2AE: Jinshanling-Simatai-Camping-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu Lakeside Wall

Camping on the Great Wall of China, the World Heritage Site of Jinshanling, and hiking along the lakeside Great Wall at Huanghuacheng


Camping, hiking, unforgettable memories-you'll get all of this on this Great Wall excursion. You'll begin with the classic Jinshanling-Simatai hike, which is probably the most popular and crowd-pleasing of all Great Wall treks. Then, on the first night, you'll get to experience what is maybe the highlight of your China trip. You'll get to sleep and camp overnight in a Great Wall watchtower. This is an extremely unique opportunity that you won't want to miss out on. We'll conclude your program with a hike from Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, which includes the unique sight of the underwater Great Wall! 

Find this tour in the map below. 


Guaranteed camping inside the watchtower!

 A few agents claim they can do so but that's not true. What they usually mean is that they may take you to camp somewhere near the Great Wall  or to sleep in a guesthouse. Not us. For each participant (even children), we pay a hefty relic preserving fee to the Great Wall administration office. This fee allows for you to camp on the Great Wall legally and safely. Great Wall Adventure Club is the only company approved by the Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping to international guests. This is what sets us apart from other operators.  Great Wall Adventure Club is the perfect guide for your Great Wall hiking and camping.  

Day 1- Itinerary


Jinshanling-West Simatai (6 kms, 3 hours of hiking)

9:30 am:  We will pick you up at about 9:30 am from your hotel, and drive directly to the JInshanling section of the Great Wall, where we will begin our two-day hike on the wall.  


Jinshanling's right wing, where we will hike until we reach Simatai West called Second Valley. As we head west the wall will start to gradually deteriorate, making the hike progressively more challenging, but also interesting to observe and compare.

The Jinshanling Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. If you are looking for breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful walk, then the Second Valley of Jinshanling can't be better, so we hope that you remembered to bring your camera! 

Simatai West, called the Second Valley, is the left wing of Simatai. It is also in a serious state of ruins and is thereby a perfect example of the true Great Wall, while also being extremely beautiful and rustic. The wall is 7.8 m high and 5 - 6 m thick at the bottom. In addition to the gorgeous scenery on your hike, you'll also get to see how the wall was designed for practical purposes, that being the defense against outer enemies and how the Great Wall was supposed to keep them out. There are 'obstacle-walls' built perpendicular to the parapets - a feature quite unique to the Second Valley part of Jinshanling Great Wall. 

We will drive to Huanghuacheng, our newest camping base for our dinner and set up our camp in a watchtower just in the middle of the section.  


Meals: Lunch & Dinner in the local restaurants

Bottled Water: Unlimited 

Accommodations: Camping at Gubeikou Great Wall

If camping is not your choice, you may overnight in a home inn at the foot of the Great Wall. 

Day 2 - Itinerary


Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu (10 kms, 4 hours of hiking)

We will ’ll be sure to wake up early in order to catch the sunrise over the Great Wall. Afterwards will disembark from the Great Wall and drive to Huanghuacheng, Great Wall. 

The Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower City) Great Wall is a beautiful tourist spot combining mountains, lakes and ancient Great Wall. It is the latest section to become popular with hikers. It provides a challenge for hikers because the paths are steep and out of repair. The Wall here is divided by lakes and some parts are even immersed in the water, which is a very unique characteristic, distinguishing it from other sections of the Great Wall.

The Great Wall is surrounded by mountains with verdant vegetation, lots of blossom and other seasonal beauty. During summer, the countryside around the Huanghuacheng Great Wall is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild flowers come into bloom. The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic view of the whole valley.  

Most of the Great Wall around Xishuiyu is in reasonably good, deteriorated, but not collapsed condition. None of the Great Wall here has been restored so it retains its authentic condition. As we follow the Wall to the west here, you will get views of the Xiaoxihu reservoir. From our vantage on the Wall, we will see a real treat, the broken Great Wall running underwater! 

We will finish this hike at about 1 pm. We will return to Beijing after a gourmet lunch.


Meals: Breakfast & Lunch in the local restaurants 

Bottled Water: Unlimited 

Inclusions, Pricing & Discounts

Pricing and Discounts


1 solo trip: $659

2 people: $419 each

3 people: $379 each

4 people: $349 each

5 people: $349 each

6 people: $319 each

7 people: $309 each

8 or more: $299 each


Seniors, children, veterans and students will receive additional discounts. For other discounts or promotions, please contact us or visit our Facebook page


* Personal transfers from and to hotel 

* Entry fees to the Great Wall

* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast (delivered to your watchtower)

* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower

* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags

* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide

* Free membership card

* A credit of $10 when you reserve the next tour with us


Tour Map

Where are we going?

The red-shade is the area is where this tour covers. We will drive about 2 hours on a highway from Beijing to the Great Wall. Typically we will leave at 9-9:30 am from your hotel.

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