The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

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Walk the Great Wall Without the Tourists: China

There are a few main sections of the wall that people visit. Badaling and Juyong Pass, which are among the closest to the city, are so densely packed with tourists that you might as well stay home. Then there's Mutianyu, about 90 minutes outside the city center, and Jinshanling, which is two hours away. Both options have their benefits. Jinshanling, which will be all but untouristed, is an especially nice choice if you want to walk a long section of the wall. If, however, your main goal is not to hike the wall but to just get a feel for it, opt for Mutianyu. 

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