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The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative

Beijing, China
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Ranked #3 of 1,238 attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It was a nice trip to Beijing, China. You should planned for holiday with special one or famlily. But, when I climbed the wall, i scare of high and my hand sweeting. Oh God!! all my body shaking and i can't walk at all..Then, i stop and sat down on the floor. I saw a perfect view of mountant..blue skies... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We hired a driver to take us to Jiankou and pick us up at Mutianyu (search online, you can find several). The Jiankou section is unrestored and uncrowded (not a standard tourist destination) with dramatic views of the wall and surrounding mountains. The approach to the wall is via a forest path that becomes quite steep and difficult toward the... More

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Xining, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

he hotel recommended the Great Wall hike at Jiankou and booked a driver for us. It takes about 40 minutes to climb to the top of the stairs. Then we started to walk on the old non-renovated part of the Great Wall. This section was much wider, more beautiful than we expected . As it was not a tourism place,... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Very difficult hike, but beautiful views. Take enough time, the three hours Lonely Planet tells you it would take are about half of what is necessary.

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

wall great but crowded - instead of climbing back down on the wall, take the hillside path - quiet and leads to interesting buildings before return to bus park

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our family hired a driver, we went early when was not as crowded. Wear comfortable clothes as you can walk as long and far as you want. Younger children will get tired! No restrooms once you start up the wall so take advantage of the ones at entrance. Many vendors selling cheap souvenirs and can be very pushy and annoying,... More

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