Jinshanling Great Wall
Brief Introduction of Jinshanling Great Wall
Jinshanling Great Wall is located in Luanping County of Chengde, and borders on Miyun County of Beijing. It is one of the the best preserved section of the Great Wall. With a total length of 10.5 kilometers, it presents many original features. with 5 passes, 67 watchtowers and 3 beacon towers, Jinshanling Great Wall starts from the Wangjinglou Tower in the east and ends at Longyukou in the west. The great wall is famous for broad vision field, dense watchtowers, elegant architecture and unique military defense system. Jinshanling Great Wall presents the original appearance with little renovation. It is the the best place to take pictures of the Great Wall for Photographers. It is also far less crowded than Badaling, Juyongguan or the Shanhaiguan Great Wall.
Jinshanling Great Wall Map
The following maps give you an overview of Jinshanling Great Wall:
Jinshanling Great Wall map, Jinshanling Great Wall tour map
According to researches of heritage experts, early in the Northern Qi period, the great wall and pass had been built in Jinshanling area. The remains can be found now. But the great wall at that time was low and thin, mostly built by earth and rock. In 1368, Zhu Yuanzhang overthrew Yuan Dynasty and set up the Ming Dynasty. He ordered General Xu Da to buit the great wall on Juyongguan, Gubeikou and Xifengkou, and send massive forces stationed. In 1570, General Qi Jiguang largely repaired, renovated and expanded these sections and newly built more than 1300 watchtowers, which lasted 16 years. In the next several decades, the great wall had been constantly repaired and formed the strong line of defense with high walls and bristling fortress. Jinshanling Great Wall
is an important part of this vast military engineering. In 1987, Jinshanling Great Wall was listed as one of the world cultural heritage sites and one of the AAAA-grade national tourist attractions of China.
Jinshanling Great Wall Tour
Jinshanling Great Wal tour is getting popular. Jinshanling is a good choice if you prefer to see the grand and not crowded Great Wall. You may use one day to visit Jinshanling Great Wall, or you may stay one night in the hotel near Jinshanling Great Wall. see more details of Jinshaling tour
Jinshanling Great Wall was built on the Big and Small Jinshanling, hence its name. With an elevation of 700 meters, the wall is built with huge bricks, each of which weighed about 26 pounds. There are 5 passes, 67 watchtowers and 3 beacon towers along the great wall. These watchtowers are all ten meters high and either one-storied or two-storied. They have different structures and different functions. Some are used to store food, hay and weapons, and some are used as soldiers' bedrooms. Some watch towers have stairways to get up and down, and some only have vertical holes in the roof of first floor, which need rope ladders. The roofs of the watchtowers are flat, arched, quadrangular or octagonal. Among these watchtowers, the Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers, the Wangjinglou Tower, the General Tower, the Black Tower and the taochun Tower are most famous. Each has its legend. The big Jinshan Watchtower has two storeys connected by stone stairs. There is a small room on the top, which is used as soldiers' bedroom. It was said that Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers were built by 3000 soldiers from the Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces led by Qi Jiguang. To remind their hometowns, they used the names of bigger and smaller Jinshan Islands in Zhenjiang City of Jiangsu Province to name the two watchtowers. According to the legend, the stone bars used to build the Wangjinglou Tower were carried to the mountain top by Er Lang Shen, who is the nephew of the Jade Emperor. To protect the watchtowers, rows of 3-meter-high Obstacle Walls were built on the slope leading to them. In case the enemies reached the top of the great wall, the defenders would fight behind these walls. Moreover, battlements, parapets and shooting holes make the great wall more impregnable. Tens of thousands of bricks were marked with Chinese characters, which recorded when the brick was made and which troop built that section of the wall.
Jinshanling Great Wall Photo
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Jinshanling Great Wall Walking tips
1. Some parts of jinshanling Great Wall are in ruins. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is needed.
2. Bring enough water and some snacks to keep your energy.
3. The Simatai West is closed now. Walking from inshanling to Simatai West is no possible now.
4. Jinshanling Great Wall presents different landscape in four seasons. The best season is spring and autumn. The trees on mountain are green and the weather is comfortable in this two seasons.
5. There is a campsite with toilets and wash rooms in the scenic area. Besides the entrance ticket, camping fee is 100RMB per person. Camping on the great wall is forbidden.
Accommodation of Jinshanling Great Wall
Jinshan hotel is a hotel imitation Ming and qing architectural style located at the foot of Jinshanling Great Wall. This hotel can hold 200 people at the same time. The farmyards near the great wall are clean and cheap. Visitors can enjoy quiet life of the village and taste the natural peasant food.
1. Take tourist bus from the Wangjing West subway station, the bus will leaves at 08:00. It is only available at weekend and holiday.
2. Take bus no. 980 from Dongzhimen Bus Station to Miyun Country, take a taxi to Great Wall.
3. Take the bus to Chengde from Liuliqiao Long Distance Bus Station, and get off at Jinshanling Intersection, Then take a taxi to Great Wall.
4. Rent a car directly. It is the most convenient way.
Ticket of Jinshanling Great Wall:
65RMB for adult (from March 16 to November 15)
55RMB for adult (from November 16 to March 15)
40RMB for children (from March 16 to November 15)
30RMB for children (from November 16 to March 15)
Cable car of Jinshanling Great Wall
40RMB for adult for single trip 60RMB for adult for double trip
30RMB for children for single trip
40RMB for children for double trip