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The '''Great Wall of China''' (长城 ''Chángchéng'') stretches westward across the provinces and municipalities of [[Liaoning]], [[Hebei]], [[Tianjin]], [[Beijing]], [[Inner Mongolia]] Autonomous Region, [[Shanxi]], [[Shaanxi]], and [[Ningxia]] Autonomous Region to [[Gansu]] in the west.
===Badaling and Juyongguan===
* '''Public bus''' : Take bus number 877 or 879 (¥12 one way, ¥4.80 one-way possible to pay with the Beijing Transportation Card, air conditioned coach bus) to Badaling (takes 1.5 hours.) The last bus from Beijing to Badaling leaves at around 12:30, the last bus from Badaling to Beijing at around 16:30. Arrive early for the return trip if you desire a seat.
Reach the bus departure point by exiting from Exit A of Jishuitan subway station, Line 2. Walk east for 450 meters, around 5 minutes, past all bus stops until you reach the Deshengmen arrow tower on your left. Bus 877 leaves exactly North (behind) of the tower. The station is right behind the stop for bus 919.
The train has very large viewing windows, allowing you breathtaking views of the scenery and the Great Wall even before you arrive at Badaling. Upon arrival at Badaling station (most passengers alight at this stop) make a left turn and walk 800 m to the Great Wall entrance.
 
'''Update July 2018:''' The North Railway Station is under construction and the S2 trains leave from Beijing Huangtudian instead. See [https://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/badaling-station.htm Train Beijing-Badaling schedule]. There are a lot of persistent taxi drivers who will tell you that there is neither bus nor train to Badaling (or that if you take the next one you will have only very little time there). The Public Bus subsection above is still accurate.
===Mutianyu===
Get to Mutianyu is a little bit more complicated, but if you follow these directions, you shouldn't have problems arriving there. To get there, you can take the 916快 bus from Dongzhimen bus station which you can get by followig the signs in the train station (there is two 916 buses, be sure to take the express bus). After around one hour on the bus you need to stop in 怀柔北大街 (there is a screen in the bus that shows the different stops, you can figure it out looking at the letters on the screen or asking the driver). Once you are in that stop, you have to cross the street and take the H23 or H24 bus to 慕田峪环岛 (4 RMB), you can also take a taxi (50RMB) or minivan (5 RMB to 50 RMB), but the prices will depend on your bargain skills and the amount of people willing to take the taxi or minivan with you. (September 2017: touts at the Huairou bus stop said the H-buses weren't running. I assumed they were lying but waited an hour and the buses never came, so paid 10RMB for a private taxi to the Mutianyu ticket office. Additional information regarding previous comment: The buses did run in May 2017, but not frequently. We would have had to wait about 2 hours for the next one according to a Chinese app. Going back from Mutianyu we did pass H23 and H24 going towards the wall.)
You can also stay on 916 until the final stop, and then hire a minivan from there, but it will be more expensive.
* '''Mutianyu''' (Chinese: 慕田峪; pinyin: Mùtiányù) is slightly further than Badaling, equally well restored, significantly less crowded, and has greener and more scenic surroundings. Historically, most tour groups did not go here, so this is a generally a better option than Badaling. Mutianyu has a cable car gondola to get onto and off the wall (though walking via stairs is also possible) and a toboggan ride down! Misplaced, but fun.
If, after exiting the cable car, one turns to the left and hikes up stairs for about an hour, one can reach the unrestored, "wild" wall. As of March 2017, a 60cm high wall at tower 20 has been built in order to discourage passage, however, you can jump over. Signs will tell you that visitors are not admitted to this area of the wall. You should not go beyond this point. A man may ask you for money to allow passage, however he is not an employee of the facility, therefore feel free . You should not pay him to ignore himgo beyond this point. The terrain gets rougher, there's bushes growing in the way and some parts are so destroyed, one has to actually climb to go on. Please note that mobile phone reception drops off sharply here and there's only very few to no people around, so in case of an emergency, you'll be on your own. Good hiking gear advisable. Frozen and slippery in winter. Loose Rocks.
If you are further interested in this unrestored "wild wall", the ideal way to experience it is a hike from the Jiankou section to Mutianyu. Allowing a more in depth exploration of the untouched overgrown decrepit walls and towers, it also
* '''Visit the Great Wall Museum''' Down the "Badaling Pedestrian Street" and up a hill behind the "Circle Vision Theater" is the under-appreciated Great Wall Museum. The walk-through exhibits provide a good overview of the wall's multi-dynasty history, along with many artifacts from those time periods and photo-worthy models of watchtowers, scaling ladders, etc. The bathrooms are also probably the cleanest you'll find at Badaling (there's even a Western-style toilet). Best of all, admission is free! (closed M, 09:00-16:00). Great wall circle-vision theater (¥40).
* '''Downhill on the toboggan run''' The Mutianyu section offers two chairlift lines which run to different parts of the Great Wall section, a more modern one with bubble cabins and a less modern one with two-seater chairs. If you feel up to it and the weather is clear, the return ticket for the less modern lift is also good for a ride down the toboggan run. Though if you prefer, tickets can easily be purchased separately for the toboggan ride of course - just walk up to the ticket office at the beginning of the ride, then off you go down the wall. Note that the tickets for the lifts cost the same but are not interchangeable. If you can't read Chinese check the picture on the ticket, and if you get wrong one with a picture of the bubble cabins, it's not a problem to immediately get your money back and take it to the other ticket counter.
* '''Aerial Tour By Private Plane''' If you are interested in a bird's eye view, CFA (www.chinaflightadventures.com) runs private flights for siteseeing/flightseeing over the Great Wall.
*<do name="Leo Hostel Secret Great Wall Tour" alt="Ancient-Secret Great Wall Tours" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.leohostel.com/tours/secret-wall-tours.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Leo Hostel Secret Great Wall Tour has been in existence even longer than Leo Hostel. After many years of running tours to the popular Simatai Great Wall, a lot of tourists asked to see a quieter part of the Wall, without so many tourists. Leo Hostel then invented its very own tour to a Secret Great Wall, which has been running happily for over 10 years now. Leo Hostel has years of experience and is able to obtain discount tickets. </do>
'''Walking safely''' don't run around as you may trip which may result in an injury as the steps are uneven.
 
'''Phones''' use your phone only for taking images, stop tweeting or updating your Facebook status and actually admire the scene for once as you may never get an opportunity like this again (this will also save you battery which you can then use in case of an emergency)
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