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Hiking the Great Wall of China from Simatai West to Jinshanling Private Day Trip

Group Photo on the Wild Great Wall of China

Group Photo on the Wild Great Wall of China

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Book from: $ 80.00 per person
1 person - per adult:
  • 2 persons - per adult: $178.00
  • 3 persons - per adult: $148.00
  • 4 persons - per adult: $138.00
  • 5 persons - per adult: $128.00
  • 6 persons - per adult: $118.00
  • 7 persons - per adult: $108.00
  • 8 persons - per adult: $98.00
  • 9 persons - per adult: $88.00
  • 10 persons - per adult: $80.00
Child (Age 2-12): 80% of adult price
Infant (Age 0-2): free
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Due to the construction of Gubeikou Watertown, the eastern section of Simatai Great Wall is closed permanently. However the western section is still open to hikers. The Simatai Great Wall is separated into eastern and western sections by a valley, with a rainbow-like chain bridge over the valley. The hills in the west are sloping gently, with 20 watchtowers remaining in good shape. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall. The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features and it is also famous for being one of the most photogenic sections of the Great Wall. This moderately challenging, three to five hour hike offers breathtaking views of the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling, snaking along the ridge of the mountains, taking you through crumbling, ancient watchtowers along the Wall.

Why Travelers Have to Choose GoGrandChina Private Tours?
• Choose your most suitable departure time, whether you are an early bird or you prefer sleeping in.
• GoGrandChina private tours are more flexibale, allowing you to adjust everything on your trip to your wishes.
• GoGrandChina tour guides will be at your service to make sure you get the most from each destination. They are there for you and are responsible for making your journey special – and your needs always come first.
• GoGrandChina offers comfortable and luxury vehicles with a private & experienced driver who’s always by your side and ready to take you to your next destination.
• No shopping stops & factory visits, no chance of getting ripped off.
• No hidden costs, rest assured that there are no nasty surprises.

About This Tour
• Departure: Daily departing from Beijing.
• Hiking Distance: 7 - 8 kilometers
• Time Needed for Hiking: 3 - 5 hours
• Difficulty: 3 stars, moderately easy
• Guide Languages: Chinese & English.
• Pick-up Time: Between 07:00 and 10:00, choose a departure time most suitable for you.
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your self-booked accommodation in Beijing
• Advice on Meals: Lunch is not included in this tour, please have a big breakfast and pack snacks just in case you get a bit peckish during hiking.

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up from your self-booked accommodation in Beijing
• Drive to Simatai West Great Wall (about 2 hours)
• Hiking the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling (3-5 hours))
• Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing

Tour Prices (US$ Per Person)

1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people 9 people 10 +
$290 $178 $148 $138 $128 $118 $108 $98 $88 $80

Price Inclusions
• Professional English language speaking private tour guide
• Air-conditioned vehicle with private experienced driver
• All admission tickets to sightseeing places
• All government taxes
• Two bottles of mineral water per person

Price Exclusions
• Meals
• Hotel accommodation
• Your personal expenses
• Gratuities to guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). They are customary and would be of great encouragement and reward for quality service.

Additional Info
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• Many areas of the Great Wall are quite steep and have uneven surfaces, please wear comfortable walking shoes with a good grip.
• The itinerary is subject to change due to traffic conditions or bad weather. However, we guarantee that time of visiting at each destination will remain unchanged.
• IMPORTANT: It is required by the government regulations that all travellers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in a traveller not being able to join their tour, or for the entire group to be denied access to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. When you book this tour, please be sure to fill out all fields at checkout. Please bring your passport with you on the tour.

Cancellation Policy
• You may cancel your tour and receive a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the date of your tour. Cancellation within 24 hours or after the tour begins is non-refundable. Due to timezone differences, the confirmed cancellation date is determined based on the supplier's local time. Please allow 2-5 business days to process and confirm your cancellation request. Once the cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 14 working days.


Things to Know Before You Go
• GGC is using WeChat (+86-18309280878), WhatsApp (+86-18309280878) and Skype (gcttravel) for instant communication. Please add us so that your GGC service staff can be reached anytime.
• Pick-up time will be confirmed by email, WeChat, WhatsApp or Skype. You may also call our 24/7 emergency line shown in our confirmation letter to confirm the pick-up time.
• Your guide will hold GoGrandChina welcome sign with your name and wait at the appointed meeting place.
• Meals (lunch & dinner) are not included. Please feel free to ask your guide for suggestions and recommendations.
• Please be aware that if you book your accommodation on Airbnb, you may not be picked-up at the door for reasons that Airbnb accommodations may not be reached by vehicles due to community regulations.
• We provide up to 20 minutes of waiting time at the pick-up address. If you don’t show up during the waiting time and cannot be contacted, your tour will be cancelled and you will receive no refund.

Full Itinerary
You will be collected from your hotel at your preferred time in the morning. After about two & half hour driving and a 30 minute hike up some stairs, you will reach Simatai West Great Wall. Simatai West is also called the east gate entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The very first watchtower you will meet is called Houchuankou Pass which is not restored. It is at this first pass where you will climb up on to the Great Wall itself. From there onward, you will be rewarded with stunning panoramas and be able to see the Great Wall stretching out to the horizon. After about 90 minutes hiking you will reach Jinshanling Great Wall. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ( Jinshan means gold mountain in Chinese) Ranges. There are more than 100 watchtowers along the Jinshanling Great Wall. Watching Beijing Tower is on the highest point, from this tower you can see Beijing. Finally you will be transferred back to your hotel after this once-in-a-lifetime adventure of the Great Wall of China.

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Great Wall hiking experience Review by VINVENT WALKER
We did a private tour of Beijing and hiking the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling with our guide Michael Li. Michael was a wealth of knowledge, and it was incredible to visit this more remote sections of the wall. He took a number of photos of us throughout the hike. Highly recommend! The company seamlessly put together the tour for us without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Hannah as the organizer and Michael as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company! (Posted on 6/24/2019)

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