Plan your Great Wall tour? Quite a few sections of the Great Wall fan out mainly from the northern suburbs of Beijing. Which section of the Great Wall is most beautiful? People have their own favourite parts of the Wall to hike. For me, Jinshanling has been always my favourite bit of the Wall.
ABCs of Jinshanling Great Wall
The Great Wall at Jinshanling is much less touristy in comparison with the Walls at Badaling and Mutianyu. This section of Wall is situated about 140km to the northeast of Beijing, further than Baddaling and Mutianyu ( both about 80km from Beijing).
Another factor is Jinshanling Great Wall is wild, ruined, original. Its trail is steep and treacherous in some parts. Hiking Jinshanling Great Wall needs a bit stronger legs.
Jinshanling Great Wall is not designed for a touch or glimpse, but for your hitting and hiking it. The landscape is stunning and powerful, making you feel as if you were walking on a ruined and remote area. It is a paradise for whose who love to hike or seek a kind of adventure.
When to hike Jinshanling Great Wall
Jinshanling Great Wall is walkable all year around. Different seasons present you different and unique picturesque views of the Wall – green Spring, sweating Summer, colourful Autumn and white Winter. Different times of the day also leave you with different fascinating views – mesmerizing Sunrise and Sunset.
Autumn is the best season for walking and hiking on the Wall at Jinshanling with spectacular scenery – pleasant weather, blue sky, white clouds and the fall foliage and the wild and ruined Wall itself.
Some Useful Tips for Hiking Jinshanling
1) Public Transportation to get there
Bus No. 980 Express (980快) to Jinshanling Great Wall 金山岭长城.
Beijing Bus Station: Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽）
Very Important Notice: Actually the Bus 980 Express stops at Miyun Bus Terminal Miyun County as its final destination ( 密云汽车站 ), and then you take a local mini bus from the downtown Miyun to Jinshanling.
Bus Fare: RMB 15
Minibus Fare: about RMB 50 ( you have to share a mini-bus for Jinshanling Great Wall)
2. Jinshanling Great Wall Hotel
This is the only hotel below Jinshanling Great Wall administration area. Jinshanling Hotel is divided into three parts – Villa type house, courtyard house and independent house. Any questions, just drop a line.
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Beijing guided tours:
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How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites
Any questions, just drop a line.