Other Frequently-asked Questions
1. How long does it take to go
from downtown of Beijing to Jinshanling?
Normally, it takes about two to three hours from Beijing to Jinshanling by
high way each way. If you take a private tour (your own car,
driver and tour guide), it can be as fast as 1.5 hours to get to Jinshanling by toll-way. If you choose to go with a group
(mini-bus, driver and guide), it takes longer as we'll have to
pick up guests from various locations and may not take the toll
way in order to reduce the transfer cost. Certainly, the less
traffic we experience, the faster we go.
2. How many hours are for the
hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai?
The distance from Jinshanling to Simatai is about 10 km. Most people
take about four to five hours to hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.
3. What are included of your
quotations and what are the difference between a private tour and
group bus tour?
is a VIP service. You will have a dedicated car, a driver and a
tour guide. It means you can decide when
to get up in the morning as long as it is before 9 AM, you will have
no one else to share your car or guide, and you have more time to
talk to your guide while hiking. It also means you'll save half of
the time spent on the road compared to bus tour, saving up to three
hours round-trip, because we'll take the newly-completed but
expensive Beijing-Chengde toll way (photo on the right). Our price includes all the entrance
fees and high way tolls. However, it does not include lunch.
No shopping is scheduled during the entire trip.
A Non-private bus tour will significantly reduce the cost while you
sacrifice with privacy and time, but you win a lunch. You'll be
spending about 1 hour in the city after you board because we are
going to different hotels to pick up your partners. Also, to save
more, we do not take the expensive toll way and that'll take longer to get to
the Wall. Price includes all the entrance fees and a lunch. There
will be a stop at a local gift shop but you are not
required to buy anything if you don't need to.
4. What should we take to the
Please take your picnic lunch, two bottles of water, some snacks,
sunscreen, sun-glasses, stick, pocket knife, first aid kit, lip balm
and cap etc.
5. What is the weather like on
Please check the weather report three days before your departure
date and you will know. Usually the temperature on the
mountain is lower than in Beijing.
6. Is it hard to hike on the
Wall? Do we need a doctor or a rescue person to hike with?
The hiking is designed for the hiking lovers. The part of the wall
we would trek along is the most magic part of Great Wall. The 10km's
distance on the wall will take us about 4 hours to hike up and down
(many steps) on the range of the mountain. It is not easy！ Every
participant must make sure your own health condition is good enough
for the activities (especially those who have blood pressure or knee
there certainly need to hire a doctor or a rescue person to hike
1. There is not any toilet along
the path on the Wall. There are the toilets at the bottom of
Jinshanling and Simatai. Please prepare before hiking.
2. There are cable cars (tram or
gondola) in both Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall. There is a also slider at Simatai
Great Wall. The guests are supposed to pay those as extras.
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