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Great Wall of China

161 bytes added, 06:11, 9 January 2017
Beijing
It's far less crowded than Badaling and Mutianyu.... mostly before more difficult to access and less renovated
To get there, go first to Hairou (see the Mutianyu description there above to go there) bus station (bus 916), then take the bus (number 936) to "Shuishangcheng" (litterally "Wall above water", other name of Huanghuacheng Great Wall). To get the second bus stop, turn left out of Hairou bus station up to next light crossing, turn left again (about 300 m) until you get to the bus station. The bus are not very frequent (every hour). Huanhuacheng-Shuishangcheng is the last stop. to go back to Hairou, the bus leaves every hour (10:30, 11:30....) up to 5:30pm. It says there is a direct bus from Dongzhimen to Shuangshangcheng on the WE, but it will leave only if enough people (more than 10). Difficult to count on it so.
Arrived at Shuishangcheng, you can access to the reservoir trough an entrance gate (¥45 each), where you can see the wall. However, to climb on the wall, you can also go to the parking in front of East entrance, then take a small trail at the left of the toilets (without passing the entrance gate so): you'll be able to access the wall without paying the entrance fee! Isn't it wonderful?You can Check more info about this part of the Wall online at [http://www.hilllily.com/tours/great-wall-at-huanghuacheng.htm '''Great Wall at Huanghuacheng''' ]
* '''Gubeikou''', '''Jinshanling''' and '''Simatai''' are a bit farther from Beijing than other sections, but the extra time it takes to get there is rewarded with a very significant reduction in crowding and tourist traps. Services are also limited, however; make sure you bring your own supply of water and extra film. The most authentic part of the Wall (at least portions closest to Beijing) is at '''Simatai'''; the Wall here is of original construction unlike Badaling. These three locations are 130 km (80 mi) northeast of central Beijing. Jinshanling is well restored and offers some round-trips : get on the wall at the Zhuanduo pass, you can get off at Shaling pass (~= 5 towers), at the cable car (~= 10 towers), at the Houchuan pass (~= 13 towers, less than 4h round trip from the gate) or at the "Tower with Five Arrow-holes in the East" (~= 20 towers, a few steep parts, you will get off at the East Gate where you can catch the 3pm direct bus to Wangjing West Station (see "Get In" > "Jinshanling" part). You can no longer go to Simatai from Jinshaling. Entrance to Jinshanling is ¥65.
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