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Chances are – you’ve already heard about the Great Wall in China. Maybe you’ve even visited it before! But for those who haven’t – did you know that there are actually different sections of the Wall that you can hike on? I honestly didn’t, when I first came to China in May 2017.
So what are those different sections, and why should you care about them? Well, if you ever plan on visiting the Great Wall – you should know that there are several options that you can choose from. (And since all of the sections are pretty long and strenuous – you can only combine two of them, at most, on a given day. Hence, plan accordingly – if you wish to see more than one of these beautiful sections).
The most famous section of the Great Wall is called Badaling, and it’s located on around 40-60 minutes drive from Beijing. Some other popular sections include: Mutianyu, Simatai, Jinshanling, Juyongguan, and Jiankou, though most of them are located on a much longer drive away from the city. All of these sections are known for the different, gorgeous scenery which surrounds them (that in turn offers distinct photo opportunities).
Since Badaling is the most famous section – it’s also the most touristy one. Thousands of Chinese tourists visit it daily, as well as a handful of foreigners. Since most tourists come with an official tour company, they do not venture too far out, because of the limited time they get. But if you do have time when you get here (I’d recommend to skip the tours and just take a public transportation) – you can explore some of this section’s far-away (and therefore almost empty) corners.
Below are some of the pictures that I took on a short visit to Badaling. You can see some parts of the Wall, which are crowded, and some other distant stretches which are nearly empty. Compare Badaling with Jinshanling, for example – and you will notice a huge difference!
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