How to get there
Gubeikou is about three hours from Beijing by bus and taxi. Connections must be timed carefully. For information, including directions, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://en.greatwallbox.com/great
Where to stay
Great Wall Box House
No. Jia 18, XiDui Main Street
What to do
A number of more developed parts of the Great Wall are close to Beijing and can be combined with a trip to Gubeikou.
Badaling: The most-visited section of the wall, picturesque Badaling has been well restored and offers such amenities as a cable car. About 45 miles northwest of Beijing. http://www.badalinggreatwall.com/
Mutianyu: Another very popular section but slightly less touristy than Badaling. About 55 miles northeast of Beijing. http://www.mutianyu
Jinshanling: A popular hike from Jinshanling to Simatai, currently off-limits due to renovation at Simatai, that is supposed to reopen by October. Hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling (about 7.5 miles) is also possible, but bring good hiking shoes — the parts around Gubeikou are unrestored. http://www.lonelyplanet.
The Great Wall Forum (http://www.greatwallforum.com/) is a good source for the most current information about the wall and includes several helpful maps.
This website has information about many unrestored sections: www.wildwall.com
Beijing Hikers (http://www.beijinghi
kers.com) offers tours of sections of the Great Wall and other areas.