Top 10 sections of the Great Wall to visit

2018-06-26   Leo Kui      0

As the importance of the military function and geography reason, the most beautiful sections of Great Wall are all around Beijing.

I list the top ten below in the order of overall consideration of Location, tourist recommendation, facilities, and peacefully, followed by a listing of Great Wall sections throughout China that are open for tourism.

Illustrate: 

What does the point mean? The points rated based on the comparison of the 10 sections of the Great Wall.

Location: 1-5, According to the distance, highway connected, and public transfer. 1 is super hard to get.

Physical: 1-5, from easy to hard

Facilities: 1-5, from wild to full tourist equipment.

Peaceful: 1-5, 1 means very crowded. 5 means you almost the only visitor there.

View: 1–5, I know it is hard to rank this, I have been to these place hundreds of times, so I rank it from the feedback of my previous clients.

1.Mutianyu Great Wall

Feature: The best restored

Location:★★★★☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★★★★☆

Peaceful:★★★☆☆

View: ★★★★☆

Mutianyu Great Wall is always ranked 1st on TripAdvisor as it is well-preserved and famous for its grandeur and beauty. But in the Summer holiday as well as the Chinese holiday, it can be super crowded. The toboggan down from the wall is the best for people who travel with kids.

Tip: This sections of the wall is easy to visit. It is better to visit there earlier in the holiday season such as start 6:30 am from your hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Guide

2. Jinshanling Great Wall

Feature: Best for the photographers

Location:★★★☆☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★★★★☆

Peaceful:★★★★☆

View: ★★★★★

This section of the great wall is amazing for photography where one can easily get a shot of a long stretch of the wall with no crowd. It is doable for anyone. It has a nice cable car. Note: the cable car may not open in winter as they don’t have many tourists.

There is a classic hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West. This hike takes about 3 hours, you will see a super nice landscape and the amazing architecture of the wall.

Jinshanling Great Wall Travel Guide

3. Jiankou Great Wall

Feature: Tough wild Great Wall

Location:★★☆☆☆

Physical:★★★★★

Facilities:★☆☆☆☆

Peaceful:★★★★★

View: ★★★★★

Jiankou is part of the ‘Wild Great Wall’ — unrestored portions of the wall that aren’t open to mass tourism. The Jiankou stretch of wall has some of the most dramatic elevation changes and scenery that the Great Wall has to offer.

The most famous way to visit Jiankou is hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu which makes you see the wild and rebuilt wall in 1 tour. It is tough, do some homework before you go.

Jiankou Great Wall Travel Guide

4. Gubeikou Great Wall

Feature: Easy wild Great Wall

Location:★★☆☆☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★☆☆☆☆

Peaceful:★★★★★

View: ★★★★☆

The old Gubeikou section means the Panlingshan Great Wall which is on the east of Gubeikou town. You can see a spectacular view with the wall disappearing into the distance many kilometers away to the east over numerous mountains. The west part is called Wohushan Great Wall which is dangerous to visit. It is 140 km away from Beijing, the public transfer to there is not good. Recommend you book a tour or a private driver.

5. Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Feature: Wild water Great Wall

Location:★★★☆☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★☆☆☆☆

Peaceful:★★★★★

View: ★★★★☆

Huanghuacheng is a crowd-free scenic place to view the Great Wall. Situated on the Wall’s only body of water (a reservoir/lake). It is 1.5 hours drive from downtown Beijing. If you want a peaceful moment and not a tough hike, this is your best choice.

See more photos of Huanghuacheng

6. Simatai Great Wall

Feature: New developing for Luxury tourists, see the Great Wall light up in the evening.

Location:★★★☆☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★★★★★

Peaceful:★★☆☆☆

View: ★★★★☆

Simatai Great Wall is rebuilt and behind the Gubei Water town. The water town is a replica of traditional water town’s like Suzhou, but it is new and provides for those in the north to see something more traditional of the south. The entrance tickets need to be reserved ahead of the visit at Simatai, can be done on their website (http://www.wtown.com) or on the Watertown app (they are partly in English), that the number of visitors is monitored that there is no overcrowding. night tickets don’t have to be reserved ahead.

7. Water Great Wall

Feature: Some parts of the wall are immersed in water

Location:★★★☆☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★★★☆☆

Peaceful:★★★☆☆

View: ★★★☆☆

The Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Water Great Wall are close to each other, but they are different. The water Great wall is half rebuilt around the lake. You can take a boat in the middle of the lake during the hot summer.

8. Huangyaguan Great Wall

Feature: The best Great Wall in Tianjin

Location:★★☆☆☆

Physical:★★★★☆

Facilities:★★☆☆☆

Peaceful:★★★☆☆

View: ★★★☆☆

Under the great call of “Love China and Build the Great Wall” proposed by Deng Xiaoping in 1984, the Tianjinese renovated the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall and Taipingzhai Village, including 3 km (1.8 miles) of the wall, 20 watchtowers, one pass fort, and one gatehouse. It is the longest of the Great Wall renovation projects.

9. Badaling Great Wall

Badaling in Chinese holiday

Feature: Most popular Great Wall

Location:★★★★☆

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★★★★☆

Peaceful:★☆☆☆☆

View: ★★★★☆

This is a beautiful but incredibly commercial part of the wall. It is easily accessible and the best-restored area, but is always very crowded. The walk to the watchtower is not strenuous, but take your time climbing to fully enjoy and appreciate the wall.

Badaling Great Wall Travel Guide

10. Juyongguan Great Wall

Feature: Close to Beijing

Location:★★★★★

Physical:★★★☆☆

Facilities:★★★☆☆

Peaceful:★☆☆☆☆

View: ★★★☆☆

Perhaps this path is not the best and most beautiful compared to other access to the Great Wall. But this could be the easiest to achieve and a place to visit. If you want to explore more you should prepare a high stamina to climb the stairs and spare enough time, maybe 3 hours to be satisfied.

 

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