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- 98%History Buffs
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 56%Adventure Travelers
- 56%Family Travelers
- 53%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (153)
- Great WallJul 05, 2012
Has to get 5 stars! It is truly amazing - on a par with the pyramids in Giza. It is a lot of walking and climbing but the views are amazing and you are left in awe. As long as you come prepared for the exercise and the heat (and I was), you will have a great time that is memorable. I m sure you can read up about it more elsewhere but overall very worth it!
- Great WallJul 05, 2012
How can you not like one of the 7 major wonders of the world? Walking the Wall is pretty impressive. If you've read even the most basic history of the Wall, taking a guided tour is unnecessary. Just meander ... and enjoy.
Don't like: the incessant hawkers at the entrances ...
- Great WallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 05, 2012
A once in a life time experience (hopefully I will see it again).
Please go to a remote place where there are not other tourists, in order to get the most out of seeing the great wall. Go in clear and non-cloudy weather.
The great wall of China is probably the most beautiful and mesmerizing monument / structure I have seen in my life.
- Great WallJul 04, 2012
I was lucky enought to take a walking tour of sections of the wall and it was a fantastic experience. Some sections of the wall are swarming with tourists however the views in the more remote areas were stunning. Hard to get away from vendors on any sections of the wall.
- Great WallCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Jul 04, 2012
When I came here as a kid, I didn't have the best time. It was obscenely hot, the steps were high and there were no rails to support yourself. One wrong step and you were... well, history. I've heard a lot has since changed, and you can get to the top with a quick ride if you like. That said, one cannot possibly give this world wonder anything less than five glorious, praise-the-great-leader stars.
- Great WallJul 04, 2012
China was a travellers dream. October 2001 . We were in China to do a sponsored walk along the world famous Great Wall. We start the day by warming up by stretching and bending This was done every morning right after breakie.
First day on the wall....
We started by walking through villages which gives us a good view of Chinese life, after 3km we arrive at a statue of some Chinese leader then onto the wall. The views are brilliant. we walk for a short while then descend down into the valley, we take our time here as this is a very steep section, we stop at the bottom for lunch, which is basic, ), but it fills you up, and washed down with plenty of water.
The weather is brilliant, really warm for autumn, later in the after noon David one of our tour leaders points to a red flag at the top on the other side of the valley, thats our aim for the afternoon, off we go, it's a lot harder than the morning but the views are spectacular, Back to the hotel for dinner and a few beers.
The highlight of the Great Wall trip was= Siniatal to Jinshanling - Me and My Shadow
Morning drive for two and a half hours brings us to one of the most spectacular sections of the Great Wall. We will walk from Jinshanling to Simatai.
We had been warned in the morning about aggressive souviner sellers, as we reach the start of the wall we see a large group of peddlers ready to pounce, I squeeze my way through only to be followed by a young girl not much older than Yvonne my daughter, the girl looked very poor, I thought to myself I had paid £80 for a pair of Salomon Super Grip Hiking Boots and here she is walking the wall everyday in her plimsolls, she didn't speak much english but she did now the appropriate words.
This was the hardest but most rewarding day of the walk, following the wall as it snakes over the high mountain ridges. Jinshangling has 67 watchtowers with each one an example of different architecture. These remote areas of the wall are fantastic; there are high ridges with both ruined and restored watchtowers, with some of the wall in overgrown by vegetation and in it's natural un-repaired state. At Jinshanling the wall zigzags up inclines and straddles between peaks like a suspension bridge, the staircases on the wall here can be very steep, especially at the Simatai end where there is an option to climb another 2km further up steep staircases. About half way along the wall another shadow (Anna) appears coming towards me from the Simatai end, I explained that Fran is my China for the trip, I had been setup as we go on a few hundred yards and Fran tells me she has to return to Jinshanling to look after her kids, being a big softie I buy a book off her and wish her well. Then Anna moves over to greet me with hello hello (whit she wis a rangers supporter - brian)..here we go again, she walked close by offering to help at awkward parts of the wall. When I stopped she stopped, when I walked she walked, when we reached Jinshanling I gave Anna a few quid which brought a huge smile on her face.
The Great Wall trip was the best and I will remember till I die.