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 Jinshanling section of the Great Wall is 10.5km long with 5 passes, 67 towers and 2 beacon towers. Jinshanling is the most original and get least restorations of the Great Wall.
During the Ming Dynasty, the low-lying position of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall was battered in numerous battles against invading Mongol forces. In order to address this positional weakness, General Qi Jiguang ordered the construction of double-walled sections that increased the wall’s height. A historical and less-visited section of the Great Wall, Jinshanling is an off-the-beaten-path destination. Upon arrival, we’ll embark on a fairly strenuous hike along this less visited part of the Great Wall. There are ups and downs along the wall, but for the most part, you are walking on well-defined trails all the way to the top.
As far as Great Wall hikes go, the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall boasts some of the most breathtaking views, though the section’s convenience factor is slightly dampened by the fact that Jinshanling is a bit further away from Beijing than some other sections of the wall. Jinshanling’s varied watch towers and steep gradients grant hikers a diverse array of fresh perspectives and wide, open views, making this trail a natural choice for photographers and amateur shutterbugs. Jinshanling is a little over 10 km in length and features 5 passes, 2 beacon towers and over 60 watch towers. For those who do not want to hike from the car lot to the Wall, the Jinshanling cable car allows easy access from the foot of Jinshanling hill to the top entrance of Lesser Jinshanling Tower. Once atop the Wall, most of the trail can be covered in around 4 hours, and although the passageway to the Simatai section of the Great Wall over to the east is currently not open, most travelers are perfectly content weaving through the serpentine trails of Jinshanling.