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Great Wall of China recommendations

The Great Wall of China is 6,400km of historic fortification, and the perfect springboard to even greater China adventures

Great Wall of China Top 5

  1. Head out to Jiayuguan, at the extreme west of the Great Wall of China, to see where ancient civilisation ended and the wilderness began. This is Silk Road territory; strike out to Dunhuang, for the Mogao Caves, and to Turpan, for Uyghur culture and ancient ruins, ultimately aiming for the bazaar at Kashgar.
  2. See the Great Wall of China meet its end at Shanhaiguan, on the Yellow Sea. Easily accessible by train (its just 300km east of Beijing), the pass here is one of the Great Wall's best preserved.
  3. Take your camera to Simatai, north-east of Beijing, one of the Great Wall’s most photogenic sections. The section of Wall here is very steep, clinging precariously to Yanshan Mountain, so wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a decent hike.
  4. Walk the scenic 11km stretch of the Great Wall between Jinshanling and Simatai, a great way to get a real feel for the Wall's scope and length. The walk will take you past crumbly ramparts, stone watchtowers and steep mountain ridges.
  5. Allow time to explore Beijing – don’t miss the highlights of the Chinese capital, which sits just south of the Great Wall. Must-sees include Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, a performance at the Beijing Opera and a stroll along the few remaining hutongs (historic alleyways).

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