We had great weather which I'm sure made a big difference. In any event, the experience is practically guaranteed to be one you'll never forget. And if you stay alert and with a little bit of luck, you'll see these amazing birds called the Chinese Pheasant with about a 1.5 metert wing span and a very long, thin tail that fly low, swoop then practically crash land into the trees. Apparently some people who have visited the Great Wall many times have no idea they are even there. But I saw five, and a few other people I met saw some too. So keep your eyes peeled!
Highly recommend this hike - while challenging, it is so worth it! Not crowded with great views and you get the chance to go at your own pace. Jen was prompt with pick up and offered facts about the Wall on our drive out. She made sure everyone was prepared and checked in after to see how our experience was.
I wanted a challenging section of the Great Wall and this was exactly what I was looking for. We were able to explore this area at our own pace. The wall is restored in some sections and unrestored in others. The scenery of the wall and the hillsides were spectacular, especially in spring when the trees are flowering.
Our tour guide Jen was very informative about the area and it's history . I especially want to thank her for helping me retrieve my phone when I forgot it on the bus.
This Great Wall tour with May as a guide was awesome! It is a further drive than some other segments of the Great Wall and my tour was also in November, so we had it almost completely to ourselves. May was very informed, providing good conversation on the drive back and forth and also while hiking the wall. She is also and excellent photographer so she made sure we all had great photos of ourselves with the wall. It was a highlight of my visit to China! thank you May and Backpackers Hostel!
Terrific experience. The meeting point is easily reachable by public transport. The section of the wall we visited was truly beautiful and it was only our group walking it along, so at some point, you found yourself completely alone along this marvellous piece of engineering. The surroundings are equally beautiful, with sections of the wall being taken over by the forest. The guides were also very friendly and showed a wide knowledge about Chinese history and the wall construction, a pity I do not properly remember their names I think one was Yen?. We were very happy to have skipped the crowds choosing this tour. 100 recommendable!
Die Tour zur Chinesischen Mauer von Jinshanling nach Simatai West hat unseren Vorstellungen total entsprochen. Wir konnten 3 Stunden entlang der Mauer wandern - jeder/jede in seinem Tempo - man hatte nicht das Gefühl in einer Gruppe unterwegs zu sein und trotzdem den Luxus sich nicht um Anfahrt/Route/Abholung kümmern zu müssen. Sowohl die Reiseleiterin im Bus als auch der Guide vor Ort waren sehr freundlich, bereit alle Fragen zu beantworten....... Also für alle, die nicht im Touristenstrom schwimmen wollen - sondern ausreichend Zeit und Raum fürs eigene Erelben haben möchten - ist das genau das richtige Angebot!