The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that stretch 13,171 miles through China. The building of the wall is thought to have started in the 7th Century BC and continued to be built over many centuries being improved and strengthened and lengthened over time. The wall is built with stone, brick, wood and other materials. It was built along the northern borders of China from east to west to protect the Chinese people from invasions. The wall has served other purposes than defence, it has been used to control trade in and out of China and to control immigration into China. There are many places in China that you can see the wall; Beijing is one of the hotspots for sightseers.
The Great Wall stretches through most of China, so there are many different ways to get to the wall and many different points. If in Beijing and heading to the Badaling point of the wall you can get the 877 bus.
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There are many different points to access the wall throughout China, many places have tour operators offering tourists an organised trip to and from the wall in areas the wall passes through such as Beijing, but you can also access of the wall by yourself.