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If you go

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: greatwallbox@gmail.com or go to http://en.greatwallbox.com/great
wall/

Where to stay

Great Wall Box House

No. Jia 18, XiDui Main Street

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Gubeikou Village

011-86-10-81051123

www.hostelworld.com;
www.booking.com

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
greatwall.net/

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.
.com/china/the-great-wall/jinshan
ling

Information

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/scene/beijing/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/the-great-wall

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.

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