Defiintely the highlight of our 16 day tour to China. We travelled with a group (China Star Holidays) that I would highly reccommend. It included a 2 hour stop at Badaling, which is totally restored and has lots of tourists. Our last day was a free day, and while most members of the group went shopping in Beijing (boring!) my wife and I took a private driver and guide with greatwalladventures.com and went on a 10km hike along the wall. We had to exit and return due to a military base which was off limits, but still had lots of time on the wall will plenty of pictures. Unfortunately the smog which was prevalent throughout our trip, limited the distant views. This trip shows you parts of the wall in all conditions from ruin to total restoration, includes a small amount of clambering, but is relatively easy for people who are moderately fit and have no walking difficulties. A full day from 7.30. am to 6.00. pm. Two and a half hours driving each way on very good roads. Crossed paths with only one other group of six people, but other than that we had the wall to ourselves! Awesome experience.
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