There are numerous public transport methods to get to Badaling since it's so popular, so if you don't have access to a car or a tour company, it should be easier than Simatai.
The trip starts with a cable car to the wall or you can also just hike up, but this takes 2 - 3 hours. We took the cable car, which makes it a very quick trip.
The wall is absolutely beautiful in this spot.
Simatai, there are less people.
You must admit they are pretty!
Class "A" tourist sites in China have too many people.
Here is the large "Blessings and Grace Palace," where Ming Dynasty people would make offerings to Emperor Zhu Di.
Feng Shui (wind-water), a type of geomancy.