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"Chosing between Mutianyu or Simatai or Jinchanling" Great Wall Tip by oliviertia

Great Wall, Beijing: 37 reviews and 74 photos

by oliviertia

How to choose between the different sites ?

I visited the first 3, so I can give some advice:

- Jinchanling to Simatai: far away (3 hours), difficult to get there unless you book some kind of tour. Very hard walk on some treacherous bits as the wall was partially restored. Wonderful scenery, then it gets less interesting as you walk downhill. Only foreign tourists. rather expensive as you are asked to pay for extras (entrance fees twice + toll for a bridge)

- Simatai: far (2.5 hours) restored. Very steep. Scenery unfolds as you keep climbing up and up. If you are tired, you can always go down. Hard walk, but always safe. Indeed this summer they paved the path from the car park to the Wall.

- Mutianyu: closer to BJ. (2 hours). cheaper. Steep climb to access the wall, but then gentle ups and downs. I recommend using the cable car to save energy. Very wide. You can see very long stretches of the wall. Very green. More tourists (Chinese+Foreigners)

Address: Badaling, Mutianyu, Simatai...

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 4, 2004
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