If the 5,500 mile long Great Wall is on your list of 50 things to see before you die–and it should be–you should plan to be there in the right season.

Our advice: Avoid walking the wall in peak summer or winter, because both seasons can be harsh. Choose a weekday during  Spring or Fall, when the crowds are thin and the weather is fine.

Before visiting, chose a section of the wall that’s right for you—wild and original, popular and gorgeous, or practical and close to your hotel. Make your choice before you book your hotel, so that you can plan whether to take the bus, taxi, train or private car.

We found this excellent online resource for planning your trip. Go!