Best Whistle-Stop : The Great Wall at Badaling  is great for visitors with a limited time frame: This portion of the Wall is located only 70 kilometers (43 mi) away from downtown Beijing and can be explored in just a few hours.
Best History Lesson : Learn about the Great Wall in detail at the China Great Wall Museum  at Badaling. The museum boasts an assortment of exhibits covering the Wall’s purpose, construction, and upkeep.
Best Hiking : Snake through craggy peaks and steep passes for the 10 kilometers (6 mi) between the Great Wall at Jinshanling and Simatai ; climb a few watchtowers to cap off a strenuous, but rewarding hike.
Best Scenery : The stunning views around the Great Wall at Mutianyu  make it a treat for the eyes in all four seasons. This part of the Wall is at its most gorgeous in fall, when the trees turn orange.