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Jinshanling Great Wall


Overview

One hundred forty kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Beijing, the Jinshanling Great Wall stretches along the Big and Small Jinshanling mountain ranges, adjacent to Simatai. It is built near Gubei Pass, the only way through these mountains, which are steep and virtually impossible to climb. The pass is a very powerful point of control and one which Jinshanling wall was strategically designed to defend, giving it great importance in China's history.

The wall was initially built between 1368 and 1389 during the Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in 1570 under the supervision of famous General Qi Jiguang, who supervised the building of a number of defensive works while entrusted with guarding northern China.

The Great Wall here is largely known for its uniquely complex structure and densely distributed lookout towers. Altogether, there are 158 lookout towers of various styles along the wall. Some of them are made of brick and wood, while others are brick and stone structures. The pier bases as well as the roofs are of various shapes and sizes. Other constructions include night-watch towers and storage buildings, both quite rare in other sections of the Great Wall. Various unevenly distributed constructions along the Jinshanling Great Wall form the perfect defense system.


Jinshanling Great Wall A outlook of Mutianyu Great Wall in late fall
In Jinshanling, you can see the complicated watchtowers, each one is built in a different architectural style. Few flat and easy part during the hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai.

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If you can only visit one stretch, then go to the Jinshanling section and walk along it to Simitai. The hike between Jinshanling and Simatai is truly amazing. The wall snakes over the mountains and the views on the hike are spectacular. Along the way, there are numerous watch towers and beacon towers in various levels of disrepair to explore. Walking along the wall where soldiers used to stare out at the forests and mountains, stepping on the stones that were placed there hundreds of years ago, exploring the barracks where fearful young men warily tried to steal a few moments of sleep: the hike will be an exciting adventure that you won't forget!

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  • Badaling Great Wall: This is the best-preserved and most imposing section of the Great wall is approximately 3,741 meters(2.3 miles) long and was of great strategic importance in ancient times.
  • Temple of Heaven: This temple complex is an architectural wonder featuring the triple-roofed "Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest" where the emperor went to worship heaven and pray for the coming harvest.
  • The Forbidden City: One of the world's most beautiful architectural complexes, this served as China's imperial palace for almost five centuries. Its massive scale and majestic design are overwhelming.
  • Summer Palace: Once serving as the imperial summer getaway, it ranks as one of the most visited and most classical gardens in the world. It's size and splendor will leave you a lasting impression.

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This selected tour conveniently leads you to have the most popular sections of the Great Wall under your eyes in one day. Jinshanling Great Wall is largely known for its uniquely complex structure and densely distributed lookout towers, and Simatai Great Wall is best-known in worldwide for its primitiveness,steepness, breath-taking sceneries and various structures of towers. We believe that you will be deeply impressed by this wonderful tour!
Be charmed by the Great Wall fabulous spectacular as you hike and photograph on the less crowed Mutianyu section with its vegetation cover reaching to above 90%. Just come and take your exclusive shoots at this well-known shooting place!
This tour spends two days to catch the essence of Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall, and you will be given more time to focus on the details about these two amazing Great Walls. The joy of hiking and shooting, the distinctive experience of climbing China Great Wall, leave you no pity in your whole life!
As we know, each section of the Great Wall enjoys its distinctive features: some are worthy of hiking and climbing; some are famous for splendid sceneries. This package is tailored for Great Wall enthusiasts and hiking & photo lovers, comprehensively including to visit all the Great Walls which are nearby Beijing. Come on! Come and join us to creat your once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Great Wall !
See the Great Wall all in natural with this hiking tour, the most popular Great Wall hiking route. The tour takes you to visit the most unrestored sections of China Great Wall. The fun and excitement you get from exploring this wonder will be kept for life-long memory. Besides, the other arrangement leads you to discover more about Beijing City, such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Peking Roast Duck, Hutong Tour, Temple of Heaven...

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