I'd give this experience six stars if I could. A really well organised day out with a fantastic guide Yaxin who made sure we got to make the most of this fabulous trip. We did it on a Monday and pretty much had the Great Wall to ourselves, the group was small seven and we went along at an easy pace with plenty of breaks. Snacks were provided too, I suggest bringing a small backpack to carry water and remember to wear layers. The route wasn't too challenging, some of the older hikers we met used poles - but by no means all of them. The end came all too soon and no one wanted to leave however, the post hike lunch was really enjoyable, great food and plenty of it with great company. We took two teenage boys who loved it and I'd recommend this hike in a heartbeat.
Rob and family
The hike to Jinshanling was a great day out, our guide had snacks on hand, always happy to help out taking photos and telling us info about life in China.
We were fortunate enough to have this section of the wall almost to ourselves in early Jan, passing only a few other groups over the trek maing for great photos.
My only critique is that this is not a full day hike, perhaps it would be with a larger group that lags but we were back in Beijing before 3pm.
All in all highy recommended.
Utterly stunning tour. Ok, so the drive took two hours to get there and three back due to rush-hour traffic, it was worth every second of it. We found this stretch of the wall deserted unlike the stories we heard about other parts of the wall where there are significant crowds and had it practically to ourselves. On top of that, it was a crystal clear day so the photos we've taken are spectacular. Our guide was informative and caring and happy to answer all manner of questions we threw at him. He also took us for lunch at a local restaurant where the food literally didn't stop coming! We spent three weeks all over China, and this was probably the best day of the entire trip.
This tour was amazing! Our guide Mark was great, aso food was delicius. The only thing we did not like was at the end, when van drop us off, he asked for the 10% tip for the driver.It was a bit strange, because tour is not cheap and we already gave tip to Mark earlier after lunch. Anyway great tour!
This trip was exceptional. Simatai was closed, so my tourguide Mark took me to the Gubeikou section of the wall, approximately 200km from Beijing city center. It was a fairly easy 6km hike with breathtaking views and minimal tourists. This portion of the wall hadn't been rebuilt for tourists and it felt so authentic and historic. Mark was an excellent hiker, my personal photographer, and my Chinese professor. He taught me so much about the Great Wall, Beijing, and Chinese history. He also fed me snacks, gave me plenty of water, and took me to the most delicious and seemingly authentic Chinese lunch a few km away from the Great Wall entrance. Mark made me feel at home in a place where I felt quite foreign I'm an American and a first time visitor to Beijing. In Mark, I made a friend, and I will never forget this incredible adventure and our time together spent hiking the Great Wall.
Danny was great!! He was prepared for the hike and brought snacks and water for all. Would highly recommend if you would like to see the Great Wall without being around hundreds of other people. We saw less than 50 people during our entire trip.
You will be heading to an area of the wall that looks as if it hasn't been refurbished which was very special. Be ready to climb a lot of steps and be on areas of the wall that aren't very wide.
I had a great tour. I was lucky that no one else booked on the same day as me so I had the tour all to myself with Jason who was great to talk with and knew a lot. We also pretty much had the entire wall to ourselves too! FYI this isn't the touristy part of the wall that is renovated, you're walking on a lot on dirt and the towers are not well preserved. If you want to have more elbow room, like hiking and want a knowledgeable tour guide then this is the tour for you!