Sunet Hike from Jinshanling to West Simatai

TOUR 1S3:  Beautiful Sunset Hiking at Jinshanling and West Simatai Great Wall


This program brings you an old favorite with a new twist. Experience the most popular one-day Great Wall hike set against the gorgeous sunset! As this hike goes into the early evening, this tour gives you some flexibility, as you do not need to wake up at the crack of dawn. You can get in some sightseeing done before we begin, allowing you to make the most out of your limited time in China. Seeing the sunset from the Great Wall at Jinshanling is sure to be an absolute highlight of your China trip, and we can guarantee that the photos you take will be simply breathtaking. This tour also includes a gourmet dinner, and as with all of our Great Wall hikes, you get your own driver and English-speaking guide.


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In order for you to catch the sunset we’ll be starting your tour later in the day. You will be picked up from your hotel between 10 (winter) and 11am (summer), and from there we’ll drive out to the Jinshanling Great Wall. 

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ('Gold Mountain') Ranges. The Great Wall at Jinshanling was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The most special features of this section are the 31 watchtowers. According to the different terrain, the watchtowers were built in different shapes: tall or short, rectangular or square, with three to five embrasures. 

The Simatai West to Jinshanling path-and-wall-top walk is about 11 kilometers (7 miles). The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall. It’s very varied in makeup. Simatai is often described with the following five words: perilous, dense, diverse, artful, and peculiar.  At this time, only west side of Simatai is open, which is also a part of Jinshanling. 

The overall hiking time is around 3.5 hours, but you may stay longer in order to view the wonderful sunset over the Great Wall at Jinshanling. This experience will be a nature lover’s delight, and is also a great opportunity for photos. It is sure to be a moment you will never forget, and we guarantee it will be a highlight of your China experience.

After climbing down the wall we’ll have dinner at a nearby guesthouse. 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 with a modest fee. 

This tour can also be done in the style of self-guided. We will send you a private car and driver for the transfer. You will be given a map to guide yourself, which is not challenging.

For a little more money, you can see both the sunset and sunrsie by taking our flat-rate overnight hiking and camping program.  



The prices are determined according to your needs and preference. Private tour and group tour are both possible.  Seniors, children, veterans and students will receive additional discounts. Other seasonal and holiday discounts are also available.  Please request the price and discounts through the form below or visit our Facebook page


  1.  English tour;
  2. Well-experienced tour guide;
  3. Professional driver;
  4. Nice vehicle;
  5. General admissions included;
  6. Gourmet dinner included;
  7. Free bottled water;
  8. Free membership card;
  9. Hotel pickup & drop-off included;
  10. Airport pickup & drop-off at a low fee;
  11. Private or small group




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! 


Use our top-rated professional private transfer service and tour by yourself. You can pick Volkswagen Passat, Buick Minivan, or luxury Mercedes and BMW. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.


Are you a solo travelers or on budget, check this group hiking with sunset tour program for a flat rate of just $129. 


Trip 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 10-11 am from your hotel. 

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