The well-preserved sections of the Great Wall in
Beijing are China's most famous tourist site. These sections are mainly
the remains from the Ming Dynasty, an era of tremendous construction. The
wall runs across the northern part of Beijing for over six hundred
kilometers with various passes and towers. The mainly sections include
Badaling, Simatai, Jinshanling, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Huanghuacheng and
You really have to see this fantastic, amazing and breath-taking scenery
once in your life. But remember to ask yourself what kind of scenery you
want to see before you pack, because the scenery varies depending on which
section you visit.
Badaling is the section where most tourists go. The
wall is famous for its completeness, imposing structures and the famous
Juyonguan Pass. Most pictures publicized on guide books, brochures and
magazines are taken in this section. Near Badaling, there is a
large-scaled Great-Wall-of-China Museum as well as the Great Wall National
Theater from which you can get a full and complete view of the Great Wall.
In 1961, the State Council decided that Badaling was a national key
protected culture relic unit. In 1987, Badaling became ' World Cultural
heritage' by the United Nation.
But you may find yourself being pushed forward by crowds on top of wall in
holidays or peak seasons. The Mutianyu section in Huairou County, seventy
kilometers northeast of Beijing is a good alternative.
Not yet resorted to the level of Badaling and Mutianyu, the wall in
Jinshanling, Simatai and Gubeikou is a bit smaller and narrower than that
in Badaling. Upon hiking on these sections, you can find much more of the
genuine bricks, and fortifications left behind from ancient times. Here
you can get a real glimpse at the ancient history of China. Group tours
arranged by travel agencies often have Badaling, Mutainyu, Simatai and
sometimes Jinshanling on their itinerary.
In recent years, the Great Wall in Huanghuacheng and Jiankou (Arrow Nock),
about twenty-nine kilometers northwest of Huairou city has become an ideal
choice for hiking lovers and adventurers. The section has steep precipices
on either side, a reservoir and charming wide flowers. It is a section of
the great wall off the beaten track. Be sure to pack necessary clothes,
sports foot wares, drinking water and a flash light. This section is for
No matter which section you visit, this magnificent engineering
achievement tells you the history of China.
Simatai Great Wall 3
Jinshanling Great Wall 4
Gubeikou Great Wall 5
Mutianyu Great Wall 8
Jiankou Great Wall (Arrow Nock) 9
Huanghuacheng Great Wall 10
Juyongguan Pass 13
Badaling Great Wall 14
Shui Guan (Water Pass)