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Submitted on Jul 24, 2020 Useful Info

Walk the Great Wall of China 2021 - The Best Hiking Sections: Gubeikou and Jinshanling

Walking the Great Wall of China is the top thing to do when traveling to Beijing. Your day strolls along the "wild" part of the Great Wall, along with expansive views of the vibrant, bright Ming-era walls. According to CNN Travel, "It (walking the Great Wall) was a trip that would not only change the lives of the three friends but would change the fortunes of the wall itself, helping preserve it and elevate it to the revered status it holds today."

Great Wall Adventure Club has made the dream of hiking the historic Wall possible since 2003. This is the right adventure company you should go with for a perfect off-the-beaten walk at the Great Wall for one day.


The Great Wall Sections in Beijing

In winter, when there was a shortage of food in the north, the nomadic tribes would head south across the Yinshan Mountains, the Great Wall and the Loop Plain in order to get enough supplies to survive. The decision to set the capital at Beijing was seen by later generations as a way to deal with the invading foreigners in an effective and timely manner by guarding the borders.


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The Great Wall in Beijing covers a distance of 600 kilometers, mostly built during the Ming Dynasty. In the Kangxi period, the Great Wall was not built during the Kangxi era, and the rest of the Qing Dynasty rulers did build the Wall, but the scale and the sections of the Wall that remain today are still mostly from the Ming period.

Undoubtedly, the Great Wall has become a miracle because of its architecture, and the Great Wall of Beijing in front of the Tianzi Gate is the essence of this miracle. With the help of the steep mountains in the north and west of Kyoto, the defenders constructed a complete set of fortifications, which were ingeniously conceived and built from a high ceiling. The Great Wall bricks and stones, made of special materials, have been transformed into different shapes and sizes in a single base, which are both architectural and military jewels.


Great Wall hiking at Gubeikou


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Gubeikou is one of the most important gateway in history, which is the main road between Beijing and the northeast region. The Great Wall from Juyongguan to Shanhaiguan was built in 555 A.D. In 1403, when Ming Chengzu moved the capital to Beijing, the Great Wall was built to strengthen Beijing's defense, especially the 600-kilometer section from Juyongguan to Shanhaiguan. It is also known as the "Cultivation of the Frontier".

The Ming Dynasty Hongwu years of the Great Wall, the first construction of the ancient north pass well built across the mountain, the city built on top of the mountain, with the mountain, winding and twisting, showing as irregular polygonal, is likened to a bird's nest type. Tang Shunzhi, a poet of the Ming Dynasty, wrote a poem saying, "All the cities are in the depression of the mountains, this city crowned the mountains as a bird's nest. Here one thinks of the fierce warriors, and the sky is so high that one can hear the birds' voices."

More than 40 kilometers of the Great Wall line, there are 172 enemy towers and beacon towers, 14 smoke pier, established 16 passes; three water pass Great Wall; six customs; and three urn city; and many guards, offices, fortress distributed in the periphery. The section of the Great Wall at Crouching Tiger Mountain has a rare sister building in the history of the Great Wall; the longest span of the Water Pass Great Wall in the history of the Great Wall.

After the reunification of the Qin Dynasty, each dynasty had a policy of cultivating and garrisoning the frontier, which not only provided food for the army, but also developed local production and economic development, promoting social and economic progress.

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  • Gubeikou Great Wall Climbing Route

You have to climb up through a few cornfields and through the undergrowth, but beware of the prickly branches of the trees here, which can cut easily.

It's the beginning of autumn, and the trees are already turning golden, similar to the poplar forests of the Enazi Banner or the autumn scenes of Kanas in Xinjiang, although I haven't been there yet.

This section of the Great Wall at Gubeikou, also known as the Panglong Mountain Great Wall, sits on the ridge of a mountain ridge, a characteristic feature of the Great Wall.

The enemy towers of the Great Wall were used for commanding and commanding the troops guarding the various sections of the Wall, and for placing equipment and materials, etc. They were also used by the soldiers patrolling the Wall for shelter and rest. The local people have a very effective way of remembering the location of the city tower, which is called "eye", by looking at the arched windows on the tower. The famous nine-eye tower near the arrow buckle section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu should be the official name of this unofficial mnemonic method, and then accepted by the authorities, but the official name is limited to the section of the Great Wall developed into a tourist area only, the Great Wall still rely on oral tradition to remember the relative position of the towers.

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There is a staircase down the wall in front of the 24th Eye Building, and there are obvious signs of people walking along it, and there are also red cloth signs tied by enthusiastic hikers along the way, so you won't get lost if you follow them.

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Jinshanling Great Wall Hike


The Great Wall of Jinshanling is built on the mountains, dangerous and blocked by water, and the Great Wall is undulating like an iron wall. Carved buildings, such as armor guards, "one man in charge, ten thousand men open". Known for its wide field of vision, dense enemy buildings, building defense system function and peculiar.

Excessive to the Jinshanling Great Wall, hiking to the east after the five-eye building divided into left and right, right to the direction of the ancient north mouth is part of the renovation, the road is large and easy to walk; left to the Simatai direction is not renovated original Wild Great Wall, without consideration directly to choose the left, to the ancient north water town as the goal of moving forward naturally is not backtracking!

Jinshanling part of the wall lack of maintenance has crumbled, the ground originally flat bricks and tiles are also scattered, uphill and downhill often have to use their hands and feet to maintain balance, walking on top of the excitement and sense of accomplishment is much better than the Great Wall has been repaired.


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The Great Wall brick size and yesterday in the Jinshanling unopened scenic area mule camel brick almost big, a mule each time only about four pieces, and look at the more than 600 kilometers of Beijing section of the Great Wall, no matter which dynasty, the construction of the Great Wall consumed manpower and materials, the country is a heavy burden.

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Jinshanling is 700 meters above sea level, and the mountains are like waves in the north, Simatai reservoir is like a mirror in the east, and Miyun reservoir is shimmering in the south. The Great Wall rises and falls between the mountains and the rivers, and the situation is extremely majestic. It is especially densely packed with enemy buildings, exquisitely constructed and in various forms, which is incomparable to Badaling, Shanhaiguan and Jiayuguan, and is one of the tourist spots under development in the Great Wall. The Great Wall of Jinshanling winding and twisting, wide vision, dense enemy buildings, majestic and spectacular. The mountains and mountains inside and outside the Great Wall, the vast forests and seas are suitable for hiking and photography in spring, summer, autumn and winter.

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The dilapidated wall and bullet holes are like being in the era of war. Under the sunlight, it makes people cry; of course, Jinshanling section of the Great Wall within the scenic spot of the Great Wall is obviously much more complete, many places have been extensively repaired, that kind of wild Great Wall wild gone, replaced by a flat needle of the bridle path, neat steps, good-looking enemy building, still repair the old Great Wall is very steep, the impression is deeper whenever a deep ravine or military stronghold, will build a pass, the pass is mostly located at It is not easy to discover the hidden place in front of the gate; there are stone ladders or brick ladders on both the east and west sides of the gate leading to the city walls.

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Watching Sunset at Jinshanling

The sun slowly descends and disappears behind the horizon, with mountains and walls in the distance, the perfect backdrop for the sunset. Dazzling sunset colors suddenly appear and paint the sky in bright hues. The sunset was fantastic. Red fireballs slowly fell below the mountain walls, painted in gorgeous colors.

The sun slowly descends and disappears behind the horizon, with mountains and walls in the distance, the perfect backdrop for the sunset. Dazzling sunset colors suddenly appear and paint the sky in bright hues. The sunset was fantastic. Red fireballs slowly fell below the mountain walls, painted in gorgeous colors.

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For sunset tours, please refer to Great Wall Adventure Club's sunset hiking programs.