Jinshanling Great Wall, though steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking mountains, is considered as the best starting point to start the 10KM trek to Simatai West. Located northeast of Beijing, . Below are 8 pretty cool facts that you may or may not know about beautiful Jinshanling Great Wall.
1.) Jinshanling Great Wall is located 125 km northeast of Beijing, and constructed in the Ming dynasty.
2.) Jinshanling means Golden mountain ridge in Chinese.
3.) Jinshanling first constructed by General Xuda in 1368, then largely repaired, renovated and expanded by the legendary General Qi Jiguang in the 1570s.
4.) The total length of Jinshanling is 10.5 km, with 5 passes, 67 towers and 2 beacon towers, made of brick and stone.
5.) With the freeway just two hour drive from Beijing, Jinshanling is highly accessible despite seeming remote.
6.) Many parts of the wall at Jinshanling have not been restored in any way. That gives you a more authentic experience but the trek is also more difficult.
7.) Hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai West will take you the entire day when you take into account the time to and from Beijing.
8.) This entire hike is about 10 km. and would take roughly 3 – 5 hours, depending on your preferred pace.