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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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You can walk the entire Ming Dynasty Great Wall it's only 6000 kilometers give or take a few and doesn't even take two years: On Dec 2, 601 days after departing from the Wall's westernmost terminus, Gansu province's Jiayuguan, the 42-year-old stomped over the final brick of the final eastern watchtower, Liaoning province's Hushan.


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. Narrowing the choice to those within day trip or single overnight stay from Beijing, we get the following list. I've added my comments as to their merits. Miyun County Simatai ( 司马台; Sīmǎtái) a popular but remote. Quite far from Beijing. Currently (2011) this section is closed to ...


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Yes you should be fine to go but know your limits. A quick Google Image search for "Great Wall Jiankou" will give you a good idea where you will find images like this and others of people climbing fallen sections of the wall there. The Lonely Planet is rather brief: "40-minute walk uphill from the drop off ... to a fork in the path among the trees that ...


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When you land at 3:00 AM, you should probably take taxi. It'll cost you around $55. (I've checked the rates over a site that i own, so i'm not sure if i should share the URL. Because i don't want to get marked as SPAM) When you land at 11:00 AM, you should probably take the bus and following are the choices taken from http://www.beijing-airport-...


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I'm chinese, and I went to the Great Wall last year. I believe you can go to the top. But people mountain, people sea. Also, if you do not know the specific way to the great wall, you will pay at least 150 CNY from the last metro or bus station. But it seems there is a train which is fast and cheap and convenient to the great wall directly. The first time, ...


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I wanted to leave this as a comment but it's running long. I ultimately decided not to go to see the sunrise. It seems the best option for doing so is to stay overnight on or near the wall (perhaps staying at Mu'tian'yu Great Wall [暮田峪长城]). A few tidbits of further advice that I picked up in the process of coming to this decision: My initial enthusiasm ...


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Regarding pricing Rome2Rio gives a similar price estimate of RMB200-240. But given that timing is crucial for you, you should probably arrange a driver beforehand who will then wait for you at the wall and take a nap while you hike around and then take you back into town. I find it unlikely that this would even cost that much more than twice your price ...


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Beijing airport shuttle starts from 5.30 AM, and there will be no buses at that time. You will need to take a taxi. I haven't been to the part of Great Wll you mentioned but I've been to Badaling and Mutiyanyu. Both are about half an hour from a bus, but again, you will have to take a taxi. Even with a bus, you will have to take 2 buses to go from Beijing ...


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I visited the wall many times during my time in China, and my favorite place by far was Mutianyu (慕田峪). It is breathtakingly beautiful, and was not crowded at all when I went. It's not the best place if you're looking for truly remote, but it's not nearly as crowded as the more popular sections of the wall like badaling. I suggest you walk a bit further down ...


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From Wikivoyage on Badaling: The hike is a challenge with plenty of steep hills, so once you get a bit into the wall the crowd thins quickly. It takes ~2-3h to hike the whole wall depending on your fitness/weather/crowd.


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I have walked through Simatai and Badaling segments of Great Wall. Badaling segment is longer (around 7 miles). Simatai is twice shorter (3.5 miles) but way more strenuous, so if you're looking for more exercise and not merely longer walk, Simatai is more difficult. It is also much less crowded, and scenery is better; Badaling is over-restored in my opinion. ...


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I've only been to the Great Wall in Beijing, which is a huge segment of the wall. It would be fantastic if the Great Wall were just a single, fully connected really long and thin park. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There are instead a bunch (dozens?) of segments that are beautifully reconstructed, like in your picture. These are run as tourist ...


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Yes, it is possible. For this I wouldn't bother with trains - a prebooked ride from airport to Badaling would take 1-2 hours. This gives you two hours to see the Wall - which is not much, but you can still take a cable car up, and then walk down to the exit. You can do this in an hour if you're in a good shape and have good walking shoes. You should prebook ...


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