The Great Wall

 

The Great Wall of China is an ancient series of walls and fortifications. It's not just one of the greatest sights in the world, it's also the longest man-made structure with a length of 21.196 kilometres which stretches from China sea port of ShanHaiGuan into GanSu Province. With more than 2300 years history it's placed on The World Heritage List by UNESCO since 1987.

 

The wall was originally conceived by Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. in order to prevent incursions from nomads. Despite its long history, The Great Wall as it exists today was constructed mainly during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

 

Chinese people don't call it "The Great Wall", they call it "Chang Cheng" which is translated as "Long City". 

 



Everyone should visit The Great Wall at least once in their life. There are many sections of the wall you can explore. Each one of them is unique in its own way. Here are the best ones to hike:


Badaling

  • Top choice of first time visitors
  • Most representative and best-preserved section
  • Magnificent landscape
  • Easy to climb 
  • Convenient for wheelchair users up to Tower No. 3
  • Cableway, handrails and a pulley
  • VERY CROWDED - Most visited section (visitor flow can be up to 70.000 per day)
  • Restaurants, toilets, vendors
  • 3-4 hours hike

Mutianyu

  • My Top Choice for beginner hikers!
  • Suitable for ordinary visitors, children and elderly
  • Easy to hike
  • Famous for its beauty
  • Less crowded than Badaling
  • Cableway to go up and slideway to go down
  • Restaurants, toilets, vendors
  • 2-3 hours hike

Jiankou

  • My favorite section of The Wall !!
  • Best for experienced hikers, adventurers and photographers 
  • Most Great Wall postcards and picture book photographies are taken here
  • Challenging, wall condition is totally ruined, wild and steep
  • Never been restored
  • Few tourists
  • Car dependable (no public transportation)
  • No restaurants, no toilets, no vendors !!!
  • Hike to Mutianyu in 6 hours

Jinshanling

  • Suitable for ordinary visitors, elderly and children
  • Easy to hike
  • Most representative part of the Chinese Brick-Mad Dragon
  • Half restored - half ruined
  • Not crowded
  • Car dependable
  • Cableway, restaurants, toilets
  • 2-4 hours hike

Simatai

  • Easy to hike, suitable for beginner hikers
  • Not crowded
  • Route from Simatai to Jinshanling
  • Half restored - half ruined
  • Public transportation not convenient
  • Cableway, restaurants, toilets
  • 2-4 hours hike

Gubeikou

  • Difficult to hike
  • Ruined and wild
  • Best for hikers and adventurers
  • Not crowded
  • Car dependable
  • Restaurants and toilets