5 Days Jiankou to Simatai West Great Wall Hiking Tour
- Tour Code: BJ-34
- Duration: 5 Days
- Attractions: Jiankou – Gubeikou - Simatai Wild Great Wall
Day 1. Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included.
Day 2. Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu (5 hrs, 10 km)
You will experience the original Great Wall at Jiankou and the restored Great Wall at Mutianyu. Built along the rolling ridgeline, the hoary walls and the verdant vegetation set each other off, offering graceful scenery.
Your private guide and diver will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast and drive you to the foot of Jiankou. It takes about 2½ hours. Your hike will begin at Xizhazi Village, a small village at the foot of the mountain.
Built with local material — hoary dolomite, the Great Wall at Jiankou is eye-catching at a distance. Zhengbei Building, a nearly-intact watchtower standing at the peak of Jiankou, will offer you a panoramic view of the beauty of Jiankou.
Continue your hike eastwards. After the challenging walk on the original rugged steps and broken wall, you will arrive at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. There you will enjoy a leisurely walk on fully-restored Great Wall. You can try the fun toboggan down the mountain instead of hiking downhill or taking a cable car.The toboggan is optional with a ticket of 60 CNY.
Olympic Venues Walking: You will be driven to the Olympic venues for a 20-minute walking.
Day 3. Hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling (5 hours, 10 km)
Your hike will start at 9am after breakfast. This section is not as challenging as that in Jiankou. Though you will also hike about 5 hours at the wall, it is still a leisure experience. After the hike you will be driven back to Simatai New Village. You will have a 5-hour hiking tour from the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall to the Jinshanling section. There you will discover the original Great Wall of China.
You will pass many watch towers and beacon towers, some of which were destroyed by rain and wind, only leaving foundation stones. The scenery is often bleak yet picturesque.
After about two hours hiking, you will reach a military zone. Visitors, except spies ;) will need to make a detour down the deep valley to begin the second, much tougher and challenging part, in bushes or fields, leading to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall.
Day 4. Hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai West (3 hours, 5km)
Arriving at the wall early, you can photograph the amazing scenery with balanced light and no other tourists. You will hike about 3 hours eastward and get off at Kylin Tower. The east section of Simatai is closed, so you cannot continue eastward.
Compared to the Great Wall at Jiankou, there are more tourists in some parts. However, your guide will guide you to some parts with rare travelers and you can have the wall to yourself, like the Simatai West.
This section is extremely photogenic with panoramic views. Hike and record the bleak but beautiful scenery with wild and ruined walls. The watch towers and varied gradients give constantly wide views and changing perspectives.
There are 15 watch towers along this section, built with flat roofs or upturned eaves. In some two-storey or three-storey watch towers, you can have a wider view over the Great Wall.
To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
Chinese lunch at well selected restaurant.
Between your hotel and scenic spots by private air conditioned vehicle.
An English-speaking guide and driver provide you with the best local knowledge available.
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