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Jiankou is beautiful and wild! I've been to Badaling and Mutianyu and personally I find them very touristy and fake. Jiankou is genuine. The hike is a little tough and if you're... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Jiankou is beautiful and wild! I've been to Badaling and Mutianyu and personally I find them very touristy and fake. Jiankou is genuine. The hike is a little tough and if you're scared of heights I wouldn't recommend hiking this section of the wall. My friends and I stayed in a villager's house in Xizhaizi, just at the foot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Fantastic views especially at Jiankou. Everything I expected it to be. Hired a car there which was relatively affordable from 'Here is Beijing' ( http://hereisbeijing.com/ ). Ask for John, he is the co-Founder of this agency. Speaks English well. John dropped me off at Jiankou, provided me with 2 cell phones (just in-case) and picked me up at Mutianyu. 5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I have been to the wall before, but this was by far the best trip. The first time I chose the badaling part of the wall, which is the most touristy part, so this time I chose to take a more deserted and wild part of the wall. Took the subway, then the bus for an hour, and found a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Here is a place where you can walk the wall and feel like you have really hiked it. Parts of the wall here are quite wild and not restored. You will be away from the crowds but sturdy footwear is a must. Take water and provisions. Take care and enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I walked from Jiankou to Mutianyu and much preferred the earlier part of the walk. Together with a very entertaining guide, my husband and I did a small hike up to the Wall which could be slightly taxing if you weren't fit but it is not insurmountable. Just take your time because it really is worth it. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visited in the morning.The wall goes on and on. But from tower to tower it almost look alike. If you are energetic and there is no other program for the day you can visit as many towers as you wish. It is a great achievement to plan and construct such a 6700 km long wall. But only regret is there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We spent 6 excellent days in Beijing, and this was by far the best one. Even the hike getting to the wall was fun. The route is beautiful and serene. We spent a total of about 5 hours hiking and only saw 4 people. Keep in mind that to hike this section, you must have shoes with good tread and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Wow splendid experience, to climb Great Wall China, Never forget and lucky i got the Certificate, so i can share to my family Thank s to Commlife, that bring us to Beijing Trip

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

With our little group of 14 we were completely alone and hiked on the non-restaured wall for several kilometers. It was not a Sunday walk but certainly worth it. Beautifull sights and seeing the wall going up and down the hills was remarkable. Fred and Heidi really gave us a good time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Travelled here in a tour group. Was an amazing experience. Some of the steps were very steep but you could choose the easier steps.Lots of Asian people wanting photos with us (i guess as we are westerners) this was a bit anoying. But great day out.

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