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“My favorite experience in China, leave yourself enough time.”

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.
San Francisco, California
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“My favorite experience in China, leave yourself enough time.”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Went in mid-October to the Jinshanling Great Wall. I didn't get to any of the other sections so I can't compare it, but for the vast majority of the four hour hike we had the wall to ourselves with not a person in sight (we arrived pretty early). There are both restored sections and unrestored sections of the wall here which is really nice. I went on the standard issue backpacker bus which gave us four hours to tour the wall before the return trip. It was just barely enough, and It probably would have been worth it to just rent a taxi or go by local transport to have the extra time flexibility.

There are locals at the wall that will try to sell you postcards / sodas etc. If you try to ignore them, they will just follow you along the wall in the hopes that you might buy something "later". If you'd prefer for them to not follow you around, take a minute or two and look at what they're selling. If they don't have anything you want, politely say so and ask to be left alone. You may have to repeat this with a few people... It worked for us though.

Visited October 2012
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Jinshanling was the highlight of my China trip that lasted 3 weeks. It was just very, very beautiful. The only sad part was that we could not walk through to Simatai due to "temporary building work around the great wall". We rented a car with a driver, which cost about 600 yuan. I would strongly recommend to go to Jinshanling and avoid the tourist trap Badaling. While Badaling is almost completely rebuilt (or restored) Jinshangling is still quite authentic and has been preserved from the Chinese habit of rebuilding old things to look new...
The scenery of Jinshanling is just beautiful beyond description. I was amazed by the rows and rows of hills surrounding the wall. I could not help, but imagine how the Mongolians and the Turkic peoples of the past managed to get there at all on horseback, and in turn, how the Chinese managed to build the wall. It is a homage to the perseverance, determination and sheet hard work of many thousands of men and maybe even a tribute to how men "conquered" nature....
Must see at all costs!

Visited September 2012
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Munich, Germany
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“Tourist bus to Jinshanling”
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!

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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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.

Visited September 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“The Chinese proverb is true 'Never been to The Great Wall, not a great person.'”
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.

Visited September 2012
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