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Visitor's Info for the Great Wall of China

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Visitor's Info for the Great Wall of China

View of wall and watch towers, Mutainyu Section, Great Wall

Sara Naumann

Visiting the Great Wall:

Below, find out all the info you need for visiting the Great Wall. As you can imagine, Great Wall visitors number in the thousands per day. The Great Wall is one of China's most iconic sights and is a must-see for tourists, especially for those who will be in Beijing. While certain sections of the Great Wall are more touristy than others, no matter what the weather, no matter how big the crowds, visitors aren't disappointed with the Great Wall. It is truly a magnificent sight to see.

Great Wall History:

The Great Wall is more than just a big long wall along the north of China. Read the full Great Wall History article to understand the centuries-long story of China's Great Wall.

Common Questions about the Great Wall:

Questions abound about the Great Wall. Here are some answers to some of the most common.

How long did it take to build the Great Wall of China?

How long is the Great Wall of China?

Can you see the Great Wall from the moon?

Staying Near the Great Wall:

There are a number of great places to stay if you want to be in the vicinity of the Great Wall. All are driving distance from Beijing.

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski

Red Capital Ranch

The Schoolhouse - Mutianyu

Day Tripping from Beijing:

The Great Wall of China is easiest visited on a day-trip from Beijing, easily accessed from Beijing by tour bus, public bus or by hiring transport. The most popular spot for Chinese tour groups is the Badaling Section, as it is the closest to Beijing and has been open for the longest time to visitors (since 1957). But you don't have to settle for tourist masses. There are a number of sections to visit. The profiles below should help you decide what part of the Great Wall to visit.

Sections of the Great Wall near Beijing:

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