Great Wall of China

  • Accommodation:
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  • Transport:
    • The most famous sections of the wall in Beijing are Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling, and Simatai. You can get to these regions by taking bus line 877 or S2 train to Badaling directly. Bus 916 Express takes you to Mutianyu with a transfer at Huairou
    • Often, the bus signs are in Chinese, so we recommend downloading Google translate app or taking a picture of the place you want to go and asking your hotel receptionist to write down a written translation
    • A much simpler option is taking a private car, which costs around CNY 800-1,000 for a round-trip
    • There are plenty of tour companies that provide hassle free tours to and of the wall:
  • Things to see:
    • Mutianyu: the most fully-restored Great Wall section
    • Jiankou: the most challenging/steep section
    • Shanhai Pass: wall meets the sea
    • Huanghuacheng: offers lake and wall views
    • Gubeikou: battle site
    • Huangyaguan: has sightseeing buses to the mountain top
    • Badaling: popular with some wheelchair access
    • Simatai: only section open for a night tour
    • Jinshanling: half restored and a popular hiking route
    • Great Wall Museum
    • Changping Tianlong Pond
    • Badaling National Forest Park
    • Memorial Hall Of Jantianyou
  • Tips:
    • Travel Guide or China Highlights offer detailed maps of the wall, providing a description of each point to visit
    • Bear in mind that the closer spots of the wall (Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling) are popular, meaning it can get extremely busy. Therefore, think about visiting less populated spots, such as Huanghuacheng and Jinshanling. These still have amazing views, with only part-restored sections
    • Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai have cable cars
    • Take into consideration the complexity of the wall… it is a hike, so for those who have walking issues, the closer spots are more accessible
    • From Mutianyu you can get a toboggan down. Much easier on the old legs!
    • Take water!💧