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The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China.

With a history of about 2,700 years, some of the Great Wall sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, the Great Wall of China is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

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Chinese Name: 长城/万里长城
Chinese Pinyin: Cháng Chéng/Wàn Lǐ Cháng Chéng
Length: 21,196.18 kilometers
(13,170.70 miles)
Construction Period: 2,500 years from the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC)  to 1878 in late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Having a wonderful Great Wall tour is a must for one’s China trip. Along this super long wall, Beijing ranks the top destination for its proper maintenance of the abundant wall relics of the Ming Dynasty. Badaling and Mutianyu are best sections to see neat and complete walls and beacon towers; while Jinshanling and Simatai offer challenging Great Wall hiking routes with open and wild scenery. Want to discover the charm of the wall with TravelChinaGuide? Let’s get started!
 
 See 10 Insider Tips for Great Wall Travel, including 5 dos and 5 don'ts for making a practical travel plan.
The Wall we see today was mostly built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It starts from Hushan in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west traversing Liaoning, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai. Here lists the famous sections for you to know the incredible diversity of scenery along the wall and practical travel tips.

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Excitement abounds regarding the vicissitude of the Wall of the Qin, Han, and Ming Dynasties.

The Great Wall was originally built in the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods as a defensive fortification by the three states: Yan, Zhao and Qin. It went through constant extensions and repairs in later dynasties. It began as independent walls for different states when it was first built, and did not become the "Great" wall until the Qin Dynasty.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang succeeded in his effort to have the walls joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north. Since then, the Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history.
The mystery of the construction of the wall is amazing. The construction, which drew heavily on the local resources for construction materials, was carried out in-line with the local conditions under the management of contract and responsibility system. A great army of manpower, composed of soldiers, prisoners and local people, built the wall. The construction result demonstrates the wisdom and tenacity of the Chinese people.
Consisting of the wall, beacon towers, and passes, etc, the long-extending Great Wall worked as a complete and solid military defense line in ancient China, protecting the Central Plain from invasions of northern nomadic tribes.
 
Great Wall carries a considerable part of Chinese culture. It has long been incorporated into Chinese mythology and symbolism. The most well-known legend is about the collapse of a section of the Wall caused by Meng Jiangnu, who cried bitterly over the death of her husband after he died while building the wall. This legend has been spread widely through textbooks, folk songs and traditional operas.
Following a 45-day long survey of 101 sections of the Wall in different provinces, the China Great Wall Academy reported on December 12, 2002 that the forces of nature and destruction by mankind are bringing about gradual reduction of extent of the Wall with the result that less than 30% remains in good condition. The Academy has called for greater protection of this important relic.

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Questions & Answers on China Great Wall
Asked by brad from USA | Dec. 02, 2019 13:43Reply
mubus to mutianyu great wall
I want to buy 4 tickets for a 12:00 departure but i see no place on the website to buy the mubus great wall and the cable up and cart down how do it only has the 7:30 departure options
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Answered by Lillian from GERMANY | Dec. 02, 2019 19:24
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You can book Mubus Ticket from TravelChinaGuide.com. You can contact bookingtravelchinaguide.com.
For the entrance ticket and cable car ticket of Mutianyu Great Wall, you can also ask help for TravelChinaGuide.
Asked by Flo from ROMANIA | Nov. 23, 2019 05:26Reply
Layover visit
Hello,

I have a 6 hours layover in beijing (not sure if PEK or the new airport) and want to see the great wall. not hike, just see it. Is it possible? what are my options in terms of location and transport?
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Answered by Charlie from FRANCE | Nov. 26, 2019 01:56
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Well, I am afraid not. Your layover is too tight to tour around Great Wall. The distance is far and you need to go back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the departure.
Asked by Steven from GERMANY | Nov. 03, 2019 08:49Reply
Is there a possibility to get back to Beijing downtown before the return Mubus at 14:30?
Because I don’t wanna stay 5 hours.
Thank you for your help!
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Answered by Charlotte from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 19:52
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Yes, you can take bus no.H23 from Mutianyu Huandao to Huairou North Street. Then transfer to bus no. 916 Express to Dongzhimen.
Asked by Chelle from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 19, 2019 10:56Reply
Climbing the Wall Not Taking Cable Car
Is it possible to climb up the wall without riding the cable car? If so, how long will it take to climb to the top of the wall? Thank you.
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Answered by Claire from GERMANY | Oct. 20, 2019 20:59
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Yes, generally speaking, you can climb the Great Wall without riding the cable car. For the time, there are several sections of the Great Wall. Which one do you refer to?
Answered by Chelle from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 21, 2019 12:02
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Was thinking of Badaling or Mutianyu section, whether these sections can be climbed without going through cable cars.
Answered by Claire | Oct. 21, 2019 20:05
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Yes, you can. Have a nice journey!
Asked by Anh Huynh from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 09:49Reply
I am 80 years old, Do I still have to buy ticket to enter Badaling
, since ticket free for seniors over 60 years old?
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Answered by Jordan from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 16, 2019 00:40
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No, you don't have to buy tickets to enter Badaling Great Wall. Free of charge for seniors over 60 years old. You can show your passport / ID at comprehensive service window to redeem free paper ticket firstly.
Answered by Anh Huynh from USA | Oct. 16, 2019 19:19
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Thank you very much!
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