Jinshanling has long been the representative of the Great Wall in both paintings and photographs, such as when the Great Wall is showcased in important places, such as the National Congress Hall of China. Watching the sunset over Jinshanling is a unique chance to catch the natural beauty and grandeur of the Great Wall. By taking our Sunset tour from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, you will be amazed by the views you have only seen on TV and travel magazines. Seeing the Great Wall at sunset will give you both the impetus and passion to shoot like a professional photographer rather than just a Great Wall hiker.
In order for us to catch the sunset over the Great Wall, we’ll start our tour a little late today. You will be picked up from your hotel between 10 and 11am, and from there we’ll drive out to the Gubeikou Great Wall.
Gubeikou, 62 miles to Beijing, occupies a strategically important location, is the bastion protecting the northern gateway to the capital. There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic pass, three citadels and many other military constructions. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower, General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower.
After walking on Gubekou, we will cross over to Jinshanling. 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 various functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered. Among them, the most celebrated are the Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers. The Wangjinglou Tower, the General Tower, the Black Tower and the Taochun Tower are also must-sees on the Jinshanling Great Wall. The general tower was named to commemorate Wu Guihua, a heroine who sacrificed herself to resist northern invader's invasion in the Ming Dynasty.
Before we climb down, we’ll stay in order to view the sunset over the Great Wall. This experience will be a nature lover’s delight, and is also a great opportunity for photos.
We’ll have dinner at a nearby guesthouse at the foot of the Wall. The housewife here is going to serve you Kong Pao Chicken and many delicious dishes with the vegetables she plants.
You will be back to your hotel around 8 pm. If you are catching a flight or train, we'll send you to the airport or station for a modest fee.
For a little more money, you can see both the sunset and sunrsie by taking our flat-rate overnight hiking and camping program.
THE LATEST REVIEW
"We did the Jinshanling to Gubeiko sunset hike with Aaron. The trip exceeded all of my expectations. Booking the tour and receiving confirmation was a little chaotic; I needed to reach out consistently to ensure my tour was confirmed. I found WeChat to be effective. Once we were confirmed, it was a flawless experience. Aaron was on-time, knowledgeable, and great to talk with. We encountered less than 10 people in the entirety of the hike and set up in a perfect place to watch the sunset. This is a must do when in Beijing!"
-- davel999, TripAdvisor, Experienced May 2019
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Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets and meal. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
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If you are a solo travelers or on budget, check this group hiking with sunset tour program for only $129.
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 10-11 am from your hotel.
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