There are many sections to the Great Wall of China that were built at different times of China’s history, some as early as the 6th century BC. Many notable sections have been restored and have become popular tourist attractions, while other areas are damaged from construction or erosion, and are expected to disappear within the next 20 years.
Take a look at some particularly notable sections of the Great Wall in this photo report. For more information, see our previous article on the Great Wall of China.
Thank you to Yan Kaiming for taking these beautiful photos!
Badaling section of the Great Wall
Fifty miles northwest of Beijing is Yanqing County. Here is “Badaling,” the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall’s highest point in Badaling is approximately 3,330 ft above sea level.
Jinshanling section of the Great Wall
Approximately 75 miles northeast of Beijing is the section of the Great Wall known as “Jinshanling,” which is located in Luanping County, Hebei Province. Like the Badaling section, it was also built during the Ming Dynasty.
Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
One of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall is Mutianyu, located in Huairou County, approximately 43.5 miles northeast of Beijing. It is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists who want to hike along the Great Wall. The Mutianyu parts were first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi Dynasty. They were then rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty.
Simatai section of the Great Wall
Approximately 74.6 miles northeast of Beijing in Miyun County is the “Simatai” section of the Great Wall, which has been designated as a World Culture Heritage Site by UNESCO and is known for its steepness. It is approximately 3 miles long. The portion was first built in the Northern Qi Dynasty and rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty. It was closed to the public in June 2010.