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Jinshanling Great Wall


The Great Wall is the universal symbol of China. Starting from the eastern Shanhaiguan Pass, and ending at the Jiayuguan Pass in the west, the Great Wall fully merits its designation as a wonder of the world. In Hebei Province alone, it runs for 2,000 kilometers, through more than 200 passes. The Jinshanling Great Wall lies in the mountainous area of Luanping County, Hebei Province, and has a total length of 10.5 kilometers.

History of Jinshanling Great Wall
The Jinshanling Great Wall was first built in the sixth century during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589). Along it are 67 watchtowers, all in different styles, at average intervals of 150 meters.

During the Ming Dynasty, General Qi Jiguang improved the structure of the Jinshanling Great Wall by making it higher and denser and by building double walls at strategic sections. Its gentle gradient makes Jinshanling a vulnerable spot, easy to attack but difficult to defend. At the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, however, the walls are more solid, and the watchtowers taller, and more concentrated. Viewed from a distance, the Jinshanling Great Wall is like a giant dragon, curving its path over the mountain peaks whose line it follows.

Many Great Wall researchers and cultural relics experts, including Luo Zhewen and Zhu Xiyuan, have been coming to Jinshanling since 1980, and consider it to be of strategic importance, great aesthetic value, and to reflect the very essence of the Great Wall.


Highlights of Jinshanling Great Wall
Photographers' Favorite
Photographers know that the best place to take pictures of the Great Wall is not Badaling or Shanghaiguan, but Jinshanling. The Great Wall from Simatai in Beijing to Jinshanling in Hebei is the best preserved stretch, so many overseas visitors choose it. It is said that there are more overseas Great Wall climbers in Jinshanling than Chinese. People also say that anyone who has climbed Jinshanling is not interested in seeing any other part of the Great Wall, as it retains its original Ming Dynasty outlook, and so vividly reflects the full ethos of that epoch.


Chinese imperial dynasties appeared, prospered and died out through history. The Great Wall bears witness to their vicissitudes, and demonstrates the Chinese people's hard working spirit, and the splendid culture and history of the Chinese civilization.

Transportation: Take long-distance bus at Beijing's Dongzhimen bus station to Miyun county first, then take mini bus to Jinshanling tour area.
Admission Fee: CNY 30

Tour The Jinshanling Great Wall with Beijing Private Tour 
We will provide a private & spacious car and a local professional tour guide with over 5 years guiding experience only work for you or your group. You will be escorted during your tour. Transport, ticket, and dining (At some local restaurants popular with locals) all we will arrange for you according your requirements. Please check our most popular Beijing Tours including The Jinshanling Great Wall as below: 

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Mosted Asked Questions about Jinshanling Great Wall

1. Is it possible to walk from Simatai to Jinshanling Great Wall?

Yes, it is possible to walk from Simatai to Jinshanling Great Wall or Jinshanling to Simatai, it is the most popular hiking route. The hiking or walking between this two sections is relatively easy but several parts are quite challenging. It does require some level of fitness but it’s best not to rush.You will pass through both ruins and completed sections, you’ll walk up steep flights of stairs, and then all the way back down again.

2. Do i need to book a tour to visit Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing?

The transportation is not such convenient to visit since Jinshanling section is not close to Beijing city. Higly recommend book a Jinshanling tour with local tour company, you will have your own tour guide show you the way, give you the detailed information about how to visit the Jinshanling Great Wall, buy the tickets for you as well as the hotel pick up & drop off service. You can do on your won if you know how to handle the transportation issues.

3. What's the difference between Jinshanling & other great walls of China?

Jinshanling Great Wall is the best chioce for the authentic & real Great Wall hiking experience, this section is half restored and half wild. Jinshanling is much less crowded than Badaling, Juyongguan & Mutianyu scenic area, it is a peaceful and quite wild space. It is the best section for taking photos, you can truely capture the ture beauty of Great wall. No matter when you come here, you will be astounded by the breathtaking scnenery, each season gives an unique and valuable experience.

4. Is cable car service available at Jinshanling Section? How much does it cost?

Yes, taking cable car is available in Jinshanling Great Wall section, certain parts allow easy access for the elderly or people with limited mobility. Jinshanling cable car allows easy access from the foot of Jinshanling hill to the top entrance of Lesser Jinshanling Tower. If you take Jinshanling Great Wall cable car,  you can save your engery instead of 45 minutes walk up to the hill. Mostly, cable car is the optional activity and you can decide once you on spot, the extra cost will be CNY30 for single way and CNY60 for round way.

5. Is expensive to visit Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing?

The cost of visiting Jinshanling Great Wall is depending which way you choose. If you want to visit on your won, take public tourist shuttle bus will be much cheaper than taxi or car rental service; You can prepare some food in Beijing city and walking the entire section which can save your money as well; If you want to take a tour, there are many Beijing local tour company operate the Bus tour to visit Jinshanling at low price. Jinshanling Private Tour will cost more, you will have your personal guide & driver, enjoy the flexible & high quality tour service. The entrance is not expensive at all, it cost CNY55 per person.

6. Could you advise how to visit in Jinshanling Great Wall at the first time?

There are two options for you to choose how to visit the Jinshanling Great Wall, walking the entire & walking + Cable car ride; If you chose to walk the entire section, you need to follow the route from the entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall tour to Brick Cremel; Once you arrive here, take a left and you’ll soon meet up with the group taking the cable car. Continue to the East Five-Window Tower where you’ll find a path that takes you back to the East Gate of the Jinshanling entrance. It will takes around 4 hours to walking around this section.

If you take the cable car from the Jinshanling entrance, you will arrive at Xiaojinshan Tower on the Great Wall. This part is moderately busy as many tourists take the cable car to the top, get a few snaps and then return down via the cable car. Once you reach this tower, you’ll turn left and make your way to the East Five-Window Tower. Here, you’ll leave the wall and walk towards the East Gate of the Jinshanling entrance.

7. What are the facilities are available near Jinshanling Great Wall?

There are dozens of restaurants and guesthouses near the Wall where you can have a lunch. But take lunch with you and you will have an unforgettable meal in a great historical and natural surroundings. Jinshanling Great Wall also is wheel chairs friendly for the seniors and disabled visitors, cableways are used here.

8. What are the popular activities in Jinshanling Great Wall?

Most of tourists choose to visit Jinshanling Great Wall because it's the most beautiful section of the Great Wall. It featured with half restored and half wild, quiet with fabulous vistas of the wall snaking up and down. Hiking & photography are the top activities for the tourists come to visit the Jinshanling section, you can take full day to explore the essence of Jinshanling from Beijing.

9. Where is Jinshanling Great Wall? Is it far from Beijing city?

Jinshanling Great Wall is located in the north-east of Beijing which close to Hebei Province, about 150KM from downtown area. Jinshanling Hiking Day Tour is the most popular by our guests, it takes around 2 hours driving. Jinshanling Great Wall is conecting with the Simatai section toward the east and the wild Gubeikou section toward the west.

10. Do you have any travel tips for visiting Jinshanling Great Wall?

1) You should wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes because of some parts of jinshanling Great Wall are in ruins.
2) Bring enough water and some snacks to keep your energy.
3) The best time to visit Jinshanling Great Wall is spring and autumn, the weather is most comfortable during these period. Advise to avoid China’s following major holidays when there many domestic Chinese tourists on the wall. Take sunglasses and sun cream, and hats during summer. Wear warm clothes and hat if you hike in winter.
4) Prepare the Jinshanling Great Wall scenic area along with you. Please note the staying overnight or sleeping on the wall is not allowed. You can do camping at the foot of the wall. Staying at a local farmer’s house is another alternative.

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