Your guide will meet you at your hotel around 2:30 am in summer or 3-4 am in spring, fall or winter, or at the airport. It is going to be 2.5 hours of drive from Beijing to Jinshanling and West Simatai. Watch the sunrise and listen to your heartbeat!
The West Simatai Great Wall is separated into eastern and western halves by a valley, with a rainbow-like chain bridge over the valley. The hills in the west are sloping gently, with 20 watchtowers remaining in good shape. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections 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.
After about 90 minutes of hiking, we will eventually pass over into the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the Great Wall's best preserved parts with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ('Gold Mountain') Ranges. 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 an excellent place to explore on foot.
When we finally reach the park at Jinshanling, we'll stop by a local farmer's restaurant for a late lunch before we head back to your hotel in Beijing or the airport if you are lying over in Beijing.