We took a short detour to visit the Great Wall at Baiyangyu while driving from Beijing across to Qinhuangdao, and it was well worth it. Although a reasonably steep 15-20 min walk to get up to the wall from the village itself (and so requires at least average fitness), there is a very new, well maintained paved path and stairs the whole way. The wall itself is crumbling away in places, but still plenty of structure intact to make it an excellent place to visit. There is a great spot not far from where the pathway meets the wall where you can stand on the wall as it crosses a small knoll with steep drops down either side and look out across breathtaking views of the valley you have just walked up. We visited on a Thursday, and there was not another person on the wall for the 30 mins we spent up there, which really enhanced the experience. And as an added bonus, about three-quarters of the way up to the wall is a large (15m or so high) gold Buddha statue, built in 1996. We have now visited the wall in about seven different locations, and I would definitely rate Baiyangyu as a must see for wall enthusiasts with a bit of adventurous spirit.
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