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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: or go to

Where to stay

Great Wall Box House

No. Jia 18, XiDui Main Street

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Gubeikou Village


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.

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 ( 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:

Beijing Hikers (http://www.beijinghi
) offers tours of sections of the Great Wall and other areas.

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