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Submitted on Apr 14, 2018 Useful Info

Go to Jinshanling section of the Great Wall to avoid crowds

At a glance

  • People usually go to Badaling, but it’s really crowded
  • Jinshanling is less crowded. It’ll take the whole day to visit
  • Take the direct tourist bus from Dongzhimen Bus Station to go there
  • Cost 100 CNY in total
  • Bring water with you

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The most popular sections of the Great Wall is Badaling, and that’s where most tourist go to independently or with groups. The problem is that it’s almost always crowded, and you don’t really get a good sense of the grandeur of the great wall. Jinshanling is less well-maintained and a bit far, but it is open to the public and you get a far better feel for what the wall looks like.


Timing:

  • It’s 150km west of Beijing, so prepare an entire day for this
  • The section itself is open from 7am to 5pm
  • We spent about 5 hours on the wall, which I thought was more than enough


How to get there:

  • We took a direct tourist bus from Dongzhimen Bus Terminal in Beijing. Note that this bus only runs on weekends between April 4 and and November 1
  • Dongzhimen Bus Terminal is on the subway line 2
  • The bus fare cost 100 Yuan, but it included the ticket to the wall itself and the cable car and the fare back as well
  • It takes about 2 hours to get there
  • The bus leaves at 7am and returns at 3pm
  • We also found alternatives with local long-distance bus, but it was just too complicated. Taxis also go there but it’s very expensive


Cost:

  • Our bus fare included the ticket
  • But if you are buying the ticket separately it’s 65 Yuan


Food

  • There are a lot of vendors that sell street food, which we ate (and didn’t get sick)
  • I saw a few restaurants as well
  • Water is pretty expensive there (8 yuan a bottle). I wish we brought some with us from Beijing