Linhai (临海/linhai) is in eastern Zhejiang Province in China. It is home to the southern most section of the Great Wall, Jiangnan Great Wall, as well as the Qing Dynasty East Lake and the historic Ziyang Old Street.
Linhai is not as crowded during the holidays as the sections of wall near Beijing, and during much of the year it is fairly quiet. It’s a much more accessible alternative for climbing the wall than flying to Beijing, for those situated in southern China.
If you simply want to visit the wall, you could do so as a day trip from nearby cities, such as Hangzhou, Shanghai or Wenzhou, but make sure to buy your return train tickets in advance, as there might not be any seats left on evening trains by the time you are ready to leave.
Linhai City is two hours southeast of Hangzhou by fast train. Buy a ticket for Linhai Railway Station （临海火车站/linhai huochezhan）. Linhai is located between Ningbo and Taizhou, two larger cities in the region. Buses from Taizhou are also available.
Linhai Train station is about a 25 minute taxi ride from East Lake and the Great Wall.
- East Lake (东湖/donghu), a classical Qing Dynasty imperial lake similar to ones you would see in Beijing, is a good place to start off your visit to Linhai. East Lake is situated just south of the entrance to the Great Wall. East Lake is in a walled off area and it might take you half-an-hour or more to wander around grounds. You need to purchase a ticket for East Lake (15 yuan), but you can buy a joint ticket for East Lake and the Great Wall for 70 yuan. Just to the right of the entrance to East Lake is a small room with historical objects on display, including an excellent example of a wooden carved ceiling that is traditional to the historic Jiangnan region of China, which Zhejiang Province is part of.
- Jiangnan Great Wall (江南长城/jiangnan changcheng). According to the information signs at the wall, the Linhai section of the wall was designed by the same architect who designed the famous Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing. The entrance to the Great Wall is a bit cheesy and there are some vendors selling trinkets at the top of the steps. When you get to the top, take a left and you’ll start your walk along the wall. It is several miles long and will take probably 2+ hours to walk. This stretch of the wall is surrounded by forest and is a nice stroll. If you first visit East Lake, look across the street and you will see a parking lot and a huge set of steps going up a mountain. That’s the entrance to the wall. If you skip East Lake and go directly to the wall, you can buy a ticket at the base of the wall. After you have walked about two-thirds of the wall, the path will descend down the mountain and the wall will turn into a city wall that runs along a river and a historic section of Linhai city. At the steps leading down the wall to Ziyang Old Street, you'll notice an entrance along the wall to a temple with a pair of old pagodas on a mountain.
- Ziyang Old Street (紫阳老街/ziyang laojie) a historic section of the city with a number of shops and restored buildings you can visit. It’s a good example of traditional architecture from Zhejiang province and the street is pretty long and goes on for a few blocks.