The best time to visit the Great Wall of China

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Date: May 8, 2018
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (March to June) or Fall (September to November) are the best times to visit the Great Wall. So if you’re planning a visit to China, let Thompsons make your arrangements for you

The Great Wall of China
It took more than 2,000 years to build China’s greatest attraction, The Great Wall, which stretches for 4,163 miles (6,700km) through Northern China. Building began in the 3rd Century BC. While the Great Wall offers a fascinating insight into ancient China’s architectural ingenuity, it’s also famous for being the longest man-made structure on earth.
Which Section to Visit
According to Chinese legend, a dragon traced the course of the Great Wall, which is why it weaves and isn’t straight. The Great Wall is divided into a number of sections, three of which are popular with tourists. While some sections of the wall date back to the 3rd century BC, these sections were built much later, between the 12th and 15th Centuries.
Juyongguan is the closest section of the Great Wall to Beijng at 31.5 miles (approximately 51km), but if you want a better insight into the wall’s architecture, visit the Badaling section, which is 44 miles (71km) away. Built between the 14th and 18th Centuries, it stands 26 feet high (8 metres) and is 20 feet (6m) wide. It’s particularly popular because it’s one of the easiest sections to climb, making it ideal for families with kids.
If you’d like to check out the wall in all its beauty, visit Mutianyu, which is located 45 miles (72km) northeast of Beijing. It’s less popular because it involves a far more challenging climb, but it’s considered to be the most beautiful, fully-restored section of the Great Wall.
Preparing for the Climb
He who hasn’t reached the Great Wall is no hero.
Chairman Mao’s reference to the Great Wall holds true both literally and figuratively. Climbing up those steep, uneven steps requires lots of effort, so if your children are young, it’s not a good idea. It’s not a picturesque stroll, it’s far more challenging than that. However, it really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so if the kids are old enough, it’s a must-do.
The best Time to Visit
During the summer months (late June to August), it’s very hot and the Great Wall is very crowded. Then, in the winter months (December to February), it’s often windy and chilly with poor visibility. The best time to visit the Great Wall is during the Spring (March to early June) and Fall (September to November) seasons. At these times, the weather is cool and clear and the mountainside is quite magnificent.