The Great Wall
Without a doubt, one of the top tourism destinations in the world, The Great Wall of China is a stunning, ancient monument that is over 5,000km long. Stretching over the mountains to the north of Beijing, this wonder of the world took a millennium to build and involved multiple dynasties. It is inseparable from the rich cultural history of China, and a not to be missed highlight of any trip to Beijing!
The most common place for tourists to visit The Wall is Badaling, which is roughly 75km northwest of Beijing, whilst other areas open to tourists include Mutianyu, Huanghuacheng, Simatai, and Jinshanling. If you’re active and want to see more than the average tourist then you’ll have the freedom to stretch your legs and walk along the wall from these destinations. Be sure to bring your walking boots though as certain unrestored parts of the wall can be steep and tricky to navigate.