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    Walking on The Great Wall

    by ingel49 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are many different possibilities to walk on the wall...I have tried the 10 km walk from Jinshanling to Simatai and it was absolutely amazing! We began the tour from Jinshanling and this way you´ll get breathtaking views :) It wasn´t the easiest walk but it certainly was worth it! And there are relatively few tourists...but you can´t escape from the ladies who sell postcards and drinks. Another great thing was an 800-meter long cable just before the Simatai section...you can enjoy the ride down...wow...it was just great :P

    And then Badaling, which is always crowded and the most renovated part of the wall. It´s also the closest to the city. There are cable cars and guard rails and it´s easy and pretty safe to walk on the wall there...

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    The Great Wall of China - Juyong Guan Section

    by mikelisaanna Written Apr 20, 2008

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    One of the must-do sights in China is the Great Wall, which stretches for thousands of miles across the mountain ridges of northern China. The wall was built during the Xin dynasty around 200 BC and then expanded during the Ming Dynasty. Much of the wall has fallen into disrepair over the centuries, but large sections around Beijing have been restored and are open to tourists.

    For tourists visitng Beijing, there are at least four sections of the wall that you can reach by car or bus in less than 2 hours. Badaling is the closest and most crowded. The three other popular sections are Mutianyu, Simitai, and Juyong Guan. We visited the wall at Juyong Guan, a rugged section, where the wall descends from one ridge line across a valley and up the other side to another ridge line. This section was interesting because you cound see the wall and its guard towers on both ridge lines, which made for some good pictures. However, one thing to keep in mind about this section is that it is very hilly and to walk along the wall you have to climb a lot of steps as the wall ascends the mountainsides as it comes up out of the valley. However, the climb is worth it as you get some great views from the ridgetops.

    Unfortunately, it was chilly and raining on the day that we were there, so we didn't get a chance to go as far along the wall as we would have liked. But, we were still glad that we made the effort to get there. It was definitely worth it.

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    MUTIANYU GREAT WALL

    by ancient_traveler Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Mutianyu Great Wall is famous for the breath-takingly beautiful scenery. The wall presents different aspects of beauty in the four seasons. Flowers bloom all over the mountains in spring. Grasses dress the hillside green in summer. Trees are laden with sweet fruits in autumn, and especially in October, leaves are turning red or yellow, touching the mountain tops with gold. In winter, the wall is covered by snow, making it seem more magnificent. The pine trees around Mutianyu Great Wall are well-known. Besides, spring water at the foot of the wall tastes pure and fragrant, much appreciated by visitors.

    What's more, the national first-rate cable car is installed in Mutianyu Great Wall. A sled named 'Speed' will give you an opportunity to experience thrills by taking you swoop down from the high mountains. China Stone City collects weird and beautiful stones, attracting more and more visitors to come and see.

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    Not crowded - still exilarating!!

    by albaaust Updated Feb 10, 2007

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    We went with Alvin to the Juyong Guan section of the wall and were very pleased that we did. We chose to go there as we did not want to be crowded out by other tourists and we wanted to go to the Summer Palace the same day. A one and a half to two hour drive from central Beijing got us to the wall. There were other tourists (mainly Chinese) but it was not crowded and we did not see a single tout!! Climbing along the wall itself was strenuous – a steep ascent on irregularly spaced steps. Just as well we are relatively fit! For those of you who are not, this section of the wall may present a challenge. As for us, the views from the peaks made the climb rewarding.

    Lonely Planet claims that this part of the wall has been so thoroughly renovated that you don’t feel like you are walking on part of history. Sorry…I challenge you have a look at the photos and see if you can tell the difference between this section of the wall and others. Cost of entry: Busy season 45 Yuan Off season 40 Yuan

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    Great Wall

    by magor65 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Great Wall at Badaling

    So much has been said and written about Great Wall, and one thing is certain: your visit to China would not be complete without seeing this symbol of China's isolation. Parts of it were built from 770 to 206 B.C. to defend the country from barbarians' invasion. 2000 years ago emperor Qin Shihuang known for his cruelty ordered to connect all the parts to make the whole. The legend goes that even the bodies of workers who died of exhaustion were used as the building material. Today most tourists come to see 'the stone dragon' at Badaling. It's true that the wall here is far from being authentic - it was reconstructed in the 1950's, but it still makes unforgettable impression. And looking at crowds of people of different colours and nationalities you can't stop thinking that no matter how high or long the walls are, on the long run they can't separate people.

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    Non-turistic part of the Great Wall

    by agaiax Written Sep 4, 2004

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    The section at Huanghua is a section of the great wall off the beaten track. Here you will find no ticket boots, noisy souvenir and food sellers, groups of red, yellow, blue hats and flags ... Just the Wall, some adventurers (I myself met 4 people on the wall) and locals. The locals can be the biggest problem. Since this is a non-touristic part of the wall, the locals decided to make some money of it on their own. They occupy the strategic points on the paths leading to the wall and on the wall itself and collect entrance-fee. It is just 2 RMB (0,2 EUR) and it is collected every few hundred meters... If you have time and will to argue (I literary climbed the wall, because I refused to pay and had to lift a rock defending myself – but it was fun and worth it) – you can try, otherwise I suggest paying. The locals leave their posts around 5 pm. and then the wall is entrance-free. Since the wall is out of tourist area you better prepare yourself for the trip. Be sure to pack necessary clothes, hiking-shoes, drinking water and a flash light. It is also possible to sleep over on the wall in one of the better preserved watch towers (be sure to bring your sleeping bag – it can get cold at night!).
    This part of the wall is not renovated so you can experience a true relict of Ming dynasty with high and wide ramparts, intact parapets and watch towers. It is set in natural surroundings, with a lake, water reservoir, a river, fields and yellow ("huang" in Chinese) wild flowers (especially beautiful in summer).
    To get to Huanghua take a long-distance bus no. 916 from Dongzhimen bus station and get off at Huairou (6 or 8 RMB – depends if it is air-conditioned). In Huairou you can take a mini-bus (2 RMB) or a black (illegal) taxi (30 RMB) to Huanghua. The last bus back to Huairou is around 6 pm. The bus ride (around 60 km north of Beijing) takes approximately 2 hours.

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    Sleep on the Great Wall

    by beibei08 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hello, I just wanted to recommend a unique tour I went on last autumn in Beijing, it was a sleep on the great wall tour. We went through a travel company who arranges unique and cultural tours. They provided all that we needed- sleeping bags, flashlights etc. They also include dinner in a village near the Great Wall. We went to JinShanLing section of the Great Wall, and then after we woke up we walked to Simatai section of the Great Wall. It was amazing because there was NOBODY there!

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    I climbed the Great Wall (and here's proof!)

    by Confucius Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    Here's the certificate of your accomplishment!

    Admit it! Ever since those days long ago when you tried using chopsticks with one in each hand, you have had this life long ambition to climb the Great Wall of China!
    The Chinese have figured this out and now the National Tourism Administration issues (and sells) a certificate to those who have finally crossed this accomplishment off of their "things to do before I die" list.
    The certificate is stamped with a traditional red seal that says "Great Wall of China" in ancient Chinese characters.
    It reads as follows:
    "This is to certify that _________(name) did climb the Great Wall on ___________(date)."

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    Great Wall at Jinshanling

    by SallyM Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    The Jinshanling section of the wall is further from Beijing than the section at Badaling (at least a couple of hours drive) but as a result it is much less crowded.

    On arrival at Jinshanling, we had the choice of going up by cable car (2 seater -50 yuan per person return) or walking. It is quite a long walk, particularly given the heat, so the cable car/gondola is probably the best choice, but you need to move swiftly to get out of the gondolas at the top. It's not so easy if you are encumbered with camera bags!

    This section of the wall was rebuilt in the Ming period, and looks very beautiful, though the haziness (down to pollution) spoils the view a little. The steps are very steep, so walking on the wall is difficult for those with limited mobility (or vertigo) but it is worth it.

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    Hiking the Unrestored Wall

    by livethedream Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    See the Great Wall in its unrestored glory.

    This 10-km, 30-tower hike from Jinshanling to Simatai is not for the faint-hearted. My beer-bellied colleague tried it once but had to turn back and find his own ride back to Beijing. The view of the mountains and the crumbling Wall is really awe-inspiring. Best of all, there's no tourist traffic.

    I recommend this hike to those who are fit and want to have an extraordinary Great Wall experience.

    Call Simon in the number below. For 90 yuan, he'll have a minivan pick you up from your hotel at about 7am, bring you to Jinshanling and wait for you at the Simatai end. The hike is not guided so make sure you arrive in Simatai at the agreed time (4:30pm for me).

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  • Great Wall Hiking

    by danavdvelden Written Oct 15, 2007

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    View from the Great Wall

    When you want to go to the Great Wall and you are in good condition, the hiking tour from Jinshanling to Simatai is a very nice tour. The Wall is not renovated in this part and it is not so croudly as in other parts (Badaling).
    The hiking tour is about 10 km and should take around 4 hours.

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    The great wall

    by jonkb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "He who has not climbed the great wall is not a true man" Mao Zedong.

    Although I tend not to agree with chairman Mao, I must agree to that statement, now that I've climbed the wall myself ;-)

    The wall began as several walls for different states. It was the emperor Qin Shihuang who succeeded to join the walls together. Ever since then the wall has been a symbol for China.

    Construction was mainly done with local recourses, by soldiers, prisoners and locals, and took several generations. Some would be forced to leave home for several years to work on the wall, never knowing if they would survive long enough to see their family again.

    The wall is considered one of the greatest wonders of the world and is on UNESCOs list of World Heritage since 1987. Some of its 6,700 kilometers is in pretty bad shape, but quite a lot of it has also been restored into its former glory.

    It is said that the wall is the only building you can see from space. This is however a myth: The wall might be long, but it isn't thick enough for that. You can see the wall on several places. I was at Badaling, witch is a well-restored part of the wall. However you have the feeling of walking with half a million people while pushing away those pesty street sellers.

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    The Great Wall

    by Cashee Written Jan 27, 2004

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    The Great  Wall

    All I have to say is WOW! ...Who doesn't know why this place is special?
    My advice is to try to go on a day that isn't too foggy or too cold. It will make the experience all the more amazing. On a clear day you can see the wall go on and on. It is practically sublime.
    Amuzingly, we saw more than one group of people strip their clothes off to have pictures taken. Is this a tradition I didn't know about?

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    The GREAT WALL

    by honestjohn Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    GREAT! AWESOME
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    The Great Wall is not just a wall. Other defensive works such as forts, passes and beacon towers were built along the Wall to house auxiliary soldiers, store grain and weapons, and transmit military information. As a product of the clashes between agricultural and nomadic economies, the Great Wall provided protection to the economic development and cultural progress, safeguarded the trading routes such as the Silk Road, and secured transmission of information and transportation.
    The Great Wall winds its way from east seaside to west desert of China, with a length exceeding 5000kM. To visit all of the Walls is impossible, but you can visit some famous parts. The following great walls is located near Beijing.

    1. Si Ma Tai Great Wall
    This part is famous for its craggedness, old people is not suitable for climbing this section. Pictures and info on how to get there can be get from the website
    http://www.netpaste.com/vt/greatwall/simatai.htm
    2. Ba Da Ling Great Wall
    This part is very splendid. see picture at
    http://www.netpaste.com/vt/greatwall/badaling.htm
    3. Mu Tian Yu Great Wall
    the mountain of this part have a high forest cover rate, therefore, it is beautiful, elegant. If you come in Summer, I suggest you visit this part, because of the forest, the advantage is that you can find a cool place to rest when you climb tired. see pictures at http://www.netpaste.com/vt/greatwall/mutianyu.htm
    4. Jin Shan Ling Great Wall
    this part is never rebuilt, it remain as it was before 400 years ago. most foreigner like this parts of Great Wall.
    see picture at
    http://www.netpaste.com/vt/greatwall/jinshanling.htm

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    Great Wall

    by jane307 Written May 25, 2004

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    The construction of the Great Wall started during the Warring States Period on 7th century B.C, it had a history of more than 2,500 years. Many dukedoms built walls in Central China to protect themselves and their northern territories. When Qin Shihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, unified China and established the first centralised feudal state in China, he decided to have the walls linked up and extended.

    Those who succeeded in climbing the wall today are often regarded as "Real heroes", from this we should realize the difficulty in climbing the wall, and can imagine how difficult it is to build the Great Wall without modern machinery at that time.

    The construction is built on the ridge of mountains, so best visit time is in the morning because of fewer trees, and takes more water.

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