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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

Hi All,

I am thinking of getting a flight from Bangkok to Beijing with the intention of visiting the Great Wall of China.

My questions that i hope you can help me with are:

  • How easy is it to travel from Beijing to a particular point of the Wall?
  • What part of the wall do most people tend to aim for when starting off?
  • Are there any tours that allow you to walk along the wall?
  • Is there accommodation nearby?
  • Is it worth flying all that way for only 10 (ish) days?

Its only an idea i have at the moment, so any info would be greatly appricated.

Thanks

JD

2. Posted by lzl (Respected Member 102 posts) 7y
  • How easy is it to travel from Beijing to a particular point of the Wall?

Very easy if you just want to get to the wall, tours going to the wall from beijing all over the place, just ask at Airport/hotel/tour places.

  • What part of the wall do most people tend to aim for when starting off?

Badaling and Mutianyu are the most popular, but badaling is too crowded and too commercialised, dont recommend it. mutianyu is a little bit better, but then again, if you go by tour, you'll always end up at some crowded place.

If you go by yourself there's a few placed around beijing with "older walls". They are broken and dangerous to get on, but they are good for photos I guess.

  • Are there any tours that allow you to walk along the wall?

They all let you walk along the wall as far as I know, but how far do you want to go anyway?

  • Is there accommodation nearby?

Of cause!

  • Is it worth flying all that way for only 10 (ish) days?

I'm guess you wont take a 10 day walk on the wall. There's plenty of places to see in Beijing, definately go.

3. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

Cheers for answering my questions lzl.

I def think i'll pop over sometime this year.

4. Posted by htdg (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

I went to a tour to the great wall with Leo Hostel (i think they are in the LP and probably on the internet as well). It was awesome.

They have a tour called "secret wall" which goes to a part of the wall that havn't been restored and to where no tourists go. We were 11 persons in the group and there were not a single other person except our guide (a 70 or 80-something year old woman from a local village who didn't speak a word of english) on that part of the wall. We had to hike for about an hour into the mountains and then we walked on the wall for a few more hours before finishing with a home-cooked meal in the village the guide came from. You will not see the restored postcard wall but you will get a great experience. I highly recommend it.

Two pictures from the tour:

View from the top of the wall.

Our guide.

Oh and the hostel is also a great place to stay with a good party attitude, decent food and great staff. Definately go. I enjoyed Beijing a lot.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Feb-2009, at 22:54 by htdg ]