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The formidable fortification is what makes a journey to China complete. The fortress spans a total length of 8,851.8 kilometers, snaking from the country's eastern coast deep into the Gobi Dessert,... Read More
The formidable fortification is what makes a journey to China complete. The fortress spans a total length of 8,851.8 kilometers, snaking from the country's eastern coast deep into the Gobi Dessert, but the Wall near the capital are the most visited and best revamped sections. Officially, there are four stretches of the wall that travelers can access: Badaling and Juyongguan northwest of Beijing, Simatai north of Beijing and Mutianyu northeast of Beijing. They add up to about 30 kilometers in length. However, there has been a growing interest among tourists to see the Wall in its natural decaying status (though the Chinese government doesn't encourage tourists to do so). The most popular sections of "wild Great Wall" are Huanghuacheng, Jiankou and Gubeikou.
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- Best Attractions & Activities: "Besides climbing the Wall on foot, tourists have the options to fortification see the in some impressive ways, such as hiring a private sightseeing chopper from HNA Capital Helicopter or whizzing along the Wall on an old-school motorcycle sidecar with Beijing Sideways."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Great Wall is the most significant attraction in China and the place to feel the country's immense momentum and impressive history.
- Tours and Excursions: "You can't go to China and not visit the wall. The best sections are far from Beijing, but Badaling and Mutianyu are alright on a tighter time budget."