Time Out's ultimate guide to the Great Wall of China in Beijing

All you need to know, from choosing your section to getting there

It’s China’s best known monument, one of the seven wonders of the modern world and – biased as we may be – bloody great; there’s quite simply no other structure that matches the staggering scale and ambition of the Great Wall of China.

Along with the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China is one of the attractions that top nearly every visitor’s Beijing bucket list. However, given the whole host of different sections with different qualities and defining features, choosing which one to start with – or which to visit next – can be a difficult decision.

We’ve rounded up best bits of the Great Wall of China around Beijing and what it is that makes them great, with a few history lessons and trivia tidbits chucked in along the way, as well as the lowdown on transport and tickets. We also asked our friends at Beijing Hikers for their expert opinion on each section and its hiking potential.

However long you have here and however wild you want to go, there’s a bit of wall for everyone, so get out there and get climbing! 

Restored Great Wall

Badaling (八达岭)
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Badaling (八达岭)

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Mutianyu (慕田峪)
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Mutianyu (慕田峪)

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Juyongguan (居庸关)
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Juyongguan (居庸关)

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Shuiguan (水关)
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Shuiguan (水关)

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Huangyaguan (黄崖关)
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Huangyaguan (黄崖关)

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Shanhaiguan & Laolongtou (山海关/老龙头)
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Shanhaiguan & Laolongtou (山海关/老龙头)

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Unrestored Great Wall

Gubeikou (古北口)
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Gubeikou (古北口)

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Jinshanling (金山岭)
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Jinshanling (金山岭)

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Jiankou (箭扣)
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Jiankou (箭扣)

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Huanghuacheng (黄花城)
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Huanghuacheng (黄花城)

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