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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

In Brief: Walk from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, following stretches of restored and unrestored Great Wall and taking a detour through the pretty farmland that surrounds Hemp Village.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall | Long views of all the Great Wall at Jinshanling

Long views of all the Great Wall at Jinshanling.

Key information

  • 4 hours of hiking over approx. 11km.

Beijing Hikers regulars: this is the shorter version of this route.

The hike begins at the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall in Miyun County, very close to the border of the Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province. Even though it’s designated as a park, this section of the Great Wall is largely unrestored. It’s not often visited either, probably because it is so far away from central Beijing.

We’ll start the walk with a short climb up to a tower on the wall. There are a lot of towers on this stretch – some in good condition, some tumbled down to foundations only. From the first tower we can see the Wall stretching off into the mountains of Beijing’s Miyun District. We’ll be following it the other way towards Jinshanling, and will cross over the border into Hebei Province.

The wall in this area is built on ridges, and because there are not many trees on the ridgelines we will have broad views in every direction as we walk up to the tower in the area. That also means that there won’t be much shade, aside from when we pass through towers.

Our path along the wall takes us slowly up to the 24-Eyes Tower, the tallest in the area. It’s named as such because it was built with six windows on each sides. Two sides of the tower have since fallen down, and the rest is being held together by a metal scaffold.

From here it’s theoretically possible to follow the wall all the way to Jinshanling, but it’s practically impossible because the wall borders military land and is blocked off. This means taking a detour through Spider Valley!

When we first hiked this trail, the bushy path through Spider Valley was draped with cobwebs and we saw many a big fat spider sitting in the middle of their web. These days, there are fewer spiders, and it’s not as scary as it sounds. On the way through the valley, we’ll walk by an abandoned house, wells, and water stores, as well as the occasional cobweb.

Once we’re out of Spider Valley we’ll start getting into the fields that surround Hemp Village. There are about 100 people living in this valley, surrounded by hills on all sides. They mostly grow corn in this area, but in the right season you can spot hemp and tobacco, and there are donkeys, cows, chickens, and dogs around as well.

Before we arrive at the main part of Hemp Village we’ll make a sharp turn and head back up towards the wall, following a trail up the valley. It will take about forty minutes to get up there, and parts of it get a bit steep.

Just before the trail gets back near the wall, we’ll run into a newly constructed fence that blocks the regular path. We’ll have to make a diversion down into a valley, passing the house of a local farmer who – coincidentally? – sells cold drinks. From his house we’ll climb up again, reaching our regular path beside the wall and heading on towards Jinshanling. Some of the climbing in this area is a little steep, with some scrambling required.

Before we get back on the wall, we’ll pass a spot that offers one of the best views of the Great Wall we’ve seen anywhere, with the whole of Jinshanling spread out across the hills in front.

From the photo spot we walk down towards a tower, and on the other side of the tower we’ll find an arch in the wall. We’ll walk through the arch to get back on the Beijing side of the wall, and climb up on to the wall through an old gate.

To get to Jinshanling, we follow a trail beside the wall until we’re past the military section. It’s this section of the hike where the trail becomes steep and a little tricky, but just for a while – soon enough we’ll be up at an excellent lookout point from where we’ll see all of the Jinshanling Great Wall, as well as the archway that will take us under and then back up on top of the wall.

Where we get back on the wall is the western end of Jinshanling, just beyond the restored section. We’ll follow the wall down to Zhuanduo Pass, where we’ll find a big statue of Qi Jiguang, a general of the Ming Dynasty who was responsible for the reinforcement of much Ming Dynasty Great Wall in Beijing. From there we’ll follow the park road down to the big carpark at Jinshanling, where we’ll finish the hike.

Our bus will meet us at the carpark and will transport us directly to the local restaurant where we’ll have a big meal before heading back to the city.

Beijing Hikers’ regulars: this is the shorter version of this route.

What to bring on this hike

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  • There are a few places where the trail becomes slippery and steep, with gravelly and dusty sections making it slippery underfoot.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 11km
  • Time to complete: 4 hours
  • Total ascent: 352m
  • Total descent: 290m
  • Start height: 275m
  • Peak: 441m
  • Finish height: 336m
  • Location: Miyun
  • Drive time: 2–2.5 hours each way

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