As a famous saying goes, he who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true men. Great Wall is China’s greatest engineering triumph and a must-see sight along a perfect China travel. The Great Wall wriggles haphazardly from its scattered Manchurian remains in Liaoning province to wind-scoured ruble in the Geb desert and faint traces in the unforgiving sands of Xinjiang. No China vacation is complete without discovering the Great Wall.
Great Wall has many segments, among which Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, Jiankou Great Wall, Huanghua Great Wall, Jiayuguan, Simatai, Jinshanling, are the most famous, while each has its own features. Badaling is over manly-renovated, where the original trace of the Great Wall could scarcely found. Mutianyu is less crowded but more breathtaking section of Great Wall, where cable cars for climbing the wall are available. Jiankou section is rather precipitous and it is the best option for the hiking-lovers. So are Huanghua, Simatai, Jinshanling and Jiayuguan Great Wall.
According to the statistics offered, the most touristed area of the Great Wall is at Badaling. When selecting a tour to the Great Wall, it is essential to check that the tour goes where you want to go. Badaling or other tours are often combined with a excursion to the time-honored Ming Tombs, so checking beforehand is highly recommended. If you do not want to see the Ming Tombs, just choose another or go by public transport on your own.
Since some tour companies often arrange some shopping-stops in their itinerary, such as jade factories, gem exhibition halls, silk factories etc.. Before booking a tour, just confirm whether shopping-stops are contained in the itinerary or not. Also you could book a tour to the Great Wall through the hotel or hostel you are lodging in. Since Great Wall is the most popular travel destinations in China, avoiding visiting it on the weekends is kindly advised, because many Chinese would take the weekends to explore it, making the Great Wall rather crowded than usual.
Great Wall is always the ideal destination for hiking-lovers. If you are planning to discover it in summer, bringing shoes with good grip, water, sun-screen and water-proofs is essentially required. Just prepare as much as possible. For the Great Wall step-master, lung-master workout, the 3800 steps and brutal inclines of the Great Wall Marathon are tackled every May. Why not conquer he Great Wall as others did?