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Last week me and my friend Joe spent two days exploring the Great Wall. Our guide Chen took us to visit a few sections of the Great Wall including Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai. We really had a great time over there, enjoying our trek, taking in rural sights as well as exploring the wall itself!

Jinshanling Great Wall

First day we were taken to see the wall at Mutianyu and a section of Jinshanling. We made an early start for our visit to Mutinayu the day we set out with Chen. Our ride to Mutianyu took us over an hour to get there. We spent about two hours on the wall. The section of the wall was well restored, making our trek on the wall quite easy. All we had to do on the wall was walking around, taking in the sights and enjoying the refreshing outdoors over there! There were plenty of incredible picture opportunities during our walk on the wall. It was really amazing to see the snaking wall up close and personal. We really had a great time on the wall. After our lunch break, we hit the road for Jinshanling with Chen. We did our hike over there for over an hour before we got down the wall and found our way to our accommodation at a farm house nearby. Both of us had a full day, though tired and dead beat!

The next day we went to hike rest section of Jinshanling and part of Simatai. Those sections were kind of wilder than Mutianyu section, overgrown with shrubs and bushes, with crumbling paths along the way. Our trek on the wall got really difficult as part of the path was very steep and dangerous. It took us quite a long time to get a hang of climbing through those steep sections of the wall. Though the steep climbs were much of a challenge for us, we were rewarded to quite a sight, indeed! The views were breathtaking and the crumbling watch towers were just spectacular! It was hard to imagine how they survived the harsh surroundings over there. Moreover, the crumbling watch towers made great photos.

Overall, we both loved our hike between Jinshanling and Simatai and definitely want to do it again, given the opportunity. What a marvelous trip in Beijing!

My 2 Days Jinshanling Excursion

We made our way to Beijing last week on a flight from Shanghai. Spent a couple days in the city proper exploring a bunch of historic sightseeing, we both had a good time and fun over those days. Later we decided to explore outside Beijing to see the Great Wall at an off-the-beaten-road section called Jinshanling.

Jinshanling Great Wall

Being first time visitors to crumbling section of the wall, we booked the secret wall tour at the hotel. The next morning we made an early start in an attempt to beat the early morning Beijing traffic and get more time on the wall. The section of wall that we went to took us about 2.5 hours to get there. On our ride over there, our guide told us that parts of it were restored and some parts were not. We started the walk at about 10:30am and after 2 hours of hiking straight up (the hike was more like climbs) we made it to the final tower in that section of wall. Both of us got really tired and sweaty in such hot weather. But it was totally worth it as we were treated to quite a sight over there. It was clear, sunny day and the views from the wall were just incredible. We were both glad we hired a guide for our hike over there because we would not have made it to the last section of the wall on our own!

On the way up we only came across a few backpackers so it was like we had the crumbling wall all to ourselves! While hiking along the path, we kept busy taking photos here and there - that was part of the fun of hiking to the Great Wall! As time went by, soon it was time to head back down... our legs almost gave way the whole way down. The walk at Jinshanling was once in a lifetime experience and looking back we got very, very lucky as we could stay overnight nearby for our next day hiking which turned out just as amazing!

Exciting Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

Staying in Beijing for three years, I visited Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. These two buildings have best preserved appearance and charming sceneries, especially Mutianyu Great Wall. Since I liked Chinese ancient history and culture very much, so this time, I chose the wild section, Jinshanling!

Jinshanling Great Wall

I have heard that Jinshanling Great Wall is the most original building in the earlier time. But because of its far distance from Beijing center, I was failed to climb. Last Saturday, together with my friend, we left the most meaningful impression on it. Tour guide was very considerate and picked us up from the hotel and transferred to this fairy land. About three hours later, we arrived. At that time, I did not clearly see its whole appearance but the top and its peak. It is summer season when Jinshanling Great Wall showed a little sophisticated. After getting some tips, we started our journey. The road is soil full of wet earth and wild grasses. After several minutes, we got the step. If I described it as step, it is wrong. In fact, they are all the earth steps. What to my surprised is that this Great Wall has been destroyed much without completely walls and watchtowers. We took a lot of pictures with this mysterious attraction including its floor, ruined walls and the wild grasses as well as the charming sceneries far distance.

We climbed and talked with each other. The level of difficulty can be classed as "relaxing", even if certain paths are tricky. Appreciating the far distance, this elegant project presented tiny. But I could see clearly its dragon-style layout. It is truly a nice place to enjoy ancient Chinese culture. With original features and the wild appearance, Jinshanling Great Wall carved my mind deeply. After walking to the watchtower, we saw the ruined wall without roof. All my nerves became more inspired. We sit on the corner and enjoy the cool feeling the breeze brought from the back mountain, very ease and cozy. Sky is typical blue mixing with some white clouds. Although the summer is hot, we still felt very comfortable in Beijing suburb area. We walked far sharing our feelings and experiences on the journey. I did not know how far we walked. I only knew we stayed on this fairy attraction for four three hours.

I cherished the Jinshanling Great Wall experience very much. It brought me too much from body to the mind!

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