The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most representative symbol of China. With a length of 8,851.8 kilometers, the wall realizes a sinuous crossing through mountains, deserts and plains of the Chinese geography.
In spite of the imposing construction and the attempts of the soldiers to repel the attacks, the wall was crossed by the Mongols in the thirteenth century and later by the Manchus in the seventeenth century.
At present most of the wall is in ruins, something that makes it difficult to be able to walk through it. Fortunately, some sections have been completely restored to show their original appearance.
Sections of the Wall
The thousands of kilometers of the Great Wall of China are divided into several sections and, although they are all special, each is tailored to a particular audience.
One of the most popular sections of the wall is the restored area known as Badaling. This section, located less than 80 kilometers from Beijing, was the first to open its doors to tourism in 1957 and continues to receive millions of visitors, being the most saturated area.
Badaling has a cable car that facilitates the arrival of visitors to the top of the wall.
The imposing mountainous landscape of Mutianyu makes it one of the best choices when visiting the Great Wall of China. It is located less than 90 kilometers from Beijing and, although it is one of the most popular areas, it does not have tourism as massified as Badaling.
Its facilities include a cable car, a chairlift and an entertaining slide where visitors can glide down the mountain after visiting the wall.
Huanghua Cheng is a section of the wall that is quite collapsed and presents a somewhat dangerous profile, but that is undoubtedly the greatest of its charms.
A part of the wall is submerged beneath the water surface of a large dam, something that diving lovers can take advantage of to discover the most mysterious part of the wall.
The section of Huanghua Cheng has the advantage that it is less exploited than other sections, as few tourists decide to venture for its irregular terrain.
Simatai and Jinshanling How to get to the Great Wall
Away from the tourist crowds, the stretch between Simatai and Jinshanling is one of the steepest and most difficult to navigate, although its spectacular views are a fair reward.
Simatai is not a stretch suitable for all audiences, as some areas are collapsed while other terribly steep sections (70º slope) can only be covered by climbing.
The climb can be done by cable car while the descent can be done through a zip line.
Details to be cconsidered
The wall crosses mountains and other geographical features, so even the simpler sections can be difficult to navigate. The steep stairs make it necessary to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
Most hotels in Beijing offer tours to the Great Wall. Before you start comparing prices, you need to make sure that the tour does not include a surprise visit to workshops, factories or shops that make you lose your day.