We travelled to the Dongpo Inn beginning of November and we were really lucky with the weather even if it was freezing at night and early morning.
We arrived in the afternoon at the Inn, had a short walk by ourselves to the wall (20-30min walk): WONDERFULL sunset and first touch of the GREAT WALL.
After we had a delicious meal, several dishes (fried rice, dumplins, kai lan, sweet&sour meat) at reasonable price and all well-cooked (not too oily as said) which we shared with another visitor. The cooks and hosts are nice, Basic English but it’s possible to communicate with them.
Pricewise: the room is 120RMB for the basic one, 150BMB little more modern and heated bed, food was between 20-80RMB, transport depends how you come, just make sure you take some water and snacks with you for on the wall.
We had a good night of sleep with the heating bed, accommodation is basic, toilet is a hole in the ground, no shower at winter time, but that’s the experience you go for!
As it was cold and there was frost in the morning so time for a quick toast at 5am and we left impatiently to the wall for the journey. It was INCREDIBLE AMAZING! The sunrise on the wall, the quietness, the freezing temperatures didn't matter as you get warm walking on the steps, the change of light on the wall, we couldn’t stop taking pictures.
The excitement to pass the Close to the end and around 9.30-10am, we crossed the first tourists, the end of the tranquility, but you had the wall ALL to yourself already for a few hours, so it doesn’t matter.
Transport to and forward can be done by public transport, it takes around 3 hours to get to the village nearby and then you have to arrange them to pick you up, or have a driver straight from Beijing A/R.
My personal advice, if you have 2 days: don't hesitate one second to go there if you like adventure and something out of the ordinary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dongpo inn is a little guesthouse located between two of the most beautiful and least touristic sections of the Great Wall: Jinshanling on its Western part and Simatai on its Eastern part.There are 2 beautiful treks you can do from there: one lasting for less than 2 hours and one lasting for 3/4 hours.It’ s possible to walk on the Simatai section from Dongpo inn (200 m). The hike is around 2 hours. Then, the trek from Simatai to Jinshanling lasts around 3 hours. Those two sections of the Great Wall are not touritic spots at all, and allow you to enjoy the Great Wall in amazing conditions.Prices of the rooms are as follow:· Double bed room 120 yuans· Twin beds room 120 yuans· Traditional heating bed room « kang » 230 yuans(fits 4 adults or up to 5 with kids)The inn is also a restaurant and an especially good one as the owner was a chef in luxurious hotels. Prices are slightly more expensive than what you get in Beijing, but when you will see the location of the inn you’ll understand that logistics has a price.Food is excellent as all they can get locally, they take it from their parents’ kitchen garden in the nearby Dongpo village (that you can visit if you have time it is at a 15-20 minutes’ walk from the Inn). ... more less