Jinshanling Great Wall

Jinshanling to Simatai Hiking Trip

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ('Gold Mountain') Ranges. A tablet with the Chinese inscription for Jinshanling Great Wall was set into this section.

The Jinshanling Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. As there are relatively few tourists at Jinshanling Great Wall, it is a good place to explore on foot. If you are looking for breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful walk, then the Jinshanling Great Wall is very suitable for you.

Note: Simatai is Currently Closed to the Public

  • The Great Wall at Simatai has been closed for major renovation from June 2010. The renovation is estimated to last 3 years, and further notice of the reopening time is to be released by the local authority.
  • Visitors are suggested to visit Jinshanling, Gubeikou or Mutianyu instead.
  • The hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai can be done only half way.


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Popular Hiking Route: Hiking is a very popular reason to visit this section. A popular hiking route is to walk along the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai, which takes about 4 hours.

History: The Jinshanling Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and in 1567 and 1570 rebuilding of the Wall was mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang (1528-1588). Poems and tablet writings can be found on the Jinshanling Great Wall left from the time when Qi Jiguang directed the rebuilding of this section of the Great Wall. Continue to read more on the Great Wall history.

Dimensions: The total length of this section is about 11 kilometers (6.8 miles). The Wall is about 7 meters high and 5 meters wide, and is made of brick and stone. The Jinshanling Great Wall has an elevation of 700 meters. There are more than 100 watch towers along the Jinshanling Great Wall. 'Watching Beijing Tower' is on the highest point, from which you can see Beijing. The Jinshanling Great Wall is second only to the Badaling Great Wall in its completeness.

Scenery: Jinshanling Great Wall has retained its original look since its construction several hundred years ago. It is relatively isolated and offers a great view.

The scenery at Jinshanling has a range of seasonal beauty . In the early mornings of spring and summer you can see a remarkable view, known as a 'cloud sea' , below you from the Wall. See "What is the best time to visit the Great Wall?"

One-To-One Tour Guide Service: Though the steps of the Wall are very steep and rocky with loose stones at times, the climbing is still very safe. There are one- to- one tour guide services available, where one tour guide is responsible for one tourist's safety. When needed, the tour guide will go hand- in- hand with the tourist. See our Great Wall tours

Travel Essentials

When to go

The scenery of the Great Wall varies with the seasons and each season has its pros and cons. Click here for what you can expect on the Great Wall near Beijing.


Jinshanling is located 110 kilometers (68 miles) northeast of Beijing City, and 6 0 kilometers (38 miles) southwest of Chengde City. China Highlights use high-quality air-conditioned private transport to take the hassle out of getting to the Wall.

Walking Conditions

The steps of the Great Wall at Jinshanling are rather steep and rocky with loose stones at times. Hikers need to be in good physical condition to complete this hike. However, there are cable cars available to avoid the trek up to the wall.

What to Wear

Dress for hiking and dress for the weather. Choose comfortable footwear with good grip and support for the feet. Layers of clothes that can be taken on and off allow for greater comfort and temperature control. Wear/bring sun protection in the summer and dress for sub zero temperatures in the winter.

What to Bring

Bring breathable waterproofs for protection from rain and wind. Umbrellas shouldn't be used here where the ascents and descents are difficult, and will be inconvenient in strong winds. Bring snacks and water if you want to walk a long portion of the wall.

Nearby Attractions

Gubeikou Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall.

If you want to see more of the Great Wall near Beijing, see here for a list of the sections.

There are also many attractions to see in Beijing City.