Which is the best section of the Great Wall to visit? Badaling, Mutianyu or Jinshanling?

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When you reasearch the which part of the wall to visit it come out Badaling, Mutianyu or Jinshanling. These are the most poplar section of the wall.

  Badaling Mutianyu Jinshanling
Distance from Beijing 74kms / 46miles 73kms/ 45 miles 150kms/91 miles
Drive 1.5 hours 1.5 hours 2 hours 15 minutes
Crowdedness most crowded, don’t do it in Chinese holiday Crowed in Chinese holidays (May wait 30 minutes for cable car) Not crowded
Public transfer 877 (1.5 hours)
Cost: 12RMB
916 transfer H23 (2 hours)
Cost: 14RMB
City bus from Wangjing west (2.5 hours)
Cost: 32RMB
Physical Demand ★★☆☆☆
 
★★★☆☆ ★★★☆☆
Popularities ★★★★★ ★★★★☆ ★★★☆☆
Entrance fee Entrance: 45RMB
 
45RMB
(+15RMB shuttle bus)
65RMB
(+20RMB shuttle bus)
Round way Cable car 140RMB Cable car: 120RMB
Toboggan:120RMB
60RMB
Price for taxi About 500RMB About 700RMB About 1000RMB
Pros
1.  Easily Accessible by Train and Bus.
2. Well preserved with good facilities.
1. Less crowded
2. Toboggan down from the wall
3. More green trees around the wall
1. Very quiet
2. Easy hiking to top.
3. Can enjoy the original part if you walk longer
Cons 1.  Very busy
2.  Very touristy
1.  Long walk up to the wall
2.  Became more touristy such as subway and burg king
1. Longer drive to get there
2. Not easy take the public transfer

Note:
1.For these 3 sections of Great Wall, it is doable for everyone since there is very good cable car for tourists.
2. Why is Badaling Great Wall the most popular section? As Badaling is close to Beijing and had a train station nearby, it was first developed for tourists. Almost all Chinese learn Badaling since we were little. It also hosted a lot of leaders from all over the world. Jinshanling is far away, the highway only finished 10 years, before it was too far to visit.
3. For busy season and low season, it is different. The price is for busy season (April to October)
4.The view: It is hard to say because of they all beautiful. I personally like Jinshanling because this section is longer with more watchtower. It is a great place for photographers.

Conclusion:

Why choose Badaling Great Wall?

Badaling Great Wall
Badaling is the most famous section, but very touristy and busy. If you are not visiting in Chinese holiday. You can go there early and have a nice experience. It is good for people to like to visit by public transfer bus or train.
Why choose Mutianyu Great Wall?
Mutianyu

Mutianyu has most of the good reviews. It is easy to visit and not far away from Beijing. Especially the ski lifts up and toboggan down is very interesting. It can be busy in Chinese holiday. If you start early to avoid the crowds (Start before 8 am from Beijing), it is highly recommended to visit.
 
Why Choose Jinshanling Great Wall?
Jinshanling Great Wall

Overall, Jinshanling is most beautiful because of nature and quiet. If you don’t mind a long day trip, this is a good choice for you.
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2
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3
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