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Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai Tours

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Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai
To experience both original and restored portions of the Great Wall of China without straying far from Beijing, many visitors choose the stretch between Jinshanling and Simatai, a trek seemingly made for hikers and adventurers. The 4-hour hike ranks among the wall’s most popular and rewards intrepid travelers with some of the most photogenic views.

The Basics
From Jinshanling, a six-mile (10-kilometer) stretch of largely unrestored wall leads to Simatai, where it's possible to take another steep, two-hour hike to and from a hilltop watchtower (there's also a cable car that heads most of the way up) or to continue on toward the Great Wall at Gubeikou. Visitors can choose between a small-group or private tour. Non-morning people can opt for a sunset visit to either the Simatai Great Wall or Jinshanling Great Wall, minus the hike.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This Great Wall section is a must for hikers, adventure travelers, and those who want to see old and new portions of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Most guided hikes between Jinshanling and the Simatai section include hotel pickup and drop-off in Beijing and lunch.
  • Guided Great Wall hiking tours on this portion of the wall can last upwards of 10 hours.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces and steep gradients, and bring plenty of bottled water.

How to Get There
This Great Wall hike starts at the Jinshanling section, 81 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Beijing. While most visitors arrive via guided tour, it’s possible to get to the starting point independently by catching the tourist bus from Wangjing West Station. The journey takes about two hours.

When to Get There
April, May, September, and October are ideal months for hiking thanks to moderate temperatures and the best scenery. The mountains around the wall are blanketed in apricot blossoms in April.

Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon
Travelers looking for a true physical test can take part in the Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon, hosted each April. This race, which also includes a half marathon and a 10K race, is one of five marathons held on the Great Wall.
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Group Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai West

Group Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai West

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Soak in the scenery and history of the Great Wall of China at Jinshanling during a day hike with a professional guide. Get away from the crowds as you walk along this 3.7-mile (6-km) section of the Great Wall, passing 15 guard towers while crossing from Jinshanling to Simatai West. Observe the natural beauty of the landscape and the architectural marvels of the Ming Dynasty-era wall during your hike, which takes approximately four hours to complete. Includes round-trip transportation from Beijing, guide, and entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
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$53.99
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$53.99
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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Take a break from busy Beijing for a full-day hike along the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most famous monuments. Hike the section of the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling, a beautiful and less-crowded section of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See parts of the Great Wall that have been carefully restored as well as sections that have not been retouched. After the hike, have lunch at a restaurant operated by local farmers before returning to Beijing.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.00
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$144.00
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Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling Private Sunset Tour

Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling Private Sunset Tour

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Come visit one of the new seven wonders of the world on this full-day sunset tour to the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling, including round-trip transport from Beijing and lunch. Journey to the Great Wall at Gubeikou, and then watch the sunset from the wall at Jinshanling before returning to your hotel.
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  • 9 hours
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$224.00
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$224.00
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Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

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See one of the world’s great monuments up close on a full-day tour to the Jinshaling section of the Great Wall of China. Travel about 2.5 hours from Beijing to reach the remote area, which promises a more relaxed experience away from the crowds. Accompanied by your tour assistant, hike along the Great Wall at Jinshaling for 3.5 hours, taking in the impressive architecture, intricate brickwork and stunning views. Have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Beijing. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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$66.94
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Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town

Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town

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Combine the benefits of independent exploration with the ease of a classic coach tour on this unconventional Great Wall trip. Besides the unspoiled Simatai Great Wall, set atop a rugged ridge, discover Gubei Water Town, a newly created tourist destination with bags of photogenic charm. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Beijing hotel.
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  • 1 day
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$55.00
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Beijing Private Transfer to Jinshanling or Simatai Great Wall

Beijing Private Transfer to Jinshanling or Simatai Great Wall

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Beijing’s public transport system is efficient but it’s also well known for being crowded, including on routes to the Great Wall of China. In contrast, private transfers offer lots of privacy and comfort, making it an ideal choice if the thought of a busy bus fills you with stress. Travel elegantly and arrive relaxed with this full-day private transfer to the Jinshanling or Simatai sections of the Great Wall.
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  • 8 hours
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$91.52
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Private Hiking Day Tour: Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall with Lunch

Private Hiking Day Tour: Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall with Lunch

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Swap the busy city of Beijing for a day in the great outdoors hiking along the Great Wall. You won’t have to worry about organizing how to get there, as a hotel pickup and drop-off is included. By going on a private tour, you’ll have direct access to your guide for questions and advice. Enjoy a stress-free day with great hiking, a tasty lunch, and incredible views.
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  • 8 hours
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$165.34
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Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

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Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

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Visit the replica water town of Gubei and Simatai Great Wall, the only section open at night, on this private evening trip from Beijing. Take a walking tour of Gubei's rustic-style lanes and canals, visit a restaurant for dinner, and ascend by cable car to the illuminated Simatai section of wall. Admire the lit-up ramparts and views over Gubei, and finish with an optional boat ride (own expense). Entrance fees and private air-conditioned transport included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.40
$258.00
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$258.00
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of China’s Great Wall on a full-day small-group hiking tour from Beijing. Accompanied by an expert guide, trace the compelling curve of the wall, delving into the heritage of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Revitalize with an authentic Chinese meal cooked by local farmers and receive a certificate of completion to immortalize your achievement. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$277.23
$301.34
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Super Discount Group Hike to Great Wall at Jinshanling and West Simatai

Super Discount Group Hike to Great Wall at Jinshanling and West Simatai

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* Suitable for families with kids or seniors. * Group size varies from 5 people to 25 people * English-speaking tour guide. * Easy-to-get-to meeting point at Subway Line 2 Chaoyangmen Station Exit A * Included: snack for the early morning departure and gourmet Chinese lunch prepared freshly! *Super discounted prices * Included: Hotel (or nearby meeting point) pickup in the morning if your hotel is within the 2nd Ring Road Loop. * The only Great Wall hiking service that departs 365 days a year. FEEDBACK: "I just wanted to say that I had such an amazing time on the great wall with this tour! I was a bit nervous I wouldn't like it, due to my experience with a tour group on Mt. Fuji. But, I absolutely loved this group and how the tour was set up. If I ever find myself in Beijing again I'm definitely going on another tour with you guys." -- Lauren, USA, toured on August 15, 2019
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$59.00
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$59.00

One Day Group Tour of Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking in Beijing

One Day Group Tour of Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking in Beijing

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Drink in the splendors of the Great Wall of China, and enjoy a seamless way to explore, on this full-day tour from Beijing. Depart in the morning directly from your centrally located Beijing hotel, and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned tour vehicle. Your destination is the Jinshanling Great Wall, which is renowned for its photogenic vistas (and is much less crowded than other parts of the landmark). Hike the Great Wall for several hours before enjoying a restorative Chinese lunch. Then, return to Beijing.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$94.67
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Mini Group: One-Day Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

Mini Group: One-Day Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

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Stride along China’s Great Wall between Simatai West and Jinshanling on this small-group hiking trip from Beijing. Travel northwest to the Simatai section of the UNESCO-listed wall, known for largely being in its original state, and hike to the restored Jinshanling segment, famous for its watchtowers. Admire the mountain views, learn about the wall’s history from your guide, and finish with lunch. Entrance fees, lunch, snacks, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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$186.00
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$186.00
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Private round-trip transfer from Beijing to Jinshanling Great Wall

Private round-trip transfer from Beijing to Jinshanling Great Wall

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You can’t visit Beijing without a visit to the Great Wall of China, but most tours only visit the main viewpoints. On this full-day tour from Beijing, hike along the Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai West, and experience the UNESCO-listed wall up close, as you look out from the watchtowers and discover both restored and unrestored sections of the ancient wall.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$175.70
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$175.70
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All inclusive Private Sunset Walking Tour at Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing

All inclusive Private Sunset Walking Tour at Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing

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Sunset is the most beautiful moment of day, Witnessing this nature’s beautiful lightshow on top of the wild great wall is definitely an unforgettable experience. This is the time where the light of the setting sun casts the quiet Jinshanling Great Wall in a warm golden glow. You will be amazed by this spectacular view.Here is your best choice.
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  • 9 hours
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$168.54
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$168.54
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Beijing Group Day Tour To Jinshanling Great Wall Including Lunch

Beijing Group Day Tour To Jinshanling Great Wall Including Lunch

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Visit one of the least-crowded and most scenic parts of China’s Great Wall on this small-group Jinshanling tour from Beijing. Ride a cable car to the restored 16th-century section and admire the panoramic views of the wall stretching across mountains. After a hike to see its watchtowers and inscriptions, enjoy lunch at a Chinese restaurant before your return to Beijing. Lunch, air-conditioned minivan transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
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$99.00
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$99.00

Private Day Trip to Jinshanling Great Wall with English Speaking Driver

Private Day Trip to Jinshanling Great Wall with English Speaking Driver

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Come and enjoy this self-guided  Jinshanling Great Wall tour. Hike the section of the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai West . A beautiful and less-crowded section of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See parts of the Great Wall that have been carefully restored as well as sections that have not been retouched.The self guide tour without any pushing and rushing. Air-conditioned vehicle with private English speaking driver , hotel pick up and drop off , tolls, gas, parking fee and bottled water are inclusive .
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Beijing Transfer Service: Jinshanling Great Wall Round-Trip

Beijing Transfer Service: Jinshanling Great Wall Round-Trip

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Enjoy a safe, comfortable,convenient and worry-free private transfer service between your hotel in Beijing to the famous Jinshanling Great Wall. Choose you preferred start time between 5am to 16:00.Your driver will pick you up from your Beijing City Hotel's lobby,assist you with entrance ticket purchasing. After your Great Wall Tour, you will be transfer back to your hotel. The service is valid up to 9 hours.If you wish to have a friendly private guide to show you the way, explain the histories and stories, you also can book a guide and transfer service option upon booking.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Coach Day Tour - Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

Coach Day Tour - Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

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Discover the rich history of the Jinshanling Great Wall on a day trip from Beijing, and enjoy the views as you go. One of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, the historic walkway was built on the Jinshanling mountains, which lend themselves to photo-worthy vistas. After your visit, savor lunch in a nearby restaurant, then relax on your return to Beijing. No unwelcome factory or tourist shop visits are included in the itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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$58.84
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$58.84

Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Experience the Great Wall of China up close during a challenging hiking tour along the Simatai West to Jinshanling section of the monumental site. This section is considered a photographer's dream, with both ancient crumbling watchtowers and well-preserved places along the route. Your tour includes snacks, a restaurant lunch, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Beijing. Alternatively, you can choose the 'Private Transfer-Only Service' if you prefer a self-guided hike at the Great Wall.
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  • 9 hours
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$236.00
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$236.00
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SiMaTai Great Wall in GuBei Water Town Night Tour drove by English Cab Driver

SiMaTai Great Wall in GuBei Water Town Night Tour drove by English Cab Driver

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For travelers who prefer sightseeing without a large crowd or guide in tow, this night tour to the Simatai section of the Great Wall of China is a great fit. Walk up this unrestored section of the Wall, the only section open at night, and enjoy the remarkable after-dark views of the region, including Gubei Water Town lit up in the distance. Get to Simatai in your own private cab and depart on your own time: there’s no rush to leave on this private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Private Hiking Day Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing with Lunch

Private Hiking Day Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing with Lunch

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If you’ve already hiked the Mutianyu and Badaling sections of the Great Wall, challenge yourself with a day tour of Jinshanling Great Wall. Marvel at one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall from the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy a day hiking through the hills and past the watchtowers with a private, English-speaking guide, and appreciate the significance of this wonder of the world.
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  • 10 hours
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$165.34
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$165.34
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One-Day Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

One-Day Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Stretch your legs along the less-visited Jinshanling section of China’s Great Wall on this 7-hour hiking experience from Beijing. Travel north from Beijing by coach, and enjoy a 4-hour guided hike along this remote section of wall, dating from the 14th to the 17th century. Admire the untouched mountainscapes, and walk through intact and crumbled watchtowers on route. A simple breakfast, post-hike Chinese lunch, and return central Beijing hotel transfers included.
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  • 8 hours
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$158.00
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$158.00
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Bus tour to Jinshanling Great Wall with hotel pick up

Bus tour to Jinshanling Great Wall with hotel pick up

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This group day tour is available daily all the year round. Each morning, you will be picked up from your midtown hotel, then you will go visit the major attractions together with other tourists. Groups are kept to about 20-40 passengers in an air-conditioned coach or van with a professional Beijing chauffeur and a licensed Beijing English speaking tour guide on board who will pass on their knowledge of the sites including facts, stories and local information. 1. This is a non-shopping tour without hidden prices. 2. On the evening before your tour departure early next morning, you will get a call to your hotel room or message at your hotel front desk from your guide to reconfirm pickup time which is normally set around 6:00am. 3. If you stay in a hutong hotel in a narrow lane, please walk a few steps and wait for our bus parking on a main street. 4. We offer complimentary pick up service from your hotel located within the Second Ring Road in Beijing.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$58.94
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$58.94

3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

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3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

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Discover one of the Seven New Wonders of the World on this private 3-day hiking adventure along the Great Wall of China, including accommodation and meals. Hike along famous sections of the UNESCO-listed wall at Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai, and escape the crowds as you visit nearby villages and discover sections of the original wall. Covering between 4 and 10 miles (6 and 16 km) each day, the hikes are moderate and a back-up vehicle is available en-route.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$679.50
$755.00
$75.50 savings
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$679.50
$755.00
$75.50 savings
Price varies by group size
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