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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

In Brief: Hike hill trails from a tiny and isolated valley village to reach the Great Wall, first following a narrow trail beside the wall and then up on to the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Some sections slippery and steep.

Looking back towards Gubeikou from the west side of Jinshanling

Looking back towards Gubeikou from the west side of Jinshanling, not far from Hemp Village. View more photos »

Key information

  • 3–4 hours start to finish over around 10km.

The Jinshanling Great Wall is open again!

We begin this hike with a flat walk up a valley to reach Hemp Village, an isolated settlement in the hills on the border of Beijing and Hebei Province. 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 about the place as well.

House at Hemp Village, Hebei Province

A house at Hemp Village.

Our local guide has made a trail from his house up to the Great Wall, and we’ll follow it up to a flat spot beside the wall on the ridgeline. This section of the wall borders a military area, and walking on it here is not permitted. We’ll first follow a trail beside the wall, scrambling up and down a few steep hills before we get to a lookout point.

Note: steep! The trail up to the lookout point goes up a fairly big hill. Take a break on the way up!

From the lookout point we can see all of the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Much of the Jinshanling Great Wall is outside the Beijing Municipality, in Hebei Province. It’s a well-known part of the Great Wall that is in good condition after a lot of restoration work, and it is extremely picturesque, with large towers that are more closely-spaced that usual.

Not far from the lookout point, we’ll be able to pass through an archway in the wall, getting us back on to the south side. The south side is the Beijing side, and we’ll find a small door that allows access to the wall. From here we’ll be walking on top of the wall, following it to the main pass of Jinshanling.

We’ll follow the Great Wall towards Simatai. The walk is steep in places with a lot of steps – in one place it’s 107 steps up, then 120 steps down. This means it can get a bit tough on the knees, but the views make up for any temporary pains.

Once we reach the end of the Jinshanling section, we’ll be able to get good views of much of the Simatai Great Wall, including the steep eastern ridge where the famously hard-to-reach Sky Bridge and Fairy Tower are located.

After a little look over that way, we’ll leave the wall and head down a paved park trail. This trail leads down a valley, and after about thirty minutes we’ll arrive at the bottom and meet our bus.

Before heading back to the city, we’ll have a late lunch (perhaps after 2pm) at a local restaurant. The cost of food and drinks is included in the price of the hike.

Weather note: if rain or thunder is forecast we might not be able to hike. We'll be keeping an eye on the forecast, and we can change you on to the Saturday Great Wall hike if the weather that day is looking better.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • There are some steep and slippery sections of trail in the first third of the hike, with parts getting quite narrow.

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level3+

Level of difficulty

Level 3+ is a ‘tougher’ moderate hike. There may be long climbs up hills, and there may be steep sections.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 10km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Total ascent: 522m
  • Total descent: 352m
  • Start height: 253m
  • Peak: 563m
  • Finish height: 423m
  • Location: Miyun
  • Drive time: 2–2.5 hours each way

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