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“Tourist bus to Jinshanling”

Jinshanling Great Wall
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Owner description: Jinshanling Great Wall is located in Luanping County, Chengde, Hebei Province, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Beijing. It used to be a sound defensive system including barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls, and branch cities. Today, it is renowned as the "Paradise of Photographers" and a popular tourist destination because of its magnificent appearance and intoxicating scenery.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Jinshanling is a great part of the Great Wall which you can enjoy with very few up to no other tourists. You get to see original parts of the wall as well as restored sections within a beautiful scenery. There are some options how to get there. This post is about how you can take the weekend tourist bus. Generally on weekends and holidays you find more people everywhere than during weekdays. That's the same for the Jinshanling section, that is the catch for taking the comfortable tourist bus way, but the number is still very low. And as you get away a kilometer from the cablecar access you will usually find yourself alone on the wall.

The tourist bus operates on weekends and statutory holidays during the peak season (April 3rd to November 1st)

1. Take the metro to Dongzhimen bus terminus in Beijing
2. Ignore the signs that point to the bus terminal and go towards Exit B (take the right Exit)
3. Walk towards the east (early morning this is where the sun is :) ), but you can also walk having the main road on your right side.
4. After very short walk pass the bus terminal on the left.
5. You will come to an intersection, where you have to turn left.
6. Walk for about 5-10 minutes, pass many buses and you will see an outdoor bus terminal (Great Wall Terminal) on the left side
7. The first counter on the left, once you enter the driveway, sells Jinshanling Tickets which have a golden souvenir coin (120 CNY in September 2012). It includes round-trip bus ticket, admission fee, cable way, and the tourist car at the scenic spot.

Adress: 东直门外斜街 45号 (45 Donghimen Wai Xie Jie). If you get lost show this to the local people, they point you to the right direction. Ask multiple times and different people, sometimes they do not know the way and point the wrong direction.

The bus leaves Beijing at 8am (somtimes a little earlier). There might be only one bus a day. When I was there they had another one stand by in case the first one was full.
Leaves the Great Wall at 3pm, maybe a little earlier, so be there, it will leave on time & without you.

Enjoy your trip!

Date of experience: September 2012
20  Thank MichaKri
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I was on a small group tour and we went to Jinshanling which is the 3rd furthest from Beijing. It is well worth the drive.
Scenery is spectacular, and there were hardly any other people. At one point, I had The Wall to myself, in that I couldn't hear or see anyone else. It is really incredible!
There is some small hassle from postcard vendors. Bring water and a snack; you'll need the energy. Some is sold at the towers along the way.
There are old sections and restored parts. Go left. Some of the climbing is challenging as the walls (and stairs) run up and down steep slopes into the distance, which makes for amazing photos!
Allow at least three hours for walking. Take a moment to just relax and enjoy the countryside. Nice cable car ride too. Lucky for us, the weather was sunny and made for a perfect day.

Date of experience: September 2012
4  Thank liquidkitty1
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Felt like I'm on TOP of The World. The vast ever-going Great Wall makes one wonders how they built it in those days.

Date of experience: September 2012
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

The sunset at Jinshanling Great Wall is truly amazing. Not too touristy, great for hikes, not too renovated. Lots of places to stay at night.. this part of the great wall is our favorite!

Date of experience: July 2012
3  Thank MayTours
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

My friend and I hiked on this part of the Wall in July 2012. It was worth the extra time driving out there to be away from the crowds at Badaling. There were very few other tourists around and at times we had entire portions of the wall all to ourselves. The views of the wall and neighboring mountains were spectacular.

We hired a driver named Simon Xiao to drive us out to Jinshanling. He picked us up at hour hotel in Beijing in his Skoda. Very nice car, very comfortable and convenient ride. It took about 90 mins to get out to the Wall. After we hiked for about 5 hours, Simon was waiting for us to take us back to Beijing. I highly recommend using him. simonxqz1973@hotmail.com He charged us $900 rmb and was a bit unflexible on the price, but this is a reliable service. Simon is very knowledgeable and speaks English.

Date of experience: July 2012
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