=> Hike from Jinshanling (金山岭) to almost Simatai (司马台)
(since this part will be under construction for 2 or 3 years)
Jinshanling Great Wall section is located about 130 km from downtown Beijing. The majority of the East part of Jinshanling is quite unrestored. The hike from Jinshangling to Simatai is roughly 8 km. It is a significant hike in distance but more so in the elevation change, but you will be rewarded with spectacular views and a good day of exercise. Expect to spend from 3 hours to 5 hours on the wall, depending on your fitness level, ambition and frequency of photo ops. When you are half way between the two sections, you will hardly meet any tourists. In fact, more foreign tourists are seen doing this hike than domestic Chinese tourists. Comfortable shoes and clothes are needed, as you will be hiking on moving bricks sometimes combined with steep climbs. Water and snacks should be in your backpack. But you will find some local vendors selling water and sometimes snacks on the wall.
=> Hike to Mutianyu (慕田峪)
Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall located 70km at the northeast of Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. With Jinshanling and Jiankou this is one of the most wonderful part of the Wall.
It has the reputation of being a bit easier to climb than the Jinshanling section (since it’s pretty well preserved has been renovated in some parts), but as the former one, you’ll hardly find any crowd here !
Here is the official website of this section : http://www.mutianyugreatwall.net/
We wish you a wonderful trip !
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