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The Great Wall in Beijing

Beijing is the best destination to admire theGreat Wall of China. Most famous Great Wall sections are located in its suburban areas, including the well-preserved Badaling and Mutianyu, the renovated Juyonguan, Jinshanling and Simatai, and wild Jiankou and Gubeikou. They are all not far from downtown Beijing, 1-2 hours’ driving away.

In Chinese history, Beijing was not only one of the ancient capitals, but also one of the most strategic cities in the north. To defend their territory, many rulers have actively ordered to build Great Wall here.

The Great Wall in Beijing totals 370 miles (600 kilometers). Those from Ming Dynasty(1368-1644), the last dynasty engaged in Great Wall construction, amount to 350 miles (550 kilometers). They are distributed in Pinggu, Miyun, Huairou, Yanqing, Changping, and Mentougou.