The Great Wall of China-A Wonder of the World
As the old saying goes, he who doesn’t ascend the Great Wall is not a true man. The Great Wall in China is something that every Chinese are proud of, which embodies the wisdom and civilization of the Chinese nation. Being the ancient military defense project, there are several sections of the Great Wall. I’ll give introductions of five Great Walls and each of them has its own unique characteristics.
Badaling Great Wall
Location: Yanqing County, 70 km north of Beijing city.
Admission Fee: CNY 40 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31); CNY 35 (Nov.1 to Mar.31)
Cable Car: CNY 40 (single way); CNY 60 (round trip)
Opening Hours: 06:30 to 19:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31) ; 07:00 to 18:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31)
As the most outstanding representative Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall is the most visited Great Wall in all sections. Because of its original features, Badaling Great Wall owns marvelous natural sceneries and great fame. And it’s not very steep so it’s easy to climb. In the ancient time, the Great Wall occupies crucial position in military importance. Even old Chinese saying tells: if one man guards the pass, ten thousand cannot get through. Being the best-preserved and most complete section, Badaling Great Wall deserves your visit for its spectacular sight.
Mutianyu Great Wall
Location: Mutianyu Great Wall Scenic Area, Huairou District, Beijing
Admission Fee: Adults: CNY 45 (Children under1.2 meters are free.)
Cable Car: CNY 80 (single way); CNY 100 (round trip)
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31) ; 08:30 to 16:30 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31)
Mutianyu Great Wall is the essence of Great Wall in Ming dynasty. Known as some famous landscapes, Cow Horns Edge，Arrow and Eagles Flying Face Up are magnificent Great Wall views. As one of the best preserved sections, Mutianyu Great Wall is less crowded and could be an alternative choice faced with travelers flow.
Juyongguan Great Wall
Location: Changpin District, Beijing
Admission Fee: CNY 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31); CNY 40 (Nov.1 to Mar.31)
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31) ; 08:30 to 16:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31)
Juyongguan Great Wall ranks as the first of the three impregnable passes along the Great Wall (others are Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan). Winding up and down like a dragon, some parts of stairs in Juyongguan are quiet steep so it’s more suitable for someone with full energy. Along the wall, there are also towers and temples with deep cultural connotation.
Jinshanling Great Wall
Location: Jinshanling Scenic Area, Luanping County, Hebei province
Admission Fee: CNY 65 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31); CNY 55 (Nov.1 to Mar.31)
Cable Car: CNY 40 (single way)
Opening Hours: 04:00 to 18:30 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31) ; 06:30 to 16:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31)
Jinshanling Great Wall has special features with totally 31 watching towers. The General Tower is the most representative Enemy Tower and others are Flower Tower, Big Jinshan Tower and so on. As a wild Great Wall, Jinshanling makes itself a popular hiking Great Wall, which is a wonderful choice for those with great physical condition. You could always see “Cloud Sea” here, which is remarkable view from the wall.
Simatai Great Wall
Location: Simatai Village，Miyun County，Beijing
Admission Fee: CNY 40
Cable Car: CNY30 (single way); CNY50 (round trip)
Daytime： 08:00 to 18:00(Apr. 1 to Oct.31) ; 08:00 to 17:30 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31)
Night：18:00-22：00 (April to October); 17:30 – 21:00 (Mon. – Fri.) 17:30 – 21:30 (Weekends) (November to March)
Simatai Great Wall is the only Great Wall with night tours. Known for its daunting cliff, Simatai Great Wall is full of bony ridge of a mountain. With 35 diverse watch towers, Simatai Great Wall owns the greatest number of watch towers among the Great Wall. There are many famous attractions such as Watching Beijing Tower, Fairy Maiden Tower, Heavenly Ladder and Sky Bridge. Among them, Heavenly Ladder is a steep and narrow section of wall, which is striking and peculiar.
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