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The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative

Beijing, China
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Ranked #3 of 1,242 attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I only climbed to the Zhengbeilou Tower starting from a village called Xizhazi. The view from the Zhengbeilou tower is breathtaking and is the easiest part to climb of the Jiankou portion. The climb takes around 1 hour through a forest path. Once you are at the tower, you can either climb back down to the village (20mins) or walk... More

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Chestermere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There are very few things in the world as great as the "Great Wall". To sit and think that this amazing structure was built by the hands of labours and not machines is difficult to imagine.

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We had a great experience on this hike, it is the only way to see the wall if you can physically handle the length and intensity of the hiking. We got a little unlucky that there was fog and pollution on the day we went which reduced the views somewhat, but it was still amazing. We took a tour guide,... More

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Laredo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The Great Wall of china is a must if you go to China. Wear some comfortable shoes and take some water with you and don't forget your camera. We hired an official driver to take us and feel that it was the best thing for our family because it is challenging when traveling with children. Our driver was very flexible... More

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was my second visit to the Great Wall, and given the experience I don't think I would return during summertime. There are stunning views, but you couldn't even stand still to take a picture without being shuffled along through the hoard of tourists. Yes, it is extremely cold in the winter - mid-season is probably ideal- but my experience... More

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stunning, amazing, fascinating, exhilarating, gorgeous, fantastic, breathtaking. Yeah, all true, but still not enough. This is the best section of the wall that I have ever seen. I even prefer it to Simitai (slightly), which is now closed (because it has apparently been--shamelessly--sold to a billionaire developer). You DO need to be PHYSICALLY FIT to visit this wall. This is... More

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australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

we independently booked a driver to take us to Jiankou, so we could walk to mutianyu along wild wall. I don't think it would have been that easy to do this by bus, or other... this great wall walk is unbelievable!! sooo much better than badaling, and while you do need a certain level of fitness (4 hour walking) if... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The views from the Jiankou section of the great wall are amazing. Even better is that this section of the great wall is unrestored (and subsequently very uncrowded). It was nice to see the great wall in it's untouched state. We were able to get up to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall through the services of Joe from... More

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Placentia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We hired Joe as our tour guide (hamlet2008.com@163.com) after reading other recommendations on tripadvisor. Joe provided us with an excellent tour of the Great Wall. My mother (80) and my mother-in-law (74) were not able to accompany us on the hike of the wall. They went with the driver to the gondola and waited for us to complete our hike.... More

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Seal Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

good for sports and taking pictures, both of person image and landscape. I like this part of Great Wall.

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