6 Questions People Ask About Hiking Great Wall Jinshanling to Jinshanling East Gate

Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai West


We know that for many of you, this might be your first time hiking the Great Wall.

We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about the hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West.

Can’t find your question? Just let us know, and we’ll be happy to help!

 1: Jinshanling to Simatai Walk, Is This Possible?

While the full hike from Jinshanling to Simatai isn’t possible anymore—don’t let that stop you!

Dive into an exhilarating half-journey that still packs a punch.

Kick off your adventure at Jinshanling and make your way right up to the East Gate.

Your grand finale? Tower 22— the East Five Window Tower!

From there, you’ll take a short backtrack and then descend a newly built trail that leads to a brand new parking area.

This vibrant trek from Jinshanling to Jinshanling East Gate still offers all the epic views and thrilling experiences of the Great Wall you’re dreaming of.

Lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and get ready to capture some stunning panoramas on this classic Great Wall adventure!

 2: I Heard that It Is Not Allowed to Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai, so I Plan to Walk Simatai on The First Day and Go to Jinshanling / Simatai West on The Second Day to See the Sunrise. Is This Possible?

Simatai Great Wall is split into Simatai East and Simatai West by a dramatic valley, each offering its own unique adventures.

Simatai East has been spruced up and is open for visitors.

You can stroll through the restored area, which stretches from towers 1 to 10.

Plan to spend a day here; it’s a perfect start to your Great Wall exploration. Expect to spend about 2-3 hours soaking in the sights of Simatai East.

Why stop there? On your second day, lace up for an exhilarating hike from Jinshanling to Jinshanling East Gate.

It’s the perfect way to round out your Great Wall experience with even more stunning views and historical wonders.

 3: If I Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West (or Vice Versa), Can You Confirm I only Need to Pay for My Admission Fee/ticket at One Section (i.E., when I Start My Hike)? if Not, Where Do I Pay for The Second Section of My Walk?

You only need to purchase a single admission ticket at the starting point of your hike.

There’s no need to buy another ticket when you reach the end.

This one-ticket entry makes your adventure both easier and more budget-friendly.

Jinshanling to Simtai West hiking


 4: I Know that The Best Trail Is to Start from Zhuanduokou Pass and Head to The East Five-Window Tower, Leaving at The East Gate of Jinshanling. how Long Would that Hike Be?

The entire distance of the walk is around 6 -7 kilometers. No matter your pace, fitness level, or age, this hike usually takes between 3 to 5 hours, including a few breaks to catch your breath and soak in the stunning views.

Get ready to step back in time and make some memorable strides on one of the world’s most famous walls!

 5: Do I need a guide, or can I go on my own?

Opt for a tour guide and dive deep into the culture and history of this majestic place.

A local guide can bring the Wall’s stories to life and answer all your curious questions.

Just remember, hiring a guide is an extra cost, but it’s worth it for the insights they offer!

Or, if you love the idea of adventure on your own terms, go for a self-guided trek. T

his option gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace without sticking to a specific schedule.

Don’t worry about getting lost—your guide or driver is just a call away if you need help or run into any troubles.

Whichever path you choose, an unforgettable journey awaits on the Great Wall!

6: Is It Safe to Hike Jinshanling to Simatai West if It Rains or Snows?

Heading to the Great Wall in summer, between early June and mid-September?

Get ready for some rain!

While the days can be hot, expect showers that might dampen your clothes, make the paths muddy, and reduce visibility during your visit.

If you’re planning a winter trip, watch out for heavy snow forecasts—they might mean up to six inches of snow covering the paths, reducing visibility and making the terrain dangerous.

Blizzard warnings are a clear sign to skip hiking, as slippery conditions and poor visibility can be challenging even for experienced hikers.

Always check the weather before your adventure and know your limits.

If the weather turns bad or you start feeling tired, it’s okay to call it a day.

If there’s a forecast for high winds, heavy rain, snow, or low clouds, it might be best to plan your hike for another day.

Stay safe and enjoy your journey!


Before you set out for a day on the trails, what’s on your mental checklist?

What do you consider before embarking on a mountain hike?

Do the suggestions above match your thoughts, or do you have different ideas?

Is there anything you would add?

Hopefully, this has covered all your queries about the Jinshanling to Simatai West hike.

Safe hiking and enjoy the journey!

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2 Responses to “6 Questions People Ask About Hiking Great Wall Jinshanling to Jinshanling East Gate”

  1. Paulien

    Ni hao,
    I was informed hiking form Jinshanling to Simatai is not possible anymore. What would be the best option if this is not allowed anymore, if I still like to hike on a remote part of the Wall for approximately 4 hours.
    Thanks for your response. Highly appreciated!

    • Ricky

      You’re right, the hike from Jinshanling to Simatai isn’t possible now as Simatai is part of Gubei Water Town. The best hiking option for you would be from Jinshanling main gate to Jinshanling East gate. This route covers 7-8 km and will take about 3-5 hours, depending on how fast you walk. It’s a fantastic hike that still offers the remote and serene experience you’re looking for! Happy hiking!

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