Embark on a fantastic 13km Great Wall hike from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. We stay overnight at a farmhouse with view on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. It is a 15-minute walk from the farmhouse with excellent view point where we can watch the sunset and sunrise over the Jinshanling Great Wall, the Gubeikou Great Wall and see all the way to Simatai Great Wall. It’s a long hike but there are no steep climbs so this trip fit for everybody with a normal physical condition.
Hiking Distance: 13km
Hiking Duration: 5 h
Hike level: 3 medium/strong
Departure time: 8:30 am
Back in Beijing: 12:30 pm
Price: 1,200 RMB (1,080 RMB for kids 7-17, 960 RMB for membership, 600 RMB for kids younger than 7)
From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive for about two hours to the border of Beijing and Hubei provence where where the Gubeikou Great Wall is located.
By lunchtime we reach our local friends that run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious meal. From here our adventure starts.
It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. A few more turns on a little dirt trail and we are on top of the Great Wall. We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watchtowers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.
Three hours later we arrive at the first highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this 2 story high tower you can see the entire “Gubeikou- Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day we can even see the Fairy Tower, the highest tower of the Simatai Great Wall.
Here we side track a bit from the Wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall.
It’s a really beautiful trail that meanders through farm fields and over the hill ridges next to the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ a small farmhouse appears. The farmers have been living there for 3 generations and will prepare us an excellent dinner.
After dinner we can go for a 20 minute hike to the nearby magic viewpoint. From the top of the hill we have a view over the entire Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall
Day 2: Magic Sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall
If you are an early bird you can get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. This is the moment to take the best picture of your China trip. After watching the sunrise, we go to the farmhouse for a good breakfast with tea and coffee.
A short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting for us. By lunch time we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.
We rate this hike level 3 because. For the distance we could give a medium/strong rating but there are no steep climbs so a medium to medium strong rating is appropriate. Anybody with a normal physical condition will enjoy this trip very much.
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