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The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative

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Small Group Day tour From Jiankou To Mutianyu Great Wall
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Great Wall of China Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu

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Communing with nature and the Great Wall

There was hardly anyone around when we went on a week day. That made the pictures I took awesome. There were women who followed us during the trek. We were worried they would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Kethry
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There was hardly anyone around when we went on a week day. That made the pictures I took awesome. There were women who followed us during the trek. We were worried they would charge us for being guides even if we did not ask them to. But they proved cheerful and were happy to take photos. They tried to sell... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! What an amazing adventure! I echo what everyone else said about good shoes, strenuous hike, best place to see the Wall in all its beauty. But ask specifically for Barry. He was funny, thoughtful to our needs, and gave us history of the wall, Beijing, and insight into what life is like as a single man in China- good... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The "wild wall" or unrestored portion, but defiantly the best part of the wall. We had a private guide which was worth it. We are a family of two adults and two teens aged 14 & 16 who both thoroughly enjoyed it. Climbed through bush and uphill for a good 40-50mins to the first tower to be met with an... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an absolutely stunning place so much history and absolutely stunning work and amazing views definitely worth a visit

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Thank Nlr1986
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This section of the wall is picturesque with beautiful sweeping views. The hike can be fairly strenuous at times, and requires a moderate fitness level. I would highly recommend the visit. Particularly interesting to juxtapose with the well restored and less mountainous Mutianyu section that's adjacent.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jiankou section of the Great Wall is often called the "Wild Wall" because it's unrestored. Off the beaten track, it's more challenging to access; you'll need to book a guide through a well-reviewed service, and reaching the wall requires a steady 45-minute uphill hike on a trail through lovely forest. Once you're there, it's spectacular and uncrowded (unlike the... More 

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult to say in words, only practical experience giving you good idea. Fantastic only one word for this

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living in Beijing for many years, this is hands down the best place to see the wall close to Beijing. It is incredible! Challenging and somewhat risky in areas, visitors need to be careful and mindful when hiking. I would not recommend going with a group larger than 5-6 (it is very wild wall, and large groups damage the wall)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Jiankou is ~2hr drive from Beijing City Centre, accessible via private car/taxi/local buses. A ~40min walk from a local village up through the forested hills the wall was built on brings you to the wall. Fabulous panoramic views of crumbling wall and the haze over Beijing city. A 3-5hr leisurely-paced walk from here to Mutianyu (a restored section) gives a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

If I had to choose between the restored sections and this section, I choose this one. I am an avid hiker/backpacker and the approach trail was one of the hardest I've done. That said, it was well worth it and the while there are sections of the wall just as steep, none were as long as the approach. The sights... More 

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