Things to do at the Great Wall of China

the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall of China can be a life-changing experience. There are just so many things you can do at the Great Wall of China, not to mention the scenery and atmosphere that you are going to experience. If you are ever feeling adventurous and planning your next trip, why not go to this awesome place?

Considering the scale of the Great Wall of China, it’s not surprising that there are various activities you can do there. From the Great Wall of China trek to picnic and marathon, the decision is in your hands. And to help you with that, here are some of the great things you can do.

Hike at night

You may have already guessed that you can hike at the Great Wall of China, but do you know that you can hike at night? The recommended section of the area is the Simatai, which is the only section lit up at night. Hiking the wall at night offers an out-of-the-world experience for you.

Simatai’s Great Wall section is great for hiking, albeit only for a short distance. But, the whole section is going to be lit up at night so you can see the horizon. The areas between the 5th and 6th watchtowers are stunning at night. The time you spend hiking will pay off, guaranteed. Also, if you want to hike on Simatai’s Great Wall, make sure it is not raining.

Picnic on the Great Wall

A picnic is always great, especially when you are at one of the most iconic places in the world. If you are willing to try picnicking on the Great Wall, try Mituanyu, Simatau, or other less touristy sections. These places are rather quiet and less crowded than other sections. So you can enjoy your picnic to the fullest.

But keep in mind that you won’t get plenty of choices for restaurants on these sections of the Great Wall. If you are also planning to explore the areas more, don’t forget to bring some snacks or lunchboxes. In other words, make sure you are prepared for your picnic so you won’t have to look for restaurants while starving.

You can also opt for a tour guide who will help prepare food and drinks, and even carry them for you. You will have to spend more, of course, but this way you won’t have to worry about carrying more baggage on the Great Wall.

Roller coaster cart down from the Great Wall

You know there will be a roller coaster track down from the Great Wall, it just has to exist. Since the Great Wall was built on mountain ridges, it is the perfect place to have a roller coaster track. And obviously, after hiking up the mountain paths for about one hour, you will need to hike down.

You can find this roller coaster track and all the carts at Mutianyu. Simply sit on a cart and roll safely and rather quickly down to the valley. This is truly the best way to go back to your hotel after enjoying the Great Wall for the whole day. There is also an alternative if you don’t want to ride a roller coaster rack. There are some sections that offer cable cars. These cable cars can go up and down and are the perfect alternative when you are feeling tired or lazy.

Camping in the wild

Yes, you can camp in some areas at the Great Wall of China. This activity is great for many outdoor-loving travelers. There is a section at Jiankou that is surrounded by wildlife and trees. While camping in this area, you can gaze down from a Great Wall ridge and enjoy the view and sounds at night. This is probably the closest way to experience what China’s northern sentries experienced back then. And one more thing, try to plan your trip during the autumn before it gets too cold. During the autumn, you will also see fewer clouds in the sky.


From hiking to picnic, and even rolling down the Great Wall via a roller coaster cart, there are just so many things to do. If you are planning your trip properly, I am sure you can do as much as possible at the Great Wall of China. Don’t forget to bring your friends or loved ones to make your trip even more enjoyable.