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A Chinese saying goes that He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man. If we laid the bricks and rocks used in the Great Wall of Ming to form a wall one meter (1.1 yard) wide and five meters (16.4 feet) high, it could circle the earth at the equator with great ease. It is such a spectacular and formidable architectural feat that anyone who comes to China should not miss it under any circumstances.

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Juyongguan Pass Great Wall of Beijing

China's Great Wall is the world's longest architectural structure and is widely renowned as one of the seven great wonders of the world. The wall stretches 6,700 kilometers (4,163 miles) from the Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu Province to the Shanhaiguan Pass in Hebei Province. Like a gigantic dragon, this imposing wall meanders across mountains, spans vast plains and trudges through the barren deserts of China's northern interior. This amazing marvel of engineering took over 2,000 years to build. It is acclaimed to be a most magnificent miracle created by the Chinese people demonstrating the tenacity, diligence and wisdom of the Chinese people.

Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing

Construction of the wall began early in the Warring States Period (475BC-221BC) when independent small states came into existence. In order to defend their territories, long walls were built along the borders. In 221 BC, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), toppled the former states and unified China. To protect the country from intrusion of the nomadic Hun ethnic minority in the north, earlier separate walls were joined and extended dramatically. The walls at that time began at Linyao in Gansu Province and ended in Liaoning Province, reaching a total length of over 5,000 kilometers, hence it was known as the 'Ten Thousand Li Great Wall' (Li is a unit of length used by the Chinese and one li is equal to 0.5 kilometer.).

Watchtower in Great Wall, Beijing

Thereafter, the Great Wall was restored and lengthened time and time again. The later walls were not a long and frail wall but were complete fortifications with more annexes such as: castles, watch towers and beacon towers. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), large-scale extensions generated the 'Great Wall of Ming', the ever longest wall in the history of China. The wall that we see today is primarily the result of a restoration that took place during the Ming Dynasty. However, some sections fell into ruins.

Now, sections at Shanhaiguan Pass, Badaling, Simatai, Mutianyu and Jiayuguan Pass have become celebrated tourist resorts. The Badaling Great Wall is the most famous attraction in China and is always thronged with visitors coming from all over the world.

Hereunder are the introductions to the different sections of the Great Wall of China:

 Recommended Tours including the visit to Great Wall:
Grand Beijing Travel: 4-Day to Badaling, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace
Happy Beijing Tour: 5-Day to Forbidden City, Badaling, Temple of Heaven   

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Comments and Questions

Hi, my flight arrives in Beijing at 2.30 pm. Do we have enough time to visit the Great Wall of China? Badaling or Mutianyu is fine.Thank you,

Reply3/5/2018 9:04:06 PMAmanda,   United States

Helen :3/19/2018 1:45:07 AM

You can catch it, but your time is not enough to cover a lot. Anyway, you can hire a taxi (on condition that you don't need to line up and wait for long) to Mutianyu in an hour. It is close at 18:00 on weekdays and 18:30 on weekend. By the way, usually you need to spend 30-60min to check out of the airport.

Hello.I am currently in Guangzhou and looking for the closest route to visit The Great Wall. Is there anyway i can get there by the bullet train? If yes, which is the closest and what would be my average cost price? Thank you

Reply8/25/2017 9:56:13 AMDaaboul,   Lebanon

Lydia :9/4/2017 7:34:41 PM

Oh, you are advised to visit the section near Beijing. Take a high speed train from Guangzhou South to Beijing West within 10h. Then go to Deshengmen and take bus no. 877 to head for the famous Badaling Section. You may return in the same way.

I hope to know the easiest n cheaper (not cheapest) way to Great Wall from Beijing. How long the trip for the route proposed. Tqvm.

Reply5/21/2016 12:03:09 PMSylvia tan,   Malaysia

Susan ( Canada ) :5/22/2016 9:22:46 PM

Well, you are going to Badaling Great Wall, right? If yes, you can take S2 train to it from North Railway Station. The trip takes about 1 hour, and the fare is CNY 6 per person. Upon arrival, you can walk to the entrance within fifteen minutes. :)

we are planning to visit great wall. Please remember that We have 2 years kid. Any recommendation to visit great wall? Do they have cable car (c facility at mutianyu? How much it costs to visit (from travel to ticket and cable car rides two ways. Are 2 years kids are allowed to have cable car ride accompanied with parents. please also provide route to go to Mutian great wall section. Thanks.

Reply9/17/2015 7:23:04 AMAbdul,   Pakistan

Eillen :9/19/2015 11:08:07 PM

Hi, it is fine to take your 2 y/o baby to visit the wall. The cable car at Mutuianyu will be quite convenient and it is surley allowed for your baby to share a cable car with you. Don't worry and good trip.

Eillen :9/19/2015 11:11:44 PM

Ways from downtown to Mutianyu:
take bus no, 916 or express line 916 from Dongzhimen and get off at Huairou Bus Station or Huairou North Street. Then hire a minivan to the wall within 20min at a cost of CNY40-50.

As you are traveling with kid, it is also doable to hire a taxi or car for a round trip. It costs around CNY500.

near badalling Great Wall there one more entrance but the wall is very steep . there is no cable car there . is this place consider part of the badalling great wall ? the spell like shinquan Badalling great wall.

Reply12/27/2014 2:08:23 PMhashim,   Malaysia

Iris :12/27/2014 9:26:39 PM

I cannot figure out the Shinquan Badaling. Would you confirm its spelling so that I can help you further?

Did they only make it for defence?

Reply5/22/2012 10:46:00 AMAnynomous,   Kuwait

David :5/22/2012 6:25:02 PM

of course not, the great wall was built out of many other purproses, such as opening up wasteland and safeguarding the farmland and promoting cultural and economic interchange in the border areas.

Hello, can anyone tell me, how can I get to the Great Wall of China from Beijing city? and how much is the transport cost?

Thank you

Reply5/6/2013 1:40:26 AMNur Farhana,   Malaysia

Lisa :5/9/2013 7:09:24 PM

which section would you like to go?

Nur Farhana ( Malaysia ) :5/9/2013 8:05:38 PM

the cheapest cost one...

Lisa :5/10/2013 7:52:54 PM

i recommend the Badaling Section, which is has good facility and it is convenient for you to go.
you can take a subway or bus to Xizhimen, there you will find the Beijing North Railway Station. you can take a train to Badaling. remember to check the train schedule beforehand.
or you can take a bus or taxi to Deshengmen and connect a bus No. 877, 919 or 880 to Badaling great wall.

I have a few questions,
1. why is the wall so famous?
2. what is the wall made of?
3. since many men died building the wall, what was its nick name?
4.how tall is the wall?
5. how were messages sent along the wall???

Reply4/28/2009 7:04:00 PMBill,   United Kingdom

BiLLy ( Australia ) :11/29/2010 10:43:00 AM

Messages WeRe made by walking alright there Bill xxx

Mahjabeen ( Bangladesh ) :1/19/2011 6:30:00 AM

1:the wall is famous bcz of its length,width n it's age...

Krystine ( United States ) :5/5/2013 12:26:18 PM

the nickname for The Great Wall of China is "The Longest Grave in the World"

I have been to the wall,its a great experiance an amazing one.

Reply2/26/2013 2:30:16 AMALI,   Nigeria

they also burried the people who died making it in the wall its self

Reply3/15/2012 11:37:26 PMjay

shawn ( United States ) :1/1/2013 5:42:43 PM

if people were buried in the wall there would be air pockets in the and the wall would crumble so people were buried next to it
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