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The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative

Beijing, China
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Ranked #4 of 1,247 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

No tourists - we hiked up the mountain with a guide and saw the unrestored Wall, then walked to join the hordes at the tourist end.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We did a 2 day 1 night hike - that covered this and 2 other sections of the wall. It was nice to see the untouched, original wall - way cooler than seeing the rebuilt sections and this was way more secluded/less crowded.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A must see site, the hike up the wall is not for the faint hearted or very unfit. The steps are steep in places and narrow, watch on your descent. But the views are great...well worth it. I had to leave girlfriend at bottom and guide half way up asthey could not make it but well woeth the effort.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This part of the wall was steep and hard to climb for those with mobility issues. It was crowded with lots (too many?) vendors.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Going to China was not on the top 10 . But after going , I would go back . Shame they can't get their act together , but still the wall is one of the sights a true traveler MUST see :) despite the smog , the walk was not so bad , good view of smog filled Valley ,

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Wellington,fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A great experience. If you visit in summer pace yourself and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Some areas are a bit rough walking so make sure you wear closed toe walking shoes. Climbing boots are unnecessary. And bring a cameras with a long distance lens for magnificent pictures!!

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Luckily it was beautiful weather the day of our visit. At the entrance you have a choice of two directions. To the right it's the easy way - not so easy!! and to the left the hard way. Most people choose the right - bad choice thousands of tourists. We are walkers so choose the left had side, which was... More

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Truly beautiful and wild - and scary at places. Stones are loose everywhere and some serious clambering is required. Bring your first aid kit and a head full of common sense and you'll have a great day on the wild wall. Please pick up your trash after you to keep it as beautiful as it is.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Depending on your guide and the weather, it is best you make sure you are clear as to which way you are being taken. If this is a private hike, and your guide asks if you want to go the route most Chinese will take, then expect to pass through Heavenly Landing and other rugged spots, which will put the... More

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Shiraz, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It is hard to imagine how they built this wall without todayes tools for more than 26000 kilometres you need to have a good knee to climb up its better to have water with you and dont push it dont fall for the pictures in local dresses in the surrounded area they do it in a better quality and price... More

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