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The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative

Beijing, China
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Ranked #3 of 1,247 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Our family of 4 recently did another (3rd) amazing trek on the Great Wall starting from Jiankou, but we headed in the opposite direction away from Mutianyu. The scenery is magnificent - a photographer's dream! - and the hiking was challenging to say the least, with a couple of fairly dangerous stretches which should be easily accomplished with a bit... More

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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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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

You will love it and if the wheather is nice (not easy) you have the opportunity to see more than 50 towers of the ancient great wall. Go with a guide and make the hike up to the restructured wall: this hike is just wonderful.

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Well worth the travelling to get to see this part of the wall very impressive. Took the cable car up to the wall and walked down. Really nice views from the top.

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