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  • Beijing: Transfer to Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

    1. Beijing: Transfer to Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

    Save time and money taking this dedicated bus direct to the Gubei Water Town, where the beautiful Simatai Great Wall is adjacent to. Climb aboard the bus departing from downtown Beijing City and arrive at Gubei. Start to explore the beauty of this Chinese-styled water town by yourself. You also have the option to have the entry ticket and the cable car ticket to the Simatai Great Wall pre-booked to save you time on the day. Also, you can select the cruise tickets or a guided tour. The Simatai Great Wall is famous for only renovation for the essential parts and you can still see many parts stay its original look. This is also the only Great Wall section that you can stay at night. We recommend you to go back to the water town for a night stroll where you can see beautiful night decoration and shows. Upon exiting the Great Wall, meet your guide at the meeting point at a dedicated time a...

  • Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

    2. Great Wall Hiking: Small Group

    your guide will meet you at 8am and then drive to Simatai West. You will start the hiking around 10:30am, and it will take about 3 hours to complete. A lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant will be organized after the hiking before returning to the city. This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. 

    What an amazing day! We had wonderfully blue skies and very little wind on our hike from Simatai to Jinshanling. Tau was a fantastic guide. He provided great insight to the wall, region, history, and peoples. He made sure everyone was comfortable with the pace and had plenty of time for photos whenever we liked. Mind you, there are a lot of stairs to climb on this 15 tower trek, but they are doable and so worth it. ADDED BONUS: I didn’t expect too much from the included lunch after reading previous reviews, but it was one of our favorite meals during our stay in China! Highly recommended!

  • Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Group Tour with Lunch

    3. Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Group Tour with Lunch

    Depart from your hotel in downtown Beijing at approximately 6:00 am. Enjoy a simple breakfast before starting the trip to the Jinshanling Great Wall. Start your 3-hour hike on the eastern section of the wall at 10 am with plenty of photo opportunities of the surrounding foliage, architecture, and towers along the way. Be surrounded by ancient architecture to marvel at the along this 6 km hike. Take time to enjoy the breathtaking sights along the parapets on this relatively less crowded section of the wall with room to stop and admire the views. This section of the Great Wall offers a look at each unique tower along the way, ensuring there is always something new to discover. After the included lunch, your adventure will conclude and you will be transferred back to the city. Hotel pick up is only available from select hotels located within the second ring road in central Beijing.

    This is a great tour if you want plenty of time on the Wall - we spent 3hrs walking from Jinshanling to West Simatai. It is very scenic and the Wall still has its old bricks. Our tour guide Chang was very entertaining and helpful. The traditional lunch at the end was also excellent! Felt like a home cooked meal with plenty of options for vegetarians / Muslims! Highly recommend.

  • Beijing: Bus or Private Transfer to Jinshanling Great Wall

    4. Beijing: Bus or Private Transfer to Jinshanling Great Wall

    Save time and money taking a dedicated bus direct to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall in Hebei Province. This section is famous for retaining its natural look, with lots of ruins staying how it looked when it was built in the 1300s. Climb aboard the bus departing from downtown Beijing City and arrive at Jinshanling. Follow your guide from the parking lot to take a shuttle to the admission gate. Have the option to buy the ticket combination for the wall and cable car and save time when you arrive. Enjoy 4–5 hours of free time to climb up to the General Tower to take in the scenic views. Marvel at the unrepaired Gaojin Tower and Yaogou Tower. A lot of heritage can be found along the Jinshanling Great Wall section, including the stone picture of the Qilin, a one-horned beast in Chinese mythology. If you choose the add-on, take the scenic cable car and see one for the most famous...

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What people are saying about Chengde

Our experience was incredible. Our guide Tao was very knowledgeable and let us pick our climbing pace. Lots of opportunities to stop, take photos and enjoy the view! The hike up To the wall is quite steep, but once on the wall it is gentle going. We were the only group booked in on our day, and we only met a few people on the wall. Totally recommend this time of year. Cold, snowy and spectacular. Tao checked our dietary requirements and made sure that the meal cooked at the farmers home was allergy free and he even made sure we were safely in a taxi at the drop off point. The wall was fantastic and the experience was perfect because of our guide Tao.

What an amazing day! We had wonderfully blue skies and very little wind on our hike from Simatai to Jinshanling. Tau was a fantastic guide. He provided great insight to the wall, region, history, and peoples. He made sure everyone was comfortable with the pace and had plenty of time for photos whenever we liked. Mind you, there are a lot of stairs to climb on this 15 tower trek, but they are doable and so worth it. ADDED BONUS: I didn’t expect too much from the included lunch after reading previous reviews, but it was one of our favorite meals during our stay in China! Highly recommended!

Tao was an amazing guide. Very professional yet fun. It was like making a new friend on an adventure. If you are reasonably fit and want to see a view of The Great Wall without a gazillion people in your way this is the way to do it. Take the road less traveled and you won't regret it

Everything was perfect ! Peter our guide is really very friendly and taught us a lot. The route is used to begin the explanations, the hike is superb and the panoramas incredible. The meal was very good too. To do !!

Absolutely amazing!

Amazing! this part of the Great Wall was not so frequently visited, not so many tourists, and it was not restored so you could feel ages talking to you!