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Why Jinshanling Great Wall is special ?
Jinshanling is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, 125 km northeast of Beijing. This section of the wall is connected with the Simatai section to the east. Some distance to the west lies the Mutianyu section. Jinshanling section of the wall was built from 1570 CE during the Ming Dynasty.
The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ('Gold Mountain') Ranges. A tablet with the Chinese inscription for 'Jinshanling Great Wall' was set into this section.
What to explore at Jinshanling Great Wall?
Featuring various structures and having various functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered. On the first floor there are some windows for shooting arrows. The roofs of the towers are many and varied, flat, arched, quadrangular or octagonal. Some are used to store weapons and hay. Others are used as soldiers' bedrooms. Among them, the most celebrated are the Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers.
The Wangjinglou Tower, the General Tower, the Black Tower and the Taochun Tower are also must-sees. Each tower has its legend. Legend has it that the stone bars used to build the Wangjinglou Tower were carried to the mountain top by Er Lang Shen, the nephew of the Jade Emperor. The general tower was named to commemorate Wu Guihua, a heroine who sacrificed herself to resist northern invader's invasion in the Ming Dynasty. The Black Tower and the Taochun Tower were christened to commemorate two girls, Heigu and Taochun, who made great contributions to the construction of the Great Wall.
How to get to Jinshanling Great Wall?
1. Public buses are available from the Wangjing West subway station of Beijing subway line 13 and line 15. The bus operates from 07:00 to 16:00 from Wangjing West with an interval of one hour. The duration is around one hour and forty minutes. The last back bus is at 16:30. The fare is CNY32 and CNY20.6 if using the local Transportation Smart Card. There are free shuttle buses between the terminus and the entrance of the scenic spot.
2. The tourism bus is opened between Wangjing West subway station and the scenic area. There is only one bus, which departs at 08:00 and returns at 15:00. Tourists can reach the bus station by getting out of the Exit B of the subway line 13 and Exit C of the subway line 15. The ticket fare is CNY 32 and CNY 20.6 if the passengers use local Transportation Smart Card.
3. Take a bus to Miyun County at Beijing Dongzhimen Long Distance Bus Station, and take the local tourist bus to there in Miyun County.
4. Take a bus to Chengde at Liuliqiao Long Distance Bus Station, the bus leaves at about every one hour between 08:00 and 18:00, and get off at Jinshanling Intersection, and take a taxi or walk to the wall.
- Unbelievably beautiful and Majestic views
- Spectacular Vista of the Great Wall
- Great escape from the smog and city
- Beautiful and tranquil, an amazing highlight
- A fantastic part of the Great Wall
Luanping County 068250, China
Tips for you
I visited this part of the Wall on a hot, blue-sky, sunny day. It was great. But I had some difficulties getting there even it is quite easy. I read an old post on tripadvisor about a shuttle bus leaving from Dongzhimen directely to Jinshaling. This bus service does not longer exist! You can take a direct tourist shuttle bus from Wangjing West (metro exit C and turn right, you will see the bus station at the other side of the road) to Jinshanling once a day. The bus departs at 8 AM and then you can take a shuttle bus back at 3 PM at the parking of the main entrance of the Jinshaling section (This bus left right on time but to be sure, be there in advance so you don't miss it). Due to being at the wrong bus station, I missed the 8 AM bus and had to take a public bus going to Luanping. There were quite some people in the line for the bus and I had to wait until 9 before we left. This bus drops (32 RMB) you off at a service station on the highway. There it seems if you're in the middle of nowhere. From the moment you get from the bus, taxi drivers will try to take you to the wall. I just decided to ignore them, as they will probably overcharge you for a 2km walk. You just cross the highway and go left from the police station. Further you will see a sign: Jinshaling entrance 5km. Don't get discouraged becaused that is the main entrance. If you follow the road you will get at the East entrance after 2km. So if you don't mind the walk, you can easily go by foot. You will not get lost, just follow the road. Furthermore, the East entrance is far less crowded than the main entrance. But even then, the amount of people on the wall was quite ok (I was there on a Saturday). Due to limited time I walked between the East entrance and the main entrance so I expected to see some people. But if you turn left on the wall at the East entrance or right at the main entrance, you would have less people. I enjoyed my visit to the wall, I can definitely recommend this place if you don't like crowds. Cost of entrance: 60 RMB. I swiped my student card, but don't expect a discount. Advice: bring a hat, water and sunscreen on hot days. ENJOY!
Take the tram or it's a looong, steep walk up. Hang a right when you get to the wall and it loops back around if you then take a left at the first fork (about a mile down the path)