If you go to the Great Wall take a bus tour. That’s all I’ll say about that.
I went to Jingshanling. It’s isn’t so busy – I arrive about midday and there were a few tour groups, but nothing too bad. The gondola isn’t completely necessary – there’s a well graded path if you keep walking past it.
The wall itself was a bit hard to make out:
But it is worth it – look at the view!
After excessive faff I returned to Beijing on the hunt for a gym. The Workers’ Gymnasium does not have ‘gym’ facilities, just Westerners playing polo on single-speed bicycles in the car park. Hmm.