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“Number one attraction in China” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Travel Great Wall
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Small Group Tour: Enjoy Your Day on Mutianyu Great Wall including Lunch
Ranked #14 of 127 Outdoor Activities in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Jinshanling Great Wall hiking towards to Simatai was amazing !"Not been on the Great Wall, not a great man."—Chinese proverb.The least spoiled part of the Great Wall.The hike from the west Jinshanling to the east Simatai is the most challenging Great Wall hike in Beijing.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Number one attraction in China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

The best experience of our time in China. Once you are on the wall - at the first tower - you will be truly amazed at the beauty and wonder of this place. I was taken by the shear grandeur of it all. Be prepared to walk, climb and crawl and take your time. Remember it isn't about how you start it's about how you finish. Stop along the way and appreciate the views on both sides because it will actually change as you go. We had a guide and also there are volunteers who live in the area who will join you on the hike. They are very kind and friendly and are only asking you to buy something from their backpacks (postcards, trinkets). Jinshanling is a great place to start because there are fewer people on the wall in this location. So you are not fighting so many tourists. While there are shops before you begin your hike, I'd suggest packing some protein bars or other suitable food and water.

Visited June 2013
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“You are one with the wall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Truly a wonder of the world. I've just returned from the one day trip; hiking from Jinshanling towards Simatai. In total, there are 22 towers to conquer and you should cover it within 3.5 hours. The first 9 towers are relatively easy hike but it gets significantly difficult as you hike to the end. There are 2 sections where you will need to climb 102 and 120 double height steps; take your time and catch your breath.

We started the journey at 8.30pm from Beijing and it takes 3 hours to get to Jinshanling.

If the weather is sunny, please remember to take along your sunscreen.

Visited May 2013
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great part of the great wall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Being pretty unfit like I am, this was quite a challenging section of wall but if I can do it, most people should be able to. The last few towers are very steep so don't go to hard to early. We went with Beijing Downtown Backpackers after reading all of the well deserved good reviews. They drop you there in an air conditioned tour bus and pick you up at the end about 3 hours later (which is plenty of time to take lots of photos and sit down and enjoy a packed lunch(not provided)). It's not packed full of tourist (we only past one other group passing the other way) and there were only a handful of scattered hawkers that weren't pushy which was fantastic. Great views even though it was a bit hazing from the pollution. Don't forget to take plenty of water (we used camelpaks which were great) and some food.

Visited May 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“This was one of the best trips I ever did. The hike was great and the guide was fantastic.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Based on Trip Advisor reviews, we booked a Jinshanling hiking tour through wildgreatwall.com (e-mail wildgreatwall@gmail.com) including meal, entrance fees, transport and guide. Our guide Joey was very informative, friendly and professional. He always put our safety and comfort first. I had food intolerances and nothing was too much trouble. The hike was challenging and enjoyable. Jinshanling was just what we needed. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone looking for a more off beat way to see the Wall.

Visited April 2013
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Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
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“Best to get out of Beijing to see the Great Wall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

We chose Jinshanling to see the Great Wall because it was 2 hours outside of Beijing. They sky was blue the sun was yellow - nice change from the pollution of Beijing. We took a day tour thru tour-beijing.com and David Stone, our tour guide, was fabulous! We took the cable car up to the wall and back down again. Taking the cable car saves you a lot of time that you can then use walking ON the Great Wall rather than spending your time walking up and down from the Great Wall. I don't remember the price but I'm pretty sure it was less that $3 each way. We went on a Saturday and it was not crowded. I would highly recommend this!

Visited May 2013
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