I have a couple of doubts about my trip to the Great Wall.
I'll visit Beijing between the 11th and the 17th of December and I'm planning to visit the Great Wall when the forecasted weather looks decent.
I read all about differences of all the sections and I slimmed down to two options which are Simatai and Jinshanling because I'd like to see a less touristy section of the wall but open to the public and easy to get to (my hotel organizes bus tours to Jinshaling and there's a bus from Beijing to Simatai water town).
I understand that the Jinshanling section was recently reopened after a year long renovation work. The pictures before the renovating process are stunning but I'm afraid I may not have the same opinion now that has been reopened. I'm having trouble finding recent pictures and see what has really changed.
I also know that Simatai has a decent mix between renovations and ancient section of the wall but also has a "ghost" tourist water town nearby that tries to attract tourist and also needs a reservation to get to the wall.
Recent pictures show Simatai as a not so renovated part of the wall and reviews are great while I read someone in this forum writing about not having the same feeling about Jinshanling as years ago.
At the moment I think Simatai may be a better option but can anyone give me an advice about this? Thank you very much.