This site, as with the Pyramids, Machu Picchu and Masada (among others) captured my imagination from the time I first saw pictures of them when I was just a young boy. This section of the wall closest to Beijing, consists of several buildings and towers. The beacon tower is 1700+ steps up with the steps varying in height from 3 inches to 14+ inches. Having run marathons and still running, I knew how important it was to pace myself. Set a cadence for myself and did not push myself to the point of having to stop. Same as I did at Masada in 2010. Of the 29 in the group only 4 made it to the beacon tower. Some areas, the steps were nothing but monsters. 14 inches steps for an entire section. Very few slight inclines. A great experience and I was happy that I was still in shape enough to do it. Two days later I felt it in my quads. If you have a lot of time and have no serious underlying medical or physical problems, you can make it to the beacon tower. Otherwise, don't over do it. Spectacular view from the top.
There are stairs for sure but no elevators. This place is not going to be ADA compliant ever.
Would have been better if it was just a little clearer day. But, this is just another item to cross off my " Bucket List".