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Deep Visit to Jinshanling Great Wall

Come to Beijing visiting my grandfather, we booked this tour. From my father, I got Jinshanling Great Wall connecting closely with Chinese ancient history and culture from the architecture and original appearance. So I was very curious about this section.

Jinshanling Great Wall

On the departure day, tour guide picked us in the afternoon. We prepared some thick clothes, because we will stay at the Jinshanling Great Wall for overnight. My mother, father and I, we all got very exciting about everything. Driver is responsible helping us carry the luggage into the trunk. We got on the car chatting with tour guide - Anna. Her English is very fluent. We communicated from the Jinshanling Great Wall to modern Beijing.

Beijing suburb area is very tranquil with green trees. Even though it is the deep autumn season, I did not feel any dreariness. About two hour driving, we arrived at Jinshanling Great Wall. Under the leading of tour guide, we started hiking from the west section. It is indeed that Jinshanling Great Wall is the witness of history. All the walls are almost ruined seriously. What reflected to my eyes are wild appearances and features. We climbed on. The road is very easy to pass through. I the gaps of the bricks, it is full of the wild grasses. Watch towers are not like that in Badaling Great Wall. There was no roof on them. Standing inside, watching the sky, a kind of sophisticated feeling come to me. I did not know how to express the feeling. I only got the ancient culture clearly!

Gradually, we saw the red sunlight sending out from the west direction. It is just like playing the hide-and-seek with us. So charming the sunset view! We stand on the Jinshanling Great Wall seeing the great phenomenon. Sometimes, there are few birds flying away bringing us the hops and happy atmosphere. I felt we are situating in the edge of the sky, feeling everything and the life of this section. In the night, we stayed at the local farm house deep experiencing the local farm life and the delicious farm dishes. The hosts are passionate taking care of us all the time. We cultivated warm relationship with them. Even though, they cannot speak English, we can really get their sincere.

I liked this two days Jinshanling Great Wall tour too much. It brings us not only the climbing tour but a warm and meaningful life experience!

Incredible Great Wall Experience

I have been in Beijing for a few days and spent 5 days exploring the Great Wall of China. I visited dozens of sections of the wall with my private guide James Liu. It is fun and incredible to walk the wall and take in the countryside sights out there. Definitely once in a lifetime experience to me!

Mutianyu Great Wall

Some of the sections of the Great Wall I visited are well restored like Badaling, Mutianyu and Juyongguan. The wall itself at those sections is in good shape and great for a leisurely walk on the snaking wall. I was completely impressed by the sight of the snaking wall zigzagging its way up the rugged hills and disappearing into the horizon. There are so many great photo opportunities while hiking along the stone path. The watch towers and beacon towers built on the wall are quite impressive and I also saw a lot of relics related to war. I also got an opportunity to climb up some towers to get a better view of the surroundings. Along the way, James talked a lot about the history about the wall, which made my trip to the wall more fun and enjoyable. Later I kind of puffed up and down the path and had to take rest from time to time. By the time we had to get down I was really tired.

Simatai Great Wall

The most exciting trip is to the wild sections of the Great Wall like Jinshanling and Simatai. The wall at those sections is left to nature and some parts of the wall are nothing but some ruins. While walking on the wall I had a chance to see how the original wall looks like. It is very impressive and different from the well restored sections. The trek I did on the wall is really hard and quite challenging to me. But the breathtaking sights made it all worth it! I really had a great time climbing up and down the wall and taking in the sights up there. The ruined towers out there make great post-card photos. The trip to those wild sections of the Great Wall is fun and all about adventure.

Overall, it is an unforgettable 5-day trip I did in Beijing. Loved the wall!

Fully Explored the Great Wall

Been in Beijing for two weeks and never had a break from work to take in some sights in the city. Luckily, I had 3 days to spend at my own will, so I decided to pay a visit to see my favorite Chinese sight - the Great Wall. After comparing the different section of the wall, I added three sections to my itinerary.

Mutianyu Great Wall

My guide Jimmy picked me up from my hotel and then we hit the road to Mutianyu first. The ride was quite pleasant on our way over there. I first grabbed a cable car up the wall and then started to hike along the stone-paved path. I have spent about over 2 hours on the wall, walking, snapping pictures as well as taking in sights. The wall itself was well restored and very ideal for a leisurely walk. Afterwards, we hit the road again and this time we went to visit a huge graveyard called Ming Tombs. The scenic area is a lot of fun but there is nothing but a bunch of tombs down there. Then we headed to Jinshanling and stayed for the night at a small village at the foothill of the wall. Early in the morning on the next day, we hiked the wall at Jinshanling and the experience is even better than Mutianyu. I really had a great time up the wall and it is so much fun to hike through the steep path. Later we got down the wall from Simatai section and lodged at a farmhouse.

Jinshanlng Great Wall

The last day, we did an incredible trek on Simatai section and the path is even more dangerous than Jinshanling and I had to take some rest from time to time while hiking through those steep parts of the wall. As I could see, the section of the wall was not well restored and very wild and overgrown with shrubs and bushes. I got to say, hiking through the steep parts of the wall is very challenging to me but I was treated to quite a sight. The sight of the snaking wall undulating all the way up the rugged hills is just overwhelming. The trek I did on the wall is incredible too. The watch towers are so different from those at Mutianyu and very impressive.

Overall, the day-trip is no doubt the highlight of my stay in Beijing and I really enjoyed it to its fullest!

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