Great Wall Day Tours and Hiking

— Wild,Rugged, Preserved and Original

Which do you prefer? The Great Wall in Good Reconstruction or Wild and Rugged? Eight Best-selling Great Wall Day Tours to Cater Your Needs, including Badaling, Mutianyu, Juyongguan, Jinshanling, Huanghuacheng, Huangyaguan and Jiankou. Each section has its own characteristics.

The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

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Distance from Beijing: 73 km

Architectural features: Complete wall, most watch towers on the shortest section, and fortified passes. This area is a reconstruction but done very well

Mutianyu is the most popular attraction in Beijing on Trip Advisor, and most recommend section with international travelers, guidebooks and travel bloggers. It is less crowed than Badaling and Juyongguan sections. Winding on the high mountains and lofty hills, the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall features a great deal of historical, architectural, and military significance.

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The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall is best displays the Great Wall's original appearance, being completely restored; it's less crowded, with beautiful scenery along the wall.

The Badaling Section of the Great Wall

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Distance from Beijing: 70 km

Architectural features: Winding and zigzagging on “gentle” slopes

Badaling is a contender for the top tourist location in China. It is popular with domestic Chinese tourists mainly because Chairman Mao visited this section and gave a famous speech. It was the first selection of the Great Wall to be opened to the public as a tourist attraction. Numerous international and domestic dignitaries have visited the Badalling Section of the Great Wall including Deng Xiaoping, President Nixon, and Margaret Thatcher.

 

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Badaling is the best-known and most representative part of the Great Wall. It is closer to Beijing. There are more market stalls and this section also offers a elevator for customers in a wheelchair.

Juyongguan Pass

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Distance from Beijing: 65 km

Architectural features: Magnificent construction on “gentle” slope

Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, Juyonguan is a National Protected Historical and Cultural Site.

 

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Juyongguan is a famous Great Wall pass, and served as a military stronghold in ancient times.

The Great Wall at Jinshanling

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Distance from Beijing: 150 km

Architectural features: An original section with a series of watchtowers and peculiar structures

The Great Wall at Jinshanling was first built in the North Qi Dynasty (550–557). You can still find the ruins of the wall from this period. This section of the Great Wall is situated on the ’Golden Mountains’. It is one of the best places for Great Wall hiking.

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With magnificent scenery and extensive length, this part of the Great Wall is perfect for hiking.

The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

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Distance from Beijing: 65 km

Architectural features: A majestic and precipitous section of the Great Wall surrounding a lake

Huanghuacheng is famous for its perfect blend of water and wall. Part of the wall is underwater. It is a wonderful place for Great Wall hikers and photographers.

 

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Huanghuacheng is the only part of the Great Wall with a lake in Beijing.

The Simatai of the Great Wall

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Distance from Beijing: 141 km

Architectural features: Simatai is renowned for its steepness and amazing state of preservation. The wall itself sits on a mountain ridge 960 meters above sea-level and really is an architectural wonder.

The Great Wall at Simatai is situated at Gubeikou Town. It stretches 5.4 km and connects Jinshanling in the West. Winding on the topmost ridge of the mountain and cliff, this section kof the Great Wall is well-known for its original appearance and precipitous slope. The narrow Heavenly Stairway has no parapet and reaches an angle of 85 degrees.

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Listed as World Cultural Heritage, the Simatai section of the Great Wall is largely in its original state. It features its steepness and queerness and still remains the architecture feature of the Ming Dynasty.

The Jiankou Section of the Great Wall

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Distance from Beijing: 78 km

Architectural features: Precipitous construction, peculiar structure and steep slopes

Jiankou is a higher, rugged, wilder section of the Great Wall. It is regarded as the most picturesque section of the Great Wall and is a good example of "wild Great Wall". It has become a popular photographic hotspot and hiking destination.

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Jiankou is an undeveloped and completely original section of the Great Wall.

Huangya Pass

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Distance from Beijing: 115 km

Architectural features: The Great Wall at Huangya Pass is a precipitous section built on a steep cliff.

Huangya Pass is one of the ten most-visited sites in Tianjin. The entire section is built on an abrupt mountain ridge. At sunset the pass looks even more imposing with steep slopes on both sides.

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The Great Wall at Huangya Pass is has some of the best scenery in Tianjin.