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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Overview
The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s most famous monuments, a centuries-old barricade that snakes through the countryside. Most people head straight to the most crowded sections, taking just enough time for photographs. But anyone in search of a more immersive, in-depth adventure will appreciate this gentle, photogenic trek, where you’ll discover two of the most scenic and rugged stretches of wall.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
McDonald's
Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, ChinaExit C, Dongzhimen Station, Subway line 2. Turn right after getting out of the Exit.
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  • 1
    Jinshanling Great Wall
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Simatai Great Wall
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
McDonald's
Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, ChinaExit C, Dongzhimen Station, Subway line 2. Turn right after getting out of the Exit.
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Highlights
  • An off-the-beaten-track Great Wall of China hike 
  • Discover two of the most scenic and least visited sections of wall
  • Take an exhilarating trek through the rugged Chinese countryside
  • Top off your trek with a homemade lunch spread prepared by local farmers
What to Expect
As one of the world’s most famous historical landmarks, the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China is usually packed with crowds. But most tourists head to the same areas, leaving other remoter parts of the ancient stone barricade more-or-less unvisited. During this adventure-filled hike, you’ll get a rare peek at two of the most scenic and unspoilt stretches of wall, discovering sections that most visitors never get a chance to see. Departing from Beijing, you’ll head straight to Simatai West, crossing through a photogenic area with 15 different kinds of watchtowers. From there, you’ll embark on a gentle, scenic trek to the wilder terrain of Jinshanling. You’ll get a chance to compare both renovated and unrestored sections, with plenty of opportunities to snap photos of the picturesque ruins. See how the Chinese countryside varies as you head westward. At the end of your invigorating walk through the history-filled landscape, you’ll get a chance to revive yourself over homemade specialties in a restaurant run by local farmers.
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Important Information
Departure Point
McDonald's, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, China
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 1. air-con vehicle with experienced driver
  • 2. personal English-speaking hiking tour guide
  • 4. unlimited bottled water; snacks on the Wall; lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant
  • 5. a certificate of completion for hiking on the Great Wall of China
  • Entry/Admission - Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - Simatai Great Wall
Exclusions
  • 1. travel insurance
  • 2. chairlift
  • 3. personal expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 5 are not allowed to take this tour
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • There is no toilet along the path on the Wall. There are toilets at the entrance of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Please prepare before hiking and always carry toilet paper by yourself.
  • Please don’t make any appointment after the trip as the return depending on the traffic between 5-6 pm.
  • You will be followed by local farmers when starting the hike. The farmers will give you help along the way, as a reward they will sell some souvenirs. If you don’t like this, you have to say NO firmly at the beginning (MAYBE LATER does not work in Chinese culture) or just ignore them and not speak a word with them; otherwise they can be persistent and follow you all the way on the Wall.
  • Unlimited bottled waters are stored in our car/van today, and you need a day pack to carry them.
  • We will bring trekking poles in our car/van and please tell your guide if you need one.
  • Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travellers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
  • As responsible travelers, we “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprint”.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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AchingInEconomySeat wrote a review Yesterday
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You can (fairly) easily see the Great Wall closer, cheaper, and less strenuously than on this tour. What made this tour great WAS the physical challenge and the remoteness of the section visited. My guide Peter took me to Dinjangling, a sparsely populated area on the far
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Date of experience: November 2019
Annprsnd wrote a review 2 Dec
5 contributions1 helpful vote
I went in early November, luckily the weather was still good and in fact it felt quite warm at times. I went solo and we formed a small group of one couple and another solo traveller with Peter as our guide. Learned a lot about the history and features of the wall. While there
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Phoebe S wrote a review Nov 2019
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Our guide was Tao. He is very knowledgeable about Beijing and the Great Wall. The group that I went with was 8 people. We all definitely bonded after our trek on the Wall! Trekking the Wall felt physically demanding and challenging. There are hiking sticks that are provided at
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Date of experience: November 2019
Blairb wrote a review Nov 2019
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This was an excellent trip and way to see the Great Wall. It was a challenging hike with lots of steep parts going up and down, but amazing views so totally worth it. The tour guide, Tao, was great and was able to tell us a lot about the history of China. Definitely the
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Date of experience: November 2019
Regina Q wrote a review Nov 2019
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Very challenging but we enjoyed every minute of it. If you are fit and like the outdoors, this is for you. We were a group of 6, and learned a lot about China and the Wall thanks to our guide Dany. Thanks Dany!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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  • Duration: 9h
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