How to Get to the Great Wall of China

How to Get to the Great Wall of China
One of the few man-made objects easily identified from orbit, the Great Wall of China stretches from the area around Beijing deep into the western interior of China. As one of China's greatest tourist attractions, some parts of the Great Wall are well-connected to the city by public transportation or guided tours and are therefore easy to reach. Other, less-visited and wilder parts of the Great Wall, however, are the province of hikers. Reaching the latter, however, requires joining a group led by someone with local knowledge.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Travel to Beijing. If you are already in China, proceed by bus, train or airplane to the capital. If you are flying to China from outside the country and the Great Wall is high on your list of things to see and do, set your arrival point as Beijing and start your trip there.
Step 2
Book a place on a tour, hire a taxi for the day or take public bus No. 919 from Deshengmen Gate to Ba Da Ling, the best-restored and most heavily touristed stretch of the Great Wall of China. The following urban bus lines in Beijing stop at Deshengmen Gate: 5, 27, 44, 55, 83, 210, 305, 315, 380, 409, 625, 635 and 800.
Step 3
Hire a taxi to visit the Great Wall at Juyong Guan, 37 miles from Beijing. This part of the wall is less-visited that Ba Da Ling, but guards a significant pass that saw battles against the Jurchen, Mongols and Japanese.
Step 4
Book a place on a tour or hire a taxi to see the restored segment of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, 56 miles from Beijing. This part of the wall was rebuilt due to the popularity of Ba Da Ling, and sits in a more picturesque, forested area.
Step 5
Take the L671 or L815 train from Beijing's North Railway Station to reach the Great Wall at Jin Shan Ling, a well-preserved and less trafficked section that features circular towers and other, more elaborate defensive fortifications.
Step 6
Check with Beijing Hikers and WildWall regarding hiking along the wilder, crumbled stretches of the Great Wall. WildWall is a one-man operation, while Beijing Hikers is a small tour company. Both offer regular hiking excursions to rural parts of the wall rarely visited by tourists.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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