Great Wall in Beijing

Our Tour Group on Badaling
Our Tour Group on Badaling
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Beijing is the best destination to admire the Great Wall of China. Most famous Great Wall sections are located in its suburban areas, including the well-preserved Badaling and Mutianyu, the renovated Juyonguan, Jinshanling and Simatai, and wild Jiankou and Gubeikou. They are all not far from downtown Beijing, 1-2 hours’ driving away.

In Chinese history, Beijing was not only one of the ancient capitals, but also one of the most strategic cities in the north. To defend their territory, many rulers have actively ordered to build Great Wall here.

The Great Wall in Beijing totals 573 kilometers (356 miles). Those from Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the last dynasty engaged in Great Wall construction, amount to 526 kilometers (327 miles). They are distributed in Pinggu, Miyun, Huairou, Yanqing, Changping, and Mentougou.

Most Visited Sections

These sections are equipped with sound tourism facilities, even suitable for kids and seniors. Among them, Badaling is the best-preserved, and famous for its deep-rooted culture, magnificent sights and complete military facilities. You may find many of its pictures in magazines and guide books and printed on stamps. However, during peak travel time like National Day Holiday or Chinese New Year, Mutianyu may be a better destination as Badaling is always flocked with visitors. Juyongguan is one of three most famous passes along Great wall. There, one can also visit some ancient buildings like towers and temples.
 Badaling vs. Mutianyu: Help you to know which one is better.

 Recommended tours including the sections:
 1- Day Beijing Mini Group Tour from $79: 1 day no shopping tour to Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall.
 Beijing Highlights from $289: 4 days Small Group to visit the major attractions of Beijing, such as Forbidden City, Great Wall and Temple of Heaven.
 More Great Wall Tours: 25 options for you to choose from.

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Popular Sections with Fewer Tourists

These sections have also been developed into scenic spots and are popular among visitors, but are less crowded and one can visit at a leisurely pace. Jinshanling and Simatai have been equipped with cableways. But to visit Simatai, you’d better make a reservation on its official website. Shuiguan, literally meaning water gate, is built over a river to defend against enemies coming from waterways. Although the river has disappeared, one can still learn the magnificence of this special defensive construction. In addition to admire the Great Wall, Xiangshuihu is a site to learn some traditional Chinese health preserving knowledge.

 Recommended tours including the sections:
 Jinshanling Hiking from $100
 Simatai Hiking with Gubei Water Town from $119

Wild Sections

Wild Great Wall refers to those that have not been reconstructed and thus retain their original appearances. Although they are broken and dilapidated, the vicissitudes of history are fully revealed. They are hot destinations among hiking lovers and adventurous travelers. Among them, Jiankou is the most dangerous but a great site for photography. Huanghuacheng, partially submerged underwater due to the construction of a reservoir, is the only section by water in Beijing. However, it is not officially allowed to hike the wild sections for safety issues and protection work. So when going there, please be careful and do not do any harm to the precious historical relics.

 Recommended tours including the sections:
 Huanghuacheng Hiking from $83
 Beijing Knot Hiking:Essence of Jiankou Great Wall from Beijing Knot to Jiankou Spot
 Gubeikou Hiking: 7-8 hours of Hexi Village – Wohushan – Hexi Village - Panlongshan

The Great Wall is located in the suburban of Beijing, about 60 – 130 km (35 - 80 mi) from the city center. You can get to the Great Wall from Beijing by public transport, private car, or private tour.

Public transport is a nice choice for budget travelers. For example, you can take bus line 877 or S2 train to Badaling directly; bus 916 Express to Mutianyu with a transfer at Huairou. They are relatively close to downtown, so you can make a day trip. If going further to Jinshanling or Simatai, you need to stay overnight there. 

Or, you can charter a private car and driver to the sites very easily. Usually, the car rental fee is around CNY 700-1,000 for a round-trip to Badaling and Mutianyu, and CNY 1,200 – 1,400 to further sections like Jinshanling and Simatai. 

Other than public transport and private cars, joining a private day tour is a perfect choice for first-time visitors and those who have limited time or worry about language barriers. 

 Beijing Great Wall Day Trip from $71: 5 options of 1-day or half-day itineraries available, including Badaling, Mutianyu, Juyongguan, Sacred Way…

 See also
How to Get to Great Wall from Beijing Airport  

How to Get to Badaling from Downtown 

How to Get to Mutianyu from Downtown

Beijing Great Wall Map

Please hover over the names on the following tourist map to learn more about the famous sections:



Damages Brought about by Nature and Human Activities

Compared with the sections in other regions, the Great Wall in Beijing is relatively well-preserved. However, its situation is not that good due to nature and human activities. Some bricks and stones are loose and fall down easily, and some even become piles of debris. The natural factors like erosion, rain, winds, and lightning strikes cause damages to the heritage day by day. The shrubs growing on the wall and in the watchtowers cause them to crack and collapse. What's more, the growing number of tourists crowd into the wild sections, which speeds up their disappearance. Though it is favored by film producers, the shooting work brings no good. On the contrary, they leave props here and there. Some people like to put graffiti on the Great Wall, and some even shove bricks and sell them for personal benefits.

A Call for Urgent Protection

To better protect this human treasure, government, tourists, and local residents should all work together. More laws and regulations should be carried out; tourists should be more careful and bind themselves during the visit; local residents should also stop making benefits from it and pay more attention to its protection in daily life. 
- Last modified on Aug. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Great Wall in Beijing
Asked by Steve from US | Jul. 05, 2019 18:20Reply
How is the Beijing weather in mid March?
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Answered by Anna from UKRAINE | Jul. 08, 2019 01:39

According to the previous weather statistics, the temperature may range from 5C to 15C during that period of time. It will be cool and comfortable. Generally speaking, it will be a good time to tour around the Great Wall.
Asked by Jesslyn from MALAYSIA | Jun. 26, 2019 20:11Reply
Which section of the great wall is not so crowded during 1st to 7th Nov 2019?
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Answered by Austin from DENMARK | Jun. 26, 2019 20:31

Generally speaking, this period avoid public holidays. Thus there won't have crowded tourists in popular sections of the Great Wall. Don't worry. Have a nice trip!
Asked by Ajaykumar from CHINA | Jun. 07, 2019 22:44Reply
My question is from Beijing station near any good cheap hotel can you recommend me and from station
Can you tell me from station to subway station how much distance it is and I want to travel great Wall , forbidden city, Temple of heaven, can suggest me how to go please
Reply me
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Answered by Arien from UKRAINE | Jun. 11, 2019 00:25

There are several chain hotels nearby the railway station. Hanting Express Hotel is recommended. It is located at Building B, Tongxin Mansion, No.8, East Street of the Railway Station.

From Beijing Railway Station, here under is the detailed transportation to those scenic areas.
1. To Great Wall: Take Badaling Great Wall as an example, take metro line 2 to Jishuitan Station, Exit A. Then walk east around 700 meters to get to Deshengmen Bus Stop. Take bus no.877 and get off at the pulley car lower station and about 10 minutes' walk to the entrance.

2. To Forbidden City: Take bus no.1 to Tian'anmen West Bus Stop. Then walk north around 950 meters.

3. To Temple of Heaven:Walk southwest around 900 meters to get to Chongwenmen Station. Take subway line 5 to Tiantan East Gate Station, Exit B. After arriving, walk north around 350 meters to find the scenic area.
Asked by Manfred from GERMANY | May. 28, 2019 23:41Reply
From which station in Beijing can I go by train (S2) to the Great Wall in Badaling?
Can you send also a Link to the timetable?
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Answered by Sienna from CANADA | May. 30, 2019 19:33

The trains depart from Huangtudian Railway Station, which is near the Huoying Station along subway line 8 and subway line 13.
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