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Hiking the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling to Simatai West

Hiking the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling to Simatai West

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• Item Code: ZBJ131
• Trip Duration: Approximately 12 hours
• Hiking Time: 8 hours
• Hiking Distance: 14 km
• Physical Rating: ★★★★★ Strenuous
• Hiking Sections: Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall

Details

Key Details
• Tour Duration: 12 hours
• Live Guide: English & Chinese
• Hiking Distance: 14 km
• Estimated Hiking Time: 8 hours 
• Pick-up Service: Your hotel between 07:00 and 08:00
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your hotel

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up from your hotel
• Hike Great Wall of China from Jinshanling to Simatai
• Lunch at local restaurant
• Transfer to your hotel

What's Included
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
• Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
• Services of an English-speaking guide
• Entrance tickets to mentioned attractions
• Lunch at local restaurant
• All government taxes 

What's Not Included
• Optional activity costs
• Gratuities to guide & driver
• Any other personal expenses

Jinshanling Great Wall
First constructed by General Xuda in 1368, then largely repaired, renovated and expanded by the legendary General Qi Jiguang in the 1570s, the high-quality Jinshanling Great Wall is named after the beautiful bigger and lesser Jinshan Mountains where the Wall is located at. The 11 km long wall offers enough space as soldiers shelter, warehouse and arsenal of weapons along with 5 passes, 67 towers and 2 beacon towers. Hence, the Jinshanling Great Wall became the section with the most complicated structure and most densely distributed lookout towers. Altogether, there are 158 lookout towers in various styles along the wall. Some of them are made of brick and wood, while others are brick and stone structures. The pier bases, like the roofs come in various shapes and sizes. Other constructions include night-watch towers and storage buildings that are rarely seen at other sections of the Great Wall. Various unevenly distributed constructions along the Jinshanling Great Wall form the perfect defense system.

Simatai Great Wall
Constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Simatai Great Wall is 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers and remains to be the only part of the Great Walls that still has the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty.. This section of the Great Wall incorporated the different characteristics of each section of the Great Wall. Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. The western part appears gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part of the Great Wall has 15 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. There, tourists can appreciate the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjing Tower. UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites as part of the Great Wall World Heritage Site.

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