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Jinshanling Great Wall

The Jinshanling Great Wall, 130 kilometers (81 miles) northwest Beijing, happens to be the boundary of Beijing and Hebei Province. It was given the name for its perching on the Jinshan Mountain, a branch of Mt Yanshan. The wall, 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) long, presents the original appearance with little renovation. This section is especially favored by the overseas tourists.

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Jinshanling was a strategic vital passage in the past dynasties. In order to defend the capital Beijing, a wall was built in 1368 immediately after the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) was founded. From 1567 to 1572, massive reconstruction was carried out under the direction of Qi Jiguang, a brilliant militarist. It brought forth the complete fortification, strengthened with more passes, watchtowers, beacon towers and other attachments.

Besides battlements, parapets, and shooting holes, the wall is featured with obstacle walls and bricks with characters on them. Obstacle walls on the coping, about 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) high, were built in rows on the slope leading to the watchtowers. In case that the attackers reached the top of the wall, the defenders still could repel the attack from behind these walls. Near the Huding Tower, bricks were marked with Chinese characters, recording the time the brick were made and the troop that built that exact section.

Sixty-seven watchtowers form a unique scene of the Jinshanling Great Wall. These towers are all ten meters (32.8 feet) high and mainly two-storied. The inner structures are different, either square, rectangular or round. Both the number of shooting holes and the arches of the towers varies. For getting up and down in the tower, some towers have stairways while others only have vertical holes in the roof. For the latter, rope ladders were needed. These watchtowers were used as anti-enemy towers, storerooms, or bedrooms.

The Jingsanling Great Wall is connected with the Simatai Great Wall in the east. When finishing the Jingsanling section, visitors may buy a ticket for the Simatai section to continue their hike.

Entrance Charge:
CNY 65 (Mar.16 to Nov.15)
CNY 55 (Nov.16 to Mar.15)
Cable Car:
CNY 40 per person for a single-trip
Opening Hours:
Bus Route:
No. 980 from Dongzhimenwai to Miyun Bus Station (东直门外-密云汽车站), and then take a small bus to the Jinshanling Great Wall.
Take Long-distance to Chengde bus from Liuliqiao Long-distance Bus Station, and get off at Jinshanling Intersection, and take a taxi to Jinshanling Great Wall.
Take the tourist special bus from Dongzhimen Bus Terminal at 07:30 and get back from Jinshanling at 14:30. The bus runs at weedends and Chinese public holidays between April 4 and November 1. The ticket is CNY 100, including the round-trip bus fare, entrance fee, cable car and sight-seeing car in the scenic area.

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Comments and Questions

We are planning to do multi-day hiking on Great Wall in Mid-April. Is there bus from Mutianyu to Jinshanling? We would like to hike Mutianyu great wall, then spend a night somewhere in Huairou or Miyun County. Then go up to Jinshanling watching sunrise early morning.
Also is there bus come back to Beijing from Jinshanling?

Reply1/17/2014 3:57:36 PMAnne,   Canada

You write that the tourist bus operates on weekends - does that mean only Saturday and Sunday? I would like to go on a Friday - is that possible? Thank you in advance

Reply10/9/2013 5:18:37 AMMette,   Denmark

Nancy :10/9/2013 7:24:11 PM

yes, only on Saturdays and Sundays.


I'm planning on visiting Jinshanling at the start of October and wanted to confirm that the 980 bus from Dongzhimen bus station will be running (I've read conflicting things about whether Dongzhimen station is still in service)?
Also what is the timetable for the bus (when does it start running and how often)?
Finally how much would the combined bus journey with a taxi from Miyun County to the wall cost one-way?
Thanks for your help.

Reply9/3/2013 4:30:52 AMAzam,   United Kingdom

Jim :9/3/2013 6:44:16 PM

yes, the bus still runs, but it departs from Dongzhimen Wai. you can get to Dongzhimen subway Station, leave from Exit H and walk east along the Dongzhimen Avenue for about 270 meters. turn left and head northward along the Dongzhimen Wai Xiejie for about 250 meters, you will find the bus station.
the bus leaves Dongzhimen at around 07:30 and returns from Jinshanling at around 15:00.
the cost is about CNY100 - 200 one way.

Hi Kate,

I saw your reply to Ed. I'm very interested in taking the direct bus to Jinshanlin this Sunday. Is it possible to buy tickets on Friday to ensure I get a seat? If so, do you know where I can buy them? Thanks


Reply8/29/2013 3:14:11 AMKarim,   China

Kate :8/29/2013 5:54:37 PM

no, it is not possible, you can only buy the ticket on spot at the bus station in the early morning. you can get there early.

Hello -

You state "Take the tourist special bus from Dongzhimen Bus Terminal at 07:30 and get back from Jinshanling at 14:30."

If the drive from Beijing is 2 1/2 hours then that's 5 hours of driving. Does that mean if you take the special bus(express) that you would only have 2 hours to hike in Jinshanling?

Reply8/15/2013 2:40:39 PMEd Scislow,   United States

Kate :8/15/2013 6:55:06 PM

i think you misunderstand the information above.it sais the bus leaves from Dongzhimen at 07:30, so after about 2.5 hours ride, you will arrive at Jinshanling at around 10:00. the return bus gets back from Jinshanling at 14:30 means you have to take the return bus at 14:30, so you will probably get back to Beijing at around 17:00. so you will have about 4.5 hours to hike in Jinshanling. P.S. i heard the price is CNY120 per person, but not sure.

Ed Scislow :8/16/2013 8:27:41 AM

Thanks Kate.
Do you believe that these are in fact direct buses from Dongzhimen in Beijing to Jinshanling? I've heard there is a transfer in Miyun, where you need to hire a car to drive you to Jinshanling. I'd be hiking on a Sunday which I've heard do have direct routes. Also, do you have an opinion on the difficulty of the hike around the wall in Jinshanglin? I'm ok with it but my wife gets a little spooked by some of the info on how hard it is. Thanks for the response.

Kate :8/18/2013 6:12:33 PM

yes of course there is a direct bus, but it only runs at weekends and Chinese public holidays between April 4 and November 1. some people prefer to make a transfer at Miyun becuase the bus to Miyun is more flexible, and they can get on a bus as soon as they arrive at the bus station.


Would you know where I can get any information about that bus that goes straight to JinShanLing?

May said it leaves the station at 7:30am. What time does it depart JinShanLing?

Are there good reasonable places to eat at JinShanLing as well?

Thank you

Reply8/29/2012 11:41:29 AMStephen

May :8/29/2012 7:27:07 PM

I only konw the tourist bus go directly from Beijing to Jinshanling.
the bus only runs at weedends between April 3 and November 1. it departs at 07:30 from Dongzhi Bus station (No. 45 Dong Wai Xie Jie), and get back to the city from Jinshanling at 14:30.
the fare is CNY100 including the round-trip bus fare, entrance ticket, cable car and signt-seeing car in the attraction.

Stephen :9/1/2012 12:56:09 PM

Thanks May

Steffi ( Germany ) :9/12/2012 7:09:00 AM

Are the informations still up to date? it really sounds amazing, but I just can't imagine that all fees are in 100 RMB included ...

Kate :9/12/2012 6:07:59 PM

To Steffi,
yes, the information is up to date. and yes, the one-day tour to Jinshanling cost CNY 100.
but the tourist bus runs only at weekends and Chinese public holiday between April 4 and November 1.

Stephen ( Philippines ) :9/19/2012 4:39:44 AM

I just came from JinShanLing. If this tourist bus exists and the price is just 100 yuan you should get it.

Entrance at Jin Shan Ling was already at 60 RMB and the cable car was already at 40 RMB! Not to mention getting a minivan/bus from Miyun County is quite troublesome if you go on a weekday because there are not that many passengers.

I'll write about my experience soon.
email me at sunjun79@gmail.com if you have further questions.

how frequent is the small bus to/from Miyun Bus station to Jinshaling Great wall? and what is the costs?

Reply5/15/2011 10:27:00 AMgwen,   Malaysia

May :5/16/2011 3:47:00 AM

hi Gwen,
not sure about the mini bus from Miyun to Jinshanling Great Wall. but i know there are tourist buses from Dongzhimen Bus station to Jinshanling Great Wall.
the bus departs at 07:30 every weekends and holidays of China between April 3rd and November 1st.
the fare is CNY 100, including the round trip bus tickets, entrance ticket, cable car ticket and the sight-seeing cart in the scenic spot.

Stephen ( Philippines ) :8/29/2012 1:18:45 AM

Hi May!

Would you know where I can get any information about that bus that goes straight to JinShanLing?

Thank you

Stephen ( Philippines ) :8/29/2012 1:20:34 AM

Hi Gwen!

Did you go already?
How was your experience?

I saw in another site that the bus ride costs 15 RMB while the minibus is 10RMB.

Was it easy to go to and come back to beijing from Jinshanling? I would appreciate any info you can give. Thanks!

Very helpful, you guys have been. At least send me an e-mail.

Reply2/12/2012 7:30:26 PMBob

We really want to see snow on the Great Wall; we really hope for it to be snowing . . . what section is the best in winter to be able to see snow; when should we go . . . sometime in February???

Reply2/10/2012 8:20:45 PMBob,   China

Susan :2/13/2012 6:13:06 PM

Hi bob,
it is hard to say weather it will snow or not this Feb., but it's get warmer and warmer.
if is snows, you may try the Mutianyu Great Wall, or Jiankou Great Wall.

We are spending the night in Jinshanling in sleeping bags on April 20, 2011. We are the only ones booked for that night. We would like to tour Baddling the following morning. Is there a public bus or any transportation that runs from Jinshanling to Baddling? What is the cost?

Reply4/8/2011 8:54:00 PMWanda Fisher,   China

Henry :4/8/2011 9:22:00 PM

No direct bus from Jinshanling to Badaling. You have to take a bus to Miyun County, and then take a long-distance bus to Yanqing to take bus no. 919 to badaling. Or you can go back to Dongzhimen of Beijing first from Jinshanling, then take bus no. 44 to deshengmen to take bus no. 919 to badaling.