Great Wall at Jinshanling
Great Wall at Jinshanling Review
Though it lacks the rugged adventure of neighbouring Simatai (a formerly popular section of the wall now undergoing renovation, with no official reopening date at the time of going to press), Great Wall at Jinshanling is perhaps the least tamed of the restored Great Wall sections near Beijing, as well as the least visited. Besides being the starting point for a fantastic four-hour hike toward Simatai (which is still doable), it also stands as one of the few sections of the Great Wall on which overnight camping trips are available. A starry night here is gorgeous and unforgettable—go with a tour group such as Cycle China or Beijing Hikers. However, some have argued that unregulated tourism such as this goes against the efforts of others to preserve the wall, so tread carefully and leave nothing behind in order to reduce your impact. If you must take a souvenir, pack a piece of charcoal and paper to make rubbings of the bricks that still bare the stamp of the date they were made.
- Address: Beijing, 068254
- Phone: 031/4883–0222; 138/3144–8986
- Cost: Y65 (Y55 Nov.–Mar.), overnight stays Y398–Y598
- Hours: Daily 8–5
- Location: Side Trips from Beijing