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Know Before You Go: Visiting the Great Wall of China

By Viator, September 2017

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North of Beijing lies the Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s one of the world’s largest, most iconic architectural wonders—a must-visit in China. Here are a few things to know before making your visit to this Ming Dynasty marvel.

Choose the right portion of the wall.
The Great Wall of China is actually comprised of several sections, each with its own appeal. The Badaling section, the most popular, is an easily accessible option for a day trip; it can also be combined with a day of sightseeing in Beijing. The Juyongguan and Mutianyu sections have both been restored, but they receive fewer visitors; the latter has a cable car. Those looking for a wild wall experience can head for more remote sections, like the stretch between Jinshanling and Simatai known for its Great Wall hiking.

You can visit on your own or with a guide.
Since public transportation to the Great Wall is a challenge, one of the most convenient and informative ways to visit is with a tour guide. Private and small-group tours typically last six to eight hours. Private tours offer even greater intimacy and flexibility.

Opt for a combo tour for an enriched sightseeing experience.
Travelers looking to make the most of their time in Beijing can combine a visit to the Great Wall with other notable area attractions. Enter the Ming Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where China’s emperors of old were laid to rest, marvel at the grandeur of the Forbidden City, or stroll through the lavish lakeside retreat of Empress Dowager Cixi.

Know what to wear and bring.
It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes when visiting the wall, as many sections require climbing steep stone steps and walking along uneven surfaces. There’s little shade at many of the sights, so don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

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Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing, Beijing, null
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Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

4 star rating: Recommended 346 Reviews

This full-day Beijing sightseeing tour to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China provides an opportunity to experience steeper sections of the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing, Beijing, Day Trips
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Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 443 Reviews

See two of China's most popular destinations, the World Heritage-listed Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs, on one unforgettable guided day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.99
Great Wall of China Small-Group Day Trip from Beijing, Beijing, Day Trips
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Great Wall of China Small-Group Day Trip from Beijing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 146 Reviews

Discover the Great Wall of China on this small group tour from Beijing. Travel to the restored Mutianyu section and climb the Ming Dynasty watchtowers for ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour, Beijing, Day Trips
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Jinshanling Great Wall Morning Hiking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Precious chance to see Jinshanling Great Wall which is the remote and isolated section of the Great Wall. Jinshanling Great Wall connects Simatai Section of ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.50
Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing, Beijing, Hiking & ... 
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Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

See the best of China’s ancient civilization on this private full-day trip from Beijing to the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs. At the Great Wall, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.00
Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at ... 
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Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Enjoy a VIP tour of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Beijing – the Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall Ruins. With your expert guide, gain special entry ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.90
Private Great Wall Fancier's Day Tour: 3 Sections of Great Wall Visiting, Beijing, Viator VIP Tours
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Private Great Wall Fancier's Day Tour: 3 Sections of Great Wall Visiting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

If you are a Greater Wall lover, and would like to visit different sections of the Wall during your trip in Beijing, this tour is suitable for you! Come and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine, Beijing, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Enjoy an exceptional full-day tour to the Great Wall of China with a picnic break on an ancient tower. Follow your guide up the Mutianyu section while hearing ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai, Beijing, ... 
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3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Get the ultimate experience of the Great Wall on this 3-day private hiking adventure with transport from Beijing. With your expert English-speaking guide, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $390.32

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