Mutianyu Great Wall
A day trip to Mutianyu is the quickest and easiest way to see the Great Wall of China from Beijing. Just 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of the city proper, this well-kept but not overly restored section of China’s most famous landmark is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, which changes dramatically from season to season. The official ticketed area of the wall comes complete with a cableway up and a fun luge slide down, but those with a more adventurous nature can hike up the surrounding hills to explore the ‘Wild Wall’ for themselves. Multiple tourist buses run back and forth from the city centre, or you can organise a private car or tour.