Great Wall Hiking from Gubeikou to West Simatai

The budget version of the 7-hour 1X hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling and to West Simatai for 16 kms

TOUR CODE: A7. Guaranteed Departure. Last-minute registration OK!

Original Price: USD259/person 


10% off for the 1st guest;

45% off for the 2nd guest and after 

Extra 5% off on the top of above discounts for college students. 



This program is the budget version of our 1X hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling and to West Simatai for 7 hours. 

The 1X program was crafted at the request of visitors who wanted a more robust and more invigorating Great Wall hike. At 20km and 6+hours of hiking, this day at the Great Wall is no joke! However, if you’re up to the challenge, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll get to experience stunning views such as the snaking wall at Jinshanling and the dramatic ruins of West Simatai. You’ll get the full Great Wall experience, with high watchtowers, tastefully restored brickwork, and rugged and challenging Great Wall remnants. 




Between 6:20 am, and 7:20 am, you will be picked up from your hotel. Or please go to our meeting point at Chaoyangmen Station Entry/Exit A of Subway Line 2 or 6 to meet your guide and bus. Please visit this meeting page for direction. 

From there, we will make the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Gubeik Watertown. Our staff will pick you up from this bus station to Gubeikou Great Wall to start your hike.  

The Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a strategically important location, which is difficult to access. The Wall here is entirely unrestored, covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From here, you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along with the steep mountain ranges.  

In 1933, the Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops in Gubeikou. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died. It was amazing that the ancient Wall is not merely a relic, but it remained as a battlefield in the modern world.

Much of the hiking that we will do on Jinshanling today is relatively easy, as the Wall here is partially restored, and the surface is smoother.  Jinshanling has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is an enemy tower, each of which is about ten meters (33 feet) high. Featuring various structures and having different functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered.  

Gradually, you will be crossing over into West Simatai  While the eastern portion of  Simatai is closed due to government maintenance and repairs, the western section of the Simatai Great Wall is still open to hikers. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few parts to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall. Incorporating a variety of characteristics of other sections of the Great Wall, Simatai also displays some unique features of its own. It is often described with the following five words: perilous, dense, diverse, artful, and peculiar. This part of the Great Wall belongs to Jinshanling.

After 7-8 hours of walking, you will descend down the Great Wall, where you will be transferred back to the bus terminal at Gubei Watertown where you will take the express bus to Dongzhimen Bus Terminal of Beijing. Follow the instruction on this page,  you can transfer to Subway Line 2 to go bakc to your hotel or take Airport Express to catch your flight.    


  • Chinese local guide at Gubeikou
  • Transport to Gubeikou on our tour bus
  • Private transfer from Gubei Watertown to Gubeikou Great Wall entry
  • General admissions included;
  • Return bus ticket to Beijing
  • Free bottled water;
  • Free membership card;
  • Small group

Tour Map


The green shade is where this tour covers.

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