NO firmly at the beginning (MAYBE LATER does not work in Chinese culture) or just ignore them and not speak a word with them; otherwise they can be persistent and follow you all the way on the Wall.
  • Unlimited bottled waters are stored in our car/van today, and you need a day pack to carry them.
  • We will bring trekking poles in our car/van and please tell your guide if you need one.
  • It’s recommended to prepare some snacks before your departure from Beijing if you don’t like snickers.
  • Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travelers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
  • As responsible travelers, we “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprint”.

 

Customized Pick-up & drop-off:

If you plan the hike on the first or last day of your duration in Beijing, we can include a customized pick-up or drop-off at the following points without additional cost. It’s safe to store your luggage at our car/van.

  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK at T1/T2/T3): arrival before 7am or departure after 7pm
  • Beijing Railway Station: arrival before 8am or departure after 7pm
  • Beijing West Railway Station (train to/from Xi’an): arrival before 8am or departure after 7;30pm
  • Beijing South Railway Station (train to/from Shanghai): arrival before 8am or departure after 7pm

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