19 Photos to Inspire You to Hike the Great Wall of China

I stayed at Beijing Downtown Backpackers Hostel, which offered day trips to the Great Wall.

Jinshanling is a portion of the Great Wall located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of downtown Beijing.

I took a cable car to Small Jinshan Tower and walked from there to the East Five-Window Tower.

The Jinshanling portion of the wall was constructed under the direction of general Xu Da in 1368 during the Ming Dynasty. That’s 649 years ago!!

Jinshanling Great Wall of China women who hike

The Small Jinshan Tower measures 13 yards (12 meters) long, 12 yards (11 meters) wide, and 26 feet (8 meters) high.

There are a total of 67 watchtowers, 3 beacon towers, and 5 passes.

autumn at Jinshanling Great Wall of China
Big Jinshan Tower
Jinshanling Great Wall of China in the fall
Jinshanling Great Wall of China day trip tour
Big Jinshan Tower

The Big Jinshan Tower is 13 yards (12 meters) long, 9 yards (8 meters) wide, and 36 feet (11 meters) high. The base of the tower is paved with seven tiers of stone slabs.

Jinshanling Great Wall of China day trip from beijing
Jinshanling Mountains
Jinshanling Great Wall of China tour
Jinshanling Great Wall of China watch towers
Kylin Screen Wall

Jinshanling is 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers) in length with an altitude of 2,297 feet (700 meters) above sea level.

Jinshanling Great Wall of China solo hiking
Jinshanling Great Wall of China panorama
Jinshanling Mountains
Jinshanling Great Wall of China hike

Going to China soon? Have any questions? Give me a shout! Or if you have some cool pictures from your hike – send me a link, I would love to check them out!

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