Getting there & away
Jīmíngyì is only accessible from the larger town of Shāchéng (), from where buses leave (Y3, 30 minutes, 8.30am to 5pm) as they fill up. You’ll be dropped off along the north wall.
Getting to Shāchéng from the capital is straightforward. There are frequent buses from Běijīng’s Liuliqiao Station (Y26 to Y30, two hours) between 6.40am and 7.20pm. There are also trains from Beijing West (hard seat Y9 to Y16, 2½ to three hours) leaving at 9.12am, 1.05pm, 1.40pm and 7.30pm; one train from Běijīng’s main station departs at 11.40pm. Buses back to Běijīng run from 8.30am to 4pm. There are trains at all hours, but the terminus varies between the main, west, south and north train stations. You can also catch a train on to Dàtóng (Y35, 3½ hours) at 6.40am, 11.40am, 2pm and 4pm.
You’ll need to take a taxi (Y5) or motor tricycle between Shāchéng’s train and bus stations. You can store luggage at the bus station (Y1).