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Touring the Great Wall of China at Scenic Jinshanling

Jinshanling is a section of the Great Wall of China that is a mere 87 miles from China's capital city, Beijing. The Jinshanling section of the Wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty, which lasted from 1368-1644, and it is one of the most well-preserved parts. Keep reading to learn more about the history of the Wall and the region in which it sits.

At 1,200 meters long, the section of the Wall provides visitors with an excellent view of the architectural history of the Ming Dynasty. This well-built portion of the wall stands at seven meters high and six meters wide, and is constructed in a way that allows for greater exploration.

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Accommodations in the Jinshanling Region

Whether tourists choose to camp at the wall itself, bunk with local farmers, or stay in a conventional hotel, accommodations near Jinshanling are plentiful. While hotels are typically available in Beijing City, other choices exist in rural areas, including:

  • Camping at the base of the wall is permitted, but is no longer available on the wall itself.
  • A guesthouse at a local farm can save on travel time and make for a unique travel experience.
  • Additional accommodations exist in Beijing, but visitors should remember that it takes over an hour to travel from the city to Jinshanling.

Travel Options from Beijing to Jinshanling

When staying in Beijing, there are a number of ways visitors can reach Jinshanling. At Beijing Dongzhimen long-distance bus station, travelers can take a bus to Gubeikou Township or Miyun County; from either stop, a taxi can be negotiated for completing the trip. Direct taxi service is available, but many people find the cost prohibitive.

Hiking the Great Wall

Hiking is an excellent option for exploring the Great Wall of China, and there are a variety of tours in and around Jinshanling. One-day trips between Jinshanling and both Gubeikou and Simatai are excellent for shorter excursions. Two-day trips are also available, and these involve visits to all three sites; overnight camping in Jinshanling makes this journey particularly enjoyable for some.

Exploring Jinshanling

Jinshanling is one of the less-visited sections of the Great Wall of China, but tourists will discover fewer crowds and more room for exploration. A 1:1 ratio of tour guides to visitors makes the region one of the safest to travel. The sparse crowds and scenic location make the spot an excellent place to photograph the Wall and the areas surrounding it.

Although Jinshanling is one of the best spots to view the Great Wall, there are things to consider before traveling to the area, including:

  • If staying in Beijing, it is advisable for visitors to bring there own food and drinks. Options for purchasing such provisions are few.
  • Those with vertigo or a fear of heights should realize that this is a taller section of the Wall.
  • Visiting this section also requires physical exertion; those with limited mobility should take note.

Jinshanling is an excellent spot to visit the Great Wall of China for tourists who enjoy exploring on their own or as a part of a group; it is also an excellent spot for anyone who appreciates spectacular architecture.