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The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative

Beijing, China
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Ranked #2 of 1,243 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Saint Thomas, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

About 2 hours north of Beijing, there were less tourists. Mr. Duan has a small restaurant serving traditions Chinese fare and even basic (very basic) rooms for hikers and photographers who wish to stay in the area. There is a cable car that will take you up the wall and back if you prefer a shorter walk. Like most of... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

it is huge,not recommended for people not fit,beatiful views,but very tiring,lunch at the restaurant very good.

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Andover, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

China’s Blue Sky Emergency Rescue Team (part of the Beijing Red Cross) reported that hiking the Jiankou was “the most dangerous outdoor recreation site in Beijing”. This crumbly section of the Great Wall is for serious hikers in good shape. Because it's largely un-restored, it feels much more authentic. The views were awesome and there was a great sense of... More

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Ningbo, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A few hours from Beijing, this part of the Great Wall has a scenery that is excellent and is much less crowded. We traveled to Beijing during the moon festival. Our second visit to the Great Wall, first time to Jiankou. Here our kids loved the challenging climbing, parents a bit less - but worth the try. We used Great... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

From the time I was a tiny hatchling till my eventual graduation,  I was influenced greatly with utter facination for the power of the human mind and determination associated with this structure.  The Great Wall for me was one of those attractions where if I get to see nothing else it was accomplishment enough.  Suffice to say after seeing it... More

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Bangkok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

You will see how great of human power, must give respect to the great founder and prove how fit you are?

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Royston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Here you can walk east or west along restored sections. The steps are uneven and I found them challenging. Coming down was harder! Views are great and its all very interesting

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We recently completed a wonderful trip to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. I can't say enough good things about Joe. He promptly returned emails. He was informative about all aspects of the trip including describing the "challenging" sections of the wall. In most areas of Jiankou, walking on the wall is more like climbing it. My wife thought... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We did the Wall with Joe (hamlet2008.com@163.com), who we found through the positive reviews on this site. He was as good as the previous reviews said: his service, passion and knowledge are first rate. This section of the wall is spectacular for the views and the Wall itself. The Wall is intact enough that you can see how daunting it... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This section of the Great Wall has no tourist and the scenery was excellent. However, one need to be fit as you have to climb quite a fair bit. The Great China Adventure club has guided tour and it good to join their hike. Guide is also to communicate in English.

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