We visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall which is more remote and less visited than the Badaling section near Beijing.  It was renovated in the 1950s and 1960s and is in an area of magnificent natural beauty.

It would be worth visiting this area just for its mountain scenery even if there were no Great Wall here.

We took a second trip to a different section of the Great Wall which required getting up at 3:30am to see it at dawn. This section was unrestored, and it was great to see it being taken over by nature.