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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

Hi guys,
this is the only website I found which says the touristic bus runs only on the weekends: is that maybe an old schedule and the article hasn't been updated for a while?
Because I checked on other 3 websites and none of them says it runs only on weekends, they just say it's required a minimum number of 20 passengers.

Thanks a lot!

Reply5/5/2016 10:15:48 AMAlessandro,   Italy

George ( Canada ) :5/5/2016 9:16:10 PM

I am sorry that the information is out of date. You may take metro line 13 to Wangjing West Station, Exit B, or metro line 15 to Wangjing West Station, Exit C. Then, take Jinshanling Special Line to the attraction. The bus departs at 8:00 every day, and return at 15:00 every day. By the way, the trip takes about 2 hours. Yes, it requires at least 20 passengers.

Mary ( Canada ) :4/5/2017 11:03:53 AM

Does anyone know if the return bus leaves Jingshanling at 3pm or if it arrives back at Beijing at 3pm?

Audrey ( Finland ) :4/6/2017 5:54:18 AM

Mary, the special bus leaves Jinshanling at 15:00.

Is it still possible to hike from Jinshanling to Simatei as it was before the village and the new cable car was built in Jinshanling? Svein

Reply10/13/2016 2:55:23 AMSvein Olaf Thorbjørnsen,   Norway

Ava ( Germany ) :10/13/2016 9:24:20 PM

Yes, you can hike from JSL to Simatai. It takes about 4 hours. Take care and have fun! :)

I cant find information about a day trip from Beijing to Jinshanling tomorrow morning? What time does the bus leave etc does anyone have a number to call for more info...thanks

Reply9/17/2016 5:01:56 AMharry,   United States

Vivian ( Australia ) :9/17/2016 8:57:42 PM

Hi, dear! You can take a direct tourist bus to the site from Wangjing West Station. The bus departs at 8:00 and returns at 15:00. The bus fare is CNY 32. The trip takes about 2 hours. The telephone number of the Wall is 86-0314-8830222. Good luck!


I'm going to Beijing this coming October. I have Jinshanling in mind to avoid crowd. I want to stay there as well to catch both sunrise and sunset on the wall. I'm concern that the entrance is closed at these time but I saw a lot of people managed to hike up to see sunrise and sunset. Is it possible to hike to Jinshanling great wall to watch sunset and sunrise when the entrance is closed? Do I need a special permit to enter during these time?

Reply4/23/2016 7:13:46 AMWan,   Malaysia

Jack ( Australia ) :4/24/2016 10:11:38 PM

Yes, you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset there. No special entry permit is required. You are advised to confirm this by dialing at 86-0314---8830222. Good luck to you! :)

Hi, is the bus to Jinshanling this year on March 27th available? what number has the bus? and how much CNY for a round trip from Dongzhimen? Thanks in advance

Reply3/15/2016 11:30:00 AMGerhard Schneider,   Germany

Ava ( Australia ) :3/16/2016 2:19:56 AM

Yes! You may take metro line 13 from Dongzhimen Station to Wangjing West Station, Exit D. Then, take a bus to the attraction. The bus has no number. It costs CNY 32 for a single trip. The trip takes about 2 hours. :)

Gerhard Schneider ( Germany ) :3/16/2016 11:18:56 AM

thanks a lot for your fast reply Ava. Do you have a timetable for the bus? Leaving Beijing, leaving Jinshangling? Does the bus arrive at cable car station or how long is the walk to the cable station?

Ava ( Australia ) :3/17/2016 1:59:59 AM

The buses are available from 7:00 to 16:30, while the return buses are available from 6:30 to 16:00. Upon arrival, take a free shuttle bus, or hike to the scenic area (about 2 km). Then, take a cable car up. May you have a great time! :)

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.
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