I've been reading most of the posts here and found them very useful.
We're three going for a month to China in October, and, like many people here, we'd very much like to hike between Jiankou and Mutianyu in one day, then the next between Jinshanling and Simatai.
(Though my chinese girlfriend is adamant about it being "pointless" to spend to entire days at the wall since she's been told that Jiankou-Mutianyu would be enough and the rest would simply be repetitive...)
Anyway, I'd like to ask about the Simatai East part that according to Wikipedia has just been reopened after 10 years of closure.
Could anyone confirm that it is indeed open and visitable? More so, would it be worth it to visit? How long would it take? =)
Despite all the useful information found in this forum and other sources, I'm still having somme trouble setting up the whole thing. We'll be coming from Beijing and would like to go to Chengde for a day as well.
I thought it could make sense to go first to Chengde, stay overnight then head up early to Simatai (closest GW point?), go to Jinshianling, camp the night on the wall or hire a taxi or a local car to take us to Mutianyu and spend the night there at a local's guesthouse, then kickstart an early hike to Jiankou and from there hire a taxi or a car back to Beijing.
That all seemed fine on paper, but I don't know for sure it's "easy" to do, I mean timeframes and the chances of finding transportation (and at what cost), accomodation, etc.
- How long does it take by car between Mutianyu and Jinshianling? (they seem to be the closest points between these two hikes).
- How long between Chengde and Simatai?
- How long between Jiankou and Beijing centre?
- What's the best form of transportation, duration in hours and usual cost?
All this is still open to discussion as we're flexible in reorganizing to fit what makes more sense and what result more convenient, but we're in a hurry to set it on stone so that we can book the hotel in Beijing and get the visas. Time is pressing on... =(
A last question (sorry there are so many): would it be best and convenient (