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Great Wall Travel Tips

The Great Wall is a must to see for your travel to China and one of the highlight attractions in Beijing. Given its vast distribution area and relatively remote locations (none of them is in the downtown area and mostly on the high mountains), your trip to the Great Wall is likely to be difficult. So we summarize the very useful travel tips to settle your doubts and make the things easier and more convenient.

There are a dozen sections of the Great Wall for you to choose to visit, but what is the best? Generally speaking, Badaling is the most popular, yet also the most crowded. So we usually recommend Mutianyu Great Wall to foreign travelers. And if you expect a lot of hiking and trekking, go visit the Jinshanling, Simatai or the so-called wild Great Wall. In this page, you can find the predominant features of each section, what to see, the hiking routes, and tips about how to get there from Beijing city center, the transportation, the facilities, cable car, slide rail, etc.

Before the trip, you also need to know the preparations for the Great Wall, what to pack, clothes needed, notes on security, the do's and don'ts, and figure out the best time for you to visit and the holidays to avoid. For senior travelers or disabled in a Wheelchair, you can visit the Great Wall as well, because there are special accesses. With the guidance we provide, you can find out where the ‘no-barrier’ accesses are located and find the easiest way getting to the top.

Which sections of the Great Wall are recommended?

Which sections of the Great Wall are recommended?

As a landmark of one of the must-see attractions in China, the Great Wall of China can be divided into many pats. And for travelers, some parts of the Great Wall of China are recommended to visit. Here in this article, w...

How to get to Badaling Great Wall from Beijing Downtown?

How to get to Badaling Great Wall from Beijing Downtown?

How to get to Badaling Great Wall from Beijing Downtown? If you want to get to Badaling Great wall by your own, there are 3 ways we direct you to get there.   Badaling Great Wall is located in Yanqing County in th...

How to get to Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing?

How to get to Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing?

The Mutianyu Great Wall is located in Huairou District, 73 kilometers (45.4 miles) from Beijing proper. Mutianyu is mentioned as the most beautiful section of the wall.    If you want to get to Murianyu G...

How to go to the Jingshanling Great Wall from Beijing?

How to go to the Jingshanling Great Wall from Beijing?

Jinshanling Great Wall is located about 8km southeast of the Bakeshiying Town in Luanping County of Hehei Province. It is a section of the best preserved part of the Great Wall. The wall runs west from the Wangjinglou To...

What to pack for great wall trip?

What to pack for great wall trip?

Before you go for a Great Wall trip, there are some necessities we recommend you pack for your trip. First Clothing Since most sections of the Great Wall are located at the north part of China, belonging to the temp...

How to get to Simatai Great Wall from Beijing?

How to get to Simatai Great Wall from Beijing?

Simatai Great wall is located in Gubekou Town to the northeast of Miyu County of Beijing. This section of Great Wall is famous for its 5 features of “steepness, compactness, queerness, wonderfulne and comprehensive...

How to get to Huangyaguan Great Wall?

How to get to Huangyaguan Great Wall?

The entire section of Huangyaguan Great Wall is built on an abrupt yellow cliff, so it was so named. Huangyaguan Great Wall is located 28km north of Ji County, Tianjin. Originally built in Tianbao 7th of Beiqi (557 ...

How to get to Juyongguan Pass from Beijing downtown?

How to get to Juyongguan Pass from Beijing downtown?

Jiayuguan Pass is the first pass at the west of the Great Wall of China, well-known as "the Impregnable Pass under the Heaven".. It is situated between the Wenshu and Heishan Mountains at the foot of Jiayuguan ...

What is the Regulation on Protection of the Great Wall?

What is the Regulation on Protection of the Great Wall?

What are the Regulations on the Protection of the Great Wall? As one of the greatest architecture and defense system on earth, the Great Wall of China receives more and more tourists from both domestic and aboard ever...

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall of China

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall of China

The scenery of the Great Wall of China various with seasons. It offers tourists timeless charm all year round. Since the sections of Great Wall in Beijing are most popular among tourist, here we will take the climate of ...

Surrounded Beijing Great Wall Travel Tips

Surrounded Beijing Great Wall Travel Tips

The main parts of Great Wall are mostly located around Beijing. And different parts may have different characters, also suitable for different kinds of tourists to travel.Here we list the some major sections of the Great...

Hiking Route: Dongjiakou Great Wall

Hiking Route: Dongjiakou Great Wall

Dongjiakou is the most classic part of the Great Wall in Qinhuangdao, famous as “Hanging Great Wall”. Almost 98% of the Wall is covered by forest. In this section, there are well-preserved watching towers, si...

Hiking Route: Jiaoshan Great Wall

Hiking Route: Jiaoshan Great Wall

Jiaoshan Great Wall is located 3km away from Qinhuangdao City, on the Yanshan Mountain Range. Jiaoshan is the highest peak of northern mountain of Guancheng, an altitude of 519 meters. The peak is a large flat ground whi...

Hiking Route: Wohushan Great Wall

Hiking Route: Wohushan Great Wall

Wohushan Great Wall, located in the west part of Gubeikou Great Wall System, is in an altitude of 665 meters. The steep geography of this section makes the shape as two tigers, thus got the name "Wohu (卧虎)" mea...

Hiking Route: Huangyaguan Great Wall

Hiking Route: Huangyaguan Great Wall

Huangyaguan Great Wall locates in 30 km away from Jie County in Tianjin City. Firstly built in Northern Qi Dynasty, rebuilt in Ming Dynasty, the rebuilt parts including Huangyaguan and Taipingzhai two scenic areas. Huang...

Hiking Route: Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Hiking Route: Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Laolongtou (Old Dragon Head) and Shanhaiguan Pass are both located in Qinhuangdao City. Laolongtou, the start point of the Great Wall, is stretched into Bohai Sea. (Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan Location) What is...

Hiking Route: Huanghuacheng (Xishuiyu) Great Wall

Hiking Route: Huanghuacheng (Xishuiyu) Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall is the unique part which is built in water. So it is also called Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall (黄花城水长城). The hiking level of this part is easy. A well renovated part for all generations to hike....

Hiking Route: Gubeikou-Jinshanling Great Wall

Hiking Route: Gubeikou-Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections are two extremely popular hiking parts in Great Wall Hiking tours. In this part, the unrestored Great Wall will let you see what the real Ming Dynasty Great Wall is! (Gube...

Hiking Route: Jiankou-Mutianyu Great Wall Section

Hiking Route: Jiankou-Mutianyu Great Wall Section

Jiankou Mutianyu Location Jiankou - Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the famous Great Wall hiking routes. In recent years, Jiankou becomes more and more famous because of the unique “Wild” taste. ...

Access to Great Wall for Seniors or Disabled in a Wheelchair

Access to Great Wall for Seniors or Disabled in a Wheelchair

The Great Wall of China is quite famous all over the world. It attracts tourists from all over the world every year. But for those who are wheelchair bound or have problems with mobility, they might have concerns about w...

Cable Car, Toboggan or Slide Rail in Mutianyu Great Wall

Cable Car, Toboggan or Slide Rail in Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is one of most famous China Great Wall sections. It attracts numerous tourists every year. Except for climbing Mutianyu by foot, tourists can also take cable car to board the wall to save more energy....

Cable Car & Pulley in Badaling Great Wall

Cable Car & Pulley in Badaling Great Wall

Badaling great wall Scenic Area enjoys a very convenient transportation from Beijing downtown. Learn more about how to get to Badaling great wall from Beijing downtown by click here. After you have arrived at Badaling Gr...

Badaling vs Mutianyu Great Wall: Which One Is Better?

Badaling vs Mutianyu Great Wall: Which One Is Better?

Your trip to Beijing is not completed without a visit to the Great Wall. The Great Wall is on everyone's must-do list when travelling in Beijing, and generally speaking, Badaling and Mutianyu are the most visited Gre...